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Steeped in Evil
A Tea Shop Mystery #15
Laura Childs

Berkley Hardcover
March 4, 2014/ ISBN 0425252957
Cozy Mystery /United States / Contemporary / Recipes, Tea Tips and Tea Resources included

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Theodosia is taking advantage of a wine tasting at Knighthall Winery with Drayton, her right hand man and tea expert at Indigo Tea Shop. What is supposed to be a wine tasting extravaganza turns into a nightmare for the Winery owner and father of the victim. When Jordan Knight hears about Theo’s “prodigious skills,” he asks her to investigate his son’s murder. Theo is cautious about stepping on the toes of local law enforcement but her curiosity gets the better of her – and Drayton. Drayton is sure he knows his good friend Jordan until Theo returns time and time again with rumors that turn out to be true. There are a lot of suspects associated with the father, the victim, and the winery, and no one seems to be telling the truth. Theo has a lot of ground – and water - to cover. Let’s hope she makes it home safely. While Theo investigates, Drayton and Haley keep the Tea Shop humming with a Downton Abbey Tea and everyone wants a seat.

I really enjoyed visiting the Indigo Tea Shop again. Childs gives readers a complex mystery to solve and teaches them about art and wine in the process. Childs includes plenty suspects and false leads. Did I mention the recipes, plus more at the back of the book? I like to print my favorite ones out and keep them in a recipe binder in the kitchen. 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]

Ming Tea Murder, No 16 [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 2014