Book Review: Steeped In Evil (A Tea Shop Mystery)

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Steeped in EvilTheodosia Browning returns in the new novel, Steeped In Evil, to solve another bloody murder in Charleston for a fifteenth episode in the series. Through the magic of fiction and the talent of author, Laura Childs, the crime solving tearoom owner manages to remain unruffled in business, serving daily pots of tea and piping hot scones, healthy and fit as she jogs miles through the historic streets of Charleston, always ready to slip into something elegant for a society fundraiser and eager to step into the muck and mire of local crime to help her friends. This latest page-turner continues to involve all three of the Indigo Tearoom staff, Theodosia, Drayton and Haley, in the mystery of who stashed a body in the wine barrel at a local winery. Friends become suspects and the most unlikely twists and turns, once again, pull the tearoom team back into danger. Childs also shares thirteen of the Indigo Tearoom recipes as well as creative tea party tips such as how to give pet friendly parties. She also promises to bring the beautiful auburn-haired Theodosia back for new adventures and continued romantic entanglements.

"A love letter to Charleston, tea and fine living."   Kirkus Review

Published by Berkeley Prime Crime, NY 300 pages Hardbound $24.95 USBN: 978-0-425-25295-6