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It is a truly exhilarating experience for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning-helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. Now it's up to Theo to get to the bottom of the murder before the culprit's g It is a truly exhilarating experience for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning-helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. Now it's up to Theo to get to the bottom of the murder before the culprit's greed stirs him to kill again.


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It is a truly exhilarating experience for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning-helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. Now it's up to Theo to get to the bottom of the murder before the culprit's g It is a truly exhilarating experience for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning-helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. Now it's up to Theo to get to the bottom of the murder before the culprit's greed stirs him to kill again.

30 review for The English Breakfast Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    BLynne

    Theo finds herself involved in another murder mystery regarding Harper Fisk, a friend of Drayton's. I enjoyed this book because it never seemed to let on as to who actually committed the crime and for me it was a surprise to find out who the murder was. This series of cozy mystery books have been fun to read and I'm sure I will continue reading this series. Theo finds herself involved in another murder mystery regarding Harper Fisk, a friend of Drayton's. I enjoyed this book because it never seemed to let on as to who actually committed the crime and for me it was a surprise to find out who the murder was. This series of cozy mystery books have been fun to read and I'm sure I will continue reading this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Guera25

    These books are, quite frankly maddening. After a careful, almost-indulgent buildup, the denouements emerge in ludicrous, hasty rattles, the wet, phlegmatic wheeze of an octogenarian on their last legs. And really, the character of Delaine Dish has long oustayed her welcome. Her behavior is no longer eccentrically charming; it's irksome and overbearing, and this imaginary world would be better for her absence. Dropped plot threads abound. Theodosia interrupts the plot to examine a painting on the These books are, quite frankly maddening. After a careful, almost-indulgent buildup, the denouements emerge in ludicrous, hasty rattles, the wet, phlegmatic wheeze of an octogenarian on their last legs. And really, the character of Delaine Dish has long oustayed her welcome. Her behavior is no longer eccentrically charming; it's irksome and overbearing, and this imaginary world would be better for her absence. Dropped plot threads abound. Theodosia interrupts the plot to examine a painting on the wall, but nothing comes of it. Likewise, much is made of the kleptomaniac in their midst, but there is no resolution. No arrest, no apology, no recovery of the stolen items. They are merely there to facilitate the ridiculous, implausible climax. And I've said it before, but a writer should know when to use peak/peek and grizzly/grisly. No, Theodosia, you did not find a grizzly in the bay. A writer should also know how to spell "straitlaced." The periphery characters carry the day, but the laziness in execution is inexcusable.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kerry - Readkerryread

    I just couldn't get through it. Too much tea time not enough mystery. I just couldn't get through it. Too much tea time not enough mystery.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I didn't like this one as much as the others I have read from this series. Like I said, it was very big on cozy, very light on mystery. I didn't like this one as much as the others I have read from this series. Like I said, it was very big on cozy, very light on mystery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Reads Books

    Theodosia and her friends are back to sleuthing again. The Charleston setting, the Southern characters, and the recurring tea theme have been charming. I’ve truly loved this series. The fourth in the set just didn’t live up to the previous books. The theft plot line didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story and began to grow tedious before the end. Also, the main character’s life seems a tiny bit too charmed for reality. Her business is booming, her employees are perfect, her love life is ni Theodosia and her friends are back to sleuthing again. The Charleston setting, the Southern characters, and the recurring tea theme have been charming. I’ve truly loved this series. The fourth in the set just didn’t live up to the previous books. The theft plot line didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story and began to grow tedious before the end. Also, the main character’s life seems a tiny bit too charmed for reality. Her business is booming, her employees are perfect, her love life is nice and not messy, her parties are fabulous, and she even pulls off a hectic television promo sure to add tons of new business. I’d love to see a little more realism in the future instead of perfection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    I enjoyed this one about helping sea turtle hatchlings, shipwrecks, and Civil War antiques. These are fun cozy mysteries set in a tea shop with cute characters and lots of interesting facts about the Charleston area. They are best read in order as the author doesn't give a lot of background on the characters but expects you to be friends with them already. They are fun to hang with and try to find the murderer before Theo figures it out. I enjoyed this one about helping sea turtle hatchlings, shipwrecks, and Civil War antiques. These are fun cozy mysteries set in a tea shop with cute characters and lots of interesting facts about the Charleston area. They are best read in order as the author doesn't give a lot of background on the characters but expects you to be friends with them already. They are fun to hang with and try to find the murderer before Theo figures it out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    I enjoy the Tea Shop Mysteries, as much for all the tea information as for the mysteries themselves. I do love the characters, and am happy to thoroughly immerse myself in the setting (a tea shop!) so it makes for a wonderful and comfortable read for me. This mystery was kind of hard for me to follow ... but all the other info makes up for it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Knight

    I love the lushness in this series. The descriptions of fabrics, objects, tea, etc. I feel as though I'm on vacation. I like the interactions of the characters. But it's maddening that Theodosia gets herself into so many scrapes. (view spoiler)[She and Drayton break and enter a house when they actually might have been able to convince others to let them in legally. I'm disappointed in the fantasy aspects the author has introduced. On the whole, I’d like to keep my genres separate. I don’t mean f I love the lushness in this series. The descriptions of fabrics, objects, tea, etc. I feel as though I'm on vacation. I like the interactions of the characters. But it's maddening that Theodosia gets herself into so many scrapes. (view spoiler)[She and Drayton break and enter a house when they actually might have been able to convince others to let them in legally. I'm disappointed in the fantasy aspects the author has introduced. On the whole, I’d like to keep my genres separate. I don’t mean fantasy, such as fairies or ghosts. I mean that the police would arrest someone for murder and then not secure the person’s work location for evidence. And that the police would leave the area and the characters could continue with their social event. Or that the tea shop could serve a special event tea of four courses in the morning and then a high tea (which has multiple courses) for thirty-five people less than 2 hours later, with only one person to cook and no kitchen staff, well you get the idea. And Delaine and her fashion show arrangements, she's just over the top and everyone puts up with her dramatics and caprices. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This was one of the most boring mysteries I have ever read. Was it really necessary to say the murder victim's first and last name every single time he was mentioned.This book seemed like a looooong gossipy recollection with little to offer except ruminations on various types of tea. Blech! This was one of the most boring mysteries I have ever read. Was it really necessary to say the murder victim's first and last name every single time he was mentioned.This book seemed like a looooong gossipy recollection with little to offer except ruminations on various types of tea. Blech!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    2.5 stars - I read a third of this book, but couldn't finish it. I've read one other book in this series and still cannot bring myself to care about any of the characters. 2.5 stars - I read a third of this book, but couldn't finish it. I've read one other book in this series and still cannot bring myself to care about any of the characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Theodosia Browning owns the Indigo Tea Shop, where she has a café that serves tea and also offers tea and tea-related items for sale. Her two employees are Haley, her baker, and Drayton, her master tea blender. One night she's on the beach at night helping the Charleston Sea Turtle Protection League as they watch little green loggerhead turtles hatch and head to sea, keeping them safe. Drayton shows up in the nick of time with a huge pot of gumbo for the volunteers; but when he and Theo notice s Theodosia Browning owns the Indigo Tea Shop, where she has a café that serves tea and also offers tea and tea-related items for sale. Her two employees are Haley, her baker, and Drayton, her master tea blender. One night she's on the beach at night helping the Charleston Sea Turtle Protection League as they watch little green loggerhead turtles hatch and head to sea, keeping them safe. Drayton shows up in the nick of time with a huge pot of gumbo for the volunteers; but when he and Theo notice something large in the water, Theo swims out and discovers it's a body. So she calls her friend Detective Tidwell, and when it's towed to shore, Drayton recognizes it as a friend of his, Harper Fisk. When his boat is found, it's ruled an accident; but Theo thinks otherwise, and so does Drayton. So she starts quietly asking questions of the remainder of the English Breakfast Club, as Fisk and his friends were known (including Drayton) and it leaves her with more questions than answers. But Theo has other problems: her friend Delaine has roped her into helping with a charity event, and between all her other obligations, it's going to be tight. But once she agrees, there's no way out of it. Theo also has a suspect in Fisk's partner, Summer, who seems to be taking his death hard, but that can be faked. Theo is up to her ears in suspects, with very little clues, and she needs to find out who killed the old man before someone else is another victim... While I wanted to enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first three, I found it odd that a woman who owns a tea shop doesn't know the difference between high tea and afternoon tea. High tea consists of cooked food such as meat pies. It also had hearty food such as meat sandwiches, cheese, crackers, etc. because this is considered an evening meal. Afternoon tea has sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, pastries, cakes, etc., and can also be called a cream tea. (Although Theo would definitely get more business if she did offer high tea, as it would be a dinner meal). Anyway, the mystery was fine, but it kept getting disrupted by Delaine and her antics. While she's always been a decent character, she was over-the-top pushy in this book and so demanding that it was as if she didn't care if others had things to do, that her wants and needs took priority, and that's just extremely rude in itself (and she calls Tidwell rude!). Other than that, look for clues with Theo and watching the action around her made the book somewhat interesting. When the murderer is discovered, there weren't really and clues leading to that person, so I was a bit disappointed. But, since I enjoyed the first three books, I will continue to read this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    Laura Childs has created a festy, inventive detective in her tea shop owner Theodosia Browning, along with good secondary characters, but I felt she slipped a bit with this entry in her tea shop mysteries. Childs also describes Browning as a small business owner, and indeed she somehow operates a tea shop with only two employees — already a weak proposition because usual stops like this would be open 6-7 a.m. and operate for 10-12 hours. You can't do that with only two employees and yourself. The Laura Childs has created a festy, inventive detective in her tea shop owner Theodosia Browning, along with good secondary characters, but I felt she slipped a bit with this entry in her tea shop mysteries. Childs also describes Browning as a small business owner, and indeed she somehow operates a tea shop with only two employees — already a weak proposition because usual stops like this would be open 6-7 a.m. and operate for 10-12 hours. You can't do that with only two employees and yourself. Then she is busy putting on a number of special teas, where supposedly these three people are busy cooking, brewing and serving a number of people that fills her shop — but what happens to her regular customers during these teas? Finally, then in midst of the three people running this 'thriving' business, Browning and her tea master Drayton seem to be running off in all directions, investigating (or snooping) the death of Drayton's friend and local art dealer Harper Fisk. Add that to her also helping a fellow business woman who is putting on a Fashion bash and seems to run into Browning's shop every 15 minutes, trying to go to lunch with her boyfriend, take her therapy dog to a senior citizen home, etc. ... A character in the book even mentions she doesn't know how Browning does it. I don't know how she keeps her business going? Or buys that very expensive watch that is added rather uselessly, except that it started me thinking about how unrealistic the situation is. First the woman has to have at least six employees — and maybe we are to assume that she does, except early in the story Browning talks about how she was very careful in her selection of employees and how her two staff are very special to her. Then, lets be real: she can't hold special events in her small (Browning's emphasis) shop unless she holds them when the shop would be normally closed — and again, had more employees. That would free up her independent snoop - opps sleuth — to do her sleuthing. Now, all that aside. I do enjoy Laura Childs books. They are light and fun to read. But really don't see this other than a lark: the business, the society events, etc. No business woman could operate her business this way and be able to do the things Browning does. The mystery? Rather simple and our intrepid sleuth is out in left field in solving it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    The Indigo Tea Shop gang decided to volunteer to escort the sea turtles when they hatch to the ocean to ensure as many as possible get there. Just after her shift is over, Theo sees something in the water that looks like it doesn't belong there. When she goes out to investigate, she discovers a man. When the man is finally brought to shore it is none other than one of the English Breakfast Club members. A group of folks that Drayton is a member of as well. What awful accident could have happened The Indigo Tea Shop gang decided to volunteer to escort the sea turtles when they hatch to the ocean to ensure as many as possible get there. Just after her shift is over, Theo sees something in the water that looks like it doesn't belong there. When she goes out to investigate, she discovers a man. When the man is finally brought to shore it is none other than one of the English Breakfast Club members. A group of folks that Drayton is a member of as well. What awful accident could have happened that caused this? or was it an accident. Theo, Haley and Drayton resolve to find out what happened at the same time as they are involved in helping to produce an exclusive fashion show. Plenty of action in this one and lots of suspects. Well done to the author but could have given a bit more clues as to the villain. This felt a little abrupt.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I have enjoyed starting this series but it does have it's issues. The Charleston setting and the tea shop and Drayton make the series far more interesting to me than if they weren't present! I even enjoy Delaine and was introduced to her most unusual sister in this book and she's fun to read about also. The author does slip in the dreaded foul language; there were three instances in this read. The author allows Theodosia to slip here and there from her genteel warmth and charm and can appear imm I have enjoyed starting this series but it does have it's issues. The Charleston setting and the tea shop and Drayton make the series far more interesting to me than if they weren't present! I even enjoy Delaine and was introduced to her most unusual sister in this book and she's fun to read about also. The author does slip in the dreaded foul language; there were three instances in this read. The author allows Theodosia to slip here and there from her genteel warmth and charm and can appear immature and somewhat off putting. Haley is entirely too young and immature to be the excellent baker and chef she is portraying; she's not even in culinary school. If she was older and maybe Miss Dimple the book keeper it would appear so much more real and interesting. Oh how I wish I could find more clean cozies highlighting the older generation!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    As always the Charleston setting is one of the most charming features of Laura Childs's cozy mystery series. Usually there is also an enjoyable and somewhat challenging mystery. This time, however, her #4 in the series, The English Breakfast Murder is disjointed and frustrating. There are several subplots that arouse our curiosity but just go nowhere. The book needs several more chapters to address endangered sea turtles, her lawyer boyfriend's conflict of interest, kleptomania, civil war artifa As always the Charleston setting is one of the most charming features of Laura Childs's cozy mystery series. Usually there is also an enjoyable and somewhat challenging mystery. This time, however, her #4 in the series, The English Breakfast Murder is disjointed and frustrating. There are several subplots that arouse our curiosity but just go nowhere. The book needs several more chapters to address endangered sea turtles, her lawyer boyfriend's conflict of interest, kleptomania, civil war artifacts, and several other plot lines she introduces.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Theodosia is having the time of her life, shepherding newly hatched sea turtles from next to ocean. But her enjoyment is brought to a swift end when she spots something floating in the ocean. Could it be an injured dolphin? She swims out to try to help, only to discover that this is no injured dolphin, but a very dead human...and what's more, a friend of Drayton's! Now Theodosia finds herself in a race to find a killer before more bodies turn up! Theodosia is having the time of her life, shepherding newly hatched sea turtles from next to ocean. But her enjoyment is brought to a swift end when she spots something floating in the ocean. Could it be an injured dolphin? She swims out to try to help, only to discover that this is no injured dolphin, but a very dead human...and what's more, a friend of Drayton's! Now Theodosia finds herself in a race to find a killer before more bodies turn up!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Mundy

    This is the fourth book in the Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Child. This particular book centers around treasure hunts of sunken ships. An antique dealer is killed in his boat. The book is spent deciding who murdered him and why. I like the series and plan to keep reading.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Theodosia has volunteered to help the newly hatched loggerheads get to where they are going. Her shift is until 10 pm so there is a bonfire and of course, food. Theo spots something large in the water and she and her friends think it's an animal. She dives into the water and discovers a body of a person. These are fun books to read and I enjoy reading about Theodosia and her friends. And the tea and food always make my mouth water. Theodosia has volunteered to help the newly hatched loggerheads get to where they are going. Her shift is until 10 pm so there is a bonfire and of course, food. Theo spots something large in the water and she and her friends think it's an animal. She dives into the water and discovers a body of a person. These are fun books to read and I enjoy reading about Theodosia and her friends. And the tea and food always make my mouth water.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    So I may have enjoyed this one so much that I went and hired the entire collection from the library. Like stripped that shelf clean! Haha, it's a good thing my local library has a limit of 50 books to be hired out at any given time, because I almost have that many out atm. This series really reminds me of one of my favorite cozy series by Monica Ferris. It just has that same feel, and the characters have grown on me in a single book, so much so I just knew I wanted to read the entire selection. So I may have enjoyed this one so much that I went and hired the entire collection from the library. Like stripped that shelf clean! Haha, it's a good thing my local library has a limit of 50 books to be hired out at any given time, because I almost have that many out atm. This series really reminds me of one of my favorite cozy series by Monica Ferris. It just has that same feel, and the characters have grown on me in a single book, so much so I just knew I wanted to read the entire selection. Fair warning though, the food and teas described made me super hungry, and I had to make a late night stop at Maccas for an apple pie to get rid of the images of baked goods dancing in my head. This is a fun, fluffy mystery series that I just know I'm going to love. Five stars!

  20. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . This woman sleuth happens to own a tea shop. Who knew there were so many different types of tea and ways to serve them? Not me, this series has taught me something there. Theo stays busy, busy, busy. But she always finds time to investigate the current murder. Each book delivers a cozy read for enjoyable entertainment. I liked this one. It wasn't over the top, but it was better than others. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an important attribute in a series when . This woman sleuth happens to own a tea shop. Who knew there were so many different types of tea and ways to serve them? Not me, this series has taught me something there. Theo stays busy, busy, busy. But she always finds time to investigate the current murder. Each book delivers a cozy read for enjoyable entertainment. I liked this one. It wasn't over the top, but it was better than others. Each book is able to stand on its own and deliver an HEA, which is an important attribute in a series when I chose to read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Ferrari

    This is the 3rd in the Tea Shop Mystery series for me. The main character owns a tea shop so in addition to getting a mystery, you learn about different types of tea and each book has recipes at the end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Truthfully, I kept falling asleep when I would read this book, but at that point I was too far into it and really did want to see who killed the antiques dealer. It was ok, but obviously not that compelling.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I just love the descriptions of all the teas and baked goods in these books. The characterizations are really good too, but Delaine did get on my nerves at times.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Perhaps would be enjoyed by a foodie. Lots of tea and food descriptions. Short on style. Hard to stay with it because it moved pretty slow.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    The English Breakfast Murder, A Tea Shop Mystery is the 4th in the series. And boy, oh boy, it was such a disappointment, so much so that I’m not sure I really want to carry on in this series. As it is right now, I don’t have any more sitting in my bookcases, and I haven’t been encouraged after reading this one to hop on any online shopping used book stores to buy the next few either. I thought it might be that I read the third and fourth books back to back. Maybe the nearly 600 pages was too mu The English Breakfast Murder, A Tea Shop Mystery is the 4th in the series. And boy, oh boy, it was such a disappointment, so much so that I’m not sure I really want to carry on in this series. As it is right now, I don’t have any more sitting in my bookcases, and I haven’t been encouraged after reading this one to hop on any online shopping used book stores to buy the next few either. I thought it might be that I read the third and fourth books back to back. Maybe the nearly 600 pages was too much cozy mystery for me. But upon thinking about it, I’ve concluded, this one was just a total dude. There was very, and I mean, very little mystery in The English Breakfast Murder. I would consider it next to nil. In this story, the mystery part is about sunken treasures and the likes. Harper Fisk, the local art dealer, is found dead in the water. The majority of the story is about Theodosia, and her side kicks, Drayon and Hailey running the Indigo Tea Shop, which I wouldn’t mind, but it just wasn’t there this time around. Delaney Dish, who owns a clothing shop on the same street, just about drove me crazy. She pops in all the time and expects to be waited on hand and foot, like she is above everyone else because she acts like it. Her sister comes to Charleston and she’s even worst. There is a subplot with Nadine, but it’s left unresolved, no recovery of the items, no arrest, and I can only think that maybe it will continue on in the next book, which I may or may not continue in reading. I learn something about tea each book I’ve read. Here’s what I learned this time: Boiling water is best for most black and oolong teas. It’s the more delicate green teas and white teas that fare best with hot water. That is, water that’s been removed from the burner just prior to boiling.” Now I understand why my green teas never taste great. Unfortunately, the story lacked luster, and I could give it only a 2. The best part was when Theodosia figures out who the killer is, what happens to her, and when she escapes and how she does it that I laughed out loud. At the end of the story are seven recipes Hailey makes in the tea shop the reader can make at home. There’s a learn how to Tea Dye and tips, and Teatime Entertaining Ideas.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sensitivemuse

    ***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned*** This would have to be the worst book in the series so far. I read this through because I just wanted to get to the end of it in the hopes of having somewhat of a satisfying ending but even that was denied. The plot wasn’t that interesting. It tried to have intrigue and mystery but it was severely lacking. What you read more was more tea parties than anything else. Yes, she owns a tea shop and has two large events that somehow took over nearly half of the boo ***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned*** This would have to be the worst book in the series so far. I read this through because I just wanted to get to the end of it in the hopes of having somewhat of a satisfying ending but even that was denied. The plot wasn’t that interesting. It tried to have intrigue and mystery but it was severely lacking. What you read more was more tea parties than anything else. Yes, she owns a tea shop and has two large events that somehow took over nearly half of the book. The mystery takes a back seat in this book and it’s disappointing. The pace of the book was slow and although it tried to make it a little engaging with two issues going on at once it wasn’t enough to really capture my attention. I wasn’t even that interested in the suspects. Nothing stood out and even when it was revealed it was so lackluster. There wasn’t much of an action scene and it completely did a nose dive. The suspect was nabbed. Done. No explanation, no way to tie the loose ends. Everything was just left open and unfinished. I have no idea what in the world happened in this book with the mystery aspect of it. Then there was the issue with Nadine being a complete kleptomaniac. Okay, she stole stuff….so...what ever happened to the items she stole? Nothing was said. Was it ever recovered? And Delaine, lordy. She got the point where she became annoying everytime she appeared in a scene. I read this book just because it was following the series. I think the next one will determine if I continue on with it or not. It’s too bad. I actually enjoyed these and thought they were quaint little mysteries to get into after heavy reads. Not so with this one. You could probably skip this one and go to the following. You’re not missing anything.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    What is it about Theodosia I don't like? The author wants us to think that she can do anything: babysit sea turtles, swim, sail, run a business (although she's never there hardly), I mean the list goes on and on ad nauseum. So many needless details that have nothing to do with the current story but seem to be filler to glorify the main character. I should really love this series. I have been a long-time tea and coffee aficionado and I love to learn about teas and tea blends. But the information What is it about Theodosia I don't like? The author wants us to think that she can do anything: babysit sea turtles, swim, sail, run a business (although she's never there hardly), I mean the list goes on and on ad nauseum. So many needless details that have nothing to do with the current story but seem to be filler to glorify the main character. I should really love this series. I have been a long-time tea and coffee aficionado and I love to learn about teas and tea blends. But the information on the teas seems to be not only piled on by the author---way, way, way, too many--but the information is just listed as if copied out of a web site or catalogue. There is no real connection with the tea information and the story. I read this years ago and quit the series here but thought I would give it another try but I give up again, no matter how many glowing reviews I read. There's not one character I like in this series. Unlike the very well-written Coffeehouse Series by Cleo Coyle that include education on coffees and coffee growing that are incorporated in a very readable story with enjoyable characters, this Tea Series is the Lipton teabags of the Tea world. No thank you. Oh, and Ms. Childs, please research and find out the difference between High Tea and Afternoon Tea. I know Theodosia is too thick to do it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The English Breakfast Murder is my favorite tea shop mystery so far. It begins with Theodosia helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League. Endangered loggerhead turtles hatch on Halliehurst Beach. Instinct has the turtles headed for the Atlantic Ocean and volunteers are there to protect them from predators. At the end of her shift, Theodosia discovers a dead body forty yards out and it turns out to be Harper Fisk, local antique dealer. The English Breakfast Club was the closet thing Harper The English Breakfast Murder is my favorite tea shop mystery so far. It begins with Theodosia helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League. Endangered loggerhead turtles hatch on Halliehurst Beach. Instinct has the turtles headed for the Atlantic Ocean and volunteers are there to protect them from predators. At the end of her shift, Theodosia discovers a dead body forty yards out and it turns out to be Harper Fisk, local antique dealer. The English Breakfast Club was the closet thing Harper had to a family. It was a bunch of older guys, mostly antique store owners and history buffs who got together a couple of mornings a week to drink tea, reminisce, and talk a little history. He did have a partner (Summer Sullivan) at his store, Legacy Gallery. Meanwhile, Delaine needs Theodosia's help with the Fashion Bash, a fund-raiser for the Heritage Society. The luncheon/fashion show is scheduled to take place at Garden Gate, owned by Gordon Sargent, Summer's boyfriend. As busy as she is, Theodosia won't rest until she finds out who killed Fisk. I enjoyed this well written fourth book in the cozy mystery series. I'm ready to read the next book and see what happens to Theodosia next!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janell

    I'm not sure why I didn't like this one better... it has all of the elements of a good cozy mystery... lovely setting, promising cast of characters, both ongoing and mystery-specific, a murder to solve, appropriate red herrings, a bit of peril... but it just didn't work for me. The body is found immediately, so there's no back-story provided as setup. The characters seem flat, and I really don't care what happens to them, either in this book or subsequent ones. There is way to much description o I'm not sure why I didn't like this one better... it has all of the elements of a good cozy mystery... lovely setting, promising cast of characters, both ongoing and mystery-specific, a murder to solve, appropriate red herrings, a bit of peril... but it just didn't work for me. The body is found immediately, so there's no back-story provided as setup. The characters seem flat, and I really don't care what happens to them, either in this book or subsequent ones. There is way to much description of everything throughout. And at the end... things are resolved very quickly and tied up with a bow, but there really isn't proper resolution on several things raised throughout the story. (view spoiler)[For example - what was in the will? What was the actual hidden treasure that motivatecd the murder? (hide spoiler)] I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series or not - and independently, my Mom reached the same conclusion when she'd read this far in the series a year or two ago.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Renae Davis

    I really enjoyed this book like I enjoyed all her other books. In this fourth book in the tea shop series by Laura Child's, Theodosia Browning starts off simply enough by volunteering at the hatching of the loggerhead turtles. She has joined her baker, Haley, and they have provided gumbo and scones to warm up the volunteers and of course tea. Drayton who did not want to join them originally shows up with a second pot of soup just when Haley and Theo are afraid that they will run out. Theo persua I really enjoyed this book like I enjoyed all her other books. In this fourth book in the tea shop series by Laura Child's, Theodosia Browning starts off simply enough by volunteering at the hatching of the loggerhead turtles. She has joined her baker, Haley, and they have provided gumbo and scones to warm up the volunteers and of course tea. Drayton who did not want to join them originally shows up with a second pot of soup just when Haley and Theo are afraid that they will run out. Theo persuaded Drayton to take a look at the turtles and that is when she sees the sea weed entangled body floating off shore. It was very disturbing for Theo who went out to check to see if it was indeed a body but even worse for Drayton who recognized the body of his friend, Harper Fisk, was a member of the Breakfast Club,

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