THE ENGLISH BREAKFAST MURDER
Childs' series is a breath of fresh air in the genre, with uniquely captivating mysteries set in charming Charleston, SC, at Theodosia Browning's Indigo Tea Shop. In this latest installment, Theo is helping escort baby sea turtles into the ocean when she discovers the body of antique shop owner Harper Fisk floating in the waters.
No stranger to crime and a detective in her own right, Theo learns that Harper was a member of the English Breakfast Club, a group of elderly gentlemen shop owners who gather to talk and drink tea. As Theo tries to determine if Harper's death was accidental or murderous, she encounters her nemesis, curmudgeonly Detective Tidwell, who wants to question her about discovering the body but won't divulge details about his investigation.
Amid the mouthwatering recipes and gentility of a tea shop in Old Charleston is a true whodunit that will keep readers guessing until the end. Sparkling wit and a well-crafted plot highlight this refreshingly clever read. (Aug., 288 pp., $6.99)