Book Review: Steeped In Evil (A Tea Shop Mystery)

Steeped in EvilTheodosia Browning returns in the new novel, Steeped In Evil, to solve another bloody murder in Charleston for a fifteenth episode in the series. Through the magic of fiction and the talent of author, Laura Childs, the crime solving tearoom owner manages to remain unruffled in business, serving daily pots of tea and piping hot scones, healthy and fit as she jogs miles through the historic streets of Charleston, always ready to slip into something elegant for a society fundraiser and eager to step into the muck and mire of local crime to help her friends.

This latest page-turner continues to involve all three of the Indigo Tearoom staff, Theodosia, Drayton and Haley, in the mystery of who stashed a body in the wine barrel at a local winery. Friends become suspects and the most unlikely twists and turns, once again, pull the tearoom team back into danger.

Childs also shares thirteen of the Indigo Tearoom recipes as well as creative tea party tips such as how to give pet friendly parties. She also promises to bring the beautiful auburn-haired Theodosia back for new adventures and continued romantic entanglements.

“A love letter to Charleston, tea and fine living.”   Kirkus Review

Published by Berkeley Prime Crime, NY
300 pages
Hardbound $24.95
USBN: 978-0-425-25295-6

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About Babette Donaldson

Babette Donaldson is the author of the newly published, Everything Healthy Tea (Adams Media) and the series of tea-themed storybooks, The Emma Lea (Blue Gate Books. She has a BA in Creative Writing and in Ceramic Art from San Francisco State University. During her graduate work in ceramics she was introduced to world of tea. “Interpret Teapot” was a frequent assignment requiring research into the worldwide history and culture of tea. Studies of the leaf and brew were the logical net steps. “When I discovered the health benefits, I decided to devote my time to popularizing tea with children. I would like them to discover alternatives to canned sodas and thrive on tea gatherings with their families.” Tea Suite was her first tea business, creating a non-profit tea fundraising program supporting art education in schools.

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