Image of Scones & Bones (A Tea Shop Mystery)


Image of Scones & Bones (A Tea Shop Mystery)

The usually reliable Childs strays a bit from the path in latest Indigo Tea Shop mystery. The focus here is on the characters, pirate lore, tea and locale, with the mystery taking a backseat. Childs does these well, and the regular characters are well realized, but readers who like to puzzle through the case with Theodosia will likely be disappointed by a lack of real clues and a solution that seems to come from nowhere.

When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia attends the Heritage Society’s Pirates and Plunder party, she doesn’t expect the murder of a history intern or the theft of a skull cup set with a large diamond. Along with erstwhile assistant and tea brewer Drayton Conneley, she agrees to investigate, and soon is on the trail of not only a killer, but a real pirate treasure. (PRIME CRIME, Mar., 320 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter