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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Indigo Tea Shop

Sometime in late 2002 or early 2003, I found a "cozy" that I liked,
Death by Darjeeling
It had me at the title -- it was about tea!
A tea and a tea shop!
A murder mystery!
The author was Laura Childs
And I was entranced by Theodosia Browning, her tea shop, The Indigo Tea Shop,
and her cohorts, Drayton and Haley
And a dog -- Earl Grey
And a boyfriend, of course!

It was a paperback and as were the next two, Gunpowder Green and Shades of Earl Grey
I found out that she had just come out with a fourth book,
The English Breakfast Murder
But it was only in hardback, but I bought it too

I loved the setting -- Charleston
I loved the characters

But unlike an established author, I have to wait a whole year for the next book
Every March I eagerly awaited the next installment of the Indigo Tea Shop mysteries
And they did not disappoint

Laura has now written 18 tea shop mysteries.
And if you haven't read them, it would be fun to read them straight through
And you wouldn't have to wait a year between books!

Her release date has always been in March

It's March
It's release date
I preordered and in my mail box . . . 

Pekoe Most Poison

Tea time today was in the breakfast room,
with daffodils on the table 
A pot of Earl Grey tea and some Easter Biscuits for a nosh

I'm sure the book (like all the others) will be devoured in a day or two.

I so enjoy keeping up with the antics of Theodosia and Company

And another good thing about the books?
They come with recipes --

Like Low Country Black Bean Soup and Sweet Potato Muffins


Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

The newest book has a recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini that I'm dying to try.
Perhaps for the next Lunch Bunch Lunch!

Between my love of the books and the recipes in the back, they have their own shelf in my special bookcase.

I highly recommend Laura Child's Tea Shop Mysteries
if you haven't read them, you should!


From the Kitchen said...

I love these books. I met Laura several times when we lived in Charleston. She is as delightful as her books.


Anonymous said...

She has two other series that are outstanding also. One is Scrapbooking Mysteries, based in New Orleans; and the other is Cackleberry Club Mysteries. The Cackleberry books also have recipes. I think you'd enjoy them.
And, I love your posts. It's like a cozy visit with a friend.

Joy said...

These are among my favorite books, and I look forward to reading the latest one.

Bernideen said...

A wonderful review - great fun!

Barbara said...

I love her books too. After I read them I save them to add to the box I send for Stephanie's teacup exchange.

Marilyn Miller said...

I pre-ordered mine too and should be here soon. Thanks for the review, now I really can't wait. I didn't realize her release date is always March. Good to know.