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Sweet Tea Revenge
Tea Shop Mystery #14
Laura Childs

Berkley Hardcover
March 5, 2013 / ISBN 0425252884
Cozy Mystery


Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

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… Dead…

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.

  Reviews of other titles in this series

Death 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]

Reviewer's Note: Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and the Scrapbooking Mysteries.
Reviewed 2013