I’ve been an on again, off again, reader of the Tea Shop Mysteries. They are classic cozy mysteries set in Charleston, South Carolina. The amateur sleuth is Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop.
One of the reasons to read cozy mysteries is to be transported to another time and place. Although I have never been to Charleston (on my list!), I have a wonderful sense of it through Laura Child’s beautiful descriptions and attention to detail. I also have a great desire to attend one of Theodosia’s tea parties!
This story begins dramatically, with a hot air balloon explosion and maintains its pace as it follows one red herring after another. The author keeps you guessing in the way that a good mystery should. If I have one complaint, and this is true of many cozies, the author’s asides to the reader can be distracting.
Other than that minor detail, I highly recommend this book if you like cozy mysteries!