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Agony of the Leaves

by Laura Childs

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Scones and Bones, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning finds herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium... The opening of the aquarium is a major Charleston event, and Theodosia has been hired to cater tea, scones, and sandwiches for the private party to honor dignitaries and big buck donors. Things are going swimmingly, until Theodosia escapes the party for a momentary rest, only to discover the body of a man entangled in a net, drowned in one of the aquarium's state-of-the-art tanks.To make matters worse, the victim is Theodosia's former boyfriend Parker Scully. The EMTs on the scene think Parker's drowning was an accident, but when Theodosia notices what look like defense wounds on his hands, she realizes that someone wanted Parker dead. The local police aren't keen on hearing her theory-especially because of her ties to the victim-so Theodosia knows that if she wants Parker's killer brought to justice, she'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation...INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

Bound For Murder

by Laura Childs

New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end.

The Cozy Cookbook

by Laura Childs Cleo Coyle Julie Hyzy Jenn Mckinlay B. B. Haywood

MORE THAN 100 RECIPES FROMAVERY AAMES/DARYL WOOD GERBERELLERY ADAMSCONNIE ARCHERLESLIE BUDEWITZLAURA CHILDSCLEO COYLEVICTORIA HAMILTONB. B. HAYWOODJULIE HYZYJENN McKINLAYPAIGE SHELTONGreat meals don't have to be a mystery--but they can come from a mystery. Selecting the most delicious recipes from some of the most popular names in crime solving, The Cozy Cookbook serves up mouth-watering appetizers, entrèes, and desserts that will leave your family or book club group asking, "Whodunit?"In addition to recipes, choose a sleuth du jour from our menu of mystery series and get a taste of each of our authors' bread and butter--page-turning puzzles and stay-up-all-night suspense in excerpts from their bestselling works.Whether you like your meals sautéed, roasted, baked, or served cold like revenge, The Cozy Cookbook has something to satisfy every mystery fan.This book contains previously published material.

Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery #1)

by Laura Childs

When a man is poisoned by tea, Theo is the prime suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence and track down the real killer-before someone else takes their last sip. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.

Devonshire Scream (Tea Shop Mysteries #17)

by Laura Childs

Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo's best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake.

Dragonwell Dead (Tea Shop Mysteries #8)

by Laura Childs

Although Theodosia Browning barely knows a Phalinopsis from a Bog Rose, she still enjoys Charleston's Spring Plantation Ramble, especially since she can promote her Indigo Tea Shop and her latest concoction, Dragonwell Sweet Tea. But the party's over when Mark Congdon wins a bid for a rare orchid-and promptly dies. It looks like a simple heart attack, but Theo suspects that someone purposely turned his green thumb blue.

Eggs in a Casket (A Cackleberry Club Mystery #5)

by Laura Childs

The ladies of the Cackleberry Club are always ready to serve--whether they're cooking up breakfast or sniffing out a bad egg. While Petra handles the breakfast rush at the Cackleberry Club, the café's other two owners, Suzanne and Toni, head to Memorial Cemetery to help prepare for its 150th anniversary celebration. But as they search the winding paths for the historical society tent, they discover something else out of place: the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond lying facedown in someone else's freshly dug grave. In the small town of Kindred, everyone knows everyone, and Lester was no exception. Suzanne knew him as the creepy guy who made unwanted advances on her friend Missy Langston. But now it appears the man was hiding a few secrets...and at least one of them was worth killing for. As the case cracks open, there are plenty of suspects to consider--from recent parolees to Missy herself, who Suzanne and Toni saw speeding away just before they found the body. Now, with a cemetery celebration in the offing, and the local authorities in over their heads, it's up to the Cackleberry Club to unscramble the clues and clear their friend's name. Recipes Included!

The English Breakfast Murder (Tea Shop Mystery #4)

by Laura Childs

[From the back Cover:] "Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is about to embark on her first turtle crawl--and her latest murder investigation... It is a truly exhilarating experience for Theo--helping Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League shepherd hundreds of tiny green loggerheads safely into the sea. But just as she's about to celebrate all her hard work with some hearty Lung Ching tea and spicy gumbo, she spots a dead body bobbing in the waves. It turns out to be local art dealer Harper Fisk--a man with an eye for fine antiques. Could his death have anything to do with the sunken treasure and gold bullion rumored to be somewhere near Halliehurst Beach? Deep in her heart, Theo knows that murder is indeed brewing in Charleston--and it's up to her to get to the bottom of it before the culprit's greed stirs him to kill again... Includes mouthwatering recipes and easy-to-follow instructions for tea dyeing!" There are also tips for holding themed tea parties. Look for more books in the Tea Shop Mysteries series in the Bookshare collection.

Gilt Trip (A Scrapbooking Mystery #11)

by Laura Childs Diana Orgain

A New Orleans businessman and white-collar criminal is celebrating his early release from prison. But his freedom will be short lived... Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, are off to a party. Prominent socialite Margo Leland is throwing an extravagant fete to welcome home her husband, Jerry Earl. There's a zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. But in the midst of the revelry, Jerry Earl is murdered--then stuffed inside a clothes dryer. When the grieving widow turns to her for help, Carmela can't say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela's going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl's dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry... Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included! eamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl's dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry... Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!

Gossamer Ghost (A Scrapbooking Mystery #12)

by Laura Childs

Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble-rousing, costumed craziness--and she can't wait to get the party started. But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real-life danse macabre...An evening's work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela's night is abruptly put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet--and into her arms.While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the passion required to kill. But when Marcus's assistant--and fiancée--Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn't the culprit's sole intention.Carmela can't resist the urge to investigate the growing mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes it'll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there's another night of murderous mischief...

Gunpowder Green (Tea Shop Mysteries #2)

by Laura Childs

Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning knows that something's brewing in the high society of Charleston--something other than her newest tea... The Indigo Tea Shop, Charleston's favorite spot of tea, has just come out with its latest flavor: Gunpowder Green. Theodosia Browning cannot wait to hear its praises as it is unveiled at the annual yacht race. But when she hears the crack of an antique gun meant to end the race, a member of Charleston's elite falls dead. Theodosia has a hunch that his demise was no accident--and will go out of her way to prove it. But if she doesn't act fast, Theo will find herself in hot water with some boiling-mad Charlestonians--and more than a little gun-chai... Includes a delicious recipe and tea-making tips!

The Jasmine Moon Murder (Tea Shop Mystery #5)

by Laura Childs

[From the back cover:] "Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning and her staff are catering an unusual Charleston society benefit--a "Ghost Crawl" through the spooky grounds of the historic Jasmine Cemetery. Sadly, the doctor who thought up the event doesn't live to enjoy his own work. He drops dead during the Crawl, and it looks like foul play--but how could such a fine, upstanding citizen have any mortal enemies? Theodosia starts stirring things up with her own investigation to find the do-badder behind this most uncharitable act. But before long, chasing down the culprit gets her in hot water up to her neck." Includes about a dozen delicious recipes, tea party tips and tea bag trivia. Look for the rest of the books in this series in the Bookshare collection including: #1 Death by Darjeeling, #2 Gunpowder Green, #3 Shades of Earl Grey, #4 The English Breakfast Murder, #6 Camomile Mourning, #7 Blood Orange Brewing, #8 Dragonwell Dead, #9 The Silver Needle Murder, #10 Oolong Dead, #11 The Teaberry Strangler, #12 Scones and Bones, #13 Agony of the Leaves, #14 Sweet Tea Revenge, #15 Steeped in Evil #16 Ming Tea Murder and #17 Devonshire Scream.

The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals

by Laura Childs

A second edition of the beloved guide to farm animals. When the going gets tough, the tough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals--from eggs to milk to meat to wool--based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the intention of making your own cheese, or sustain your family and make some extra money from raising cows and selling beef, this is the book for you. Childs explains how to get started and everything you need to know about successfully raising each animal, including: * Comparison of breeds * Designing your farm strategy * Preparing a home for your livestock * What to feed your animals * Animal health * Breeding * Milking, laying eggs, and butchering This invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farm--or simply dreaming about the idea.

The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals

by Laura Childs

When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals-from eggs to milk to meat to wool-based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim to make your own cheese, or are looking to sustain your family and make some extra money from raising and selling beef, this is the book for you. Childs offers general information for each breed and animal, from how to get started to what to feed and where to house the animals. This invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farm-or simply dreaming about the idea.

The Joy of Keeping Goats

by Laura Childs

Goats are easy to care for and a low-investment choice for anyone wishing to live out rural dreams or add to an existing stable. The Joy of Keeping Goats offers practical advice, clear guidelines, and wonderful anecdotes from author and self-sustainer Laura Childs. In her book, she walks readers step-by-step through important information on breeds, feeding requirements, how to make cheese, and much more. With gorgeous color photographs, The Joy of Keeping Goats clearly illustrates what an easy and rewarding experience raising goats can be.

Keepsake Crimes (A Scrapbooking Mystery #1)

by Laura Childs

New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with the sophisticated looks she achieves with their scrapbooks. But among her client's keepsakes she finds a tip of her own-about a murder...

Ming Tea Murder (Tea Shop Mystery #16)

by Laura Childs

It's scones and scandal for Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Steeped in Evil...Normally Theodosia wouldn't attend a black tie affair for all the tea in China. <P><P>But she can hardly say no to her hunky, handsome boyfriend, Max, who directs public relations for the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. Max has organized an amazing gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the crème de la crème of Charleston society is invited.In the exotic garden staged in the museum's rotunda, a Chinese dragon dances to the beat of drums as it weaves through the crowd. The guests are serenaded by a Chinese violin as they sample an assortment of tempting bites. <P>And to give them a memento of the occasion, there's even a photo booth. But Theodosia makes a grim discovery behind the booth's curtains: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster.While Theodosia prefers tea service over the service of justice, this case is difficult to ignore--especially after Max becomes a suspect. Now she must examine the life of the fallen philanthropist and find out who really wanted him to pay up...INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

Parchment and Old Lace: A Scrapbooking Mystery

by Laura Childs Terrie Farley Moran

The New York Times bestselling author of Gossamer Ghost returns to the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, where scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery...<P><P>Carmela couldn't imagine a finer evening than dinner at Commander's Palace with her beau, Detective Edgar Babcock. The food and the company are equally divine--with the exception of Isabelle Black stopping by to brag about her upcoming wedding. Resuming the romance with a walk in the evening air, the couple is interrupted once again--this time by a terrifying scream from inside the cemetery.Having just seen Isabelle, Carmela and Edgar now find her lying across an aboveground tomb, strangled to death with a piece of vintage lace.<P> Carmela would rather leave the investigating to Edgar, but she can't say no to Isabelle's sister Ellie, the tarot card reader at Juju Voodoo, when she asks her to help. As she untangles the enemies of Isabelle's past, Carmela hopes she can draw out the killer before someone else gets cold feet.INCLUDES SCRAPBOOKING TIPS From the Hardcover edition.

Photo Finished (A Scrapbooking Mystery #2)

by Laura Childs

New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand is hosting a late-night "Crop Till You Drop" session-when a neighboring antique-shop owner winds up murdered in the alley. Now, the scrapbooking expert must rearrange the jumble of clues and pick out the killer.

Postcards from the Dead (A Scrapbooking Mystery #10)

by Laura Childs

New Orleans is in the throes of another fantastic Mardi Gras celebration when the party gets crashed by a murderer... <P><P> Kimber Breeze of KBEZ-TV is broadcasting live from a hotel balcony in the French Quarter, interviewing locals and capturing the spectacle in the streets. But as Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop, waits to be interviewed next, someone sneaks onto the balcony and strangles Kimber with a cord, leaving her body dangling above the parade. <P> Soon after the murder, Carmela begins receiving strange postcards at her shop--signed by the late reporter. Now she and her friend Ava must risk their own necks to find out who's posing as a ghost and expose a killer... Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!

Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club #6)

by Laura Childs

In Laura Childs's New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni--co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café--are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug... <P><P> As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she's stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn't enough to save longtime civil service worker--and friend to the Cackleberry Club--Hannah Venable. Soon enough, it's discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose--was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit. Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club's menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren't careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives...

Shades of Earl Grey (Tea Shop Mysteries #3)

by Laura Childs

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater--but there's more than champagne bubbling... Theo is mingling with the cream of Charleston society at the engagement soiree of the season. <P><P>But as they eagerly await the dazzling young couple's arrival--the groom meets with a freak accident. The exquisite wedding ring--a family heirloom from the crown of Marie Antoinette--is mysteriously missing. Theodosia suspects that trouble is brewing. But when she goes to the authorities, they treat her like she's been reading tea leaves--and that's the surest way to put Theodosia's kettle on the boil...

Skeleton Letters

by Laura Childs

When a fellow scrapbooker is bludgeoned with a religious statue in St. Tristan's Church, a stolen relic may hold the key to catching the culprit... The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expect to bear witness to in St. Tristan's Church is a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle is lying lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastian--and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique crucifix. With so many tourists passing through the church, the police don't have a prayer of finding the killer. But if anyone can get to the bottom of the crime, it's Carmela's main squeeze, Detective Edgar Babcock--with a little assistance from some scrappy sleuths. As Carmela and Ava are drawn deeper into New Orleans' French Quarter in search of the missing crucifix, they discover that this is one killer they don't want to cross... SCRAPBOOKING TIPS INCLUDED!

Stake & Eggs

by Laura Childs

New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs presents the best way to start your day--with a hearty breakfast and a side of hard-boiled murder. Suzanne, Toni, and Petra found a second life after losing their husbands--opening their own successful business, the Cackleberry Club cafè. But the three women never expected sleuthing to be the special of the day... A KILLER HAS THE TOWN WALKING ON EGG SHELLS When a snowmobile crashes into the woods behind the Cackleberry Club cafè, Suzanne finds her town's most-hated banker beheaded by a wire staked in the snow. Now some of her best customers are prime suspects with a bushel of motives, and the murder investigation is snowballing. An elusive young runaway may be the Cackleberry Club's only way to crack the case...provided Suzanne can keep her head long enough to track down the cold-blooded killer.

Steeped in Evil (Tea Shop Mysteries #15)

by Laura Childs

In the newest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Tea Revenge, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is about to learn the true meaning of terroir...<P><P> Theodosia Browning has never considered herself a wine connoisseur--tea has always been her forte. But that doesn't mean she's going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. <P> But a sweet evening takes on a bitter aftertaste when a dead body is discovered in one of the wine barrels. The son of proprietor Jordan Knight has been murdered. <P> Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Knight turns to Theo for help. She's heard through the grapevine that there are both family and business problems at Knighthall. They say in vino veritas, but everyone at the winery seems to be lying through their teeth. Sorting through the guest list as well as family and staff, Theo has her pick of suspects. It may look like the killer has her over a barrel, but cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.

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