Theodosia Browning, owner of
Indigo Tea Shop, is back in her fourteenth mystery - and I'm
not surprised. The Tea Shop Mystery series is entertaining
and well-written. I really appreciate the recipes and tea
time tips located at the back of the book.
With "Sweet Tea Revenge" Childs' throws
us right into the murder. I think, as readers, we are all
taken by surprise when the story opens (at Raven Crest Inn)
with Theo helping Delaine prepare for her wedding. She's marrying
Dougan, of all people! Talk about a love/hate relationship.
Wow. Anyway, like the Tea Shop, the Inn is located in Charleston,
South Carolina -- a city filled with history and hauntings.
Bad weather and Theo's thoughts really add to the Inn's eerie
interior setting. Theo finds Delaine stressed after another
fight with Dougan. Theo later finds Dougan
Theo becomes a legal activist for Delaine when it's time
to deal with Dougan's law partner, his stepbrother and a former
girlfriend. Haley and Drayton assist Theo after they learn
Dougan's spectacular home (next door to Theo) is listed for
an Open House and it can't be postponed due to prior advertising.
Haley brings out her newest tasty treat - Cake Pops. They
also deal with a trio of Reality TV ghost hunters and the
outcome is someone yelling 'RUN' and they do
What I noticed about this mystery is how Theo and Detective
Tidwell have come to a place of mutual respect. They seem
to be confiding more and seeking each other's council. We
also get the impression Theo is content with her current boyfriend,
but there's always someone ready to shake things up
I'll leave it at that
I believe The Tea Shop series is popular for many reasons
- great writing; strong characters and complex mysteries.
With Sweet Tea Revenge readers can expect to be entertained
by the mystery; enlightened by the Tea Tips and made hungry
by the recipes. Highly Recommended.
of other titles in this series
by Darjeeling, No 1 [review]
Chamomile Mourning, No 6 [review]
Blood Orange Brewing, No 7 [review]
The Silver Needle Murder, No 9 [review]
Oolong Dead, No 10 [review]
The Teaberry Strangler, No 11 [review]
Agony of the Leaves, No 13 [review]
Sweet Tea Revenge, No 14 [review]
Steeped in Evil, No 15 [review]