Death by Darjeeling

(2001)
Death by Darjeeling

Theodosia Browning owns the charming Indigo Tea Shop, located in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina.  Local business owners fear that a real estate developer is attempting to buy their properties for redevelopment.  Then the developer is found slumped over a cup of Theodosia’s tea—dead.  The police suspect that Theo and her staff of caused his demise, despite a lack of evidence, so Theo must track down the killer to clear her name and regain the excellent reputation of her shop.

The Tea Shop Mystery series is enjoyable, with interesting characters and a touch of Southern flavor.  The detailed descriptions allow you to picture narrow cobbled streets, local women creating sweetgrass baskets, and historic buildings.  While the mystery itself wasn’t particularly difficult to unravel, the book would be especially enjoyable to read during a cold Wisconsin winter.

If you like tea you will enjoy learning more about where tea comes from, imagine tasting the delicious tea blends served at the shop, and perhaps try some of the recipes for delicious desserts that are served at the tea shop. 

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