Tea is my favorite beverage, and Laura Childs' Tea Shop mystery novels are my favorite books to read with a good cup of tea! Theodosia Browning, her Indigo Tea Shop, and her "Dalbrador" (Dalmatian-Labrador mix) dog Earl Grey are charming and irresistible. Theodosia is a smart, attractive woman who leaves a successful career in advertising to follow her dream of opening a tea shop. She turns out to be just as savvy at tracking down murderers as she is at running her business, and even finds time for a little romance. The quaint Charleston setting and the city's distinctive residents add to the ambience of these stories. Charleston and the tea shop are destinations anyone would love to visit, and the descriptions of Theodosia's tea adventures are just as enticing as the mysteries she investigates. Tea-time tips and recipes are included in each book. There are eleven novels in the series with a twelfth due in March. If you love genteel Southern living, tea, and a good mystery then these novels are for you!