by Laura Childs
Book 6 in the Tea Shop Mystery series (2005)
Publisher: Berkley Books
Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake.
Theo and company are providing the refreshments for the first Poet’s Tea at the Heritage Society when bad weather forces them inside. The body of Roger Crispin falls into the cake table during Drayton’s reading of Annabel Lee. A new shop owner, Gracie Venable, becomes the prime suspect when it is revealed that she had an intimate relationship with the victim.
Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of suspects, Theodosia pursues an investigation into the murky swamps of the Low Country, where she uncovers a thriving criminal enterprise of art forgery, fraud—and murder…