It is Sunday afternoon, and Theodosia and Drayton are catering a formal tea at a hot-air balloon rally. The view aloft is not only stunning, they are also surrounded by a dozen other colorful hot-air balloons. But as the sky turns gray and the clouds start to boil up, a strange object zooms out of nowhere. It is a drone, and it appears to be buzzing around the balloons, checking them out.
As Theodosia and Drayton watch, the drone, hovering like some angry, mechanized insect, deliberately crashes into the balloon next to them. An enormous, fiery explosion erupts, and everyone watches in horror as the balloon plummets to the earth, killing all three of its passengers.
Sirens scream, first responders arrive, and Theodosia is interviewed by the police. During the interview she learns that one of the downed occupants was Don Kingsley, the CEO of a local software company, SyncSoft. Not only do the police suspect Kingsley as the primary target, they learn that he possessed a rare Revolutionary War Union Jack flag that several people were rabidly bidding on.
Intrigued, Theodosia begins her own investigation. Was it the CEO's soon-to-be ex-wife, who is restoring an enormous mansion at no expense? The CEO's personal assistant, who also functioned as curator of his prized collection of Americana? Two rival antiques' dealers known for dirty dealing? Or was the killer the fiancée of one of Theodosia's dear friends, who turns out to be an employee—and whistle-blower—at SyncSoft?
INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS! (Summary via Goodreads)
If you ever question how much goes into writing a book, go to the back of Broken Bone China by Laura Childs and see the pages and pages of tips, recipes, and resources she lists. And if that doesn't convince you, just try to grasp that Broken Bone China is the 20th book in her Tea Shop Mystery series .... Yikes !!! And here we, the readers, just turn the pages and enjoy the story.
And enjoy the story I did !!
I haven't had the pleasure of reading every book in this series but the ones that I have read, I have fallen in love with. I love everything about the series.....from the main character Theodosia, her teashop, her employees and friends and I have to admit I really LOVE her tea making master Drayton to the interesting town they live in and, of course, to the murders that Theo and Drayton get in the middle of. I love Drayton's spunk and Theo's determination !! Between the two of them no one has a chance at escaping the law !!
But Childs provides so much more than just a story for the reader to pass the time. She introduces the reader to some very lovable characters, a nice setting for the reader to escape to and an interesting murder to keep the reader on the edge of our seats. These reasons alone are enough to convince even the stubborness of readers but if a reader needs more to entice....there are the easy and delicious recipes listed at the end of each book. I know there are some in Broken Bone China that I will be trying. Also Childs provides the reader with a little knowledge regarding the different tea "parties" that take place throughout the story.
I highly recommend picking up any of the books in this series and becoming a fan !! You will not be disappointed !!
I will leave you with a quote from the book that I fell in love with from my favorite character, Drayton...
"May the angels protect us and the heaven accept us."
Review By Missi S.
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