by Laura Childs
Book 1 in the Tea Shop Mystery series (2001)
Publisher: Berkley Books
With the opening of a small tea shop in her hometown Charleston, Theodosia Browning fulfills her big dream. But shortly thereafter, the ruin threatens already: A guest is poisoned on one of their tea companies, and the small shop gets into the headlines. There is only one way out – Theo sets out to find the killer with his own hands.
Meet Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston’s beloved Indigo Tea Shop. Patrons love her blend of delicious tea tastings and southern hospitality. And Theo enjoys the full-bodied flavor of a town steeped in history — and mystery… — It’s tea for two hundred or so at the annual historic homes garden party.
And Theodosia, as event caterer, is busy serving steaming teas and blackberry scones while guests sing her praises. But the sweet smell of success turns to suspense when an esteemed guest is found dead — his hand clutching an empty teacup. All eyes are on Theo… who is now trying desperately to save her reputation and track down the real killer. If only she can make sense of it all–before someone else takes their last sip…