The death of a banker brings Theodosia back into amateur
sleuthing and in
book nineteenth of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Laura Childs
has definitely made
her mark as one of the best authors of cozy mysteries.
Theodosia is one of those heroines that I simply adore.
Curious but never foolish, she is a woman with a good sense
of logic and skill, so it's really no wonder why she is
asked to investigate Carson Lanier's death when he is found
spiked through a fence after having fallen off a railing.
quick to discover that his cause of death was something
else. He was shot
with a crossbow before he fell, meaning that someone has a
him. It's now up to Theodosia to find out who is behind it.
Needless to say, I really enjoyed PLUM TEA CRAZY. Childs is
one of my favorite
authors when it comes to mysteries and I thought she did a
fabulous job of
setting up the story for this one. Engaging and mysterious,
the story moves
at a fast pace, making it easy for me to devour this book in
a single setting.
All the cultural references were a nice touch, adding to the
overall feel of
the novel. I think if you're a newbie to the genre, this
series would still be
easy to follow. And therefore, I would highly recommend this
series to anyone who is looking for an upbeat and thrilling
While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade
from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston
mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles
over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his
death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more
sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first
shot with a bolt from a crossbow.
At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia
investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in
suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate
partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker,
but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.