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 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!