Tea Shop Mystery #18
Berkley Prime Crime
On Sale: March 7, 2017
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In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times
bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning
attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play...at murder.
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by
Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses,
to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued. As servers
dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer
elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these
parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston,
where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas
to promote city rodent control and better public health.
But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts
at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband
suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his
favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.
The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet
inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo
and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects,
they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat
INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS
Tea Shop Mysteries
3 comments posted.
Re: Pekoe Most Poison
I could not find any information about "rat tea" parties in the
internet. I have been to New Orleans and to Savannah but not
Charleston. I have enjoyed your books and look forward to
reading more of them.
(Leona Olson 3:58pm March 13, 2017)
Your Tea Shop series is one of my all time favorites! Thanks
for the article re atmosphere and "getting it right".
(Kathleen Bylsma 6:01pm March 16, 2017)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on characters! I love this
series! I've read every one!
(Kathleen Bylsma 5:47pm March 27, 2017)
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