Apr 24, 2015

Book Beginning: Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs

The Friday 56: *Grab a book, any book. *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader  *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. *Post it. *Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginnings at Rose City Reader.
Ming Tea Murder by Laura Childs
To be released May 5, 2015; Berkley
Genre: cozy mystery

Book beginning, first paragraph:
With drums banging and the sweet notes of a Chinese violin trembling in the air, the enormous red-and-gold dragon shook its great head and danced its way across the rotunda of the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. It was the opening-night celebration for the reconstruction of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese tea house, and the creme de la creme of society had turned out in full force for this most auspicious occasion. 
Page 56:
"Which means, now that Webster is dead, Cecily really isn't obligated to pay the money back."
"That's right," said Greaves. "She's free and clear."
Maybe not that free and clear after all, Theodosia thought as she walked to her car.
Book description:
Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning normally wouldn’t attend a black tie affair. But she can hardly say no to her boyfriend, Max, who has organized a gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the crème de la crème of Charleston society is invited.
But Theodosia makes a grim discovery: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster. This case is difficult to ignore—especially after Max becomes a suspect. 

I love this series and can't wait to read this one. 
Thanks to the publisher for a review/feature copy of the book.

18 comments:

  1. I love Laura Childs books! Especially her scrapbooking ones since that used to be a big hobby of mine lol Enjoy the read!

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  2. Oh, this one sounds like fun....and I love the cover, too.

    Here's mine: “THE IDEA OF LOVE”

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    1. I like reading about all the exotic teas and food delicacies.

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  3. I like the combination of a Chinese tea house and Charleston, South Carolina! This sounds like a series I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features SOMETHING ABOUT MAUDY.

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    1. I love this series and I'm sure you'd enjoy it, Sandra.

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  4. Harvee, this Southern cozy does sound inviting! I also like the idea of the Chinese tea house.

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    1. Am eager to read it too, Suko, and the recipes the books have at the end.

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  5. I read the one before this in the series - it focused more on wine though. I hope you enjoy it!

    Check out my 56 (with Book Beginnings).

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  6. This is a series I'm really looking forward to reading. I read a few of her scrapbooking series and I think one of these but it's been a long time. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I enjoyed some of the scrapbook series too, tho I found scrapbooking expensive in the long run!

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  7. I haven't begun this series yet. It does sound interesting. Happy reading!

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  8. Ooh. Another southern cozy. I must read this author!

    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/04/24/the-friday-56-59-cut-me-free-by-j-r-johansson/

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    1. The setting is part of the charm of the books, Laura.

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  9. I've heard of Laura Childs but not read anything. I'd like to though.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. She has written several series, so her name is out there in the cozy mystery world, Freda.

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