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While helping her friend Delaine get ready for her wedding, Theodosia, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, finds the dead body of the would-be groom, Douglas. In between running the shop, she asks questions and chases clues at Delaine's request. The illegal Cuban cigars sold under the table at Douglas' cigar shop catch the attention of local police, but Theo is focused on Douglas' ex-wife, Simone, who is angry and impetuous. Matters are complicated by a team of television ghost hunters who bring Theo and Delaine to the site of Douglas' death, hoping to connect with his spirit. Childs flavors an intelligent and layered mystery with colorful characters and tea history, along with recipes and resources. Fans of Childs' other cozy series will enjoy this one as well, as will readers of Julie Hyzy's Manor House Mysteries.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist


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More than rain spoils a June wedding in Childs's pleasing 14th Tea Shop mystery featuring Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, S.C. (after 2012's Agony of the Leaves). On the wedding day of an old friend, maid-of-honor Theodosia finds the lifeless body of the groom, Dougan Granville, "one of Charleston's top attorneys," in his suite at the Ravencrest Inn. A glassine envelope and scattered white powder on a table suggest Dougan may have overdosed on cocaine, but subtle signs of a blow to the head point to murder. Since the Ravencrest Inn is rumored to be haunted, two ghost hunters join the investigation. Series fans won't be surprised when Theodosia's recklessness ("There's no time to think! I just have to... do something!") leads to a climactic confrontation with the killer in an abandoned cemetery. Foodies will appreciate the favorite recipes from the Indigo Tea Shop at the end. Agent: Samuel Pinkus, Philologus Procurator, Inc. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.