Scones & Bones (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs

Scones & BonesReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Heritage Society’s Pirates and Plunder opening party comes to an abrupt ending when one of the jewels of the exhibit, a skull that supposedly was Blackbeard’s, is stolen. During the crime, one person is killed and another seriously injured, but no one remembers seeing anything unusual before or immediately after the attack. Of coarse Theodosia Browning and her co-worker Drayton start nosing around looking for clues. The skull is one of three Blackbeard artifacts that supposedly together leave the exact location of the legendary treasure Blackbeard supposedly left behind somewhere in the Low Country.

Author Childs does an excellent job of placing readers in Charleston. This is a series that just could not happen anywhere else. Each of the twelve books in the series focuses on some part of Charleston or the Low Country’s past or traditions. Bones & Scones is built around the fascinating legends surrounding the pirates-specifically Blackbeard, who terrorized the Carolina coast in the 1700’s. While taking readers on a tour through the architectural history of the city, the rise and fall of the antiques market and lands us on one of the barrier islands that line the coastline.

Besides giving readers a fun look into Charleston’s past, the series is also filled with interesting tidbits about tea of all kinds. On the tea side of this book, Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop is preparing for the Charleston’s Food and Wine Festival by planning to host a tea and cheese tasting. As most readers I’m sure, I’ve never thought of those two items as going together, but by the time I’d finished the book, they seemed like the perfect fit.

Once again as with the other books in the series, there are a number of tasty recipes in the back of the book as well as an extensive resource guide for people who are interested in ordering teas or just finding out more about them.

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