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Shades of Earl Grey (A Tea Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 7, 2003
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Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
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I have some quibbles with the storyline. I feel that the author has a nasty habit of waiting until the last five pages and then pulling the burglar/murderer out of thin air. I do like the coziness of the setting, the tea facts, and historic details. The characters seem to be well fleshed out. Overall I would recommend the book.
After reading the first book in this series, I immediately purchased ALL the published books in the series. After finishing one, I can't wait to read the next in the series. I love how Laura Childs keeps adding to each of the main characters personalities (and flaws) in each successive book. A GREAT READ!! PLUS if you love "teas" each book has the recipes for many of the dishes in the stories -- all easy to follow, make AND they really are delicious! The author also uses the CHARLESTON. NC area as a fantastic added dimension (plus for those of us NON-NATIVE Southerners a little historical view of the city and the low-country area which surrounds it.
On the other hand, I like Theo the Tea Proprietor and would love to "visit" her tea shop. I enjoy that she has a dog named Earl Gray, a type of tea. And I also like how the author ties each book's title to a type of tea and to an element of the book's plot. Some of the tea information seems a bit off, but I can be forgiving of that.
On the other hand (my third hand?), I was appalled at how the author ended this story. I'm not talking about the "who" of the who-dun-it (which I guessed early on), but about where the story actually leaves us. It would never happen this way in real life. I'll say no more lest I spoil the story.
I will keep reading the series for the time being, having already bought them all, but I do hope that Theo is less annoying.