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Broken Bone China

Broken Bone China, March 2019
Tea Shop Mystery #20
by Laura Childs

Berkley Prime Crime
320 pages
ISBN: 0451489632
EAN: 9780451489630
Kindle: B07DMZPLWY
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A Tea Shop Mystery to die for!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Broken Bone China
Laura Childs

Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted February 28, 2019

Mystery Cozy

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 book now!

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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.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?


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