Rating: Very Good
Description: While viewing the harbor's Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow's walk of Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it's discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.
At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner--all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.
Genre: Mystery - Cozy
Why I Picked This Book: Laura Childs is a familiar favorite and I haven't read nearly enough of this series.
My Impression: When I think cozy mystery Laura Childs is really the author comes to mind. Her tea shop and scrapbook store series were two of the first I discovered. As well, her books are the definition of cozy. Most of the characters are likable and most of the quirkiness adds to the entertainment without straying into annoying. Theodosia's tea shop is full of wonderful tea goodness - tea, tarts, scones, little sandwiches, the occasional soup - and makes me wish that I had my very own tea focused tea shop right down the street. As well the setting is wonderful. I have yet to finish a book in this series without wanting to go to Charleston. And have a scone. And start a teapot collection. Reading this is a little dangerous now that I think about it.
This is the 19th book in the series and I've read 2 in my memory and several more at the very beginning but they don't really count. I really didn't have any trouble getting all the relationships figured out and there wasn't anything that detracted from my enjoyment. Childs does a great job of filling in the reader without a large and tedious info dump.
The mystery was entertaining - I mean how can a man falling off a roof due to a crossbow all while tall ships are shooting canons out in the harbor in front of a house not be entertaining. There are definitely a few red herrings and more than a few directions the mystery could take. I did suspect who the killer was but wasn't sure until the end.
This was an entertaining and light mystery. Perfect for reading with a scone or maybe a plum tart and a perfect cup of tea. Now if I could just get Drayon to make me my own blend!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely! I always enjoy a mystery by Laura Childs.
Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy cozy mysteries you must be reading this author. She has several different series but I think this one is my favorite.