THE TEABERRY STRANGLER
Wildly popular cozy author Childs delivers love to all of her fans with another winning novel. The romantic setting of Charleston, S.C., a strong mystery, familiar and sympathetic characters, recipes and even a dog combine for a perfect cozy. You'll want to settle into the Indigo Tea Shop with a cup of tea. The descriptions of elegant but comforting food and beautiful furniture and china create
a dreamlike atmosphere the reader won't want to leave.
When Theodosia Browning opens her tea shop for a night-shopping experience through the back alleys of Charleston, she comes upon a body in a cobblestone passage. Her friend Daria, who owned the antique map shop, has been strangled. Is it someone who wanted a map she refused to sell? Could her murderer have been her boyfriend? Or was it someone who mistook Daria for Theodosia? Adding to her stress, her move to a charming historical cottage is delayed when bones are found in the backyard and the state archaeological office sets up a dig. Before long it's clear someone is definitely trying to kill Theodosia -- and she doesn't know why. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Mar., 320 pp., $24.95)