Scones & Bones (A Tea Shop Mystery)
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Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is attending the Heritage Society's Pirates and Plunder show when a histroy intern is murdered amidst the gold earrings and doubloons. Even with that on her plate, Theodosia still has to attend Charleston's Food and Wine Festival, where she's hosting a tea and cheese tasting. But as her thoughts keep drifting to the victim, Theodosia knows she'll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a schooner of suspects.
“After everyone had left. I thought maybe ... the killer had dropped it." "Possible," said Tidwell, as he took an enormous bite then chewed thoughtfully, looking like an overgrown yet thoughtful chipmunk. “All it says is COMPLIMENTARY MEMBERS PASS," said Theodosia. "No venue, no date." "Mmm," said Tidwell, still chewing. "Do you think you could take it back to your crime lab?" Theodosia asked. "Check for fingerprints or glue-fume it or something?" Tidwell's enormous head moved from side to
direction of her backyard. "Excuse me?" said Theodosia. How rude was this? "That sure was a mess with your backyard all dug up." "Not my doing," said Theodosia, who'd had to deal with the State Archaeology Office over a few strange items that had turned up in her garden. “Although the electrical certainly needed doing." Granville, as absentee landlord, had let things go and then been forced to pay for needed repairs. Though, of course, he'd dragged his feet like crazy. Granville shrugged.
special e-mail invitations to all the members of the jolly Roger Club, Pirates and Plunder attendees, folks we've deemed as possible suspects, and a hand-selected group of art and antique dealers." He paused. "Well, I'm not going to do the e-mails, but Haley will." "Understood," said Timothy. "The gist of the invitation," continued Drayton, "is twofold. Invite folks to take a peek at the authentic Blackbeard skull and attend my surprise birthday party." "I'm sorry it won't be a surprise
stepped inside. She was still agitated, and exhaustion was closing in on her fast. "Not for you, it isn't," Drayton murmured. Theodosia tottered down the center hallway, her brain running a constant loop that asked, Where'd all the people go? Where'd they go? Clearly the party was over, save for a few of the catering staff who were busily cleaning up. "There's someone here who urgently needs to see you," Drayton told her. Theodosia stopped in her tracks. "You're not going to make me talk to
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