by Laura Childs
Book 8 in the Tea Shop Mystery series (2007)
Publisher: Berkley Books
It’s springtime in Charleston and just about every species of South Carolina’s flora is in full and glorious bloom at the Spring Plantation Ramble. Once a year, the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public, the site of flower shows, rare plant auctions, and a contagious spring fever.
Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can pour tea and promote her Indigo Tea Shop-and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea.
But the party’s over when Mark Congdon wins a bid for a rare orchid-and promptly dies. It looks like a simple heart attack, but Theo suspects that someone purposely turned his green thumb blue.
The Indigo Tea Shop is catering a Spring event where society members are showing off and auctioning on prized orchids. Things are going smoothly until Theo’s friend, Mark Congdon, suffers what appears to be a heart attack. Mark’s widow, Angie, suspects her husband was poisioned, so Theo and the gang set out to unravel the mystery.