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Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Hardcover : 320 pages
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When tea shop owner Theodosia attends a “rat tea” at a fancy pants mansion in Charleston, she’s knocked out by the waiters who are wearing white gloves and rat heads ...
“Realistic and down-to-earth characters populate a cozy that tea lovers will relish.”-- Publisher’s Weekly
When tea shop owner Theodosia attends a “rat tea” at a fancy pants mansion in Charleston, she’s knocked out by the waiters who are wearing white gloves and rat heads – and stunned when the genial host chokes to death on his tea. But the murder victim’s wife is desperate for help, so Theodosia tries to narrow down the suspects from a certifiably crazy cast of characters. Could it be Big Reggie, the victim’s hard-drinking partner? The snarky PR lady? Or a Bernie Madoff-type hedge fund owner? From New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Pekoe Most Poison delivers a gripping, realistic murder that also includes tea tips and recipes for Lemon Tea Bread, Raisin Scones, and Strawberry Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches.
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ExcerptFeeling like her jog had blown off the dust of the day, Theodosia tugged gently at Earl Grey’s leash as they turned for home.
And that’s when it all went a little bit crazy.
Just as they were crossing Tradd, a car came hurtling out of nowhere. Engine roaring full bore, headlights blazing, the car headed straight for them. Caught in the middle of the street, Theodosia froze for a split-second, uncertain of which way to jump. ... view entire excerpt...
Discussion QuestionsDid the author create a “sense of place” in her descriptions of the “rat tea,” the Indigo Tea Shop, and of Charleston?
What is the starting point of the book – the one action that gets the story rolling?
Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries are classic “cozies,” written in the spirit of Agatha Christie. Why do you think so many women prefer this kinder, gentler type of mystery?
How do you think tea – drinking it and brewing it – plays a role in this book?
Why do you suppose many women want to be entrepreneurs like Theodosia? And why do many women prefer to own a smaller, more manageable business?
Novels are much like three-act plays. There is an opening act, a middle act, and a concluding act. Where do you think these “break points” occur?
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