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Delicious recipes, tea-time tips, opera, and murder-in a national bestselling mystery series that's "quickly become a favorite of readers."(Mystery Reader) While riding her horse in a race through the South Carolina Lowcountry, Theodosia Browning finds her arch nemesis, Abby Davis, dead. What's more, the victim's brother is Theodosia's old flame. Who'd have guessed they'd Delicious recipes, tea-time tips, opera, and murder-in a national bestselling mystery series that's "quickly become a favorite of readers."(Mystery Reader) While riding her horse in a race through the South Carolina Lowcountry, Theodosia Browning finds her arch nemesis, Abby Davis, dead. What's more, the victim's brother is Theodosia's old flame. Who'd have guessed they'd be reunited through cold-blooded murder? Theodosia's investigation takes her from the Lowcountry thicket to the backstage maze of a darkened theater where a maestro of murder waits for the next cue. All proving that when it comes to high drama, Theodosia can give Verdi a run for his money.


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Delicious recipes, tea-time tips, opera, and murder-in a national bestselling mystery series that's "quickly become a favorite of readers."(Mystery Reader) While riding her horse in a race through the South Carolina Lowcountry, Theodosia Browning finds her arch nemesis, Abby Davis, dead. What's more, the victim's brother is Theodosia's old flame. Who'd have guessed they'd Delicious recipes, tea-time tips, opera, and murder-in a national bestselling mystery series that's "quickly become a favorite of readers."(Mystery Reader) While riding her horse in a race through the South Carolina Lowcountry, Theodosia Browning finds her arch nemesis, Abby Davis, dead. What's more, the victim's brother is Theodosia's old flame. Who'd have guessed they'd be reunited through cold-blooded murder? Theodosia's investigation takes her from the Lowcountry thicket to the backstage maze of a darkened theater where a maestro of murder waits for the next cue. All proving that when it comes to high drama, Theodosia can give Verdi a run for his money.

30 review for Oolong Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Another good entry in the tea shop series with another exciting ending. As much as I don’t enjoy tea I enjoy reading about the tea shop and the wonderful food they serve there. The mystery was entertaining and I liked seeing Jory back again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Theodosia's old boyfriend, Jory Davis, returns to town after the death of his sister, newscaster Abby Davis. Theodosia stumbled across her body at a charity equestrian event and Jory, of course, wants her to inquire into her death, along with the police. All the old favorites return, Drayton, Timothy Newell, Delaine, in this tenth outing of murder for our tea shop owner.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Another charming tea shop mystery from Laura Childs, where a murder brings Theodosia back into contact with her ex-boyfriend. I love the setting (Charleston and the tea shop) and the connections to society and Gullah culture in this particular mystery were a nice touch. Can't wait to try some of the recipes!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I'm very excited to be reading this book. I love this series, great Charleston Tea Shop atmosphere, and lots of fun, light harmless mysteries. This book was definitely one of the best in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    Of course I loved the book as Laura Childs is my first love when it comes to cozy mysteries. A couple of things I liked that were mentioned in the book were the Lamplighter Tour. I would love to be able to tour some historic homes. I also liked Drayton's superstitions when it comes to tea bubbles in tea means romance ahead and froth means riches. Drayton will also be my favorite character next to Theo and Earl Grey. As many of these books that I have read I still can't find make myself like Dela Of course I loved the book as Laura Childs is my first love when it comes to cozy mysteries. A couple of things I liked that were mentioned in the book were the Lamplighter Tour. I would love to be able to tour some historic homes. I also liked Drayton's superstitions when it comes to tea bubbles in tea means romance ahead and froth means riches. Drayton will also be my favorite character next to Theo and Earl Grey. As many of these books that I have read I still can't find make myself like Delanie. She is quite annoying to me and she seemed to be a big part of this book. Haley did seem a little toned down this time though. When Theo and Delanie found themselves in a muddy moldy basement I had to laugh because Delanie was dirty but also would not have liked to be there even though there was a puzzle solved while they were there. I was a little upset with Theo this time when she was around Jory as I don't like him. I really like her and Parker together. And once again the author throws a loop in the story and the murderer is not who you expect and there is yet another puzzle solved towards the end. I will be looking forward to when I start the next book in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It's funny that for all I am not a tea drinker I desperately wish the Indigo Tea Shop really existed. It's a big reason as to why I keep reading these books. I normally love the interaction between Drayton/Theo/Hayley, along with Tidwell and Parker. Delaine tends to vex me, but she's probably one of the more realistic characters for her obnoxiousness. This go round, however, Parker was a glorified cardboard cutout and the rest of the characters just never managed to get into their groove or somet It's funny that for all I am not a tea drinker I desperately wish the Indigo Tea Shop really existed. It's a big reason as to why I keep reading these books. I normally love the interaction between Drayton/Theo/Hayley, along with Tidwell and Parker. Delaine tends to vex me, but she's probably one of the more realistic characters for her obnoxiousness. This go round, however, Parker was a glorified cardboard cutout and the rest of the characters just never managed to get into their groove or something. It just never got going, I guess. The final reason is I like the bits of information thrown in about Charleston. But not necessarily for the reason the author might like. Page one brings us this gem: And wouldn't you know it? This was one of those amazing October days when the sky was a curtain of cerulean blue and every shrub and tree blazed red and gold. Very pretty imagery. Too bad Charleston is not known for our spectacular displays of Autumn. Generally speaking, October is the tail end of summer around here and the shrubs and bushes are either still green, or all the leaves died in the middle of the night when no one was looking. Then there's the little matter of a well known news anchor's contract not being picked up in favor of a younger, prettier newshound. Despite the fact that one of our local stations has had the same co-anchors since I was a child, if Web Hall were as big a name as Theo and company make him out to be, trust me. No one would just think he'd retired to his lovely home out in the country. Word would have gotten around about his firing/contract trouble. Anyway, the mystery itself wasn't bad, it just didn't really seem to be one you could solve short of randomly guessing. Points are given for using the bride plays hide and seek ghost story and me still not getting the twist until, well, the twist happened.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Theodosia finds herself tangled in another murder, finding the body of her ex-boy friend’s sister on a steeple chase course. It doesn’t help that she had a rip-roaring fight with the now deceased TV anchor several months ago in front of witnesses. Theo is drawn further in the web of intrigue when Jory – the ex-boy friend – show’s up at her tea shop, asking her to help solve Abby’s murder. Soon after, Detective Burt Tidwell also puts in an appearance to ask the same thing. Theodosia’s snooping t Theodosia finds herself tangled in another murder, finding the body of her ex-boy friend’s sister on a steeple chase course. It doesn’t help that she had a rip-roaring fight with the now deceased TV anchor several months ago in front of witnesses. Theo is drawn further in the web of intrigue when Jory – the ex-boy friend – show’s up at her tea shop, asking her to help solve Abby’s murder. Soon after, Detective Burt Tidwell also puts in an appearance to ask the same thing. Theodosia’s snooping takes her down to Savannah, out into the low country to the Mobley Plantation, and to and Italian Masked Ball. But the big question throughout the book, is how will she afford to buy the Carriage House Cottage of her dreams down by the Battery? (Which, having just been to Charleston, SC, and seen how MUCH it costs to live in the Historic District, is indeed a very good question.) Like I said, a very quick read. I am finding Childs conclusions a bit to pat and to quick – I think the resolutions could be fleshed out just a bit more. I always feel like there could be just a bit more explanation at the end – one more chapter to wrap things up after the “climatic capture of the criminal”. I did find myself being jarred out of the story once – Theo is zooming around the salt marsh on a Ski-Doo (which I have issues with for environmental reasons, but that aside), “Overhead, a pileated woodpecker drilled noisily into a tree and…” Ahh…no. Between the sound of the Ski-doo and the wind in one’s ears, a person is NOT going to hear even a pileated. So, fun read and I look forward to the next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Watson

    Theodosia and the gang are back in their latest adventure. Theodosia is entered in a riding event, but when her horse gets spooky, she is thrown to the ground...right next to a dead body. It's Abby Davis, a reporter who verbally attacked Theodosia two months earlier for no apparent reason. Even worse, Abby is the sister of Theodosia's ex-boyfriend, Jory Davis. She is drawn into the investigation by Detective Tidwell, who has been asked by the local police department to help them. Jory draws her Theodosia and the gang are back in their latest adventure. Theodosia is entered in a riding event, but when her horse gets spooky, she is thrown to the ground...right next to a dead body. It's Abby Davis, a reporter who verbally attacked Theodosia two months earlier for no apparent reason. Even worse, Abby is the sister of Theodosia's ex-boyfriend, Jory Davis. She is drawn into the investigation by Detective Tidwell, who has been asked by the local police department to help them. Jory draws her further into the chaos of Abby's life by asking her to help on behalf of his family. What's a girl to do? The investigation leads to an old abandoned plantation that Abby and her husband have donated to a preservation group. The plantation has its own secrets, which Theodosia and her friend Delanie discover when they get trapped in the basement of the main house. It doesn't help when Paxton, Theodosia's main squeeze, discovers that she is looking into Abby's death at Jory's request. While Theodosia lose Paxton because of Jory? Stolen gems, a missing heir and a fire figure prominently into the story as Theodosia tries to put all the pieces together. But will she live long enough to tell the truth? Laura Childs has always been able to capture my attention with her books, and this is another delightful book in her Tea Shop mystery series. I enjoy it because you also get a lesson in the history of tea, and I learn about new types. Oolong tea, anyone?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Didn't have a clue on this one, as there wasn't an obscure enough character that stood out as the potential murderer. Ironically enough, when they first started talking about the husband, I thought "when is she going to investigate the spouse in a book, after all, statistics say the spouse is the most likely murderer". And low and behold, it is the husband, with the help of a character who went "missing" long before the story started. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something spe Didn't have a clue on this one, as there wasn't an obscure enough character that stood out as the potential murderer. Ironically enough, when they first started talking about the husband, I thought "when is she going to investigate the spouse in a book, after all, statistics say the spouse is the most likely murderer". And low and behold, it is the husband, with the help of a character who went "missing" long before the story started. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patti

    A pleasing entry into an ongoing cozy/amateur sleuth series. I enjoy spending time in the Indigo Tea Shop with Theodosia, Drayton and Haley. In this book, Theodosia is actually invited to do a little investigating by both the police and her ex-boyfriend Jory, as it was his sister Abby Theodosia found murdered. As the mystery unfolds, Abby's career and lovelife are brought to light, a interesting jeweler enters the picture, and a plantation with a ghost story provides a scary setting. Add romanti A pleasing entry into an ongoing cozy/amateur sleuth series. I enjoy spending time in the Indigo Tea Shop with Theodosia, Drayton and Haley. In this book, Theodosia is actually invited to do a little investigating by both the police and her ex-boyfriend Jory, as it was his sister Abby Theodosia found murdered. As the mystery unfolds, Abby's career and lovelife are brought to light, a interesting jeweler enters the picture, and a plantation with a ghost story provides a scary setting. Add romantic conflict between Theodosia's former and current beaus and an adorable cottage for sale, Theodosia has her hands full!!! One quibble I have with this series is that Theodosia doesn't seem to totally click with her romantic suitors, although Ms. Childs writes excellent friendships. I'm not sure if I want more or less romance, but a little more spark would be welcome. I want to go to Charleston, and have tea at the Indigo Tea Shop!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Theo and the gang at the Indigo Tea Shop investigate the murder of Theo's former boyfriend's sister. Theo is asked to investigate by the former boyfriend and the local detective, which is a switch because Det. Tidwell generally wants her to stay out of his cases. She is drawn into a web of deceit, and the story includes a red herring that throws the reader off track. Once again I must complain about the treatment of the new boyfriend, Parker. He is a nice character and could be very integral to Theo and the gang at the Indigo Tea Shop investigate the murder of Theo's former boyfriend's sister. Theo is asked to investigate by the former boyfriend and the local detective, which is a switch because Det. Tidwell generally wants her to stay out of his cases. She is drawn into a web of deceit, and the story includes a red herring that throws the reader off track. Once again I must complain about the treatment of the new boyfriend, Parker. He is a nice character and could be very integral to the stories, but instead seems to be a convenient date for society events and someone to hold her hand when she's injured during her sleuthing. Drayton, her master tea-blender, always knows more about her than poor Parker. I'm offended on his behalf. Anyway, a fun outing in Charleston with atmosphere and recipes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Ok, just finished a cozy mystery, Oolong Dead by Laura Childs. Very lightweight but enjoyable. I actually loved the descriptions of the various oolong teas sampled-I had no idea there were so many!- as well as the locale & the lady sleuth. The plot was not gripping but that didn't bother me. In a series, what matters most to me is that I like to be there, with the people, and I did. It was a pleasant mini-vacation. Recommended: to people who like cozy mystery series accompanied by delicious-looki Ok, just finished a cozy mystery, Oolong Dead by Laura Childs. Very lightweight but enjoyable. I actually loved the descriptions of the various oolong teas sampled-I had no idea there were so many!- as well as the locale & the lady sleuth. The plot was not gripping but that didn't bother me. In a series, what matters most to me is that I like to be there, with the people, and I did. It was a pleasant mini-vacation. Recommended: to people who like cozy mystery series accompanied by delicious-looking recipes.

  13. 4 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 book 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. 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cherry

    I enjoyed this. As usual, (view spoiler)[she doesn't actually solve the main mystery here, Abby's murder - she is (as usual in the series) anonymously threatened half way through the book and then kidnapped by the murderer to be taken off and killed. Why can't she work out who it is sometimes? There could still be a dramatic, nail-biting scene when she heroically confronts the murderer because Tidwell hasn't turned up in time. (hide spoiler)] Nevertheless, it's good if you like cozy mysteries. I enjoyed this. As usual, (view spoiler)[she doesn't actually solve the main mystery here, Abby's murder - she is (as usual in the series) anonymously threatened half way through the book and then kidnapped by the murderer to be taken off and killed. Why can't she work out who it is sometimes? There could still be a dramatic, nail-biting scene when she heroically confronts the murderer because Tidwell hasn't turned up in time. (hide spoiler)] Nevertheless, it's good if you like cozy mysteries.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marion

    Ms. Childs' tea cozy mysteries are nice, predictible reads with a cast of eccentric recurring characters set in Charleston, South Carolina. Each book usually includes a murder or some other crime solved by Indigo teashop owner, Theodosia Browning. The best part of the books for me are the recipes at the end of the book. If you like light reads, then this is a great series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I grabbed this more or less at random at the library. It's the tenth in a series, apparently, and it's not bad. The protagonist runs a frou-frou tea shoppe in Charleston, S.C. and gets dragged into murders. Fine. The mystery itself is OK, but the descriptions of the various types of tea (and tea sandwiches) got me. Includes recipes. A pleasant diversion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    The atmosphere of the tea room, and Charleston in particular, is always enjoyable. I love reading about the teas and all the different soups, tea sandwiches, desserts, etc. which Haley cooks up. Theo, Drayton and Delaine are always an interesting group! This ended up being one of my favorites in the series!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    George

    #10 in the Charleston, S.C. tea shop owner Theodosia Browning mystery series. As usual in the series, Theo finds a dead body and becomes involved in solving the murder. This is an enjoyable series with a lot of tea information, well developed supporting characters with a good mix of Theo's day-to-day life, and a good mystery to solve.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I just finished this book. As soon as I found out Ms. Childs had a new book out, I bought it. These are "cozy" mysteries and easy to read when you just feel like relaxing. I love the Tea Shop as well as the Scrapbooking Mysteries.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbra

    Very enjoyable read. Even if you don't care for this type of mystery, the recipes are worth getting the book. Strawberry Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Pineapple Tea Sandwiches, Chocolate Sour Cream Scones, plus many more. The tea tips arn't too shabby either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    Another fun mystery in this tea shop series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    I really loved this book! Laura Childs does it again!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    An easy, light read. Her best book yet.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    An OK mystery about the adventures of a tea shop lady in Charleston, SC. There ae recipes for your tea party and a generally cozy tea shop atmosphere, a harrowing adventure, making for an easy read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    always enjoy these characters

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    These books are very light. I started reading the series because I had been in Charleston. Theodosia is so perfect in the previous books you almost dislike her. In this one she seemed more human.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Always a good read and again I learned more about tea. It was a bit more involved than some of the other ones.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy Stewart

    Fun, easy read. Nice tea poem.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    I adore this series. I cannot wait for the next installment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I enjoy the Tea Shop Mysteries. A good read.

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