Sunday, March 05, 2017
Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs
I have very strong feelings about tea. It's a long story, but I'm an adult now and I don't have to drink it and no one can make me. My husband and children love the stuff, but I won't touch it. My feelings about tea didn't stop me from absolutely loving Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs. The yummy descriptions are almost enough to convince me I'd enjoy visiting Theodosia's tea shop. If nothing else, I'm sure I'd enjoy the scones!
It was the idea of a "Rat Tea" that made me want to pick up this book. Elegantly dressed servers in rat heads staff the event, which is a recreation of the parties originally held to bring attention to the need for public sanitation in early twentieth-century Charleston. It's an odd enough experience for Theodosia and her friend, Drayton, even before a centerpiece bursts into flames and one of the gentlemen seated at her tables dramatically goes into convulsions and dies.
There's a lot of great detail in this book and I think the mystery was deeper and more complex than a lot of the other cozies I've been reading lately. The characters were three-dimensional people with developed relationships and possible motives. I'll be looking for the earlier books in the series so that I can get caught up.
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