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Review of The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs

The setting of “The Teaberry Strangler” by Laura Childs is one of my favorite cities, Charleston, SC. The book simply wreaks of atmosphere as Childs describes the daily activities that go on in Charleston’s historic Church St. I can picture every move made in that area which makes for a particularly enjoyable read.

The main character, Theodosia Browning, owns the Indigo Tea Shop, and is ably assisted in all things having to do with running the shop by master tea brewer, Drayton, and master baker, Haley. These are all delightful characters with personalities and interests that make reading the book like walking into the lives of old friends.

In this particular mystery Theodosia must figure out who killed the owner of the Antiquarian Map Shop next door to the tea shop. A side issue is about the origin of the human bones found in the back yard of the cottage a few blocks from the shop that Theodosia is in the process of buying. The Historical Society archeologists wind up digging up her back yard in order to discover whether the bones are related to an old graveyard for pirates who were hung nearby in colonial times.

Lovers of the cosy mystery will enjoy this book. The mystery keeps you guessing to the end.

Liz Nichols

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