Framing the Dialogue

The Jasmine Moon Murder

Theodosia Browning is the owner and proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop catering to those who love tea and fare that goes along with that much loved drink.  There seems to be a little bit of resurgence for tea lovers as more and different flavors are finding their way into markets.  The tea shop provides the setting while a mysterious perpetrator provides the victim in the quaint southern city of Charleston in The Jasmine Moon Murder.  Ms. Browning’s hobby is sleuthing and since the victim is someone close she inevitably starts her own investigation much to the dismay of the grumpy police detective. 

Author Laura Childs faces some stiff competition in this genre (food-murder mysteries) and while this novel was entertaining it offered very little suspense and I didn’t find the myself engaged in the investigation as I prefer.  Though an enjoyable read it pales in comparison to some of its competition.  Like other books in this genre Ms. Childs provides some recipes for some of the items featured in the story.  I’m going to try the Chicken Bog sometime.

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