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Sweet Tea Revenge: A Tea Shop Mystery    by Laura Childs order for
Sweet Tea Revenge
by Laura Childs
Order:  USA  Can
Berkley, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Theodosia Browning is to be a bridesmaid at her friend Delaine Dish's wedding. How could so much go so wrong on such a joyous occasion? Maybe the murder of the groom could qualify as a downer.

Theodosia is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, where she is assisted by her energetic chef Haley and her tea expert Drayton. The bride's sister is late for the wedding. A horrific storm is brewing over Charleston, South Carolina. What more could go wrong? Just about anything. And it does.

What follows is a romp through and around Charleston. Theodosia agrees to investigate the groom's murder. The local police aren't too pleased with her intervention – she's outsolved them more than once. Who could have murdered the groom? And, for heaven's sake, why? The groom was a wealthy man. Was someone too greedy to wait until the man died of natural causes? Suspects abound. The bride's sister, for one. The groom's partner. The groom's stepson. Maybe even the bride! And where do Cuban cigars fit into the scenario?

As an extra bonus, recipes and tea time tips are listed in the back of the book. The recipes are for some of the foods served in the tea room: Tea–Simmered Chicken; Tomato Cream Cheese Sandwiches; Dandy Devonshire Cream (ever have scones slathered with strawberry jam and Devonshire Cream? Heaven!); Brie and Pear Crostini.

Author Laura Childs has added to her list of surefire fun novels with Sweet Tea Revenge, the fourteenth in the Tea Shop Mysteries. Childs also has the Cackleberry Mysteries and the Scrapbooking Mysteries to her credit. Take a tea time tip from me and indulge.

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