Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery #23) by Laura Childs

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Twisted Tea Christmas by Laura Childs. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a tea party in a box. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Twisted Tea Christmas
Series: A Tea Shop Mystery #23
Author: Laura Childs
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: October 5th 2021
Print Length: 335 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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It’s the week before Christmas as tea maven Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier, Drayton, cater a fancy Victorian Christmas party for Miss Drucilla Heyward, one of Charleston’s wealthy doyennes. But smack dab in the middle of the Fa-la-la’s, Miss Drucilla is murdered, her gold rings stolen off her fingers, and a genuine Renoir snatched off the wall.

The police come screaming in while Theodosia peers speculatively at the guests and wonders – whodunit? Urged on by Miss Drucilla’s personal assistant, Theodosia runs a shadow investigation on suspects that include wealthy neighbors, a handyman named Smokey, an unscrupulous art dealer, and the executive directors of two local charities who were in line for donations.

As Theodosia continually finds herself in hot water, she also hosts numerous holiday tea parties, stumbles upon a second dead body, and shelters a cadre of homeless dogs who come to her rescue in the surprise ending. This Tea Shop Mystery is written with pacing, plot twists, and action reminiscent of a thriller and is liberally sprinkled with the magic of Christmas.

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EXCERPT:
“What’s got you so interested, fella?” Theodosia asked as she snuck up behind Earl Grey and grabbed his collar. She was so intent at clipping on her dog’s leash that she almost didn’t see the dirty hand sticking out of the soil.

When she finally did notice, her mouth turned dry and her brain bonked out a screechy warning that yelped: No. This can’t be happening!

But seeing is believing so Theodosia stole a second look, registered the waxy appendage with dirty curled fingers, and let out a strangled cry.

“Drayton!”

“What?” He was stumbling after his own dog, frustration in his voice.

“Get over here.”

Throwing up his hands, Drayton abandoned his chase, and picked his way toward her. “What’s wrong?”

Heart in her throat, Theodosia pointed to the solitary hand that sprouted from the dank earth like some kind of unholy mushroom.

“There’s a hand sticking out of the dirt.”

“What?” Now Drayton was mumbling to himself about muddying his loafers.

Theodosia stood her ground, though her nerves were firing like rockets, warning her to back off this amateur investigation that had suddenly taken a deadly turn.

“Wait a minute, did you say hand? Human hand?” Drayton honestly thought she was making a bad joke. Trying to frighten him.

“There’s a body buried here. A dead body!”

Reluctantly, Drayton took a step closer. He stared down, let out a loud gasp, and clapped a hand against his chest. “Mercy, I think I need a defibrillator!”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Childs is the author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. All have been on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists. Recently, Book Riot named her mysteries to their list of “25 of the All Time Best Cozy Mystery Series.” In her previous life Laura was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history, and has a Chinese Shar-Pei named Lotus.

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GIVEAWAY:
Laura Childs will be awarding a “Tea Party in a Box,” - a special kit with a tea assortment, English shortbread, chocolates, Laura Childs’ books, and a few more goodies to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
(US only.)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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32 comments:

  1. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You are so welcome. I think you might enjoy it!

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    1. If your aunt likes mystery, tea, and the romance of Charleston, then I think she'd enjoy it very much!

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  3. Cover looks great! Excerpt sounds interesting.

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    1. I'm a real fan of Japanese green tea. But, really, all tea is pretty warming and nice.

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  5. When writing what flavor of tea is your favorite?

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    1. I can usually write a mystery in 4 or 5 months time - but that's really booking it. Literally!

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  7. This is a new series and author for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love the cover! Sounds like a great holiday read.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. I love this series. Sounds like a great holiday book. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  11. love the book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  12. I have read almost every book in this series-so glad a new is out

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  13. What made you decide to write about this topic?

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  14. Is there a place in Charleston that is a favorite of yours?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  15. Love that this series is set in Charleston SC. Can't wait to read.

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  16. This would be a lot of fun!

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  17. I would love to read this book!

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  18. Whodunit indeed! This sounds really good!

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  19. great book to read this winter

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  20. Author, How much research did you need to do for your book?

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  21. You are a new author to me. I am going to see if my library has your books.

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  22. A good read w/treats, you can't go wrong

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  23. This Christmas mystery sounds so good and I love the cover as well.quintesetial Christmas

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