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An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series. Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthi An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series. Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town. As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman--except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck. INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!


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An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series. Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthi An attack on the host of a fancy tea party sends Theodosia Browning looking for answers in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series. Tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton Conneley, are catering a Victorian Christmas party at a swanky mansion in downtown Charleston. Drucilla Heyward, the hostess, is one of the wealthiest women in town. As the champagne flows and the tea steeps, Drucilla is so pleased with the reception by her partygoers that she reveals her secret plan to Theodosia. The Grande Dame has brought the cream of Charleston society together to reveal that she is planning to give her wealth away to various charitable organizations. However, before she can make the announcement, Theodosia finds her crumpled unconscious in the hallway. It looks like the excitement has gotten to the elderly woman--except that there is a syringe sticking out of her neck. INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

30 review for Twisted Tea Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joan Happel

    Full time teashop owner and part-time amateur sleuth, Theodosia Browning is back in this 23rd installment to solve another mystery in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina. While catering a Victorian Christmas party for the wealthy and philanthropic Drucilla Heyward, Theodosia finds the hostess dead with a syringe protruding from her neck, a valuable ring missing from her finger and a stolen Renoir. As busy as she is running her teashop and hosting holiday themed events, Theodosia becomes embro Full time teashop owner and part-time amateur sleuth, Theodosia Browning is back in this 23rd installment to solve another mystery in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina. While catering a Victorian Christmas party for the wealthy and philanthropic Drucilla Heyward, Theodosia finds the hostess dead with a syringe protruding from her neck, a valuable ring missing from her finger and a stolen Renoir. As busy as she is running her teashop and hosting holiday themed events, Theodosia becomes embroiled in solving this latest crime. Along with her sommelier, Drayton Conneley, and the local police detective Burt Tidwell, Theodosia soon has a list of possible suspects and must work to eliminate them one by one to find the real killer! This cozy mystery series is abundant in local flavor and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Theodosia and the recurring cast of local residents never fail to entertain. As usual, the back of the book contains plenty of themed party ideas and delicious recipes. Try the Pumpkin-Pecan Dump Cake for a delicious sweet treat! Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for the e-ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs has Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley catering a swanky event for society mavin Miss Drucilla Heyward. Unfortunately, they end up witnessing the demise of society Grand Dame. Theodosia cannot get the image of the dead woman out of her mind and begins to do a little snooping around. It seems that someone is not happy with her prowling. Theodosia will need to keep her wits about her if she is going to survive to celebrate Christmas with her friends. Twis Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs has Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley catering a swanky event for society mavin Miss Drucilla Heyward. Unfortunately, they end up witnessing the demise of society Grand Dame. Theodosia cannot get the image of the dead woman out of her mind and begins to do a little snooping around. It seems that someone is not happy with her prowling. Theodosia will need to keep her wits about her if she is going to survive to celebrate Christmas with her friends. Twisted Tea Christmas is the first holiday themed A Tea Shop Mystery. Laura Childs brought the Christmas atmosphere in this story. I loved the themed tea events that included a nutcracker tea and a Victorian illumination tea. A Tea Shop Mysteries are what got me hooked on cozy mysteries. I always love visiting Charleston, South Carolina to check in on Theodosia, Drayton, and Haley. Theodosia is a strong, smart female character. She owns the charming Indigo Tea Shop where Drayton serves tasty teas and Haley whips up delectable delights. I thought Twisted Tea Christmas was well-written with developed, relatable characters. The author captured the setting of Charleston. I enjoyed the local flavor. The mystery was well-plotted. There are multiple suspects in this whodunit. I enjoyed following the clues to solve the mystery. There are twists and turns that keep the mystery entertaining. I loved the reveal which had me laughing. I was sorry for Twisted Tea Christmas to end. Twisted Tea Christmas can be read as a standalone if you are new to the series, but I do recommend reading all of the books in this charming Southern cozy mystery series. There are yummy recipes at the end along with tea time tips from the author. Twisted Tea Christmas provides a jolly good time with tasty teas, a dead Grand Dame, a pilfered painting, a surplus of pooches, and a resolute tea shop sleuth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danielle B

    Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley are catering a fancy Christmas party in Charleston for Drucilla Heyward. Drucilla is very well-known and one of the wealthiest ladies in town. During her party, she was planning to announce her idea to give her money to different charities. But before she can, Theodosia finds Drucilla unconscious with a syringe in her neck!! Was this planned? Who and why would someone do this to her? This was my first book by Laura Childs. It was a great little mystery. I r Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley are catering a fancy Christmas party in Charleston for Drucilla Heyward. Drucilla is very well-known and one of the wealthiest ladies in town. During her party, she was planning to announce her idea to give her money to different charities. But before she can, Theodosia finds Drucilla unconscious with a syringe in her neck!! Was this planned? Who and why would someone do this to her? This was my first book by Laura Childs. It was a great little mystery. I really enjoyed the setting since Charleston is one of my favorite places to visit. I will be looking into Laura Childs’ other books in this series and I would highly recommend this one to those who enjoy a good little mystery. Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts The week leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley have several special tea events planned and they are catering a Victorian Christmas party for Drucilla Heyward at her mansion in downtown Charleston. All the preparations have been made for a perfect evening. An evening when Drucilla plans to make a major announcement. She is bringing together the Charleston elite to announce that she plans t Dollycas’s Thoughts The week leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia Browning and Drayton Conneley have several special tea events planned and they are catering a Victorian Christmas party for Drucilla Heyward at her mansion in downtown Charleston. All the preparations have been made for a perfect evening. An evening when Drucilla plans to make a major announcement. She is bringing together the Charleston elite to announce that she plans to give her fortune away to several charitable organizations. The big evening arrives and Drucilla is having a blast at her reception. Champagne corks are popping, Drayton has the tea brewing, the musicians are playing, and the amazing food is ready to be served. She tells Theodosia she is so excited to announce her plans. She leaves the kitchen giddy with her plan. Responding to an alarm going off Theodosia set out to find the philanthropist hostess and finds her down on the floor in the hallway unconscious with a syringe protruding from her neck. The holidays do not get off to a great start with Drucilla’s murder and a mansion full of suspects. Theodosia needs to put on her running shoes because finding a killer while serving tea to everyone at their special events to going to require her to move at top speed. I have full confidence she is up to the task. The Nutcracker Tea The White Christmas Tea The Old-Fashioned Southern Tea Drucilla’s Victorian Christmas Tea Grand Illumination Tea Plus the Everday Morning Tea and the people that drop in for lunch and a booth at the Holiday Market. Oh, my stars Theodosia has an overflowing plate, and yet she squeezes in a dinner with her tea sommelier, Drayton. He is the Watson to her Sherlock in this murder investigation. He, Haley, and Mrs. Dimple keep the tea flowing at the tea shop while Theodosia follows the clues. These cozy characters are some of my favorites. Theodosia is such a great protagonist. She has grown so much over the course of this series. She is always all-in for every murder investigation that comes her way. She’s tough and doesn’t give up. Drayton is a wonderful sounding board and the person that tries to keep the investigation on a calm even keel, tries is the optimum word. Haley is a sounding board for Drayton and the person that rocks out the fantastic food served by the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop. They all work together like a well-oiled machine. It truly does feel like I am visiting old friends when I open each Tea Shop Mystery. I have never been to South Carolina but hope to in the future. This author’s descriptions do take me there virtually bringing each scene to life. I was super excited to see that one of Drucilla’s guests resides in “the old Caswell Mansion.” Twisted Tea Christmas contains a very twisted mystery. There are tons of suspects that need to be pared down. Who had a motive to kill the Grande Dame? She seemed to be such a nice lady. It was fun to trail along with Theo as she did all she could to catch a killer. She did have a few different theories but letting down her guard she found out how easily she could have become the killer’s next victim. That said the reveal was scary until it turned into a marvelous capture. Detective Tidwell’s reactions were absolutely priceless. Escaping to Charleston at Christmastime was delightful, I wish I could have read it in December because it did get me in a holiday spirit but it is much too early to get out the lights and garland. If you like strong characters and a well-plotted mystery Twisted Tea Christmas is the perfect book for you. Don’t worry that this is a long-running series because Laura Childs writes each book to be read on its own. You can jump into this series at any time and then go back and read previous installments while you are waiting for the next Tea Shop Mystery.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Read this review on Fresh Fiction One of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors, Laura Childs, is back with another installment in the Teashop Mystery series. The thing I love about this book the most is that Childs never strays from what she knows works. There’s an excellent way in which she unfolds this story and with each book, I am amazed by how she is able to tell her story quickly and efficiently while also giving readers a wild ride! This book does have a Christmas theme to it, which is a nice a Read this review on Fresh Fiction One of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors, Laura Childs, is back with another installment in the Teashop Mystery series. The thing I love about this book the most is that Childs never strays from what she knows works. There’s an excellent way in which she unfolds this story and with each book, I am amazed by how she is able to tell her story quickly and efficiently while also giving readers a wild ride! This book does have a Christmas theme to it, which is a nice added touch. What can I say? I’m a sucker for holiday-themed novels. But in addition to that, Childs tosses Theodosia and Drayton into yet another murder mystery when the Grande Dame, Drucilla, throws a party and is going to announced which charities she wishes to donate large sums of her money to. However, before that could happen, Theodosia finds her dead with a syringe sticking out of her neck! The crazy but still believable nature of her stories are what keep me coming back for more. There’s just enough thrill and secrets to keep me entertained. But most of all, Drayton and Theodosia are always very down-to-earth and personable, making me interested to read more of them. I think that’s why Childs is able to continue with so many books in this series. As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. TWISTED TEA MURDER definitely doesn’t disappoint!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Lindemulder

    I always enjoy these cozy mysteries and the recipes in the back of the book. Fun, quick reads.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I love this series, and each book just keeps getting better. Theodosia is a great character and her relationship with Drayton and Haley adds fun to the story. A sudden death really hits Theo hard and she refuses to let the culprit get away with murder. This is a perfect book to get you ready for the holidays. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of this book. #TwistedTeaChristmas #NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennilynn

    Very cute and charming Christmas cozy mystery. However about halfway through I had the mystery all but solved, resulting in my loss of interest halfway through. But I continued on because I loved reading about the tea parties, recipes and cozy Christmas decor. The recipes at the end of the book is also what had me bump this up to 3 ⭐️ s.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    This is the 23rd book in the Tea Shop Mystery series. It’s great to be back in Charleston having tea at the Indigo Tea Shop, owned by Theodosia and staffed by her friends Drayton and Haley, the chef. The shop is catering at the fabulous home of Drucilla Heyward when she suddenly collapses. When Theo reaches her, she sees that all her diamond rings are gone, and the Monet that hung above her has disappeared. Of course, Theo wants to investigate but is warned to stay away from the case. With Drayt This is the 23rd book in the Tea Shop Mystery series. It’s great to be back in Charleston having tea at the Indigo Tea Shop, owned by Theodosia and staffed by her friends Drayton and Haley, the chef. The shop is catering at the fabulous home of Drucilla Heyward when she suddenly collapses. When Theo reaches her, she sees that all her diamond rings are gone, and the Monet that hung above her has disappeared. Of course, Theo wants to investigate but is warned to stay away from the case. With Drayton’s help, she gathers some clues but is shocked when someone takes a shot at her while she’s running one evening. Can Theo solve the case without putting her life, and the lives of her friends, in danger? In my opinion, these books get better and better as the characters age and have more life experience. The killer is never obvious, and there are lots of suspects to choose from. The characters are charming and familiar, and the descriptions of Charleston are so appealing you’ll want to book a vacation there. I really enjoyed this book, 4 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/t... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Author Laura Childs brings plenty of holiday swag to Twisted Tea Christmas, the twenty-third entry in the charming Tea Shop Mystery Series. Full to the brim with talk of festive themed tea parties and Christmas spirit, with a couple of murders thrown into the holiday eggnog, it is a truly satisfying, cozy mystery. It’s the week before Christmas and all through the Indigo Tea Shop festivities are planned and decorations https://openbooksociety.com/article/t... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele Author Laura Childs brings plenty of holiday swag to Twisted Tea Christmas, the twenty-third entry in the charming Tea Shop Mystery Series. Full to the brim with talk of festive themed tea parties and Christmas spirit, with a couple of murders thrown into the holiday eggnog, it is a truly satisfying, cozy mystery. It’s the week before Christmas and all through the Indigo Tea Shop festivities are planned and decorations are hung. To start this busy holiday schedule, proprietor Theodosia, trusted tea-sommelier Drayton, and chef Haley are catering a lavish party thrown by one of Charleston’s premier society matrons Drucilla Heyward. Just as the hostess is about to gather her guests to announce her plans for distributing her fortune, Theo finds her deceased, her diamond rings missing and a valuable Renoir painting stolen. Theo once again finds herself putting on her sleuthing cap at Drucilla’s personal assistant Pauline’s request. As the body count rises, Theo, with the help of Drayton and the police, tracks down the killer. After twenty-three books, I still find these mysteries featuring Theo fresh and inviting. The joy of a long running series is that recurring characters begin to feel like friends and family, and, oh, how I wish I could spend a leisurely afternoon with these folks lingering over tea and tasty goodies. Since this book takes place during the Christmas season, there are even more themed teas than usual to drool over. I love all the talk about linens, china patterns, food and tea, and I hope readers appreciate as much as I do the inclusion of recipes and tea ideas and resources in the back of the book. The author’s love of Charleston comes through, and the spirit of the city is beautifully captured within these pages. As much as I enjoy the theme of this series, the mysteries are always the main draw. That said, I feel like the murders here, though always on Theo’s mind, take a bit of a backseat to all the other goings on. Drucilla seems like a wonderful character, and I feel like she was not the emphasis of the investigation. It seems much more about the missing painting than her unfortunate death. There are quite a few suspects for Theo to weed through, but I was surprised by the killer’s identity…and their motive is a bit lackluster. Don’t take this to mean I did not enjoy this book – I very much did. Twisted Tea Christmas is ideal reading for readers looking for a book to get them into the holiday spirit. I guarantee you will walk away hungry, both for the glorious tea treats and more adventures featuring Theo and Drayton. Highly recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS by Laura Childs The Twenty Third Tea Shop Mystery It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina are ready to party. Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier and friend, Drayton, are catering an elegant party at the home of Miss Drucilla. Sadly, even before the food is presented, Theo discovers the elderly woman's body. The rings have been taken off her fingers and a Renoir is missing from the wall. When Miss Drucilla's personal as TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS by Laura Childs The Twenty Third Tea Shop Mystery It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina are ready to party. Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier and friend, Drayton, are catering an elegant party at the home of Miss Drucilla. Sadly, even before the food is presented, Theo discovers the elderly woman's body. The rings have been taken off her fingers and a Renoir is missing from the wall. When Miss Drucilla's personal assistant practically begs Theo to investigate, how can she say no? But could the young assistant actually be the killer? The beauty of Christmas is tarnished by the cruel murder of a sprightly and generous doyenne of Charleston in this, the twenty third tea shop mystery. Once again tea shop owner Theodosia manages to investigate a murder while providing charming tea events and entertaining citizens and tourists alike. I liked the variety of suspects and how Theo truly wasn't sure who the killer was for practically the whole book. I admit to catching the clue that revealed the killer well before Theo figured it out, although I still had questions at the end. Although I've never been a fan of Delaine, and I dislike her behavior, I do appreciate her machinations on behalf of the animal rescue. I also want to give a special nod to a new canine with whom I fell in love. I hope we get to see more of him in the future. It's easy to get swept away in the holiday mystery with delectable food and teas, delightful decorations, and plenty of action. That's a good thing, because there's a lot here you need to willingly suspend your disbelief. A police officer, at least one that's not corrupt, will not run people through police databases for a civilian, even if the civilian asking is his girlfriend. At twenty three mysteries in I can begrudge Theodosia for feeling she's qualified to investigate-but going into people's houses without their knowledge to snoop? She tends to take things a little to far these days. Laura Childs is a master of pacing and all of your concerns quickly fall to the wayside as she unfolds the mystery. Fast paced and filled with holiday fun TWISTED TEA CHRISTMAS is a knotty mystery that will delight both tea and dog lovers while sparking a festive mood.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Theodosia has her own teashop, Indigo Tea Shop, that she runs with Drayton Conneley, a tea sommelier and her other employees. She is providing the catering for several parties around Christmastime including the Victorian one being held by Drucilla Heyward in a posh mansion in Charleston. Drucilla's party is well-attended and an excited Drucilla is planning to make an announcement but doesn't get the chance as her body is found on the marble tile floor in the central hallway with an orange syring Theodosia has her own teashop, Indigo Tea Shop, that she runs with Drayton Conneley, a tea sommelier and her other employees. She is providing the catering for several parties around Christmastime including the Victorian one being held by Drucilla Heyward in a posh mansion in Charleston. Drucilla's party is well-attended and an excited Drucilla is planning to make an announcement but doesn't get the chance as her body is found on the marble tile floor in the central hallway with an orange syringe in her neck. This is the 23rd book in Laura Childs's Tea Shop Mystery series and it was a real cracker. I adore the determined Theodosia and catching up with Drayton is always a pleasure as well. I would love to be visiting Theodosia in her teashop in Charleston. Her variety of recipes sounded scrumptious and I'm particularly keen to try the Traditional Shrimp Balls, Drayton's Pork Chops with Apples and Haley's Fried Coffee Cake. Of course, the extensive menu of teas must be mentioned. Unravelling the mystery in the pockets of Theodosia was lots of fun and I welcomed the comfortable pace. I did my level best to solve the subtle clues, wade through the red herrings and concentrate on the murderer but repeatedly found myself sidetracked by other events, happenings, and comedic moments. Laura Childs has used a few chucklesome sides to full effect such as the mix of ruffian dogs Theodosia has charge of, and Drayton's point-blank refusal to wear a frilly apron. Lots of action keeps up the suspense levels as the story winds its way to a fulfilling, dramatic conclusion. Twisted Tea Christmas is a highly recommended five star read that will be of interest to many cozy readers, and I’m game to see what shenanigans Theodosia and Drayton get into next in book 24, A Dark and Stormy Tea. If you haven’t tried this series out yet, then you’re definitely missing out! Thanks to Berkley, Great Escapes Book Tours and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion. https://briannesbookreviews.video.blo...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniele

    This is a favorite series of mine, and I love the Christmas theme of this installment. All of the talk of tea and goodies, decorations, and tablescapes brings me so much joy, and I enjoy the tips, recipes, and resources included in the back of the book. Theo and Drayton make a delightful sleuthing team, and I am glad Drayton is featured more and more with each book. The mystery is interesting, and I was surprised by whodunit, but I did feel the ending was a bit rushed and the killer's motive uni This is a favorite series of mine, and I love the Christmas theme of this installment. All of the talk of tea and goodies, decorations, and tablescapes brings me so much joy, and I enjoy the tips, recipes, and resources included in the back of the book. Theo and Drayton make a delightful sleuthing team, and I am glad Drayton is featured more and more with each book. The mystery is interesting, and I was surprised by whodunit, but I did feel the ending was a bit rushed and the killer's motive uninspired. Overall, though, this is a charming, entertaining cozy mystery. Highly recommended!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    December - Charleston, SC The mystery involves a murder, theft, art, and fraud. There are several tea parties and a boat parade too. I thought that I had figured out the mystery, but I was wrong about the murder. The tea parties are still some of my favorite parts of these books. They make me want a cup of that tea. I still don't like Theo's boyfriend. I hope he becomes likeable or they break up. December - Charleston, SC The mystery involves a murder, theft, art, and fraud. There are several tea parties and a boat parade too. I thought that I had figured out the mystery, but I was wrong about the murder. The tea parties are still some of my favorite parts of these books. They make me want a cup of that tea. I still don't like Theo's boyfriend. I hope he becomes likeable or they break up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    The story takes place during the week leading up to Christmas. The tea shop is very busy with special tea parties but at a party being catered by the tea shop, Theodosia finds the murdered body of the hostess. This causes Theo to start asking questions but not getting useful answers to narrow the suspect list. The book contains recipes and tea time tips plus a list tea resources. It was an easy read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Another consistent entry into an enjoyable cozy series. It is interesting to note that in this book (and I believe the last one), Theodosia and Drayton have started mentioning brand names for their teas.

  17. 4 out of 5

    SKG

    My first Laura Childs Tea mystery. It felt somewhat like reading a Hallmark movie. Plenty of table setting descriptions, luncheon menus with tea pairings and linen. Throw in a body and now there's a murder to be solved between choosing China patterns and visiting all the little shops in town. Probably a bit too twee for my taste. My first Laura Childs Tea mystery. It felt somewhat like reading a Hallmark movie. Plenty of table setting descriptions, luncheon menus with tea pairings and linen. Throw in a body and now there's a murder to be solved between choosing China patterns and visiting all the little shops in town. Probably a bit too twee for my taste.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Perhaps I am getting jaded, but I didn't think this book was up to this series standards. The murder happens in the first chapter, not giving us any time to acclimate. I am always amazed at how much these characters can fit into a day, especially at Christmas. It leaves me exhausted. That said, I didn't feel like the murderer was given much time for us to get to know, so the solution seemed rushed, even after the book took longer than it should have. Perhaps I am getting jaded, but I didn't think this book was up to this series standards. The murder happens in the first chapter, not giving us any time to acclimate. I am always amazed at how much these characters can fit into a day, especially at Christmas. It leaves me exhausted. That said, I didn't feel like the murderer was given much time for us to get to know, so the solution seemed rushed, even after the book took longer than it should have.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Trite, predictable writing. A true cozy mystery. Enjoy it for what it is.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Another lovely trip to Charleston in the long-running mystery series. I read it mostly for the descriptions of the charming city and the quirky and loveable characters. I keep rooting for a relationship to happen between the protagonist, Theodosia ('Theo') Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, and the erudite and genuinely kind Drayton Connelly, her tea sommelier extraordinaire--but I doubt it will ever happen. Another lovely trip to Charleston in the long-running mystery series. I read it mostly for the descriptions of the charming city and the quirky and loveable characters. I keep rooting for a relationship to happen between the protagonist, Theodosia ('Theo') Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, and the erudite and genuinely kind Drayton Connelly, her tea sommelier extraordinaire--but I doubt it will ever happen.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    A Christmas party turns grim when Theodosia's tea service is interrupted by the murder of their hostess and the theft of several of her priceless treasures. Of course no one gets away with murder when Theodosia is around! The Tea Shop series is one of my very favorite cozy series. I adore Theodosia, she's the kind of person anyone would love to have for a friend and she's always involved in the most interesting escapades and adventures. Earl Grey is the perfect pet for her, a sweet rescue who's i A Christmas party turns grim when Theodosia's tea service is interrupted by the murder of their hostess and the theft of several of her priceless treasures. Of course no one gets away with murder when Theodosia is around! The Tea Shop series is one of my very favorite cozy series. I adore Theodosia, she's the kind of person anyone would love to have for a friend and she's always involved in the most interesting escapades and adventures. Earl Grey is the perfect pet for her, a sweet rescue who's intelligent and patient and loves to go for runs. Drayton and Haley are also wonderful, smart and loyal and each lending a particular expertise that makes the Indigo Tea Shop the perfect place to go. Together they make an unlikely but perfect group of friends and investigators. I also love how the action takes place right off the bat and when the killer is identified the book is over. This means non-stop action from page 1 to the very end. Of course I enjoyed this book so much. I think I could read Laura Childs' grocery list and say the same thing. Anyone who has not read this series yet absolutely must, anyone who has been reading this series will enjoy reading this one. The killer is somewhat easy to spot but there are so many potential perpetrators you can't be quite sure until the very end. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany E-P

    So poorly written. But I enjoy the over the top tea parties and descriptions of Charleston. Plus I feel like I know the characters, even though they are very 2-dimensional

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    I am enjoying this series, although I haven't read many and not in any order. I did figure out who did it. However, I still enjoyed the mystery. I like the town and reading about the different characters. I love Drayton. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. I am enjoying this series, although I haven't read many and not in any order. I did figure out who did it. However, I still enjoyed the mystery. I like the town and reading about the different characters. I love Drayton. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Christmas cozies. They’re one of the best parts of the holiday season! If you’ve not “visited” Theodosia Browning’s Indigo Tea Shop yet, jump in now with Twisted Tea Christmas. Theodosia and her tea sommelier Drayton are catering a Victorian Christmas party for Drucilla Heyward, an elderly, wealthy Charleston woman when she is murdered. Who would want to kill this kind philanthropist? In typical fashion, Theodosia and Drayton are on the case. I always enjoy reading Laura Childs’s Tea Shop Mysterie Christmas cozies. They’re one of the best parts of the holiday season! If you’ve not “visited” Theodosia Browning’s Indigo Tea Shop yet, jump in now with Twisted Tea Christmas. Theodosia and her tea sommelier Drayton are catering a Victorian Christmas party for Drucilla Heyward, an elderly, wealthy Charleston woman when she is murdered. Who would want to kill this kind philanthropist? In typical fashion, Theodosia and Drayton are on the case. I always enjoy reading Laura Childs’s Tea Shop Mysteries. The Charleston, SC setting is charming as is the Indigo Tea Shop. The Indigo Tea Shop hosts many special teas throughout the year, but these Christmas themed teas are the best. I love how all of the little details about both the special and everyday teas are included. You can picture the tables set with different types of china, flatware, flowers, centerpieces, and more with the descriptive scenes in Twisted Tea Christmas. The characters in these books are some of my favorites. I love Drayton with his knowledge of tea and subtle sense of humor. Haley is the genius behind the delicious foods served at the tea shop. Add Miss Dimple, Detective Tidwell, Riley, and the merchants on the tea shop’s block, and you’ve got delightful and diverse characters who bring a lot of color to the series. This mystery had a lot of suspects to choose from, so it’s not an easy one to solve. I jumped back and forth among the suspects and didn’t figure it out until the end! I absolutely recommend Twisted Tea Christmas as well as the prior books in the Tea Shop Mystery Series. You’ll fall in love with the characters and setting just like I did!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caley Gredig

    Laura Childs was one of the first authors that I read last year with the advent of the pandemic. I definitely got hooked on her writing and storylines. She currently writes three different series of cozy mystery books. They are Tea Shop Mysteries, New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Twisted Tea Christmas is the latest (number 23) in the Tea Shop Mysteries series. This book centers around the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop as they are putting on several Christmas them Laura Childs was one of the first authors that I read last year with the advent of the pandemic. I definitely got hooked on her writing and storylines. She currently writes three different series of cozy mystery books. They are Tea Shop Mysteries, New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Twisted Tea Christmas is the latest (number 23) in the Tea Shop Mysteries series. This book centers around the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop as they are putting on several Christmas themed teas around town as well as running the normal schedule at the tea shop. Twisted Tea Christmas begins with a tea party being hosted by an elderly lady in town who ends up being murdered during the party. As a result of Theodosia's natural curiosity and desire to seek justice for victims, she and her tea sommelier Drayton investigate numerous individuals who have potential involvement in the crime. As the book evolves, many motives and suspects are revealed most of whom are eliminated quickly via different methods. In addition to the main body of her books, the author includes tips and recipes for her readers to put on their own tea parties. I thoroughly enjoy all of this authors works and am anxiously awaiting the publication of her future installments in all three of her series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog

    Theodosia is in full swing for the hustle and bustle of the season in Twisted Tea Christmas. With catered events and themed tea’s, it has All the makings for a grand time. That is until the hostess, Miss Drucilla Hayward is murdered at her own event. Theodosia is thoroughly shaken by the event and rightfully so. She can’t seem to get this poor woman off her mind. Not only was she murdered but well you’ll have to read the book. Theodosia does what she does best and starts asking questions and hun Theodosia is in full swing for the hustle and bustle of the season in Twisted Tea Christmas. With catered events and themed tea’s, it has All the makings for a grand time. That is until the hostess, Miss Drucilla Hayward is murdered at her own event. Theodosia is thoroughly shaken by the event and rightfully so. She can’t seem to get this poor woman off her mind. Not only was she murdered but well you’ll have to read the book. Theodosia does what she does best and starts asking questions and hunting out clues to get to the bottom of this holiday mystery murder. Twisted Tea Christmas is a great read to start getting yourself ready for the holiday season. Laura Childs crafts a mystery as good as perfectly steeped tea. She will also leave you hungry and searching for new tea. Theodosia is a hoot. Even in the face of danger she finds a way to make you smile. Even though her darling man is out of town, she can’t help but to get involved. With Tea shop events stacking up, Theodosia is pulled in every direction. Add in the twist and turns of this well plotted mystery, I don’t know how the poor woman didn’t crack. Pure determination and will are two of Theodosia’s Best qualities. Through the holiday cheer and this crazy mystery Theodosia brings the spirit of Christmas within a book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is the 23rd installment of the Tea Shop series with Theodosia Brown set in Charleston, South Carolina and it is one of the better books in the series.Theo is recognized as an Amateur Detective by her close friends in town as well as grudgingly by the local police. Murders just seem to fall into her lap, crash her tea parties, and befall her friends and acquaintances. It is always a pleasure to revisit her and the cast of characters that surround her. Drayton the tea sommelier, Haley the che This is the 23rd installment of the Tea Shop series with Theodosia Brown set in Charleston, South Carolina and it is one of the better books in the series.Theo is recognized as an Amateur Detective by her close friends in town as well as grudgingly by the local police. Murders just seem to fall into her lap, crash her tea parties, and befall her friends and acquaintances. It is always a pleasure to revisit her and the cast of characters that surround her. Drayton the tea sommelier, Haley the chef extraordinaire, Detective Tidwell, Delaney and all the other shop keepers in and around her Tea Shop. Laura Child has developed a community well worth visiting and cozy mystery murders that bubble slowly to the surface. In this book Theo actually solves the murder of the wealthy dowager before the police by picking apart the cast of characters. My only negative of this story is how much time Theo spends in her head being afraid. I would think by now she would be less scared of the world around her. She is an accomplished business owner, former corporate executive, and a very supporting circle of friends. The excerpt from the next book looks great can’t wait to read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoy reading Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mystery series. It's hard to believe that it is the twenty-third book! Even though I don't always read the books in order, this book worked well for me. Theodosia Browning, Drayton Connely, and Haley Parker are hopping. It is a week before Christmas and things are busy at the Indigo Tea Shop starting with a Victorian Christmas party at at the mansion home of Drucilla Heyward. Before Drucilla's party can begin however, Theodosia discovers her on the t I really enjoy reading Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mystery series. It's hard to believe that it is the twenty-third book! Even though I don't always read the books in order, this book worked well for me. Theodosia Browning, Drayton Connely, and Haley Parker are hopping. It is a week before Christmas and things are busy at the Indigo Tea Shop starting with a Victorian Christmas party at at the mansion home of Drucilla Heyward. Before Drucilla's party can begin however, Theodosia discovers her on the tile floor with a syringe stuck in her throat! Soon Detective Burt Tidwell is on the job. Although Theodosia's boyfriend, Pete Riley, discourages her, she begins her own investigation. As in past murders, there is once again no shortage of possible interesting suspects. I find the descriptions of the characters, the table settings, and the food offerings fun to read about. Laura Child's writing grabs my attention from the get go and I hooks me until the end!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Chandler

    A good novel. The plot was good but the motive was. a bit confusing and not fully explained at the end. Theodasia and Drayton and Haley don't disappoint in this novel with the tea events.At the opening event a Miss Drucilla is found lying in the hallway of her mansion minutes before the tea will start-she held the tea to announce her donations to charities for Christmas. After being declared dead by the authorities, Theodosia is concerned since she and Drayton were just discussing the order of t A good novel. The plot was good but the motive was. a bit confusing and not fully explained at the end. Theodasia and Drayton and Haley don't disappoint in this novel with the tea events.At the opening event a Miss Drucilla is found lying in the hallway of her mansion minutes before the tea will start-she held the tea to announce her donations to charities for Christmas. After being declared dead by the authorities, Theodosia is concerned since she and Drayton were just discussing the order of the tea with Miss Drucilla moments before and the fact that someone removed all of Miss Drucillas diamond rings on her right hand after sticking a syringe in her neck. Theo starts her "investigating" on a hunch but then is asked by. the personal assistant Pauline. Theo is drawn to the case and starts asking questions and trying to figure out the culprit by looking into black market art. The culprit reveals himself to Theo after the Xmas tea but the motive is left hanging.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    It is the holiday season and business is booming! Besides the special events the tea shop hosts (and at the end of the book there are tips to host your own events,) Theodosia and company (her best friends and family) also take on catering jobs for discerning customers. They are full productions including more than just serving tea and scones. What is not on the menu is MURDER and robbery. Theodosia's beau is out of town but her respected nemesis Detective Tidwell remains on the case. With a house It is the holiday season and business is booming! Besides the special events the tea shop hosts (and at the end of the book there are tips to host your own events,) Theodosia and company (her best friends and family) also take on catering jobs for discerning customers. They are full productions including more than just serving tea and scones. What is not on the menu is MURDER and robbery. Theodosia's beau is out of town but her respected nemesis Detective Tidwell remains on the case. With a house full of suspects, all with shady secrets and various motives, this investigation could take weeks, if not longer. Business (and parties) must go on. Full of delicious details and furry complications, the Tea Shop contingent does their best to stay out of danger and deliver their best experiences. This book will keep you on edge and guessing until the final confrontation.

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