Author: Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!)

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Plum Tea Crazy - A Tea Shop Mystery

Plum Tea Crazy
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: B071K4DPRH
  • Release: 2018-03-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


Pekoe Most Poison - A Tea Shop Mystery, #18

Pekoe Most Poison
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425281680
  • Release: 2017-03-07
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play...at murder.

 

When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

 

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

 

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse...

INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS


Egg Drop Dead - A Cackleberry Club Mystery, #7

Egg Drop Dead
  • Number: 9780425281703
  • Release: 2016-12-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…

Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them...

RECIPES INCLUDED!


Crepe Factor - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #14

Crepe Factor
  • 5 Stars Stars
  • Number: 9780425266700
  • Release: 2016-10-04
  • Authors: Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace...

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon...

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!


Devonshire Scream - A Tea Shop Mystery, #17

Devonshire Scream
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425281666
  • Release: 2016-03-01
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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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 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 steal 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!


Parchment and Old Lace - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #13

Parchment and Old Lace
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425266687
  • Release: 2015-10-06
  • Authors: Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The New York Times bestselling author of Gossamer Ghost returns to the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, where scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery…

Carmela couldn’t imagine a finer evening than dinner at Commander’s Palace with her beau, Detective Edgar Babcock. The food and the company are equally divine—with the exception of Isabelle Black stopping by to brag about her upcoming wedding. Resuming the romance with a walk in the evening air, the couple is interrupted once again—this time by a terrifying scream from inside the cemetery.

Having just seen Isabelle, Carmela and Edgar now find her lying across an aboveground tomb, strangled to death with a piece of vintage lace. Carmela would rather leave the investigating to Edgar, but she can’t say no to Isabelle’s sister Ellie, the tarot card reader at Juju Voodoo, when she asks her to help. As she untangles the enemies of Isabelle’s past, Carmela hopes she can draw out the killer before someone else gets cold feet.

INCLUDES SCRAPBOOKING TIPS


Gossamer Ghost - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #12

Gossamer Ghost
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425266670
  • Release: 2014-10-07
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The New York Times bestselling author of Gilt Trip returns to New Orleans for scrapbooking, Halloween, and homicide…

Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is ready to head out and enjoy her night until she hears some strange noises coming from Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, and decides to investigate. Her evening plans are abruptly put on hold when out of a curio cabinet—and into her arms—falls the bloody body of Oddities owner Marcus Joubert.

While Joubert was known for being an eccentric, Carmela never thought he could inspire the passion required to kill—until she learns a priceless death mask was also stolen. As the mystery grows, so does the list of suspects, leaving Carmela with the feeling that it will take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there’s another night of murderous mischief…

Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!

Hardback 2014 / Paperback 2015


Ming Tea Murder - Tea Shop Mysteries, #16

Ming Tea Murder
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425281659
  • Release: 2015-05-05
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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It’s scones and scandal for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Steeped in Evil…

Normally Theodosia wouldn’t attend a black tie affair for all the tea in China. But she can hardly say no to her hunky, handsome boyfriend, Max, who directs public relations for the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. Max has organized an amazing gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the crème de la crème of Charleston society is invited.

In the exotic garden staged in the museum’s rotunda, a Chinese dragon dances to the beat of drums as it weaves through the crowd. The guests are serenaded by a Chinese violin as they sample an assortment of tempting bites. And to give them a memento of the occasion, there’s even a photo booth. But Theodosia makes a grim discovery behind the booth’s curtains: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster.

While Theodosia prefers tea service over the service of justice, this case is difficult to ignore—especially after Max becomes a suspect. Now she must examine the life of the fallen philanthropist and find out who really wanted him to pay up…

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


The Cozy Cookbook - More than 100 Recipes from Today’s Bestselling Mystery Authors

The Cozy Cookbook
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425277867
  • Release: 2015-04-07
  • Authors: Laura Childs, Jenn McKinlay, Cleo Coyle, Julie Hyzy, B.B. Haywood
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Food, Home, Style and Travel, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FROM

AVERY AAMES/DARYL WOOD GERBER - ELLERY ADAMS - CONNIE ARCHER - LESLIE BUDEWITZ - LAURA CHILDS - CLEO COYLE - VICTORIA HAMILTON - B. B. HAYWOOD - JULIE HYZY - JENN McKINLAY - PAIGE SHELTON

Great meals don’t have to be a mystery?but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appetizers, entrèes, and desserts that will leave your family or book club group asking, ?Whodunit?”

In addition to recipes, choose a sleuth du jour from our menu of mystery series and get a taste of each of our authors’ bread and butter?page-turning puzzles and stay-up-all-night suspense in excerpts from their bestselling works.

Whether you like your meals sautéed, roasted, baked, or served cold like revenge, The Cozy Cookbook has something to satisfy every mystery fan.

This book contains previously published material.


Steeped in Evil - A Tea Shop Mystery, #15

Steeped in Evil
  • 3 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252642
  • Release: 2015-03-03
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning heads to a winery where she is about to learn the true meaning of terroir…

Steeped in Evil

 

Theodosia has never considered herself a wine connoisseur—tea has always been…well, her cup of tea. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Unfortunately, a sweet evening takes on a bitter aftertaste when a dead body is discovered in one of the wine barrels. The son of proprietor Jordan Knight has been murdered.

 

Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Knight turns to Theo for help. She’s heard through the grapevine that there are both family and business problems at Knighthall. They say in vino veritas, but everyone at the winery seems to be lying through their teeth. Sorting through the guest list as well as family and staff, Theo has her pick of suspects. It may look like the killer has her over a barrel, but cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.

 

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


Scorched Eggs - A Cackleberry Club Mystery, #6

Scorched Eggs
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425255599
  • Release: 2015-12-01
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni?co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café?are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug?

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker?and friend to the Cackleberry Club?Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose?was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives.

Hardback 2014 / Paperback 2015


Eggs in a Casket - A Cackleberry Club Mystery, #5

Eggs in a Casket
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425269084
  • Release: 2014-12-02
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series returns with three intrepid ladies who know their way around a kitchen?as well as a crime scene?

Petra, Suzanne, and Toni may have lost their husbands, but they’ve found new life operating the Cackleberry Club café. It’s where the locals head for an amazing breakfast, the good company of friends, and a puzzling mystery or two?

THIS KILLER IS TOAST

Suzanne and Toni are off to Memorial Cemetery to help prepare for its 150th anniversary celebration. The ladies expect to find the historical society’s tent, but instead they discover the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond lying facedown in a freshly dug grave. Now, with the town peppered with suspects and the local authorities in over their heads, it’s up to the Cackleberry Club to unscramble the clues and sniff out a bad egg.

Recipes Included!


Gilt Trip - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #11

Gilt Trip
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252598
  • Release: 2014-10-07
  • Authors: Laura Childs, Diana Orgain
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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A New Orleans businessman and white-collar criminal is celebrating his early release from prison. But his freedom will be short lived?

Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, are off to a party. Prominent socialite Margo Leland is throwing an extravagant fete to welcome home her husband, Jerry Earl. There’s a zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails.  But in the midst of the revelry, Jerry Earl is murdered?then stuffed inside a clothes dryer.   

When the grieving widow turns to her for help, Carmela can’t say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela’s going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl’s dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry?

Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!


Sweet Tea Revenge - A Tea Shop Mystery, #14

Sweet Tea Revenge
  • Number: 9780425252888
  • Release: 2013-03-05
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Agony of the Leaves, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning may always be a bridesmaid, never a bride, but this groom is never going to make it to the altar…

Theodosia Browning’s dear friend, Delaine Dish, has asked her to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. But when the big day arrives, everything seems to be going wrong. First, a massive storm is brewing over Charleston. A bad omen? Second, Delaine’s maid of honor is late for the ceremony. And finally, the groom not only has cold feet—his whole body is cold. A murderer has crashed the wedding.

As Theodosia comforts a devastated Delaine, she needs to sort out the suspects on the groom’s side from the suspects on the bride’s side. One thing soon becomes apparent—revenge won’t be the only dish served cold at this wedding. And if Theodosia doesn’t watch her step, a cold-blooded killer may have a rude reception in store for her…

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


Postcards from the Dead - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #10

Postcards from the Dead
  • Number: B008EXK58W
  • Release: 2012-10-02
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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New Orleans is in the throes of another fantastic Mardi Gras celebration when the party gets crashed by a murderer…

Kimber Breeze of KBEZ-TV is broadcasting live from a hotel balcony in the French Quarter, interviewing locals and capturing the spectacle in the streets. But as Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop, waits to be interviewed next, someone sneaks onto the balcony and strangles Kimber with a cord, leaving her body dangling above the parade.

Soon after the murder, Carmela begins receiving strange postcards at her shop—signed by the late reporter. Now she and her friend Ava must risk their own necks to find out who’s posing as a ghost and expose a killer…

Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!


Agony of the Leaves - A Tea Shop Mystery, #13

Agony of the Leaves
  • Number: 9780425245538
  • Release: 2012-03-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Scones and Bones, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning finds herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium...

The opening of the aquarium is a major Charleston event, and Theodosia has been hired to cater tea, scones, and sandwiches for the private party to honor dignitaries and big buck donors. Things are going swimmingly, until Theodosia escapes the party for a momentary rest, only to discover the body of a man entangled in a net, drowned in one of the aquarium's state-of-the-art tanks.

To make matters worse, the victim is Theodosia's former boyfriend Parker Scully. The EMTs on the scene think Parker's drowning was an accident, but when Theodosia notices what look like defense wounds on his hands, she realizes that someone wanted Parker dead. The local police aren't keen on hearing her theory-especially because of her ties to the victim-so Theodosia knows that if she wants Parker's killer brought to justice, she'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation...

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


Skeleton Letters - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #9

Skeleton Letters
  • Number: B005ERIS8U
  • Release: 2011-10-04
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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When a fellow scrapbooker is bludgeoned with a religious statue in St. Tristan’s Church, a stolen relic may hold the key to catching the culprit...

The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expect to bear witness to in St. Tristan’s Church is a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle is lying lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastian—and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique crucifix. With so many tourists passing through the church, the police don’t have a prayer of finding the killer.

But if anyone can get to the bottom of the crime, it’s Carmela’s main squeeze, Detective Edgar Babcock—with a little assistance from some scrappy sleuths. As Carmela and Ava are drawn deeper into New Orleans’ French Quarter in search of the missing crucifix, they discover that this is one killer they don’t want to cross…

SCRAPBOOKING TIPS INCLUDED!


Fiber & Brimstone - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #8

Fiber & Brimstone
  • Number: 9780425244029
  • Release: 2011-10-04
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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With its history of spooky folklore, New Orleans offers the perfect atmosphere for Halloween. Scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand is getting into the spirit by building a giant puppet for the French Quarter's Halloween Monsters and Mayhem parade. But things get terrifying earlier than expected when she overhears an argument between Jekyll Hardy and Brett Fowler-and minutes later, finds Fowler's lifeless body.


Scones & Bones - A Tea Shop Mystery, #12

Scones & Bones
  • Number: 9780425238967
  • Release: 2011-03-01
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Savor the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of The Teaberry Strangler.

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is lured into attending the Heritage Society's "Pirates and Plunder" soiree. But it's an antique diamond skull ring that gets plundered by someone who murders a history intern in the process. Theodosia knows she'll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a raft of suspects.


The Teaberry Strangler - A Tea Shop Mystery, #11

The Teaberry Strangler
  • Number: 9780425232453
  • Release: 2010-03-02
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The bestselling author of Oolong Dead serves up an Old-World treat, spiced with a Sherlock Holmes-style murder mystery.

It was the Dickensian evening Theodosia Browning had been hoping for. Charleston shop-owners dressed in cloaks of yore threw open their back doors to visitors, who took advantage of bargains and Theodosia's delicious teas.

But later, the alleys clear except for one body- which a horrified Theodosia discovers. It's Daria, the map store's owner. Locals have shown interest in buying her shop-but enough to kill? Plus there's been a customer hell-bent on acquiring a not-for­sale map. Most alarming of all theories, however, is Detective Tidwell's: the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia. And if that theory holds, the killer's work isn't done.


Death Swatch - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #6

Death Swatch
  • Number: 9780425230756
  • Release: 2009-10-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Amid Zydeco rhythms and popping champagne corks, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is having a wild night at a Mardi Gras party?until she finds a float designer murdered on a balcony.


Tragic Magic - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #7

Tragic Magic
  • Number: B002NT3AVC
  • Release: 2009-09-03
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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A New Orleans mansion is being converted into a haunted house for tourists and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand has been enlisted to help. No sooner does the project begin than someone winds up dead.


Eggs in Purgatory - Cackleberry Club Series #1

Eggs in Purgatory
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425224953
  • Release: 12/2/2008
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags:
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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Now Laura Childs is cracking a whole new case of murder in a brand new series-RECIPES INCLUDED.

Introducing the Cackleberry Club Mysteries...


Suzanne, Toni, and Petra lose their husbands but find independence when they open the Cackleberry Club. Then their cozy cafe becomes the scene of a crime when a lawyer dies with a secret on his lips and egg on his face. What this all has to do with a religious cult and Suzanne's past could put her own life on the line.


Oolong Dead - A Tea Shop Mystery, #10

Oolong Dead
  • Number: 9780425225998
  • Release: 2009-03-03
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The latest Tea Shop mystery from the author of The Silver Needle Murder

While hosting a lavish luncheon to benefit the Charleston Opera, 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?


Frill Kill - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #5

Frill Kill
  • Number: 9780425224250
  • Release: 2008-10-07
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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SCRAPBOOKING TIPS AND RECIPES INCLUDED.

For Carmela Bertrand, a New Orleans shop owner who can turn any scrapbook into a treasure, this Halloween will feature more than the usual scares. On her way home from a ghoulish gathering, Carmela finds the dead body of a model?and is then attacked herself. Her leads are many, including animal tooth marks on the deceased's neck. And as the witching hour draws closer, Carmela must find what's lurking in the shadows?or get the fright of her life.


The Silver Needle Murder - A Tea Shop Mystery, #9

The Silver Needle Murder
  • Number: 9780425219461
  • Release: 2008-03-04
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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When the Charleston Film Festival opens with a bang?the real-life murder of a famous director?Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is pulled into an investigation as perilous as any big-screen thriller.


Motif for Murder - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #4

Motif for Murder
  • Number: 9780425217986
  • Release: 2007-10-02
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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After Hurricane Katrina, scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand has her hands full getting Memory Mine back in business-and her relationship with her ex-husband, Shamus, back on its feet. But then Shamus is kidnapped, and Carmela discovers Shamus's Uncle Henry, murdered.

Carmela puts together a sentimental scrapbook of memories and keepsakes of Henry. But her project holds a clue that could identify the killer and kidnapper-and the murderer is going to try to close the book on Carmela once and for all.


Dragonwell Dead - A Tea Shop Mystery, #8

Dragonwell Dead
  • Number: 9780425213865
  • Release: 2007-03-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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It's springtime in Charleston and just about every species of South Carolina's flora is in full and glorious bloom at the Spring Plantation Ramble. Once a year, the upper crust open their sprawling gardens to the public, the site of flower shows, rare plant auctions, and a contagious spring fever. Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys the Ramble, especially since she can pour tea and promote her Indigo Tea Shop-and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea.


Blood Orange Brewing - A Tea Shop Mystery, #7

Blood Orange Brewing
  • Number: 9780425208076
  • Release: 2006-04-04
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."*

Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop.

Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.


Chamomile Mourning - A Tea Shop Mystery, #6

Chamomile Mourning
  • Number: 9780425206188
  • Release: 2006-03-07
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Charleston, South Carolina, is alive with music, dancing, and the arts as the Spoleto festival gets underway. But Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning feels far from festive when the inaugural Poet’s Tea is forced into one of the Heritage Society’s austere halls by rain. And when it rains, it pours—as proven when a respected auction house owner plummets from the balcony, landing dead on Theodosia’s specially-prepared cake. Worse yet, it looks like someone helped him over the edge. With a full kettle of suspects, Theodosia pursues an investigation into the murky swamps of the Low Country, where she uncovers a thriving criminal enterprise of art forgery, fraud—and murder…


The Jasmine Moon Murder - A Tea Shop Mystery, #5

The Jasmine Moon Murder
  • Number: 9780425199862
  • Release: 2005-08-02
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is catering a Charleston benefit, a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery, when the organizer drops dead—and it looks like foul play. Theodosia stirs things up with her own investigation, and gets into hot water up to her neck.


Bound For Murder - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #3

Bound For Murder
  • Number: B002HFJ6VK
  • Release: 2004-11-02
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end.


Photo Finished - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #2

Photo Finished
  • Number: B002X847XS
  • Release: 2004-01-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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What could be more fun than an all-night crop at Carmela's scrapbooking shop? As ideas on rubber stamping, hand-tinting photos, and decorating album covers are shared, scrapbookers also help themselves to hurricane rum drinks, jambalaya, and homemade praline pie. Spirits run high and the soft New Orleans night buzzes with excitement. But when Bartholomew Hayward, the shady antique dealer from next door, is found sprawled in the back alley with a scissors jammed in his neck, it looks like the work of a very crafty killer.


The English Breakfast Murder - A Tea Shop Mystery, #4

The English Breakfast Murder
  • Number: 9780425191293
  • Release: 2003-08-05
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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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 greed stirs him to kill again.


Keepsake Crimes - A Scrapbooking Mystery, #1

Keepsake Crimes
  • Number: B002X847Y2
  • Release: 2003-05-06
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with the sophisticated looks she achieves with their scrapbooks.  But among her client's keepsakes she finds a tip of her own-about a murder...


Shades of Earl Grey - A Tea Shop Mystery, #3

Shades of Earl Grey
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425188217
  • Release: 2003-01-07
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn’t have to cater—but there’s more than champagne bubbling…

Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple’s arrival—the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring—a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette—is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she’s been reading tea leaves—and that’s the surest way to put Theodosia’s kettle on the boil…


Gunpowder Green - A Tea Shop Mystery, #2

Gunpowder Green
  • Number: 9780425184059
  • Release: 2002-03-05
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something’s brewing in the high society of Charleston—something other than her newest tea…

The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston’s favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack of an antique gun meant to end the race, a member of Charleston’s elite falls dead. Theodosia has a hunch that his demise was no accident—and will go out of her way to prove it. But if she doesn’t act fast, Theo will find herself in hot water with some boiling-mad Charlestonians—and more than a little gun-chai…

Includes a delicious recipe and tea-making tips!


Death by Darjeeling - A Tea Shop Mystery, #1

Death by Darjeeling
  • Number: 9780425179451
  • Release: 2001-05-01
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.


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