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Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs

Published: 2017-03-07
Hardcover : 320 pages
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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 ...
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Introduction

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...

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Feeling 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 Questions

Did 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?

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

“Realistic and down-to-earth characters populate a cozy that tea lovers will relish.”-- Publisher’s Weekly

“Childs puts sizzle in all her bestselling mysteries.”--St. Paul Pioneer Press

Featured Book--Southern Writers Magazine

“This sophisticated mystery is well-crafted, cleverly plotted, and proves to be one of the strongest installments in the series."--Romantic Times Book Review

“Charmingly rendered main characters, loving descriptions of Charleston.”--Kirkus Reviews

“Childs is a writer with a special talent for writing cozy mysteries paced like thrillers.”-- The Big Thrill – International Thriller Writers

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