Theodosia Browning is back in Childs' latest Teashop mystery. Characters with an array of eccentricities make this a fun novel, and the tone is chatty and descriptive. Occasionally the pace feels too slow, however, the mystery does conclude with a whole lot of drama. But the extremely minimal police presence in a story about a high-profile murder is difficult to believe.
When Theodosia is invited to join her local hunt club for its annual steeplechase, she expects a challenging riding course. In a sense, that's what she gets. Her horse is spooked by a body lying beside a jump, and it's not just anyone, it's local television reporter Abby Davis. Theodosia and Abby had a hostile past, and as Theodosia investigates the murder, she discovers she's not the only one who had issues with Abby. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Mar., 336 pp., $24.95)