Saturday, March 2, 2019

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery
in hosting author
Laura Childs
and her new release
Book 20 in the Tea Shop Mysteries

Theodosia Browning serves tea and solves crimes in Charleston, a city steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out. 

As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.

Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.

Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancΓ©e of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?



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Kudos to author Laura Childs for making it to the twentieth book of her Tea Shop Mysteries!

Having just closed BROKEN BONE CHINA, I’m still in that after-reading-a-good-book euphoria. It was wonderful to be back with Theodosia and Drayton. The teas, the atmosphere, the murder! Why wouldn’t I want to return time and again?

With her usual flare, author Childs has delivered an intriguing whodunit that had me guessing, and second guessing myself the entire way through. From the cinematic worthy murder, to the last word of the story, every detail grabbed my attention and pulled me in. Even the recipes at the end of the book hooked me!

BROKEN BONE CHINA is proof that you will get consistently good storytelling when reading a book written by Laura Childs.


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  1. Thank you for your review on "BROKEN BONE CHINA" by Laura Childs. I absolutely love this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this book and more about Theodosia and Drayton. Love the cover! I have always wanted to go to balloon events in New Mexico.
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  2. Thanks, Lisa. Twenty books, wow! Happy Saturday!

  3. I can't believe I have been hanging out with Theodosia, Drayton et al for 20 books! I have given several of these titles as gifts, with the accompanying tea! :) Always a big hit!

  4. Thanks, Lisa, for featuring Broken Bone China on your blog and for your great review. I'm looking forward to reading this book!