Joanne’s Mystery Picks

61rlcwciypl-_sx331_bo1204203200_PLUM TEA CRAZY by Laura Childs

The latest in the Tea Shop Mysteries is pretty much standard fare for this series.

Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop, is asked to investigate the murder of a financier, shot with a crossbow during a public event.  There are the usual twists and turns involving the colorful characters who people Charleston and Theodosia is confronted by more than a couple of the less pleasant ones.

This is a “cozy” is all senses of the word.  I was constantly compelled to “put the kettle on” every time pots of tea were being prepared in the tea shop and only regretted that I didn’t have any scones to go along with my cuppa!  Childs provides a good little mystery along with some delicious recipes.  The perfect combination for a pleasant summer’s day!

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

513mrlno3hl-_sx308_bo1204203200_FRILL KILL: A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY
by Laura Childs

Laura Childs is only one of the many authors who write a series of “hobby” mysteries.  You can find a series about almost any hobby – antiquing, decoupage, dolls, cooking, and even belly-dancing!  Childs is one of the better authors, in my opinion, and I’ve quite enjoyed both her scrapbooking and tea shop mysteries.

What you’ll generally find in these “hobby” mysteries is an “adequate” mystery, a collection of sometimes eccentric characters, and tips and ideas incorporating the hobby that the mystery is about.  Frill Kill takes place in New Orleans just before Halloween and so we’re treated to a good murder mystery along with some great decorating tips and ideas for the occasion.

These stories provide a good, cosy read when you just want a bit of “mind candy”. And everyone needs that every once in awhile.