Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs

Very short synopsis:

A cat burglar is causing trouble in Charleston and, of course, Theodosia feels compelled to investigate.


I read it in:  English

I liked it:   So so. I was not too impressed. 

For people who like:  cosy mysteries, tea.

This was my second book in the Tea Shop Mystery series after Death by Darjeeling and I was not too thrilled with it. Theodosia is again way too nosy for her own good and towards the end downright stupid, which gets her into a situation that could have ended very badly for her. No idea where she gets the idea that she has an obligation to help out her friends by finding the culprit when moral support would be more than enough (reminds me a lot of Isabel Dalhousie; at least, Isabel uses obscure philosophical reasons as an excuse though). Also she has not learned anything from previous experience and is just as ready to suspect everybody for no reason whatsoever as she was before.

However, the very cosy atmosphere with Charleston as scenic background and the lovely tea shop as immediate location is very agreeable. I might read more of these books just for that alone – and take the meddlesome sleuth as a necessary evil.

Product info and buy link :

Title Shades of Earl Grey
Author Laura Childs
Publisher Berkley Publishing
ISBN 9780425188217
I got this book from Birgit at The Book Garden
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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

4 Comments Write a comment

  1. I’ve heard about this book for some time now and I always thought it was a 50 Shades of Grey parody. Thanks God it is not!

    By the way I just had a super interesting discussion with my two best friends who adore 50 Shades and I thought of you all the time. Somehow, the feminist and literature student in me wasn’t enough to convice them of how trashy in literary terms and dangerous in role-model/women’s representation in literature it is. Just thought I had to tell you 😉


    • I must say I too prefer the Coffeehouse Mysteries to the Tea Shop Mysteries. And let’s not forget I am a tea drinker! 😉 Joking aside I’ve also been known to read cozy mysteries more because of the atmosphere than the characters. A good example are the Booktown Mysteries (two of which I already put into YOUR BOX) where I just can’t warm up to the heroine (and her crappy attitude and the BS that sometimes leaks out of her mouth), but I love the whole bookish setting.

      A parody of 50 Shades!? Hahahaaaaa…
      Birgit’s last post ..A Writer’s Life – I’ll procrastinate … later!


  2. @Elena, yes, today two of MY colleagues were talking about (and anticipating) the film that obviously will be released next year. Oh, the joy! Personally I didn’t mind the way women were represented in the book – each to his own – but the writing was just too awful too endure.

    @Birgit, I know what you mean. I often can’t stand the heroines but read on for the atmosphere. Btw, have you seen the Netgalley book about 50 shades of grey? Various people write about and analyze it. I was almost tempted to request it.


  3. I had to read the title of the post twice, since I thought it was about 50 shades :)) I think most people take the book too seriously, I had a lot of fun reading it, even if the writing was quite poor, but between “serious” literature i do enjoy some trashy books 🙂 (did I just say trashy? :)))
    Ally@ Snow Feathers’s last post ..It’s all about Ali!


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