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Haunted Hibiscus

Haunted Hibiscus

Book - 2021 | First edition
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"It is the week before Halloween and Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her tea sommelier, Drayton, are ghosting through the dusk of a cool Charleston evening on their way to the old Bouchard Mansion. Known as the Gray Ghost, this dilapidated place was recently bequeathed to the Heritage Society, and tonight heralds the grand opening of their literary and historical themed haunted house. Though Timothy Neville, the patriarch of the Heritage Society, is not thrilled with the fund-raising idea, it is the perfect venue for his grandniece, Willow French, to sign copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers. But amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, Willow's body is suddenly tossed from the third-floor tower room and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Police come screaming in and Theodosia's boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, is sent to Willow's apartment to investigate. But minutes later, he is shot and wounded by a shadowy intruder. Timothy begs Theodosia to investigate, and shaken by Riley's assault, she readily agrees. Now, she questions members of the Heritage Society and a man who claims the mansion is rightfully his, as well as Willow's book publisher and her fiancé, all while hosting a Sherlock Holmes tea and catering several others. But the Gray Ghost holds many secrets, as do several other key suspects, while this murder mystery plays out on the eve of Halloween."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2021
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780451489692
0451489691
Branch Call Number: MYS CHILD-L
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 22 cm

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Leah_R
May 05, 2021

You might like this if you are a tea enthusiast, but as a mystery story it was a major disappointment. The main character never solved the mystery until she is kidnapped by the killer at the very end. Spoiler Alert: none of the main suspects was guilty and nothing in the book pointed to the minor charter who was the killer.

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NYSandy23
Mar 28, 2021

3.75 stars. I have always enjoyed this cozy mystery series from the first book to now the 22nd. The cast of characters that includes Theodosia, the Tea Shop amateur detective, to Dayton, the debonair tea sommelier, Haley, the perky chef, and so many other memorable people never fail to welcome you into their midsts. This story takes place around Halloween so there is an underlying aspect of murder and spookiness. I waffle a lot with Theo. Sometimes she is written as a strong independent woman business owner who uses her smarts to solve crimes. Sometimes, though, as in this book, she becomes an emotional wreck, over reacting to her boyfriend getting shot in the arm, jumping into situations without thinking them through and above all feeling like only she can solve the murder without police help. That inconsistent behavior from book to book bothers me and I don’t know which Theo I will find in the next book. This story had me guessing all the way through so that made it a good read. Looking forward to the next in the series. Now off to make a cup of tea.

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kozykettle
Mar 14, 2021

I really tried to like this book, but I think it might be time to retire busy bodie Theo.

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