Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs

Jennifer Vido

Steeped in Evil

Theodosia Browning is an expert when it comes to tea. The owner of a quaint and cozy teashop in the heart of historic Charleston, SC, she is known for brewing the most flavorful tealeaves in town. When an invitation to attend an elegant wine-tasting at the ritzy Knighthall Winery comes her way, Theo jumps at the chance to tag along with her trusty assistant Drayton Conneley. Yet the splendid affair quickly turns sour when a dead body comes spewing from a wine barrel at theheight of the evening’s festivities. With no viable suspects and the absence of clues, the owners of the winery enlist Theo to put her detective skills to task in order to solve this most perplexing case.

 Steeped in Evil is the fifteenth installment of the New York Times bestselling Tea Shop Mystery series. Despite it being a continuation, this book clearly can stand alone. As a frequent visitor to the area, Childs’ vivid descriptions of the Holy City are spot on with details of sights and smells that are congruent with the idyllic southern charm of Charleston. Theo is the ultimate cozy mystery character with insightful observations and a natural curiosity that motivates her to persist despite adversity. The combination of wine-tasting and tea make for interesting bedfellows as the reader is schooled in both fascinating professions. The most disappointing part for this voracious reader was that this delightful mystery had to come to an end.