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The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."* Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop.The new mystery in the bestselling series that's growing by leaps and bounds-and serves up "just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting."* Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home-and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served....

Title : Blood Orange Brewing
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ISBN : 9780425208076
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Blood Orange Brewing Reviews

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-02-20 04:27

    The first half of the book is all about tea parties, dainty food, pretty settings and buying linen. A gentleman of means who was a war re-enactor is stabbed by an unknown assailant, and Thea who runs the tea-shop investigates a slightly spooky house where it occurred. Apart from some poking around in a few directions, there is no more drama until the last few chapters, which are a direct copy of Zero At The Bone by Mary Willis Walker; only the original is far better and more convincing. I got the distinct impression that this was fitted in at the end and had not been present in the author's head at the start, though she is entitled to switch leads of course.I would not stop anyone reading these books who likes the fussy expensive nature of the setting around a tea shop and historic homes but with the ongoing recession it seems ever less important. Some of the recipes and flavours do sound very nice. Another worry is that it really is not safe for anyone to go exploring on their own, which Thea does although we don't see her do any fitness training or sports, as they are bound to get into trouble and need help to get out of it. The heroine of Zero At The Bone was wise enough to pick a suitable guy to help her explore. Mainly if you like the series, read it, but if you want a good crime to solve by getting your hands dirty, read Zero At The Bone.

  • Amy
    2019-03-03 03:34

    I'm getting slightly annoyed with Theo. She has this attitude that she's the only one who can solve the crimes, and she does things like talk to suspects and contaminate crime scenes. She deserves to get shot and beat up for taking these stupid risks. If I were Tidwell, I'd put her in jail for obstruction.

  • Guera25
    2019-02-27 22:37

    For reasons known only to my dogged subconscious, I keep reading these monuments to idiocy. Theodosia is a smug, condescending, self-righteous prig with a vast overestimation of her own importance and her skills as a recreational snoop, Delaine Dish exists only to make the other characters look fabulous by comparison, and the "mystery" and its resolution are so half-arsed they bear the distinct whiff of being farted out after Childs has finished watching the latest episode of A Current Affair. The text is riddled with basic SPAG errors that writers shouldn't make and even marginally-competent editors shouldn't miss, and the plot itself strains credulity from the dognapping on. A total waste of time written solely for the chance to moralize for the last twenty pages. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

  • Kirsti
    2019-03-21 21:29

    I'm kind of feeling a little bogged down by the same story line approach this series is taking. Theodosia and crew are catering an exciting new event, someone illustrious and/or important to the town is murdered in front of a crowd, and then Theo and crew commence solving the mystery. How can so many people get murdered at Tea Parties? Most of the other cozy series I read the murder changes, or the location. Is this series written into a corner?I also really didn't like the ending to this one, but for spoiler reasons I won't say why. I was really enjoying this series when I first discovered them but now they're starting to grind on me. Maybe I should have a break and read something completely different? Three stars.

  • Patrizia
    2019-03-19 22:46

    4 stelle e mezza, solo perché la parte gialla non mi ha "preso" molto. Adoro quando Theodosia e i suoi colleghi parlano dei vari tipi di tè (per me è arabo...) e delle varie prelibatezze che servono per accompagnarli. Alla fine di ogni libro ci sono varie ricette: prima o poi devo farmi coraggio, viste le mie scarse capacità culinarie, e proverne qualcuna...

  • Laurie
    2019-03-04 02:27

    The ending was way too abrupt with barely any explanation of what had been going on. This one felt pretty clumsy.

  • Susan Ferguson
    2019-03-06 01:20

    Absolutely love this series. I love the tips on teas and discussion of the teas and the stories are wonderful. The end of this mystery cought me by surprise - never saw it coming, altho I had a twinge or two I disregarded because it seemed so unlikely for the train of events. Theo, as usual, is very busy and it is at an event that she is catering that Duke Wilkes is killed. Pookie, Duke's widow, asks Theo to help in finding who killed him. Detective Tidwell keeps prompting her to butt out and quit helping, altho she does find the handle of the knife that broke off when Duke was killed. Then Theo gets talking to Sydney Chastain, who is trying to start a new television network in the area with a focus on women in business, etc. She also has several programs that focus on investigative journalism. Sydney and Theo pick each other's brains when they discover each is a demographic junkie. Theo goes by to see Sydney about some ideas before she takes Earl Grey to the senior citizen's home for his therapy dog visit. hen she gets there she finds Sydney dead - shot. Then Earl Grey is stolen at the Kennel Club show where they are to do a service dog demonstration. Theo is absolutely furious and desperate. Drayton suggests he was kidnapped to stop Theo asking questions. But it doesn't - only makes her more determined.

  • Judee. Fong.
    2019-03-12 02:40

    Blood Orange Brewing is another fun read by Laura Childs, who also does the Scrapbooking Mysteries and the Cackleberry mysteries. Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's "Indigo Tea Shop" is once again embroiled in her seventh tea shop murder mystery--this time, the untimely demise of beloved politico and retired CEO, Duke Wilkes. At a benefit concert for the restoration of an 18th century mansion, Delaine Dish dramatically flings open the parlour doors to a lavish high tea, only to discover Duke's crumbled body for all of Charleston's well-heeled society to see. Supported by her loyal friends and Duke's widow, Theodosia's hunch that all is not as it seems, impels her to charge forth to prove her theory. Armed with her curiosity, exotic teas and Haley's decadent offerings from her kitchen, Theo discovers shady politics and personal payback, arriving at a dangerous and deadly conclusion. Laura Childs knows how to draw her Readers in and blows their minds with her fun and delicious cosies. The recipes included at the end of the book are a delicious bonus. And yes, "Blood Orange" really is a special tea.

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-03-03 20:17

    Didn't have the right killer for this book, it was more obscure than most. The killer only appeared in the story twice at the very beginning. On the upside, Theo actually figured out who the killer was without a trap or accidentally stumbling onto evidence.Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-19 04:26

    Theodosia Browning and the Indigo Tea Shop gang are enjoying a candlelight concert at the Augustus Chait House, thrown by their friend Delaine Dish in an effort to raise money for the home's restoration, when tragedy strikes. They're friend, octogenarian Duke Wilkes, is murdered, stabbed in the throat. Everyone is stunned, no one more so than Duke's widow, Pookie, who enlists Theo to help uncover Duke's killer and bring him or her to justice. Will Theo be able to keep her promise to Pookie, or will the killer claim another victim first?Once again, Ms. Child's puts out a classic cozy mystery. Unfortunately, in this book, Ms. Child seems to get bogged down in tangential facts and details even more so than normal. It greatly disrupts the flow of the book and sometimes keeps the reader from being connected to the plot and the characters. What otherwise would have been a thouroughly enjoyable read becomes tedious at time because of this.

  • Linda
    2019-03-09 20:36

    Another fun tea shop adventure. This story twisted and turned and then the layers peeled back to reveal something totally different. I don't drink tea but I do like the descriptions and the teas that are put on at the Indigo Tea Shop always sound so fun!

  • Lorilee
    2019-03-21 03:18

    Good story, but the end came out of nowhere...Wildlife Org? No clues for that at all.

  • Judine Brey
    2019-03-08 20:34

    The mystery story moved right along, and I felt like the criminals were foreshadowed enough without being too obvious. That said, I don't understand why Theodosia feels the need to put herself in danger - usually needlessly. There is no shame in waiting for the police to arrive after you call them - and while it might not be as exciting, the books tend to have enough excitement without placing their heroine in danger. . . again. All my favorite characters are still true to life, but I was troubled by the end of the book. I understand that Theo's heart was in the right place when she arranged to release the exotic birds, but my perfunctory knowledge of the dangers of invasive species makes the ending far less heart-warming than it was intended to be. . . Andy Griffith reference and all.

  • Susan
    2019-03-21 20:23

    I had read this book in its proper chronological place during the course of reading the series but reread it for book club. The story is filled with a lot of red herring clues, discussions regarding tea and food, and Theodosia not actually doing much work at her tea shop. I think that is the single issue that bugs me the most. I realize Drayton and Haley are super human employees, but how can one successfully run a small business when instead of being there they are out hunting down clues and ignoring the police when they specifically tell you to not do something?

  • Shekenah
    2019-02-27 04:29

    I started reading this series years ago and I liked it. It was one of the better cozy mysteries that I read. I took a break from the series and a couple years later, I decided to pick it back up and I'm not sure how I feel about it. This is a cozy mystery so I know what to expect, but Theodosia's demeanor really bugged me. She was really smug and condescending especially when around the ACTUAL detective Tidwell. I never noticed this before so I'm hoping it's a fluke.

  • Danielle
    2019-03-02 22:31

    I couldn't find any of the previous books from this series at my library, so I jumped in here. Nice is the best word I can think of to describe it - started out interesting, took some turns I didn't expect, but the characters seemed one dimensional. Every person has some key defining feature, and they were all so good at their jobs that they didn't seem to need to pay attention at all to what they were doing.

  • Allison
    2019-02-24 04:31

    Another fun, "cosy" mystery from Laura Child's.Not at all complicated plot, not quite as good as some of her other books, but still a fun read.Some of the recipes at the end of the book looked yummy and I will definitely try a few of them.

  • Holly
    2019-03-04 00:16

    Theodosia and her tea shop are a great escape. Laura Childs mixes murder mysteries with mouth watering recipes, and descriptions of mixed teas. I recommend this if you need to unwind, this is a warm cozy.

  • Ann
    2019-03-10 22:19

    I enjoyed continuing to read about the Indigo Tea Shop. This series is full of comfort, great descriptions of food, interesting characters, mysteries that have satisfying twists and turns.

  • Diane
    2019-02-20 04:36

    #7 in A Tea Shop Mystery series. Who killed Duke Wilkes?

  • Stephen Lawton
    2019-03-12 03:25

    I continue to enjoy these cosy mysteries because of the smartness and sassyness of Theodosia and her colleagues Drayton and Hayley.

  • Constance Maloney
    2019-02-24 01:44

    The tea lore and recipes are a fun touch in this cozy mystery series.

  • Fiona Forthe
    2019-03-10 02:27

    The tea details are enjoyable, though the plot was a little thin.

  • Emilie
    2019-03-18 20:31

    Cute little murder mystery. Reminds me of the tv series “Murder She Wrote”.

  • Mikka
    2019-03-13 21:31

    I was surprised at the ending. Another really good read. I love the recipes and ideas for tea parties.

  • Donna Stroupe
    2019-03-20 04:33

    Decent mystery. I like little more bite to a book but Laura Childs books are very good reading all the same

  • Denise
    2019-03-22 23:44

    Another enjoyable tea shop read. The ending is happy AND sad, but this book was more interesting than the last one. On to the next!

  • Dora
    2019-03-09 01:40

    Delaney Dish has persuaded Theo to provide refreshments for a fund raiser to restore a historic home that has been donated to the Heritage Society. Timothy Neville's quartet provided the concert entertainment. When she opens the doors to the refreshments, she is startled as a local politico staggers out with a dirk stuck in his neck and blood spurting from the wound. It is a difficult case with everyone present being a suspect.I still enjoy these cozy mysteries. I love the characters. This book was not my favorite but it was still a worthwhile read.

  • Audrey
    2019-03-20 03:41

    "Fascinating," declared Theodosia Browning as her quizzical blue eyes roved about the hexagon-shaped room. Packed with antique medical instruments, colorful jars, and old anatomical charts, the tucked-away alcove must have been the old surgical suite back when this Victorian-style Charleston home had been a hospital almost a century and a half ago, Theodosia decided. Its builder and owner had made a fortune in early pharmaceuticals and patent drugs. Because, lord, have mercy, she told herself, this is what medical facilities were like in the 1860s.Synopsis: Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning must deal with a PR nightmare when one of Charleston's most prominent citizens drops dead in the middle of her catering set-up. She investigates and some people die. Others drink tea and have sandwiches.Theo is one of those independent, business-owning women who happen to trip over dead bodies all the time and yet inexplicably have not been arrested for murder or lost all their friends. In this book, she has to solve two murders and a Dread Conspiracy as well as saving her protege from making a bad business decision, keeping her tea shop open, contributing to the Charleston Heritage Society, and not slapping a fellow business-owner repeatedly about the head and shoulders. Now, the series as a whole has had its ups and downs--I've reviewed the first six books here, and some were admittedly better than others. This seventh book is not my favorite in the series, one because it features way too much of the horrible other shop owner, Delaine, and two because it clogdances on my animal-harm trigger, so I spent some quality time fanning the pages and skimming with squinty eyes, but I think if you don't have that trigger, you'll enjoy the book very much. Seriously. I loved the first 221 pages of the book, and then the other 45 I just fanned on. Doesn't make them terrible pages, it just makes me a wiener. For anyone who's read some of the books in the series, I offer the following observations:--Damn I miss Jory Davis. He was a really great bf for Theo to have. Sure he was kind of a tool sometimes, but the bad-boy thing was part of his charm. This new fellow, Parker? Is too milquetoast for Theo. She's going to burn through him like fire in a canyon. --Given my druthers, I want to see Theo end up with Sheriff Tidwell, or better yet, no one at all. She's happy alone, we see that in every book, but Tidwell's a fantastic character. He's never described in terms of physical attractiveness, but Theo admires and respects his brain and work ethic, and in this book, his soul. I'm rooting for Burt to bring home the bacon, so to speak.--I think few things about this series would give me more pleasure than if Delaine was knocked off in one of the future books. She works every last nerve of mine. And considering I've run into a couple of series where beloved minor characters meet unfortunate ends (Diane Mott Davidson and Margaret Coel, y'all break my heart) why not have a really un-loved one snuff it? Is there a petition I can sign somewhere?--I really like how crisp the writing is, and moreover, how it doesn't take itself too seriously. To wit:And...finally...the nasty glint from a jagged piece of metal protruding from the right side of Duke's scrawny neck even as his ruined carotid artery pulsed and pumped a final glut of blood.---Maraschino cherry scones and apple muffins emerged from the oven looking golden-brown and smelling delicious.Boo yah. --I keep loving how all the shops in the historic district keep changing hands. It's very true to life and keeps bringing us interesting new characters. The district of wee small shops knit together is, as a whole, a huge part of the draw that keeps me reading. It's a devilishly clever conceit that's pulled off with great success. This is the 7th book in the tea shop mystery series, and I have to say, I'm still reading. I have books 8 and 9 on the headboard, so I'm keeping on keeping on.

  • Andrea Guy
    2019-02-21 04:30

    This is book 7 in the tea shop mysteries series. It was cute but it was a little slow for my tastes. I don't like my cozy mysteries to drag, and this one felt that way to me. It was almost like the mystery took a back burner to the descriptions of food and tea. Not that there's anything wrong with that.Most of the time Theo is having a hard time finding clues and by the time she thinks she knows who might have done it, well, the book is nearly finished. Then there was the matter of another body turning up and Earl Grey disappearing. Earl Grey is Theo's dog, for those not familiar with the series.Everything ties together well, though I have to say, if they were going to kill off a second character in this book I wish it would have been Delaine. God is she obnoxious!I've heard a lot of good things about this series, so I'm going to give the series another chance, Theo, Drayton and Haley were fun characters, and I loved reading about the teas and food, though I have to say, I'd never use any of the recipes in this series. (I'm a simple girl when it comes to food. I leave the gourmet stuff up to chefs!)