Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pekoe Most Poison
by Laura Childs

There’s a lot of great detail in this book and I think the mystery was deeper and more complex than a lot of the other cozies I’ve been reading lately.
~Michelle’s Romantic Tangle
It was lovely being back in Charleston and wonderful to visit with Theo, Haley and Drayton. Good mystery with lots of red herrings…
Even if you are not a tea affictionato, you will find this another tasty cozy mystery in Laura Child’s long running series.
~Laura’s Interests
Another great sleuthing mystery about to unfold, and you are going to have a front seat to the action.
~Maureen’s Musings
This is the 18th book in the Tea Shop series and my favorite by far.
~Bab’s Book Bistro 
From page one it was a hard book to put down. It was fast paced filled with murder, blackmail and a little embezzlement. With more than a few suspects.
~My Journey Back
I think this is one of my favorites of the Tea Shop series so far! I really enjoyed this one.
Another great installment in the Tea Shop Mysteries. Again, Laura writing is spot on which makes the book flow really well.
~Melina’s Book Blog
Pekoe Most Poison was one of the best ones in the series. I couldn’t put it down.
~Shelley’s Book Case
This book is freshly written, even after book 18 in the series. Childs keeps you pulled in from the guy in a rat suite answering the door, through all the twists and turns and surprises, until Theodosia’s and Riley’s conversation at the very end.
~Rainy Day Reviews
Ah the Tea Shop Mysteries. These are my very favorite! they are very smartly written and a little bit posh. I absolutely loved this book…
~A Chick Who Reads
Another hit by Laura Childs in her fun tea shop series… Laura still has a way of writing that draws you in to yet another new crime.
~A. Holland Reads
Readers if you love falling into a mystery, walking the charming towns with the characters, and searching for clues- then you need to read this book!
~Bibliophile Reviews
This book does exactly as intended: provides the reader with a good evening or two of lovely scenes, story, and character.
~The Editing Pen
Everything I have read by Ms. Child’s proves to be a masterpiece. Can’t wait to see where this series goes next!
~Community Bookstop
Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
18th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (March 7, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425281680


In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued. As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.
But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.
The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…
laura childs from facebookAbout The Author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.
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Every time I read a book from this author, I fall in love with her writing. She has a way of writing mysteries that are entertaining, intriguing and keep readers glued to their seat . The latest from her is one of her best and I loved how it kept my attention throughout the twists and turns.

I love tea shops and when I'm there I feel so relaxed. The atmosphere is soothing and there are always wonderful teas and foods to entice you. I'm not sure I would be excited to attend a "Rat Tea Party" though. Just the thought of a rat makes me want to jump on a chair and scream. The main character owns a tea shop and with the well defined descriptions of the food, I would love to go there to sample the exquisite menu.

As guests settle down for an adventure at the "Rat Tea Party"  hosted by  Doreen Briggs a sudden   burst of flames shoots  up from the centerpiece. What would you do if you saw something on fire? The first instinct Theo has is to throw the tea on the flame. Things start to settle down until  a coughing and choking sound comes from one of the guests. It looks like someone has taken their last drop of tea. Who poisoned the guest and why?

Theo and Drayton are coerced into looking  into the death of the poisoned victim and boy does  the action start to take off. The author cleverly gives us several suspects which I paid special attention to. I was determined to figure out who the killer was. I won't say whether I guessed right, but I will tell readers to keep on their toes.  The story is fast paced and the twists leave reasonable doubts as to the true killer. Don't miss another outstanding  book by this author.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

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