I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Dark and Stormy Tea by Laura Childs
Series: A Teashop Mystery #24
Published by Penguin on August 9, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Format: ARC, eBook
A possible serial killer on the loose sends tea maven Theodosia Browning into a whirlwind of investigation in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.
It was a dark and stormy night, but that was the least of Theodosia Browning's troubles. As she approaches St. Philips Graveyard, Theodosia sees two figures locked in a strange embrace. Wiping rain from her eyes, Theodosia realizes she has just witnessed a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the fog.
In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim—it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns the Antiquarian Bookshop next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop.
Even though this appears to be the work of a serial killer who is stalking the back alleys of Charleston, Lois begs Theodosia for help. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. And quickly discovers that suspects abound with the dead girl’s boyfriend, nefarious real estate developer, private-security man, bumbling reporter, and her own neighbor who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending.
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!
Okay. First of all. I absolutely cannot get into these books because the main character is named Theodosia and she doesn’t even go by a quirky little nickname. And I just hear “dear theodosia” from Hamilton. Which is very much a Me Problem. Also I’m not a fan, at all, of her cop boyfriend, because he’s Weirdly Controlling. Which is definitely a staple of cozy mysteries, but I didn’t vibe with it at all. I think I might actually try to go back and read the first books in this series to see if I vibe with them better, because the TEA TIPS AND RECIPES at the back of the book are Absolutely Top Notch, Very Good. Which is what gets this book FOUR STARS. Actually three and a half stars, but we’ll round up. Thanks to NetGalley, etc.