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A dark and stormy tea, Laura Childs

A dark and stormy tea, Laura Childs
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A dark and stormy tea
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Laura Childs
Tea shop entrepreneur Theodosia Browning dashes down Charleton's famed Gateway Walk in an attempt to outrun an oncoming storm. But lightning, thunder, and pelting rain soon overtake her, and the normally picturesque ramble of hedges, statuary, and flowers becomes a twisted labyrinth of fog and driving rain. As she approaches St. Philip's Graveyard, Theodosia sees two figures locked in a strange embrace. Wiping rain from her eyes, Theodosia realises she has just witnessed a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the dog. In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognises the victim - it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns Antiquarian Books, which is next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop. Even though this appears to be the work of a serial killer who is stalking the back alleys of Charleston. Lois begs Theodosia to help. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. She quickly discovers suspects abound, including the dead girl's boyfriend, a nefarious real estate developer, a private-security man, a bumbling resporter, and her own neighbour, who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending. Between a raging storm, a real-life murder investigation, and her staging of the Murder Mystery Tea at Chillingham Manor. Theodosia worries that she could be the next victim

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