Books Review March 2012

IN MY search for future titles for my book review column, I check with various sources. The Silver Needle Murder was literally put into my hands from the owner of Shamrock & Thistle, a British/Irish grocery, gift shop and tearoom The Sussex Teapot on Valley View Street in Garden Grove at the Bridgecreek Business Park. They have a few books on hand in this series by a generous patron who frequents their quaint tea shop.

Author Laura Childs weaves an intriguing story. “The Charleston Film Festival is under way, and Theodosia Browning and her staff of the Indigo Tea Shop have a busy week of catering jobs. First up is the opening night gala at the renovated Belvedere Theatre. But as tinseltown bigwigs mingle with local luminaries, famous director Jordan Cole is shot on his way to the podium, and the entire audience witnesses his death–larger than life and silhouetted against a white scrim. When two judges quit, festival organizer Timothy Neville asks Theodosia to step in. She reluctantly agrees – only to get pulled into an investigation that’s as perilous as any big-screen thriller!”

Who is Laura Childs and how did she get into being an author who features recipes and tea time tips in her books? Regarding those Tea Shop Mysteries, Laura shares “Besides being a nice addition to your retail area, a lot of tea shops use the Tea Shop Mysteries to kick off their new reading clubs and reading groups.”

Named to the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists, when Laura isn’t busy writing three mysteries a year, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Dr Bob, and spends time with Moosha and Asia, her Shar-Pei dogs.

The Silver Needle Murder by Laura Childs (Tea Shop Mystery #9) 285 pages, paperback. The Berkeley Publishing Group, published by the Penguin Group USA.

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