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Theodosia Browning helps out her Tea Shop employee Haley on a mission for the Sea Turtle Protection League of Charleston when she finds the body of Harper Fisk floating in the sea. What is ruled an accidental drowning, seems fishy to Theo and her employee Drayton Connelly. Fisk owns a local antique shop and is a known treasure hunter of Civil War boats sunk in the Charleston Bay. Members of the English Breakfast Club all have ideas about what happened to Fisk and what should be done with his shop and valuable Civil War possessions, spreading suspicion on the three remaining members.
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The review of this Book prepared by Abby White

Berkley, August 2003, 6.99, 288 pp.
ISBN 042518429X

The Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina is doing a booming business despite the depressed economy. In addition to selling all kinds of teas from different countries, the owner serves food and sells aromatherapy teas for the bath. The store proprietor, Theodosia Browning realizes there is more to life than work and volunteers her time to the Charleston's Sea Turtle League. When the eggs hatch, the volunteers make sure they make it safely into the ocean.

When it is Theodosia's shift she spots a large object floating in the water and swims out to see what it is. She doesn't expect to find the dead body of local antique dealer Harper Fisk, a good friend of Theodosia's tea blender Drayton Connelly. Both Clayton and Theodosia are sure the man was murdered even if the police won't admit it was a homicide. Theodosia, who has solved previous homicides, vows to find the killer even though she is embarking on a dangerous manhunt.

Readers will be charmed and beguiled by this delicious amateur sleuth mystery and will feel like visiting Charles Street to have a cuppa at the Indigo Tea Shop. Laura Childs makes tea sound so delectable. The heroine is a charming down to earth person who believes in helping out her friends and the community, two sides of her personality, which will endear her to the audiences. There is a plethora of suspects but the reader will be shocked when the author cleverly reveals who the perpetrator is.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   food/cooking Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Deep South Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat    -   drowning

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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