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Agony of the Leaves (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs

Published: 2012-03-06
Hardcover : 320 pages
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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, ...

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Introduction

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!

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Excerpt

Elegant green tendrils of kelp swayed in graceful, undulating motions as grouper and sea bass peeked out from their leafy sanctuary. Bullet-shaped tuna, the Indy car drivers of the sea, zoomed through the vast tank like silver streaks. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

Do you think the title of this book offers a clue to its content?

What’s the starting point of the book – the one big action that gets the story rolling?

Do you like the idea of women coming to talk, enjoy tea, and solve problems? Do you think it’s important for women to have a special set of friends they can talk to?

Are there any characters you identify with? Any characters you particularly like or dislike – and why?

Which characters do you think offered the most comedic interest?

Why do you suppose so many women want to be entrepreneurs like Theodosia? And why do many women prefer to own smaller, more manageable businesses?

Do you think the author succeeded in creating a “sense of place?” Could you visualize the Indigo Tea Shop, Aunt Libby’s plantation, the DuBose Bees apiary, and the Heritage Society?

Tea is a fun thread in the book, but what is the central and over-riding theme of the book? Justice, faith, friendship?

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

Note from the author:

Agony of the Leaves is my 13th Tea Shop Mystery in this New York Times bestselling series. When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning slips away from serving tea and scones at the opening of Charleston’s Neptune Aquarium, she just wants to view the Ocean Wall exhibit. Instead, she discovers the body of a dead man tangled in a net! I think you’ll enjoy this chilling yet cozy mystery that entwines romance, tea lore, and terrific recipes.

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