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The Teaberry Strangler (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs

Published: 2011-03-01
Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
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Charleston is bustling with shoppers looking for antiques-and, of course, Theodosia Browning's delicious teas. But when the cobblestone alleys clear, Theodosia finds the map store owner strangled to death. Many wanted her shop-but enough to kill? Most alarming, however, is Detective Tidwell's ...
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Introduction

Charleston is bustling with shoppers looking for antiques-and, of course, Theodosia Browning's delicious teas. But when the cobblestone alleys clear, Theodosia finds the map store owner strangled to death. Many wanted her shop-but enough to kill? Most alarming, however, is Detective Tidwell's theory: that the killer mistook her for Theodosia.

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Discussion Questions

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

What is the starting point of the book - the one action that gets the story rolling?

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

Which characters do you think offer the most comedic interest?

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

Do you think the city of Charleston plays out as a "character" in this book?

Do you think the author has succeeded in creating a "sense of place?"

What is the over-riding theme of the book? Justice, faith, friendship?

If you were going to blend a tea, what would it be?

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

Brew a pot of tea and cozy up with Theodosia Browning, the savvy proprietor of Charleston's charming Indigo Tea Shop.

In The Teaberry Strangler, Theodosia spearheads a back alley crawl. And while shop owners are thrilled and visitors enjoy bargains on antiques and artwork, the candle light crawl comes to a screeching halt when a map store owner is strangled. Seeking justice, Theodosia and her dog Earl Grey navigate a fog-bound island and the mysterious Pinckney's Castle, while encountering the treasure hunting Kipling Club and crazy ladies of Jardin Perfumerie.

The Teaberry Strangler isn't your traditional cozy - it's more of a thrillzy, but without the sex or really tough language. If you're looking for a literate, fast-paced read, The Teaberry Strangler is definitely your book. Plus you'll love Theodosia's recipes for pecan pie muffins, Devonshire cream, and chutney cheddar tea sandwiches. And her butterscotch scones? Well, you'll just have to read the book!

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