A Tea Shop Mystery, Bk 9
Berkley Prime Crime, mass market, 260 p.
Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop are feeling the heat, and not just because it's August. The Charleston Film Festival has brought them a busy week of catering jobs - and first up is the opening night gala at the historic Belvedere Theatre. But the festival starts off with a bang when famous director Jordan Cole is shot on his way to the podium and the entire audience witnesses his death silhouetted across the scrim.
When two of the judges quit, festival organizer Timothy Neville asks Theodosia to stand in. He also wants her to help him deflect suspicion from his granddaughter, who worked with Cole. Reluctantly, Theodosia agrees - only to get pulled into an ivestigation as perilous as any big-screen thriller...
As I can't seem to read these book in the order they were written I hope I'm not giving away too many spoilers. Once again Theo finds herself dragged into the middle of a murder investigation that really has nothing much to do with her - but her soft heart has her delving into matters best left to the professionals - often against her own better judgement! Emotional blackmail seems to be the running theme when it comes to roping Theo into the business of murder - and everyone around her seems to know it.