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Sweet Tea Revenge

de Laura Childs

Séries: Tea Shop Mysteries (14)

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Tea shop owner and bridesmaid Theodosia Browning investigates when the groom is literally late on the couples' big day.
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I think I enjoyed this less than usual because I inadvertently spotted the murderer early on. ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
Another great book in the series. ( )
  nlb1050 | Apr 23, 2021 |
Apparently not a good starting place to read. After a few really "heavy" books I decided that I needed a change of pace. I've never really read "cozy mysteries" as they're called and loved the idea of one that has to do with tea. I had spotted this at the bookstore but chose not to buy it until I had a coupon. That was a good idea on my part.
 
Apparently the series revolves around a tea shop owner, Theodosia Browning, in Charleston, South Carolina. Theo also solves mysteries. This time, her friend Delaine's soon to be husband is found dead right before the wedding (as in, the guests are present and they're waiting for the bride and groom, to start the ceremony, etc.). Gasp! Who did it? Why? We've got a mystery on our hands and it's time to solve it.
 
I decided to go ahead and pick one person early (why not?) as the killer. I have no idea how these cozy mysteries go and so I thought I'd have fun with this. Of course, I was wrong but the fun was seeing if I guessed correctly. :) However, that was pretty much the only thing that kept me going. I wasn't particularly interested in any of the characters. There wasn't enough "tea time" for me (although the bits about Theo's shop were fun). I didn't feel the book was particularly well-written and found it to be a real struggle.
 
Based on other reviews it appears the quality of the books has gone down as time has passed so perhaps this was a matter of picking the wrong title to start with. It's a pity because as I mentioned, I totally adored the idea. But as they're available as mass market paperbacks I think I'll try from the first ones and give this series another shot. As I look at the Goodreads ratings (not 100% accurate but it's something) this appears to be one of these (if not THE) lowest rated entry of the series. So maybe it was bad luck.
 
I want to try to continue to keep my horizons broad. It's not an amazing, award-winning piece of literature but as an escape it seems like it might make a great vacation read or something to fill a rainy/wintery afternoon or weekend. And as my first conscious foray into mysteries, this wasn't a turn-off either.
 
I bought this with a coupon thinking it might be something to leave behind if it really came down to it and that seemed right. I may try to borrow the others from the library instead but I don't regret it as a cheap-o purchase (wouldn't buy it as a hardcover or as a trade paperback though!). ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
Sweet Tea Revenge is the 14th book in the A Tea Shop Mystery series. It's always a treat for me to enter the cozy confines of the Indigo Tea Shop. Child's writing puts me right inside the store and I can literally see Theodosia, Haley, and Drayton scurrying around helping the customers of shop.

Delaine Dish has asked Theodosia to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. the wedding day has arrived and as time is approaching for the ceremony, Theodosia goes to Dougan Granville, the groom, and finds him dead with his nose close to unknown powder. What with a heated argument have being heard between the couple just a couple hours earlier, Delaine immediately becomes a person of interest. Of course Delaine asks Theodosia to do her own little investigation, much to Detective Tidwell's disapproval.

As Theodosia is organizing her thoughts on how to proceed with her inquiries, Jed and Tim Beckman arrive at Ravencrest Inn. Jed and Tim and want to film at Ravencrest for a segment Southern Hauntings. They excited to hear a death has just occurred, because they feel there is a better chance of making contact with the spirit world. Theodosia is reluctant to allow it, hopes that they may be of some help.

As Theodosia starts getting involved, she finds out that Dougan's estranged stepson wants into the law firm that Dougan is a partner in. From Delaine, she learns that Allan Grumley, the other partner in the law firm, seems hesitant to share with Delaine the terms of Dougan Will.

Child's once again kept me guessing to end of the book.

Tasty sounding recipes are included, as well as an extensive list of tea related link.

I am looking forward to #15. ( )
  FredYoder | May 17, 2015 |
I’ve read several of Laura Child’s books, including the Tea Shop Series, and was very disappointed in SWEET TEA REVENGE.

The day of Theodosia’s friend Delaine’s wedding (they’ve been engaged for four weeks), the groom is late. Theodosia finds him in his room at the Inn, cold and pulseless, white powder on a table next to him. Further investigation reveals that he has also been hit on the head turning his death into a homicide. Since his death had been recent, how cold could his body have been?

As usual, Theo works with Detective Tidwell. As usual, she and her friends don’t think much of his crime solving abilities (they expect the murderer to be caught with a few hours) and Theo gets involved. While she does check out several suspects, some of their extreme negative reactions to her and Delaine are not explained. She also finds some evidence that the police missed and removes it, placing it into an envelope and giving it to them, jeopardizing it’s reliability as evidence.

Two days after the murder, Delaine asks Theo to help prepare the groom’s house, which is next door to Theo’s, for the annual garden tour. It would seem that all the arrangements would have been made much earlier.

There are sections dealing with the Tea Room and about clothes as well as some ghost chasing. I don’t understand why neither Theodosia never seems to know what Haley is planning for the food every day. Doesn’t she have to buy the food? The recipes and party plans at the end are not exciting but the list of tea resources is helpful.

There isn’t much serious investigation and the ending almost comes from thin air and ends quite suddenly.

SWEET TEA REVENGE is a quick read and only slightly satisfying. Laura Childs can and has done better. ( )
  Judiex | May 6, 2014 |
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