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I love the premise of this series and the setting - the quaint tea shop in South Carolina. The problem lies with the language and the characters. The author uses an excess of similes - several on a page, and it gets distracting. The dialogue is stilted and unrealistic, with awkward phrasing and expressions. Using "honcho" as a verb makes no sense: Theo and Drayton had to "honcho" a tea. What? Who talks like that? This type of thing is typical in this series unfortunately. Theo is also getting very annoying. She owns a business, but it can't be successful with the way she gets involved in solving crimes. all the time. There was no reason for her to take over this investigation. She is not a cop, but she acted like it was her right. Her boyfriend cop should really dump her. The car chase at the end is beyond ridiculous and completely unbelievable. This series needs a major overhaul if it is to continue and be credible to readers.
I have loved the tea shop mysteries since I read the first one. This book is a big disappointment to me, and I will not purchase another one. Something is very wrong with the book, it does not have the same style as the others. My best guess is another writer is ghost writing under the author's name. I know this happens frequently with long running series, especially when the author is writing several different series of books.
I quit after 16 chapters, the story was dragging in my opinion. Theodosia has become nosy and a busybody in the last 3 books. Before she was curious about a mystery yet not overbearing. I was tired of her always running to comfort someone that she really did not know that well. Several characters were missing, her boyfriend, Tidwell, not really involved.
If the library does not have the new books by whoever is writing this series, I am not wasting my money buying them. Really sad about this as I loved these books.
This is one of those cozy mystery series to which I look forward because the characters have become friends. This installment those friends were changed and I do not believe the author wrote this book herself. For example, Drayton, the sixty plus, elegant, tea sommelier, usually very proper would never says to another adult businessman “nice threads”, nor would he say “by George”. Nope, sorry. Someone who isn’t familiar with the personality of the main characters wrote this. And, come on...there was scarcely any police. presence, Theodosia was investigating. I will definitely borrow the next installment from the library before adding it to my mystery collection.
I've read all of Laura Child's 'tea mystery series' books, never missed a single one. She is a good writer and I like her descriptive details, lovely tea tables & recipes and colorful local characters. Her book covers are lovely also and a tea mystery usually is a much looked for annual event each Spring. Normally I'd read this at our library buy sadly our local library is closed to world pandemic. I can't wait until our library re-opens again but at least there is Amazon books available.
I absolutely LOVE Laura Childs and her Tea Shop Mysteries. BUT this particular book will NOT load correctly on my Kindle! It opens at Chapter 10 Page 84 and will NOT let me start at the beginning. When I try it kicks me out of the book entirely. I 'delivered' it to my Kindle several times to see if that would correct the glitch but no. I played with my Kindle settings which I never alter and no change. So I actually had to delete it from my library and purchase it again in hopes of getting a successful download. But I still get the same glitch. So I've wasted $30 for 2 purchases and I still cannot read it in its entirety. Grrrrr!!!!!
This latest installment in the series didn't disappoint. I love the characters, love the setting, love the recipes and ideas about entertaining. These books started me drinking tea, which I now really enjoy. I have read the whole series, which it takes a lot to get me to commit to 21 books, but reading them is like visiting with old friends by now. These are clean mysteries and are perfect for curling up and relaxing for a while any time, but especially by the fire in winter.
A murder of a millionaire, then a fire and a ransom demand. What is going on in Charleston? Theodosia gets thrown in the midst of it by Meredith, wife of the murdered man. Its all a tangle of mystery and tea.
I have read every book in this series. I don’t drink tea but these books make me wish I did. They always make me feel like I have been on vacation to Charleston. I love all the characters-even the annoying ones.😀