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The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries. Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and si The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries. Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo's best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who rob the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake. Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can't help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart's Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring "smash and grab" is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home... INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


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The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries. Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and si The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries. Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo's best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who rob the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake. Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can't help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart's Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring "smash and grab" is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home... INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

30 review for Devonshire Scream

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ioana

    I am a book whore. My bed, desk, floor are strewn with books, while the new home now houses several "libraries" (yes, I even named them). I love books - and I do not mean, reading books, though I love that too, I mean books as physical objects. Fingering and smelling them fondly as I read, I am a sucker for the feel of a nice editions, serrated edges, the scents of freshly printed paper, and the like (which is why I don't do e-books). So now I'm having some kind of moral breakdown: I received th I am a book whore. My bed, desk, floor are strewn with books, while the new home now houses several "libraries" (yes, I even named them). I love books - and I do not mean, reading books, though I love that too, I mean books as physical objects. Fingering and smelling them fondly as I read, I am a sucker for the feel of a nice editions, serrated edges, the scents of freshly printed paper, and the like (which is why I don't do e-books). So now I'm having some kind of moral breakdown: I received this book via the GoodReads Giveaways program. My first couple reactions: "I got a free book! I won (my first) book! I won something for the first time ever, and it's a book!" Understatement to say I take this seriously, and that I am overjoyed. And this book will definitely find a home (in the "mysteries and pulp" library). Back to the moral breakdown: I am supposed to honestly review this book. On one hand, I'm so overjoyed at having received a free book (the feeling may fade with repeated "wins" but this is my first). On the other, if I were honest about the contents, this is terrible, the perfect example of the sophomoric, inane, vapid drivel that somehow garners mass success in today's a-literary world of publishing. I basically felt as if I was reading a 5th grader's attempt at a novel. I haven't read mysteries in a while, but I went through a period where that's all I read. I've gone through the entire Christie and Stout collections, most of Susanna Gregory and all of Mel Starr and C.J. Sansom (historical mysteries), with samplings from all the other "greats", and lots of newer pulps too. None of the authors I've read in this genre are artists (except C.J. Sansom, who is a bona-fide British academic historian and whose works are masterpieces)- but they all have this in common: their writing does not grate on the nerves. It's no poetry, but it's unobtrusive in a way that doesn't detract from the stories. Not so with Devonshire Scream, which is just badly, awfully, ghastly, terribly, [insert any other synonyms here for "horribly"] written. I didn't care about anything that was happening, the characters, the setting, nothing at all had a chance against the wobbly foundation of discordant, badly mashed, cliched use of the English language. Conclusion: while I love swimming in books, and I won't say no to any new addition to my library, I'd certainly not recommend this to anyone. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Post-Script: still - this series has obviously had some success, seeing as it's in 17th iteration. If you've enjoyed it up to this point, you probably will enjoy this installment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    I have returned to the Tea Shop Mystery coziverse after a couple of years away. I missed it. This time, I will stick with the series despite its pervasive mocking prose (present since 2015 with #16 Ming Tea Murder). I will continue to miss the even-handedness and cozy elegance of Child's old writing. I will remain a lover of this series in spite of the problems. 3 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Laura Childs has bagged me again with this fantastic mystery steeped full of action and intrigue! Talk about a book starting off with a bang. DEVONSHIRE SCREAM had me gasping in shock only a few pages in. Seriously, I sat up straighter in my chair, and remember saying out loud, “No way!” DEVONSHIRE SCREAM takes the reader through a jewel hyst and murder, and carries us through as investigation brewing with ever increasing questions, all leading to an intense conclusion that left me absolutely br Laura Childs has bagged me again with this fantastic mystery steeped full of action and intrigue! Talk about a book starting off with a bang. DEVONSHIRE SCREAM had me gasping in shock only a few pages in. Seriously, I sat up straighter in my chair, and remember saying out loud, “No way!” DEVONSHIRE SCREAM takes the reader through a jewel hyst and murder, and carries us through as investigation brewing with ever increasing questions, all leading to an intense conclusion that left me absolutely breathless! Book after book, author Laura Childs continues to write brilliant stories in this delightful series. Each new story is fresh, entertaining, and fun. Returning fans, and new readers of the Tea Shop mysteries are in for a wonderful treat with this latest installment. Make sure to check out the back of this book for recipes, Tea Time Tips, Tea Resources, and an excerpt of LITTLE GIRL GONE, a thriller y Laura Childs writing under her own name, Gerry Schmitt!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    The Tea Shop mysteries are pretty hit or miss for me. I continue to read them because while I find Theo almost as insufferable as Delaine (who is supposed to be unbearable), I like the idea of a series set in Charleston and, more than that, I generally like the tea shop aspect. Sigh. This book. This book... I don't really know where to begin. As always, there's a murder. When the victim's family member/Theo's friend comes into the shop the morning following the murder, Theo comments that she loo The Tea Shop mysteries are pretty hit or miss for me. I continue to read them because while I find Theo almost as insufferable as Delaine (who is supposed to be unbearable), I like the idea of a series set in Charleston and, more than that, I generally like the tea shop aspect. Sigh. This book. This book... I don't really know where to begin. As always, there's a murder. When the victim's family member/Theo's friend comes into the shop the morning following the murder, Theo comments that she looks like she's just been through a disaster. Really, Theo? Really? Having someone you love die pretty much in your arms is pretty much one of the worst things I can think of and yet not once during the entire book does she ever seem to realize how awful this must be for her friend. There's much talk of revenge or justice, but there's very little actual empathy. And since this happens pretty early on in the story, it made the rest of the book ring hollow. As for the local side, one of the characters says that their husband owned a Mercedes dealership on James Island. A successful one, one that would help her be able to afford a home in the historic district. There are not enough shrieks of "Bullshit!" in the world to convey how utterly wrong this is. Either your characters should know enough about the area to know this is BS or this is supposed to be a completely alternate universe. As it plays out, Theo and everyone else who heard this line and believed it to be true, looks like a complete fool. We won't really touch the whole autumn in Charleston thing because well... she's not entirely wrong, she's just not entirely right. (I believe autumn this year arrived in January or February for a day.) Mostly though, I was just amazed, in the worst possible way, by the way Theo went around breaking and entering and basically just being an awful person. Like I've said, she's never been my favorite character in the series, but she's never been quite so obnoxious before. Did I miss a terrific head injury? Did Max take some important piece of her down to Savannah with him (speaking of which, why do we get recaps for everything except their breakup?) Truthfully, almost no one in the book really acted quite like themselves, with the exception of Miss Dimple. Oh, and once more Theo doesn't actually figure out the bad guy. At all. Not even a little.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I started this book with high hopes that were quickly dashed. It did not have any of the feel of any of the other books in the series and felt like someone other than the writer penned this story. While all the characters were there, they all said and did things that at no time in the past have they done so. Theo appears stronger, but is much more crass, Haley is not the delightful young "assistant" and Drayton is less than his debonair self. There was no warmth in this book at all. While I want I started this book with high hopes that were quickly dashed. It did not have any of the feel of any of the other books in the series and felt like someone other than the writer penned this story. While all the characters were there, they all said and did things that at no time in the past have they done so. Theo appears stronger, but is much more crass, Haley is not the delightful young "assistant" and Drayton is less than his debonair self. There was no warmth in this book at all. While I wanted Theo to be more than she has been, more decisive, more strong woman, more of a detective, this just isn't it. Please bring the old Theo back.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee Wood

    Goodreads asks, "What did you think?" Well, I think the author has gone off the rails. The main characters are acting uncharacteristically, and not in a good way or any way that makes sense. Theodosia, who generally has a good mix of Southern charm, manners, brains, and moxie has become rude, reckless, and witless. Did she have a mental breakdown that will be discussed in the next book? One can only hope. I found myself skimming the last half of this book just wanting it to be over. I will proba Goodreads asks, "What did you think?" Well, I think the author has gone off the rails. The main characters are acting uncharacteristically, and not in a good way or any way that makes sense. Theodosia, who generally has a good mix of Southern charm, manners, brains, and moxie has become rude, reckless, and witless. Did she have a mental breakdown that will be discussed in the next book? One can only hope. I found myself skimming the last half of this book just wanting it to be over. I will probably read the next installment, but if there's no improvement, it will be my last.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Nothing better than a cup of tea and the latest Tea Shop Mystery There's nothing better for me than books and a cup of tea and there's certainly nothing better than a cup of tea and the latest Tea Shop Mystery. Theodosia Browning owns Indigo Tea Shop, there's nothing she loves better along with Drayton who is the tea master, an expert on all things, tea and he is also a antique collector and Haley who is the chef of the tea shop in Charleston, South Carolina. Heart's Desire is a fine jewelry sh Nothing better than a cup of tea and the latest Tea Shop Mystery There's nothing better for me than books and a cup of tea and there's certainly nothing better than a cup of tea and the latest Tea Shop Mystery. Theodosia Browning owns Indigo Tea Shop, there's nothing she loves better along with Drayton who is the tea master, an expert on all things, tea and he is also a antique collector and Haley who is the chef of the tea shop in Charleston, South Carolina. Heart's Desire is a fine jewelry shop that Theodosia's friend, Brooke owns and she invites Theodosia to a trunk show that's shes putting on to display some of her most priceless jewelry. With private collectors, and others among them an SUV comes speeding through the wall and all hell breaks out when a masked group starts quickly pocketing all the precious jewels. As glass is flying and guests fearing for their lives with the robbers letting a smoke bomb off, Theodosia's first thought is to help the other guests that are hurt and injured. Brooke is crying out in heartbreak when Theodosia approaches her niece, Kaitlin who is a jewelry designer in the making with glass embedded in her throat and clearly dead from her injury. With the Hertiage Society's Rare Antiquites show approaching and one of the items being displayed there being a valuable Farerge Egg, Theodosia fears this group of thives may return again. Brooke then asks Theodosia to find who is responsible and avenge her niece's death and she of coarse could never say no. Keep some tissues beside you, Devonshire Scream will have you shedding tears with a not so typical murder but a all to typical bad guys. Fast-pased and thrilling and hard to put down. A perfect sip of tea for even the most picky of tea drinkers and cozy mystery fans. I'm dying to try the recipes that are included in the back that were some of the recipes chef ,Haley made for the Indigo tea Shop customers. The best of what I read from Tea Shop Mysteries so far. Even a coffee lover could love.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Perhaps I am getting jaded, but many of the events in this installment felt completely preposterous. Normally I would be totally accepting of these stretches of reality but for some reason this time it didn't happen. Oh, and the fact that Theodosia kept complaining about how busy the tea shop was but then would leave at the busy times to go investigate irritated me. Why couldn't she wait a couple hours and pay attention to her business? Why would you assume someone was a jewel thief just because Perhaps I am getting jaded, but many of the events in this installment felt completely preposterous. Normally I would be totally accepting of these stretches of reality but for some reason this time it didn't happen. Oh, and the fact that Theodosia kept complaining about how busy the tea shop was but then would leave at the busy times to go investigate irritated me. Why couldn't she wait a couple hours and pay attention to her business? Why would you assume someone was a jewel thief just because they ride a motorcycle or own a rock climbing hammer? Like I said, a lot that just wasn't easy to accept.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    This is a painful review for me to write as I have been a loyal fan from the start of this series. However, I found this book to have very unrealistic plot twists and turns. I have noticed a change in the series over the last few books with behavior of the characters, mainly Theodosia in her language and actions. With most cozies, you have to suspend some belief as amateurs are constantly trying to perform a police function, but in this one, Theodosia actually breaks into someone's home in her f This is a painful review for me to write as I have been a loyal fan from the start of this series. However, I found this book to have very unrealistic plot twists and turns. I have noticed a change in the series over the last few books with behavior of the characters, mainly Theodosia in her language and actions. With most cozies, you have to suspend some belief as amateurs are constantly trying to perform a police function, but in this one, Theodosia actually breaks into someone's home in her fervor to investigate - I found this quite unrealistic and, last time I heard, that was a crime. She also accuses Haley's boyfriend of being part of a jewel thief gang - without even knowing a thing about him except he rides a motorcycle and a motorcycle was involved with the crime scene - so much for friendship and forget a working relationship after that. As for the conclusion - it veered off into the quite unbelievable for me. But I do admit the author hid the culprit well - it was a complete surprise to me! Although the series has lost some of its charm for me, there are still many things I like about it - the vivid descriptions of the Tea Shop and the Charleston area, the tea knowledge the author imparts (I actually learned what a 'tisane' is!), the recipes that are contained in the back of the book, and the personalities of most of the characters. Overall, if you haven't read any of this series, don't start with this one - the earlier ones are much more charming.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Laura Child's Devonshire Scream kept me busy through the long stretch of highway in Nevada last week on my Spring break vacation. Driving through a very hot and lovely desert with not even a rest stop for hours I found myself immersed in the wonderful world and mystery of Devonshire Scream. Such a treat to have this book on my table. I did not read it when it came out last year in hardcover and I so enjoyed having the chance to read and review it now. I think this may be my favorite in this seri Laura Child's Devonshire Scream kept me busy through the long stretch of highway in Nevada last week on my Spring break vacation. Driving through a very hot and lovely desert with not even a rest stop for hours I found myself immersed in the wonderful world and mystery of Devonshire Scream. Such a treat to have this book on my table. I did not read it when it came out last year in hardcover and I so enjoyed having the chance to read and review it now. I think this may be my favorite in this series. Laura Childs has such wonderful and rich characters, and a true understanding and love of all things tea. I enjoyed the themed tea ideas as much as the mystery itself. Perhaps it is because I loved the theme and mystery around the Romanoff family and this mystery has jewels and a precious egg that once belonged to the Russian Royal family, but it is a story about so much more. This one is action packed, filled with charm and delightful tea suggestions that will leave your mouth watering as it did mine all the way to Phoenix! This is my most favorite so far in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    You know, you wouldn't think I'd keep reading books by an author that I pretty consistently rate as three stars. But, this series is probably perfectly written for what it is--a cozy mystery series. It's not supposed to challenge me intellectually (which it doesn't) or give me some big life lesson (which it doesn't). Sometimes the characters annoy me--like, really, Theodosia, breaking & entering now??? Sometimes they delight me--how can one not love Drayton and Delaine, who meets her soulmate ev You know, you wouldn't think I'd keep reading books by an author that I pretty consistently rate as three stars. But, this series is probably perfectly written for what it is--a cozy mystery series. It's not supposed to challenge me intellectually (which it doesn't) or give me some big life lesson (which it doesn't). Sometimes the characters annoy me--like, really, Theodosia, breaking & entering now??? Sometimes they delight me--how can one not love Drayton and Delaine, who meets her soulmate every other book or so? It's not believable in that no tea shop could churn out the quantity of food, tea, and special events that these three people do. BUT, the lovely, lovely idea of a tea shop in Charleston...well, there you have it. That's what gets me every time. I'll keep reading these series for the brain rest and visual appeal, not great literature, that they are and be just happy for it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs. The Indigo Tea Shop is catering a gala event at Heart's Desire Jewelry shop. Their most precious and over the top expensive gems will be on display. World renown jewelers, collectors and curators of museums will be in attendance. All seems to be running like clock work with no complications and then...all chaos erupts on the scene. The author pulled out all the stops and delivered one of the best in the Tea Shop Mystery series to date. I was so delighted to find Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs. The Indigo Tea Shop is catering a gala event at Heart's Desire Jewelry shop. Their most precious and over the top expensive gems will be on display. World renown jewelers, collectors and curators of museums will be in attendance. All seems to be running like clock work with no complications and then...all chaos erupts on the scene. The author pulled out all the stops and delivered one of the best in the Tea Shop Mystery series to date. I was so delighted to find that Drayton (Theodosia's right hand man) played a major role in this story. A terrific addition to this ongoing mystery series and then there is another addition to Drayton's family, which absolutely thrilled me to no end. I must add that amount of detail in the characters as well as all surroundings is so professionally included adding to the depth of this story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs is the 17th book in the Tea Shop Mystery series. While catering a show at Hearts Desire Jewelry, Theodosia, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, witnesses the smash and grab jewel heist where the owners niece is killed, and soon becomes involved in the hunt for the gang of thieves. An enjoyable, typical cozy mystery. It was nice to catch up with the characters once again, and the descriptions of the teas and eventasare what I love most about this series. Theodosia seem Devonshire Scream by Laura Childs is the 17th book in the Tea Shop Mystery series. While catering a show at Hearts Desire Jewelry, Theodosia, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, witnesses the smash and grab jewel heist where the owners niece is killed, and soon becomes involved in the hunt for the gang of thieves. An enjoyable, typical cozy mystery. It was nice to catch up with the characters once again, and the descriptions of the teas and eventasare what I love most about this series. Theodosia seemed a bit more reckless with her sleuthing though, putting her friends at risk, and this spoiled the book a little for me. Delicious sounding recipes and tea tips are included.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin Tobin (On the back porch reading)

    Laura Child’s series are always great cozy mysteries to snuggle up with... I would love going to her Indigo Tea Shop for scones and tea..... Thankfully, she shares some great recipes so I can make my own.... PopSugar 2020 - A pun title....

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This was a fun read. I still like the setting the characters. The food and teas sounded delicious. The mystery was exciting, and the ending was surprising.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mason

    There’s always interesting activities going on around the Indigo Tea Shop and this time it deals with expensive gems, jewels and murder. Theodosia Browning and the gang from the Indigo Tea Shop are excited to cater a high-class trunk show for Brooke Carter Crockett at Heart’s Desire Jewelry. With the event in full swing and precious gems and bobbles on display, a gang of masked thieves literally crash into the shop. The robbers quickly make off with the loot and leave the shop in shattered glass There’s always interesting activities going on around the Indigo Tea Shop and this time it deals with expensive gems, jewels and murder. Theodosia Browning and the gang from the Indigo Tea Shop are excited to cater a high-class trunk show for Brooke Carter Crockett at Heart’s Desire Jewelry. With the event in full swing and precious gems and bobbles on display, a gang of masked thieves literally crash into the shop. The robbers quickly make off with the loot and leave the shop in shattered glass and Brooke’s niece Kaitlin dead. When Brooke begs Theo for help in finding out who the robbers are, she has no choice but to do all she can do to solve the case. While the authorities believe the brutal burglary was the work of an international jewel thief gang, Theo thinks the mastermind is a local. Author Laura Childs once again blends the intrigue of murder and mayhem with the comfort of a tea shop and friends for an entertaining and suspenseful read. The story moves smoothly and at a steady pace to hold your attention from beginning to end. The tea shop setting with Charleston as a backdrop adds depth to the tantalizing tale. The characters are realistic and likable. The main core of characters – protagonist Theo and her associates Drayton and Haley – continue to evolve with each new installment. Their friendship and bantering enhances the story. DEVONSHIRE SCREAM is the 17th installment in the Tea Shop Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone. New readers won’t be left in the dark and returning fans will enjoy catching up with the gang once more. You don’t have to be a tea drinker to enjoy this story, but a number of delicious recipes, tea time tips and tea resources are included as a bonus. In addition, readers get a special preview of a new series from the author (writing as Gerry Schmitt) that is more thriller than cozy. This is a delightful cozy mystery that will satisfy your quizzical nature and tempt your appetite. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This is the 17th novel in this excellent series, The Tea Shop Mysteries, and it most certainly did not disappoint me as to quality of the storyline, nor exciting crime scenes, nor fabulous foods with the added luxury of recipes, and characters that stay in character which leads to my being able to say that this series is one of my favorites. Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston, South Carolina's 'Indigo Tea Shop' has to step up her crime solving abilities in order to find justice for one of he This is the 17th novel in this excellent series, The Tea Shop Mysteries, and it most certainly did not disappoint me as to quality of the storyline, nor exciting crime scenes, nor fabulous foods with the added luxury of recipes, and characters that stay in character which leads to my being able to say that this series is one of my favorites. Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston, South Carolina's 'Indigo Tea Shop' has to step up her crime solving abilities in order to find justice for one of her favorite persons, Brooke Carter Crockett. Now, I'm not going to describe too much of this book's action as that would truly spoil the reader's personal reactions to the very clever crime scene and events. I will say that I found myself startled and reading faster and faster as the tale unfolded. The puzzle of the 'who dun it' was intriguing and there were many red-herrings presented for the reader's own deliberations. Again I found myself having turned many pages before I realized I was reading at a very quick and smooth pace. The ending was every bit as exciting as the beginning and thoroughly satisfying. In-between the tale was a gentle cozy murder mystery filled with luscious foods and equally compelling teas. The friendships of Theodosia, Haley, and Drayton remain strong and draw the reader into their personal group. Interesting new characters were introduced and lead to new possible directions for what I hope will be many more volumes. This is a true cozy murder mystery. All the elements are present to make a great reading journey for you to take. Five stars just doesn't seem enough, however, that is what I'm allowed and I give all with my full approval.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    This book begins with a bang, quite literally! Theodosia and Haley are at Heart's Desire (the upscale jewelry shop owned by Theo's friend Brooke) and whilst they are dishing out tea and nibbles to the discerning people looking at the various displays, their life is turned upside down when a Hummer crashes through the window and a group of people wearing masks jump out, set off smoke bombs and take pretty much everything! That would have been bad enough for Brooke (and all her guests) but tragedy This book begins with a bang, quite literally! Theodosia and Haley are at Heart's Desire (the upscale jewelry shop owned by Theo's friend Brooke) and whilst they are dishing out tea and nibbles to the discerning people looking at the various displays, their life is turned upside down when a Hummer crashes through the window and a group of people wearing masks jump out, set off smoke bombs and take pretty much everything! That would have been bad enough for Brooke (and all her guests) but tragedy strikes as Brooke's niece, Kaitlin, is found with a jagged piece of glass through her throat, and now not only do we have a smash and grab but manslaughter (if not murder) mixed in as well. With Detective Tidwell on the case for the Charleston PD and two FBI agents as well (it appears this follows the same pattern as other raids throughout the Americas and abroad as well) Theo also puts her sleuthing hat back on so she can help Brooke come to terms with what happened.  At that point the roller coaster builds up momentum and we have a wonderful (and occasionally scary) ride to the end!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sherrill

    I've always enjoyed Laura Childs' Tea Shop Series, but the last few books have been more of a Charleston Chamber of Commerce ad and an audition for a Food Channel slot. Don't get me wrong. I like to read about different parts of Charleston, the heritage, the history....and the food and tea discussions always leave me hungry and intrigued, but this is supposed to be foremost a mystery. I would suspect that about 40-45 percent of the book dealt with the actual mystery, while the rest brought us up I've always enjoyed Laura Childs' Tea Shop Series, but the last few books have been more of a Charleston Chamber of Commerce ad and an audition for a Food Channel slot. Don't get me wrong. I like to read about different parts of Charleston, the heritage, the history....and the food and tea discussions always leave me hungry and intrigued, but this is supposed to be foremost a mystery. I would suspect that about 40-45 percent of the book dealt with the actual mystery, while the rest brought us up to date with familiar characters, described the theme teas, and discussed the goings on in Charleston society. Also, there are too many red herrings to count, and Theo crosses the line a number of times from casual investigator to clueless, reckless, or criminal. To top it all off, the ending was very rushed and unsatisfying. I recognize that it's hard to breathe life into a series with so many books, but I hope the next installment has a little more mystery and a little less infomercial, otherwise, I'll likely stop reading the series, which would be a shame because I've read every book up to this point.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I enjoy the setting of Child's cozy tea mystery set in Charleston and like the recipes. Unfortunately, questions always arise, i.e. how does Haley manage to bake enough pasteries & food to serve not only a tea shop for a day but also special tea parties in that small cottage kitchen that can only fit 2 people and do it without help? Then to the mystery part, a local small business owner has arranged for a high end jewelry show with gems borrowed from museums and jewelers but doesn't have any sec I enjoy the setting of Child's cozy tea mystery set in Charleston and like the recipes. Unfortunately, questions always arise, i.e. how does Haley manage to bake enough pasteries & food to serve not only a tea shop for a day but also special tea parties in that small cottage kitchen that can only fit 2 people and do it without help? Then to the mystery part, a local small business owner has arranged for a high end jewelry show with gems borrowed from museums and jewelers but doesn't have any security for the night of the party - how did she even get insurance to cover an unsecured event? Then, Theodosia wears an expensive gem to another museum showing, hoping to catch the thieves but changes her mind, gives the gem to Haley to take to the museum safe without getting a guard to accompany Haley & guess what happens? Too many gaping holes that don't get covered.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Tea parties, galas, fabulous jewels and murder all set in Charleston will keep you turning the pages in this fascinating new entry in a wonderful series. Theodosia and her crew from the Indigo Tea Shop are serving a party at Heart's Desire Fine Jewelry when a vehicle crashes thru the front window. Masked and armed thieves take most of the jewels being displayed, leaving the owner's niece dead from flying glass. Theodosia promises the distraught aunt that she will help the police find the killer Tea parties, galas, fabulous jewels and murder all set in Charleston will keep you turning the pages in this fascinating new entry in a wonderful series. Theodosia and her crew from the Indigo Tea Shop are serving a party at Heart's Desire Fine Jewelry when a vehicle crashes thru the front window. Masked and armed thieves take most of the jewels being displayed, leaving the owner's niece dead from flying glass. Theodosia promises the distraught aunt that she will help the police find the killer. The characters are like family and the background and theme continue to entertain in this multi book series. If you haven't yet read this series you should. It is an adventure that you won't forget!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Excellent cozy mystery! Theodosia, owner of Indigo Tea Shop, caters a jewelry event at her friend Brooke's business. Masked thugs drive a truck thru the glass front of the store and then proceed to smash the jewelry cases and make off with many expensive jewels. Unfortunately, Brooke's niece is killed with a shard of glass to the neck. Theo kept calm during the heist and watched for clues. Brooke asks Theo to help the police find the crooks. I'm not a tea and scones person so I've surprised mysel Excellent cozy mystery! Theodosia, owner of Indigo Tea Shop, caters a jewelry event at her friend Brooke's business. Masked thugs drive a truck thru the glass front of the store and then proceed to smash the jewelry cases and make off with many expensive jewels. Unfortunately, Brooke's niece is killed with a shard of glass to the neck. Theo kept calm during the heist and watched for clues. Brooke asks Theo to help the police find the crooks. I'm not a tea and scones person so I've surprised myself by enjoying all the workings of the tea shop. I like every single detail of rush hour lunch. If you don't like the finer points of food and teas, you might not like this series as much as I do. But combining food with a dog and a mystery, what's not to like?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Maskus

    I adore the Charleston setting and the recipes and tea event suggestions. Theodosia runs around trying to solve murders, while her faithful workers plan and manage the shop. This episode features a gang of jewel thieves and Theodosia has many characters in mind who have committed the heist. The books follow the same formula each time, but still, I enjoy these stories with the talk of fashion, history, and society. I wonder how long Drayton can follow after Theodosia, after all, he is 60. And doe I adore the Charleston setting and the recipes and tea event suggestions. Theodosia runs around trying to solve murders, while her faithful workers plan and manage the shop. This episode features a gang of jewel thieves and Theodosia has many characters in mind who have committed the heist. The books follow the same formula each time, but still, I enjoy these stories with the talk of fashion, history, and society. I wonder how long Drayton can follow after Theodosia, after all, he is 60. And doesn't Haley get upset when she is always "stuck" in the kitchen? I would love to see a cookbook with all the recipes.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    A favorite series by a treasured author! This Tea Shop mystery did not disappoint!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Silvara Wilde

    Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon. I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I haven't read any books in this series before, but from the very first pages this one grabbed my attention. Some cozy mysteries start off slow, and you don't get introduced to the murder or stolen thing, or whatever until you're a few chapters in. This Check out my other reviews, discussions and link ups at Fantasy of the Silver Dragon. I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I haven't read any books in this series before, but from the very first pages this one grabbed my attention. Some cozy mysteries start off slow, and you don't get introduced to the murder or stolen thing, or whatever until you're a few chapters in. This book waited all of 5 pages before the beginning of the actual mystery plot. I loved getting to know all the characters. They were well-fleshed out and most had their own little quirks and personality traits. I especially liked Theo and Drayton. There were a number of funny moments when Theo was investigating, and dragged poor Drayton along for the ride. I had a few suspicions about who the thief was, but the way it unfolded was surprising and fun! My one quibble with it, was the fact that Theo saw what could have been a tattoo during the robbery on one of the robbers. She tells the police about it, and then promptly seems to forget until the last pages. Never once does she look for the tattoo on any of her suspects, or even take a quick glance for it on the people she chats with. Granted, had she done so, the mystery would have ended sooner. But I'm sure ways could have been found to hide the tattoo, or deflect attention. Having it pop up in the beginning, and be such a possibly important clue, and then just have no part in the plot until the very end irked me. The book had a lot of funny moments, and I liked how twisty the plot was. It left me guessing right up until the end. I also liked the little bits of history and trivia worked into the various themed tea events. I'll most likely read some of the earlier books in this series. If you like cozy mysteries that are fast paced (but not in the too fast sense), and can overlook plot holes, you should try this series. Recipes Included: Drayton's Devonshire Cream, Strawberry Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Cheesy Corn Chowder, Zucchini Quiche, Charleston Chocolate Brownie Tortes, Prosciutto and Fig Butter Tea Sandwiches, Cranberry Cream Scones, Drayton's Shortbread Squares, Waldorf Tea Sandwiches, Haley's Beef Stroganoff, Chocolate Chip Scones. This review was originally posted on Fantasy of the Silver Dragon

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Devonshire Scream A Tea Shop Mystery #17 By Laura Childs Berkley Publishing Group Expected Release Date: March 1, 2016 5 STARS While catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry, Theodosia, owner of Indigo Tea Shop is enjoying catching up with old friends. As everyone admires the beautiful baubles on display, Theo is proud of her friend Brooke, the owner of Heart's Desire Jewelry. Brooke is a wonderful jewelry designer and her niece, Kaitlin, is hoping to follow in her footsteps. While e Devonshire Scream A Tea Shop Mystery #17 By Laura Childs Berkley Publishing Group Expected Release Date: March 1, 2016 5 STARS While catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry, Theodosia, owner of Indigo Tea Shop is enjoying catching up with old friends. As everyone admires the beautiful baubles on display, Theo is proud of her friend Brooke, the owner of Heart's Desire Jewelry. Brooke is a wonderful jewelry designer and her niece, Kaitlin, is hoping to follow in her footsteps. While everyone is mingling and doing some shopping, the festivities are soon interrupted when someone crashes the party, literally. The horrific crash leaves everyone stunned and one unlucky person doesn't survive. What was the purpose of this? Was this a well planned robbery or just some greedy person preying on the wealthy? Brooke is broken by the course of these tragic events and pleads with her friend Theo to find out the reason behind the tragic events. If this was indeed a well planned robbery, then Theo has more to worry about. Her master tea maker Drayton is preparing for the Heritage Society's Rare Antiquities Show, where a rare and priceless Faberge Egg is going to be on display! Theo agrees to help Brooke and before long both Theo and Drayton are working hard to serve up justice. I've been reading this series for quite sometime and I am never disappointed. Detective Burt Tidwell is one of my favorite characters. I love how his gruff demeanor simply crumbles at the mention of orange scones and Assam tea. Although Theo is the bright star of this delightful series, I have grown quite fond of Drayton. In this particular story, the talented author shows us a side of Drayton that we seldom see. In my opinion Drayton is a loyal friend and will do just about anything to protect Haley and Theo. I will say that in this particular story, Hayley appeared to be acting a bit spoiled and childish. I'm not sure if others will see her this way and even though I was a bit put off by her attitude, it worked well with the story-line. I loved reading about the variety of tea themes they have at The Indigo Tea Shop and learning a bit about history is an added plus. Ms. Childs wove a wonderful story and Devonshire Scream will grab the reader form the very first page. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gigi Ann

    My Thoughts... This was not the first book I've read by this author, Laura Childs, and I am never disappointed when I read one of her cozy mysteries. Since I love tea and visiting Tea Rooms occasionally for a luncheon with my family and friends I always love reading Ms. Childs Tea Shop Mystery series. A Tea Shop Mystery! how much better could it get? The only advice I have while reading this book is...prepare your meals ahead of time, because once you start reading you don't want to put the book d My Thoughts... This was not the first book I've read by this author, Laura Childs, and I am never disappointed when I read one of her cozy mysteries. Since I love tea and visiting Tea Rooms occasionally for a luncheon with my family and friends I always love reading Ms. Childs Tea Shop Mystery series. A Tea Shop Mystery! how much better could it get? The only advice I have while reading this book is...prepare your meals ahead of time, because once you start reading you don't want to put the book down. Also, I would like to recommend keeping a cup of tea handy. The talk of the many different tea varieties, made me want a cup handy while reading this fun cozy mystery. The story drew me in right from the first sentence, "Crusted with emeralds, diamonds, rubies, and amethysts, the butterfly brooch glittered enticingly..." it kept me reading late into the night, not wanting to put the book down. (Except to go fix another cup of tea.) It was a real surprise ending for me, I had my mind set on another person as the guilty person. Oh, well, that is what makes mysteries so much fun to read, trying to figure out "whodunit." Would I read more books by Ms. Childs? I would, because I love a good cozy mystery in the winter, spring, or summer. I enjoyed the book enough to award it 5 "Tea Leaf" stars. I would like to say, THANK YOU to the author, Laura Childs for providing this book for me to read and review. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Screams filled the air as a black SUV drove straight into the room scattering the crowd as people attempted to escape the SUV. Masked men jumped out of the car and one of them released a smoke bomb causing more panic.Theodosia manages to protect Halley and watch one of the robbers remove a gem. It was over in a couple of minutes The aftermath was chaotic as the first responders arrived. Brooke's niece is killed by a piece of flying glass. Theodosia finally agrees to help Brooke find the killer. Screams filled the air as a black SUV drove straight into the room scattering the crowd as people attempted to escape the SUV. Masked men jumped out of the car and one of them released a smoke bomb causing more panic.Theodosia manages to protect Halley and watch one of the robbers remove a gem. It was over in a couple of minutes The aftermath was chaotic as the first responders arrived. Brooke's niece is killed by a piece of flying glass. Theodosia finally agrees to help Brooke find the killer. Exploring the background Theodosia puts herself in danger a few times much to Dresden's despair. Several different teas are described. The recipes are included. It has been awhile since I visited with Indigo Tea Shop, as usual, I enjoyed my visit. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing Group through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinIons are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Pros: This book had us laughing a lot. I don't think the heroine was intended to be taken seriously, but some of the word choices also created mental images that were quite funny. Cons: The heroine embodied most of my pet peeves to the point I couldn't finish the story. She believed that rules don't apply to her. The trespassing was bad enough, but when she broke into a stranger's house while smugly believing she wasn't violating someone's rights, I was rooting for the owner to come back and the Pros: This book had us laughing a lot. I don't think the heroine was intended to be taken seriously, but some of the word choices also created mental images that were quite funny. Cons: The heroine embodied most of my pet peeves to the point I couldn't finish the story. She believed that rules don't apply to her. The trespassing was bad enough, but when she broke into a stranger's house while smugly believing she wasn't violating someone's rights, I was rooting for the owner to come back and the police to arrest her. She also didn't use logic. For example, if a motorcycle was at the scene of the crime, then simply owning a motorcycle made them a top suspect--who cares if they have an alibi! And I was disappointed at the lack of accuracy at several points. Basically, not my cup of tea. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kiwi Carlisle

    I'm not really sure why I keep reading this series. I like the tea and the setting, but Theodore is getting on my nerves. The author has her do ridiculous, risky things like baiting jewel thieves, buying equipment for suspects, and illegal entry to advance the plot and it's all feeling more than a little forced. I give this one a resounding "Meh!"

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