Laura Childs returns with BROKEN
BONE CHINA, another amazing installment in the Teashop Mystery series. I love
this series because of it's attention to detail. The way Childs pens her
stories really show the skill of writing and expertise. This time
Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon
rally before things take a dark turn.
What is unique about this series are the historical touches to the book.
It reminds me very much of a historical romance novel, except it's really
something different on its own. It's quite hard to describe and that's
when you know that you have something very different than what is out
there. I'm very impressed with the way Childs penned the mystery,
giving enough clues to keep the reader engaged, but never revealing
too much at the same time. It's a fine balance and I think Childs always
manages to pull it off well.
BROKEN BONE CHINA is to die for
and you will surely be missing out on the party if you don't pick up this
Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in
Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the
latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times
bestselling author Laura Childs.
It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are
catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view
aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a
dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns
gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms
out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing
around the balloons, checking them out.
As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like
some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the
balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts,
and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to
the earth, killing all three of its passengers.
Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is
interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns
that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO
of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the
police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn
that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag
that several people were rabidly bidding on.