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where was the plot?,
This review is from: The Silver Needle Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery) (Hardcover)
I look forward to each Indigo Teashop mystery's being released.
But I have to admit that this one left me very disappointed. I felt as if I were tripping over all the elitist descriptive words and snobby product-name dropping. Where were the characters we all have come to know and love?
Theodoisa's charm has been that she created a quaint tea shop out of an investment. As her teashop grew and her relationships in her local area of Charleston grew, so did our love for her and her mysteries. Her own personality charm and quirks partnered with Drayton's soft-on-the-inside/society-proper-on-the-outside have been a delight to read about.
The Silver Needle Murder lost that quaintness and charm for me. Instead I was distracted by the consistent references to all the snobbishness and elite of the "tea culture", for example, Theodosia having all the different china tea sets "on hand" to suit the particular tea event? to the inconsistency of concerns over Drayton's cost of something, but at the same time overloading swag bags, for lack of foresight and planning. Even Hayley's cuisine was no longer of the "create something marvelous out of the simple" that it usually has.
I realize the setting of the storyline this time was a film screening event. Maybe that's what went wrong. Theodosia, Hayley, and Drayton have been portrayed as having more genuine class than the "film culture" who turns up. Even the resolution of the murder mystery itself got caught up in the pseudo culture to the point where it was essentially meaningless and detached. (and why not more about Earl Grey and his onstage appearance? I look forward to him in each book.)
I felt like the author just got her degree in 'Tea Culture' and had to tell us how much she knows now. I hope the next release is back to the basics of the charm of this series.
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Initial post: Apr 1, 2012 10:14:48 PM PDT
Plots are not Ms. Childs' strong suit. You have to like her venues and characters and basically breeze through the "mystery" part. By the time this book came along, she had added other series and now cranks out three books a year to feed all three. Hey, she's selling, selling, so why slow down and do it right? The good characters and venues are still there, and hopefully she will not mess those up. Would like to see these made into a TV series with good casting, keeping the characters true to the early books. But they will have to seriously rewrite the story lines for the mystery element. They are increasingly disjointed and fantastic.
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