Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston's Indigo Tea Shop, is devising a new flavor to serve at the annual Yacht Regatta. The Regatta draws some of Charleston's finest people and Theodosia knows the tea will be a hit.

Newlyweds Doe Belvedere and Oliver Dixon fascinate everyone, for she is in her twenties and he's in his sixties. Still, it seems like a love match and Oliver is expected to make a fine showing at the regatta. Unfort-unately, this doesn't happen, for he is killed on his yacht by an antique gun.

Theodosia learns that Oliver's yacht club was in a heated rivalry with another. The Dixons were also involved in a long-standing feud with another family. Although either of these could be the motive behind the murder, Theodosia begins to suspect there's something far more sinister going on.

Ms. Childs makes good use of the genteel southern background. GUNPOWDER GREEN is a charming mystery of manners, as brisk and refreshing as any brew! Tea recipes are also included. (Mar., 256 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg