Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Plum Tea Crazy

Laura Childs

"Tea lovers, mystery lovers, [this] is for you. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."--Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times bestselling author

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Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.


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This is the first Laura Childs book that I have read. I think the tie in with recipes featured within the story and tips/resources on tea etiquette is a wonderful touch. The story was a light and easy read but I found myself wanting more.

This is the first book in this series I have read. I read it to the end, which I don't always do, so that says something. It had a nice pace and the writing was well done. Liked the recipes in the back. The characters were a little shallow and I had a hard time believing a few things. One of their main suspects just decides to drop in and give Theo information out of the blue - just to Theo, not the cops - that wasn't explained or justified in my mind. Never tied up loose ends (think hit and run and assault on "surprise" suspect) which bugs me. Even how/why the first murder occurred and the unusual way that it did was not explained. Also doubt aa actual police boyfriend would be so understanding with her antics. I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

This is the first Laura Childs book I have read. I loved it. The interactions with Theo and Drayton were great. I would have liked to see a little more for Det. Riley though. I will definitely be on the look out for more of the Tea Shop stories.

This book was great!! I love the Tea Shop Mysteries!! I can't wait for next one!!!

I truly enjoyed this visit with Theodosia, Drayton, and acquaintances. As usual, the story was delightful, the recipes delicious, and the plot devious. Always a pleasurable way to spend with a wonderful story teller.

This is the first I have read of this series I think. The characters seem a little stuffy for the south. Theodosia is likeable and the tea shop is a nice backdrop, however, I found it disconcerting she would question the capability of the local police when she was dating one! It is set in Charleston, SC and for a few chapters I was wondering if it were modern times or early 1900 something. It finally was made clear thru devices used. It is not a great mystery and characters seem a little shallow, but maybe because I have not read the previous books in the series. The characters seemed almost a little cartoonish at times. All in all, it was just OK. I am sure some like the series since this is the 19th? Not for me though. I was delighted to find recipes included in the back of the book. Nice touch. And there were some references for tea websties among others, so that was nice, too. If you love tea, recipes and the upper crust society types, then this might be for you.

It's been years since I read one of the Tea Shop Mysteries, but reading the latest installment reminded me of why I used to regularly check the mystery section for a new installment. This is a light easy read, with the usual mishaps, coincidences, and red herrings expected in this type of book. Anyone who has read enough of these types of books will know who the murderer is before clues are even put out there, but it then creates the challenge of finding the clues that prove we know who did it, even if Theodosia doesn't. Because I haven't read one of these books in years, I was concerned I wouldn't know who the characters or be able to relate to them. Childs does a good job of introducing each character and explaining who they are and their relationship to Theo without it being tedious for someone who reads them faithfully. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but it wasn't difficult to do. I think the recipes at the end are great too.

I do so enjoy Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mystery Series, and Plum Crazy Tea is a brilliant new addition! I discovered these mysteries through First to Read, as Death by Darjeeling is the first book I selected to read. PTC welcomes back all of bmp ou

was very glad to receive this book through Penguin's First to Read program. This is the first book I've read in this series. Although it is #18 in the series, it was not a problem to not have read the previous books. At first I thought the book was set in Victorian times, but quickly realized that it was set in modern times. The book, set in Charleston, SC, starts with Theodosia and Drayton attending a party when a man plunges to his death at the party. Theodosia wants to figure out what happened to him because she is so curious. I loved the descriptions of all the teas and scones, breads, and other accompaniments to tea. I got a little confused keeping all the characters and potential murder suspects straight, but I enjoyed the twists and turns of the book. I now have a new author to read and enjoy the rest of her books!

This story starts out with Theodosia and Drayton taking some time off from the Indigo Tea Shop to attend festivities at Timothy Neville's, when a man falls to his death (accident or murder?). It seems that the dead man, Carson Lanier, banker, was a member of the Heritage Society that Neville belongs to. Neville then asks Theodosia to see if any of his guests might have anything to do with Laniers death. Theo is always willing to help a friend and gets to work. A quick read with lots of suspects that come along as the story progresses. Her circle of friends, including love interest, Det. Pete Riley, help. Red herrings point in different directions but in the end the culprit and reasons for the murder are unmasked. A nice cozy mystery, to enjoy with a hot cup of tea. Thank you First-to-Read for this free e-copy of "Plum Tea Crazy".

I cozied up with Plum Tea Crazy unsure exactly what to expect. Laura Childs is not an author I have read before, so the Tea Shop mysteries are new to me. What a treat! I immediately felt right at home and comfortable with the tea shop and the characters who gather there. The mystery of who was the murderer took awhile to be revealed with more than one twist in the plot before the final revelation. This was a book I enjoyed. It was a needed break from the worries and cares of the real world. Bonuses include info about Charlestown which seems like a delightful place to visit and recipes! While I read the book I was drooling over the delicious sounding treats that were served at the tea shop for various functions. I was so pleased to find recipes for these treats included at the end of the book. I will add Laura Childs to my list of 'to read' authors for a pleasant time away from the everyday worries of the world.

I received this book free through the First to Read program. An evening watching the Tall Ships from Timothy Neville's house turns into a murder. As always with the Tea Shop Mysteries there is murder, mayhem, great food and humor though the book. I have enjoyed every installment of this series. Laura Childs writing style takes you right to Charleston and not only keeps you guessing but laughing as Theodosia and Drayton get into more than they bargained for every time. Plum Tea Crazy does not disappoint and is yet another great installment to one of my favorite series.

This book was just wonderful! From antiques, tea and guns, "Plum Tea Crazy" has all the interests every true southern girl loves. Though it was the 19th book in the Tea Shop Mystery series, you could jump right in without having to read the first 18 books to know what was going on. Perfect fun read for anyone looking for a little mystery in their lives!

I was very surprised to find that this is the 19th book in a series. Honestly, to me, it reads like a first effort by a new writer. The characters are likeable enough, although Theodosia seems somewhat scattered in that she jumps from suspect to suspect based solely on first meetings. Because so many characters are included they seem somewhat one dimensional; perhaps if you read the series they are previously more fully developed. I had less trouble determining the "whodunit" than did Theodosia because I wasn't distracted by the seeming red herrings. I would rate the book 2 1/2 out of 5 but give it a 3 because of the recipes included at the back. I received a pre-publication copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

A great cozy mystery for those that love the genre. There is a fun cast of likeable characters, and the story moves along at a nice pace. I really enjoyed reading this, and am greatly looking forward to another installment!

Sadly, I received this book,but I don’t have the correct device to read it on or the app to send it to successfully. I guess I’ll no longer be able to read & review anymore books from this site :(

Another great installment in Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mystery series. Another great story and it’s always great to spend time ties Theodosia, Drayton, Haley and Delaine. Another local has been killed in front of Theo and Drayton, so of course she can’t leave the investigation to Tidwell. Lots of twists and turns with a bit of suspense. The killer isn’t very obvious, and Childs keeps the reader guessing! Overall a great mystery!

Loved the story. Engaging mystery. Great characters. I love tea and tea shops. This book was very entertaining and the recipes are a bonus

I really enjoy this series. It never fails to surprise and there is always something new to learn. Characters are likeable and easy to track through the storyline. Recipes and tea tips at the end of book are easy to follow and inspiring to try. Looking forward to the next adventure.

This is a good, fluffy book for a quick pass-time read. This is my first in the series, though it is No. 19. There is probably some backstories I don't know, but that didn't prevent me from reading it. I didn't realize it was modern times, because the characters seem straight out of Victorian times, but maybe that is how the South is? Also there were quite a few stereotypes that were played out or mentioned that seemed completely wrong at times (millenials, amiright?) So that point threw me off sometimes, shaking my head in shame. Like I said, it is a good, light read without much depth and could use some better writing.

I requested an advanced reading copy from Penguin's First to Read program because I have read the other volumes in this series. I had high hopes that Theodosia would become more developed as a character. Instead, I found that the author used a formula that has been present in the last few books in the series. There is a murder at a society event early in the book and then Theodosia locks in on a suspect. She's surprised when there are personal attacks on her but she continues to investigate and thumb her nose at the police. I found it hard to believe that Detective Riley would continue to be in a relationship with her. It was easy to guess the killer based upon what had happened in earlier books. In the beginning of this series, the tea shop was a charming background to the murder mystery, but now it seems that Theodosia's business is an afterthought. I'm not sure if I'll continue to read this series. Ratings: 2 out of 5 stars

Plum Tea Crazy is the nineteenth in Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mystery series, and continues the story of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston SC, its owner and sleuth, Theodosia Browning, her right hand man and tea sommellier, Drayton, and the chef, Hayley. A local businessman has suspiciously fallen to his death and Theo is drawn into investigating while his body is still warm. There's an abundance of suspects: the estranged wife, the new girlfriend, the disgruntled business partner. Theo crosses paths with all of them at various events and setting around Charleston and ruffles feathers along the way to draw out the murderer. Laura Childs' attention to settings and characters makes this series a treat to read; I look forward to each new installment and highly recommend the books.

I enjoyed this novel by Laura Childs. The characters and plot line were well developed. Even though I was able to guess the whodunnit sooner than the protagonist, I still enjoyed watching everything unfold and joining Theodosia and Drayton on their adventure. I would definitely read another book from Laura Childs. I also appreciated the recipes at the end of the book. Overall, I'd give this book a 4 out of 5.

This book was pretty enjoyable. I had no idea going in that this is the 19th in the series, but it was very easy to read as a standalone. I've been reading more and more mysteries through First to Read and I've found that I really do like the genre. The characters in this book do come off as a tiny bit pretentious, and you'll have to suspend disbelief that the detectives didn't put the pieces of the mystery together before Theo. While there were a few other elements of this story that I didn't love, overall it was a good read that kept me interested throughout. The solution to the mystery was actually pretty surprising, and the setting was quaint and well-written. I would definitely read more cozy mysteries by this author.

Theodosia is up to her elbows in more than hot tea water again! This time a man is killed during a fireworks and cannon display. Unlike most cozies, Ms. Childs gives an incredibly detailed portrayal of the murder victim and scene. It may be too much for the more gentler readers. I enjoyed the book until the very ending. Theodosia makes a great leap between her clues and determining who the killer was. I wish the clue had popped up sooner and Ms. Childs had given her time to do some sleuthing before pouncing on the answer. It almost felt like the identity of the killer was changed at the last minute and there wasn't time to go back and rewrite the lead-up.

I have only read a few books in the series, but I am glad I read this one. The first thing that drew me to this book was the lovely cover. This book starts off with a bang when Theodosia (Theo) and her good friend and tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are viewing the the city’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade event.When one of the guests appears to have been shot and falls from the widow's walk during the event,Theo jumps in right away. She ends up chasing a person who she thinks is responsible through the B & B next door. When it’s reinforced that it was a murder and not a horrible accident, Theo's friend asks her to poke around and see if she can come up with some suspects. Theo’s supportive friends are there to help her out from Drayton to Haley, the talented shop’s chef, and Haley’s young nephew, Jamie. The supporting characters are well thought out and add fun to the storyline. Theo’s relationship with Detective Pete Riley helped her to gather some facts and I find it refreshing that he doesn’t demand that she stop snooping. There were some laugh out loud moments in the book that I enjoyed as well. I thought I figured out who the murderer was and I was right, but the reveal was well done and tied up all the loose ends. A fun, entertaining story.

I chose this book, though not a genre (cozy mystery) I would normally read, from recent offerings by Penguin’s First to Read as an ARC. It provided what I was expecting, an easy, entertaining mystery. It was an enjoyable read, despite my being bothered by several repetitions and some tea shop business practices that didn’t seem to me to be realistic. I was able to figure out “who done it,” though I wasn’t completely sure until the end. A bonus: tea shop recipes from the story, some of which I plan to try.

I always enjoy Laura Childs’ books, and Plum Tea Crazy is no exception. Her books offer a richly detailed mystery beyond the typical cozy read. This book includes the familiar characters of Theodosia and Drayton of the Indigo Tea Shop, Detective Tidwell and beau Det. Pete Riley, and her fellow shop owners. We are also introduced to new characters as we explore the murder by bow and arrow of a local man surrounded by controversy. One of the things that I appreciate in Childs’ books is the lush descriptions of the setting from lovely Charleston to the specific room entered. Even the clothes that people wear are richly described, down to the brand of designer shoe. I enjoy being able to picture the particular room in the scene and its beautiful decor, as well as practically smell the enticing scent of the tea. For me, the details are as important as the unfolding mystery. This book includes several themes of local events, such as an antique arms show, Plum Blossom festival, “Hair Ball” cat fundraiser and even a hair-pulling cat fight. I was also tickled to note the mention of the Civil War hero for which our town is named, Frances “Swamp Fox” Marion. Plum Tea Crazy provided me with a delightful escape from the daily grind, and I look forward to her next book in this tea shop series.

I've gotten into these cozy mysteries lately and thought I would try a different author. This one was okay but not great. I found Theodosia and Drayton both annoying and pretentious. A lot of this atmosphere was southern high society with a Heritage Society, antique gun show, fashion show, cat show, etc. and I think it just wasn't the setting for me. I did like Childs' writing though and she structured the mystery well. The excerpt from a mystery in the Scrapbooking Mystery series called Glitter Bomb actually intrigued me more.

This is first book I have read in this series. Great characters. Easy to pick up even though I hadn't read the other books. I will read another.

What could be better than a mystery cozy set in a tea shop? I enjoyed reading this book. The main character, Theodosia, and her friend and coworker, Drayton Conneley, witness a murder while at a social event and then work together to investigate. Their relationship is well written, warm, and humorous. The fact that it is set in Charleston only adds to the ambiance of the story. The tea shop setting allows for quite a bit of information about the different kinds of teas to be imparted, and the book even has some tea time recipes at the back, along with "Tea Time Tips" and links for tea resources. After reading this, I found out that it is the nineteenth (!) in a series. I will certainly be looking for the others to read and catch up on the antics of Theo and Drayton. Thank you to Penguin books and the First to Read program for the opportunity to read and review this book in return for an honest review.

PLUM TEA CRAZY, the nineteenth book in the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs, captured my interest from the first page and kept me engaged until the last. This series has evolved, and the characters and their relationships have matured adding a new depth to the storyline. Theodosia and Drayton have the unfortunate tendency to be on hand when an untimely death occurs. True to form, while enjoying the festivities of the Gaslights and Galleons Parade, they witness the death (or was it murder?) of Carson Lanier, a local banker. As the book progresses, we are offered a peek into high society fashion shows, a Japanese art gallery and a black-tie event. As a reader, I was charmed with the sights of the city, Theodosia’s elegant tea shop, and the delectable tastings of tea and treats. Most important, I was entertained until the final page. An enjoyable read and a series that I will return to! I was provided an advance copy by First-to-Read in return for an honest review. Link to Amazon review Link to Amazon review

This is the first in this series that I have read. I usually like to start reading a series with the first book, but I didn't feel lost of confused by starting this series so far into the set. I enjoyed the writing and the characters. This author and series are going on my to read list.

I really enjoy this series and the latest installment did not disappoint! Laura Childs creates memorable characters and intriguing mysteries. I'm eager to read the next one!

I haven't read any of the books in this series before so I hate to start with #19, but I didn't feel too lost in the story. It was full of yummy sounding teas and food (some recipes included in the back as well as resources to find tea and learn more about tea). I was suspicious of the actual murderer earlier in the story so it wasn't a really difficult whodunit, but I still enjoyed the book.

I'm a fan of cozy mysteries so I was looking forward to reading one with the added twist of being partly in a tea shop in the deep South. The problem was that it just did not pan out as a complete story. The mystery is good and really deeply complicated, but our fearless heroine does no detecting and mostly just stumbles from one wrong assumption to another. It at times reminded me of watching a mystery/thriller with someone not familiar with the genre, the type of person that latches onto every suspect and immediately finds a hundred reasons for them to be the culprit. It definitely moves the story long and sets up some interesting scenes, but it doesn't work as a whole. It might be that coming into it on book 19 meant that I was missing the history or insight into the people whose story I was reading, but I found it lacking in character development. The reader is expected to know every character and people just pop in and out of the story as caricatures of people one would usually find in the type of story being told. It works in theory, but falls flat in practice. What I did enjoy is how Childs paints each scene perfectly into the reader's mind. She writes each scene (and it's accompanying tea) with the gusto of someone in love with the setting. It makes the world come alive; it's just bad that the characters didn't follow the same road. Now, I will fully take responsibility for coming into this on a very advanced volume so it might be that someone familiar with the characters and world will love it and devour it from cover to cover, but I just wasn't crazy about it.

Even though this is the latest book in a long series, Plum Tea Crazy is a book that is easy to jump into although I haven't read any of the prior books. The characters and scenery are well-developed. When it comes to the mystery there are enough twists and turns to keep us readers entertained. I loved the characters and I would definitely go back and read the rest of the series in my spare time. The added recipes are a treat!

This is my first "Cozy Tea" book. The southern charm makes this book a fun and quick read. The characters were quirky and well developed. I l enjoyed learning about the teas. The author made me feel like I was at the locations. The number of suspects for the murder were many and varied greatly. I couldn't put the book down.

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs is the nineteenth story in A Tea Shop Mystery series. Theodosia “Theo” Browning owns the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carlson. Theo is aided by her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley and chef, Haley Parker. Drayton and Theo are enjoying the Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Archdale Street mansion. When the cannon volleys begin a scream rings out, and Carson Lanier slides down the roof to his death atop a fleur-de-lis fence finial. Upon inspection of Carson’s body, it is discovered he was shot by a quarrel (type of arrow used in a crossbow) which caused him to tumble over the railing of the widow’s walk. Timothy requests that Theo use her skills to investigate Carson’s murder. It turns out that there are several viable suspects that include a protestor of the upcoming antique firearms display at the Heritage Society, Carson’s estranged wife, a co-worker, and the manager of a local bed-and-breakfast. Who shot Carson and why? Theo works in her sleuthing in between working at the tea shop, handling catering gigs, taking care of Earl Grey, and specialty tea events they have scheduled at the Indigo Tea Shop. The killer, though, does not appreciate Theo’s snooping and attempts to dissuade her (the person evidently does not know Theo). Will Theo be able to expose the guilty party before she ends up the next victim? Plum Tea Crazy may be the 19th book in the series, but it can be read alone. I do, though, highly recommend reading each book in this charming cozy mystery series. A Tea Shop Mystery series is one of the first cozy mystery series I discovered. I found the books in my local bookstore (before e-books) and quickly devoured Death by Darjeeling. I then returned to the store and purchased the other books in the series that were out at the time. I look forward to a new book in this series each year. Plum Tea Crazy is well-written, has a steady pace and engaging. I love when I am drawn into the books world as I was with Plum Tea Crazy. The book contains delightful characters that are well established, and they continue to grow as the series progresses. Theo is an intelligent woman who is warm, thoughtful and has a big heart. I like the interactions between Theo, Haley, Drayton and Earl Grey is just adorable. The only character that I dislike is Delaine Dish. She is overbearing, pushy, annoying and seemed a little off balance (she grates on my nerves) in this book. Delaine is one of those people that can only be taken in small doses. The setting of Savannah, South Carolina sounds just lovely. Laura Childs provides beautiful descriptions of the area, homes, the featured stores and the Indigo Tea Shop. The mystery is complex, and it will perplex readers. There is a clue to the killer’s identity, but you will need a keen eye to spot it. The book contains delectable food and tea descriptions. I especially enjoyed the cozy moments in Plum Tea Crazy. I did feel that Plum Tea Crazy needed an epilogue to tie up all the loose threads (details seemed to be lacking). There are recipes and tea tips at the end of the book as well as a preview of Glitter Bomb. Plum Tea Crazy is an engaging, light hearted cozy mystery that will delight fans of Laura Childs.

This was an entertaining cozy mystery about quirky characters with Southern charm and tradition. Theodosia, tea shop owner and her co-workers get involved in a murder mystery in Charleston, where their antics were equally exciting and fun. The recipes and the teas were an added bonus. Some romance sprinkled throughout, but a great cozy even if it's not your cup of tea!

It was a good story full of vivid detail and quirky characters. I'll be reading more Laura Childs in the future.

I have read many of the Tea Shop Mysteries over the years. This entry is like a visit with old friends. I always enjoy learning about the different types of tea. A bonus is that Ms. Childs creates a very strong sense of place. I feel as if I have been on a visit to Charleston without leaving my home. The mystery itself was intriguing. The world of antique weapons was a new one to me. I do wish Theo wasn't quite so impetuous and would call in the police more often. She definitely puts herself in unnecessary danger often. (But that is common in a cozy and more a criticism of the cozy mystery genre as a whole than this book in particular.) All in all I enjoyed the book immensely and appreciate the opportunity to review it.

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Laura Childs does it again! Grasps you within the first few paragraphs. My heart pounded along with Theodosias. I saw the scene as if I were standing beside her. Keeps you guessing and trying to figure it out before Theodosia. But of course Childs doesn't make it easy for you. Absolutely terrific!


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