Tuesday, August 9, 2022

ROCCO reviews Laura Childs' A DARK AND STORMY TEA!


ROCCO reviews the latest in one of our favorite cozy series.



A DARK AND STORMY TEA by Laura Childs (Berkley Hardcover; on sale August 9, 2022) |


A possible serial killer on the loose sends tea maven Theodosia Browning into a whirlwind of investigation in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

It was a dark and stormy night, but that was the least of Theodosia Browning's troubles. As she approaches St. Philips Graveyard, Theodosia witnesses a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the fog. In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim—it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns the Antiquarian Bookshop next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop.
Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. And quickly discovers that suspects abound with the dead girl’s boyfriend, nefarious real estate developer, private-security man, bumbling reporter, and her own neighbor who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending.

We have been a fan of this series forever, and it just keeps getting better and better!  It is really more of a 'thrillzie than a cozy, as Laura Childs herself says!

Theodosia is in expert detective mode in this one, and we just have to wonder where this romance with Pete Riley is going!  Drayton is, as always, the Watson to Theo's Sherlock!  An extremely enjoyable read, five paws up!!!!!!!!  Can be read as a standalone but we defintely recommend reading others in the series (You'll understand Theo's love life a lot better LOL)  We also have to compliment Theo on not ruining any outfits lately (You'll have to read earlier volumes to understand. :)  )


Laura Childs will be giving away a signed copy of A DARK AND STORMY TEA to one lucky commenter!

To enter, leave your name and email address in our comments section below!  Maxx will select one winner at random. Contest ends August 18th.  US entries only, please.  :)



  1. I would love to read and review this one. I love the books she writes and this would be so exciting to read .. peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

  2. Love anything by Laura Childs. Would love to win. Sandy onechickpony@hotmail.com

  3. just saw this. would love to win. osolemio@gmail.com

  4. love Laura Childs especially tea chop, although also like carmela! Probbly because my name is Carmela LOL. creis@hotmail.com

  5. Love anything by this author, especially tea shop and the scrapbook series. lwebb@gmail.com