Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Child. Published by Berkley

It’s hard to believe this is the 18th Tea Shop Mystery! There certainly is no shortage of crime in Charleston. This time Theodosia, owner of the Indigo Teashop is invited to the intriguingly named Rat Tea by society matron Doreen Briggs. It turns out that Rat Teas were originally held in early 20th century Charleston to bring awareness to the problem of rodent infestation and the illness it caused. Theo and her friends will be served tea and sandwiches by immaculately dressed waitstaff…with rodent heads. Things get stranger still when a fire breaks out during the tea, and Doreen’s husband falls over dead. Has he been poisoned by his tea? Doreen asks Theodosia to help find out who killed her husband and Theo reluctantly agrees. As always, Child brings Charleston to life and manages to educate me, yet again, about the many nuances of tea

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