Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A Dark and Stormy Tea by Laura Childs: Review & Giveaway!

 A Dark and Stormy Tea

About A Dark and Stormy Tea


A Dark and Stormy Tea (A Tea Shop Mystery) 

Cozy Mystery 

24th in Series 

Berkley (August 9, 2022) 

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages 


A possible serial killer on the loose sends tea maven Theodosia Browning into a whirlwind of investigation in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

It was a dark and stormy night, but that was the least of Theodosia Browning's troubles. As she approaches St. Philips Graveyard, Theodosia sees two figures locked in a strange embrace. Wiping rain from her eyes, Theodosia realizes she has just witnessed a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the fog.

In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim—it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns the Antiquarian Bookshop next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop.

Even though this appears to be the work of a serial killer who is stalking the back alleys of Charleston, Lois begs Theodosia for help. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. And quickly discovers that suspects abound with the dead girl’s boyfriend, nefarious real estate developer, private-security man, bumbling reporter, and her own neighbor who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending.


About Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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My Thoughts

Theo is taking a shortcut back to the Indigo Tea Shop when stumbles upon the murderer with his latest victim in St. Philips Graveyard.  Unfortunately, this is Fogheel Jack’s, as the press have dubbed him, third victim.  Theo recognizes the victim as the daughter of the Antiquarian Bookshop owner, Lois.  Lois is distraught and asks Theo to find who killed her daughter.  Detective Pete Riley, Theo’s boyfriend, would prefer Theo to keep her curious nose out of this investigation.  Theo dives into the case and discovers several suspects.  Can Theo unmask the deadly killer, or will she become the next victim?

A Dark and Stormy Tea by Laura Childs is the 24th A Tea Shop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series (though, you will be missing out on a charming cozy mystery series).  A Tea Shop Mysteries is one of the two series that got me hooked on cozy mysteries.  I look forward to reading a new book each year.  I thought A Dark and Stormy Tea is well-written with developed, realistic characters.  I enjoyed the vivid word imagery that brought Charleston alive.  It is rainy and foggy in Charleston which gives it a creepy atmosphere especially at night.  It is the perfect setting for a murder.  It is great to catch up with Theodosia, Drayton, Haley, Miss Dimple, and Earl Grey.  Detective Pete Riley is in the periphery in this book while Detective Tidwell takes lead.  Detective Tidwell manages to stop by the Indigo Tea Shop a couple of times to question Theo, see if she has learned any new details, and enjoy Haley’s delectable food.  The mystery was intriguing.  It suited the creepy atmosphere of Charleston.  There are several good suspects along with a red herring.  There are clues, but they are subtle.  Details are important when trying to solve a crime.  While I was able to identify the killer early in the book (I knew who, but I did not know why), I still enjoyed following the investigation. Both men should know by now that Theo is not going to stay out of a crime.  She is curious by nature and when a friend asks for help, Theo will give it.  I did feel that there needed to be a better wrap up.  I was left with a couple of unanswered questions which is unusual for this author.  I enjoyed the tea events hosted at the Indigo Tea Shop with the mystery tea being my favorite.  The food descriptions will have your mouth watering (recipes at the end of the book).  I cannot wait to see what Theodosia gets up to next time in Lemon Curd KillerA Dark and Stormy Tea is a chilling whodunit with wet weather, a creepy cemetery, a serial killer, tempting tea treats, a determined developer, and an inquisitive Theo.  


As part of the tour, the author is giving away two (2) print copies of A Dark and Stormy Tea (sorry, but US Only).  You can click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!

A Dark and Stormy Tea is available from AmazonB&NKobo, and IndieBound.  The next A Tea Shop Mystery is Lemon Curd Killer which comes out March 7, 2023.  You can find the other A Tea Shop Mysteries here.  You can find Laura Child's other novels here.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Two other books that were published today are The War Librarian by Addison Armstrong (I am featuring tomorrow) and A Killing in Costumes by Zac Bissonnette (debut of A Hollywood Treasures Mystery series).  I hope that you have an interesting day.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of A Dark and Stormy Tea (US Only).  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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