Normally I’m not a big fan of black-tie affairs. In fact, I usually don’t get all gussied up for all the tea in China. But tonight was different. I could hardly say no to my handsome, hunky boyfriend who’s the PR guy at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC.
Unfortunately, the evening was problematic from the get-go. First of all, the crowd was enormous – all the museum’s big buck donors had come to see and celebrate the opening of an authentic Chinese tea house. There were beating drums, dancing dragons, lots of tea and Chinese dim-sum, and . . . something quite nasty, too.
Here’s the thing. All I did was peek into the photo booth that had been brought in for the amusement of the rich guests. But you know what I found inside? A body. That’s right, a dead body! And now everyone is running around like a bunch of frightened chickens. The police have cordoned off the premises, the detectives are questioning everyone, and it looks like my boyfriend is in danger of losing his job.
Obviously, this put me on high alert and I immediately started sniffing around for clues. Well, it didn’t take long to put together an entire roster of suspects. Now I just have to dig in, get smart, and question a bunch of slightly quirky people. Oh, and I have to run the Indigo Tea Shop as well, and honcho our Titanic Tea and our Tower of London Tea. And then there’s the big Halloween celebration in the Historic District.
To top things off, I’ve got an annoying newspaper reporter buzzing around me, the newly-minted widow is weeping on my shoulder with a case of full-blown hysterics, and now I’m hearing a hint of infidelity on the dead guy’s part.
How does this all turn out? I’d love to stick around and chat with you, but I think you’d enjoy the story even more if you read Ming Tea Murder for yourself!
You can read more about Theodosia in Ming Tea Murder, the 16th book in the “Tea Shop” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Death By Darjeeling.
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About the author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and Scrapbook Mysteries, and a recent recipient of the Romantic Times Book Review’s Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. In her previous life, she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profit organizations, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.