It is the week before Halloween and Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her tea sommelier, Drayton, are attending the grand opening of their literary and historical themed haunted house. But during the opening, amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, the Heritage Society patriarch s grandniece is suddenly tossed from the third-floor window and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Now Theodosia must find a killer on the eve before Halloween.
"Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley attend the opening night of the Heritage Society's literary haunted house, located in the crumbling Bouchard Mansion. The two are horrified when author Willow French is killed after being tossed from an upper-story window with a noose around her neck. For personal reasons and at the request of Timothy Neville, Willow's great-uncle, Theodosia begins an investigation. She soon learns that Willow's expensive diamond earrings are missing, and she identifies numerous suspects, from Willow's fiancé to an intern who was attracted to her, to Ellis Bouchard, who is contesting the Heritage Society's inheritance of the mansion. The likable Theodosia, the true-to-life secondary characters, the lovingly described Charleston setting, and the tea-shop frame, with its delicious-sounding menus and descriptions of various teas, will appeal to tea drinkers and readers who enjoy food-centered mysteries. Childs concludes the story with recipes and an extensive compilation of tea resources."
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