Dragonwell Dead: A Tea Shop Mystery

Laura Childs, Author
Laura Childs, Author . Berkley Prime Crime $23.95 (290p) ISBN 978-0-425-21386-5
Reviewed on: 01/22/2007
Release date: 03/01/2007

In the enjoyable eighth installment of Childs's tea shop series (after 2006's Blood Orange Brewing ), Mark Congdon, commodities broker and co-owner of a Charleston bed and breakfast, drops dead after sipping a glass of sweet tea at the Spring Plantation Ramble. This was no simple heart attack—Mark was poisoned. Eager to help out Mark's grieving widow, tea shop proprietress and gumshoe Theodosia Browning offers to collect his belongings from his office. There, she discovers that a surprising number of co-workers, including a spurned lover and a professional rival, had reason to want Mark dead. Yet again, Childs proves herself skilled at local color, serving up cunning portraits of Southern society and delectable descriptions of dishes like cheesy crab casserole (recipe included). (Mar.)

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