Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Laura Childs - Teaberry Strangler

The Teaberry Strangler
Tea Shop Mystery #11

By Laura Childs

Berkley Crime

ISBN 978-0-425-23245-3

When Laura Childs’ previous book, Oolong Dead, hit the New York Times Bestseller List last year, it yielded a heady blend of tea and talk shows. So it’s with great hope, terror, and fingers crossed that her 11th Tea Shop Mystery launches on March 2, 2010.

The Teaberry Strangler gallops out of the gate with a moonlit alley crawl spearheaded by Charleston tea shop owner Theodosia Browning. But as rain patters down and fog rolls in, customers aren’t the only ones combing the twisted passages, looking for bargains in local shops. Someone strangles a map store owner and Theodosia, who views the terrible deed from afar, vows to seek justice. But who stands to benefit from inheriting a dusty map store, how are the quirky ladies from Jardin Perfumerie involved, and why is a mysterious woman suddenly stalking Theodosia?

As Theodosia plunges into a hunt for the killer, she encounters the treasure hunting Kipling Club, an old love, the mysterious Pinckney’s Castle, and a terrible trial by fire at the Heritage Society. Combining the genteel art of tea with a breakneck-paced mystery, The Teaberry Strangler delivers big time!

BIOGRAPHY
Laura Childs has been a mystery author for the past ten years – writing the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries for a total of 20 books in print and 3 more manuscripts sitting on her editor’s desk. In her previous life she was CEO of Mission Critical Marketing with offices in Minneapolis, MN and Austin, TX. Laura is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history at the University of Minnesota, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. Interests include art collecting, foreign travel, and serving on the board of directors of various non-profit organizations.

Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries, Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and Scrapbooking Mysteries have been named to the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists.

WEBSITE
www.laurachilds.com

BOOK SIGNINGS/APPEARANCES
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Noon – 2:00 PM
Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore
604 West 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-870-3785
A Teaberry Strangler publication party, book signing, refreshments, and tea basket drawing will be held

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Noon – 4:00 PM
Write of Spring Author Festival
Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore
604 West 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-870-3785

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Formal Teas at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
(Reservations required)
Mystery tea and book signing
Mad Hatter Tea Room
300 East Main Street
Anoka, MN 55303
763-422-4160.

Saturday, April 10, 2010
Formal Teas at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM
(Reservations required)
Mystery tea and book signing
Lady Elegant’s Tea Room
2230 Carter Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-645-6676

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Three-course teas beginning at 11:00 AM
(Reservations required)
Mystery tea and book signing
Avalon Tea Room
2179 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651-653-3822

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