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Oolong Dead: A Tea Shop Mystery    by Laura Childs order for
Oolong Dead
by Laura Childs
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Prime Crime, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Theodosia Browning, proprietor of The Indigo Tea Shop, once again, and to the delight of her readers, is on the track of a murderer. Theo finds TV personality Abby Davis dead, the cause of the death obviously not natural. Theo's concern over Abby's death transcends her antipathy towards the woman. At first, Theo is the prime suspect, but when cooler heads prevail, she is not only exonerated but asked to join the police in the investigation.

This tenth in the Tea Shop Mystery series is set in Charleston. Theo is involved in a fund raiser for the Charleston Opera, a gala Masked Ball with costumes and lots of glamour and fabulous food. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at a real life extravaganza as described in the pages of Oolong Dead. The costuming and bon vivant attitudes are great fun to read of while following Theo on her trail of a murderer.

As in all of Laura Childs' books, the plot is tightly woven with intrigue, a good mystery, and a glimpse into the life of high society in Charleston. The foods that are served in Theo's tea room sound scrumptious and, for the edification of her readers, Childs has included recipes which could blow your diet. But, what the heck, anything in moderation, right?

For a good read, a moment in time away from the intrigues in your own life, and sheer delight in the doings in someone else's, don't miss Oolong Dead. Childs is also the author of the delightful Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Mysteries - all of which must make a busy work schedule, but I for one appreciate her efforts on her readers' behalf.

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