Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Lemon Curd Killer by Laura Childs

 Lemon Curd Killer


About Lemon Curd Killer

Lemon Curd Killer (A Tea Shop Mystery) 

Cozy Mystery 

25th in Series 

Setting - South Carolina 

Berkley (March 7, 2023) 

Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages


High tea and high fashion turn deadly in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Tea shop entrepreneur Theodosia Browning has been tapped to host a fancy Limón Tea in a genuine lemon orchard as a rousing kickoff to Charleston Fashion Week. But as fairy lights twinkle and the scent of lemon wafts among the tea tables, the deadly murder of a fashion designer puts the squeeze on things. 

As the lemon curd begins to sour, the murdered woman’s daughter begs Theodosia to help find the killer. Tea events and fashion shows must go on, however, which puts Theodosia and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, right in the thick of squabbling business partners, crazed clothing designers, irate film producers, drug deals, and a disastrous Tea Trolley Tour.


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. 

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that takes 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

Lemon Curd Killer by Laura Childs is a delight to read.  A Tea Shop Mysteries was one of two cozy mystery series that got me hooked on the genre.  I thought Lemon Curd Killer was well-written with steady pacing.  The characters are developed and realistic (that includes Delaine).  I just love Theo, Drayton, Hayley, and Miss Dimple as well as Earl Grey.  I even like Detective Burt Tidwell.  I am on the fence concerning Theo’s beau.  The author captured Charleston with her vivid descriptions.  She made me feel like I was in Charleston.  I like the events that were hosted by Theo, Drayton, and Hayley at the charming Indigo Tea Shop. The descriptions of the delectable delights created by Hayley will have your mouth watering.  

The mystery was interesting.  It was not a simple whodunit.  I enjoyed following the clues to solve the crime (I love solving the mysteries).  I enjoyed the multifaceted mystery.  I like how the victim and her killing tied into the Limon Tea.  Delaine’s theatrics were amusing.  She is an over-the-top character.  Theo asked questions and searched for clues.  She even found herself in danger a time or two (need a little suspense).  Theo with help from her friends puts the pieces together.  Of course, Theo’s detective boyfriend tells her to keep her nose out of the investigation (not a chance).  I enjoyed the reveal scene.  Lemon Curd Killer can be read as a standalone for those new to the series.  I have enjoyed reading all twenty-five books in A Tea Shop Mysteries.   I am looking forward to reading Honey Drop Dead when it comes out.  Lemon Curd Killer is a tangy treat with a fatal fashion show, a distraught daughter, scrumptious scones, tasty tea, a dapper Drayton, a worried detective, diaphanous fashions, and an inquisitive Theo. 

Lemon Curd Killer is available from AmazonB&N, Kobo,  IndieBound, and Penguin Random House.  You can find the other A Tea Shop Mysteries hereYou can find Laura Child's other novels here.  The next A Tea Shop Mystery is Honey Drop Dead and it will be out on August 8.  Are you ready for the giveaway?  Two lucky people will win a hard cover copy of Lemon Curd Killer (sorry, but US Only).  You can click here to enter or enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Tomorrow I am featuring Second Time Around by Melody Carlson.  I hope that you have a joyful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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