by Laura Childs
This is the latest in the Tea Shop Mystery series featuring Theodosia Browning as an amateur sleuth who owns a thriving tea shop in Charleston, SC. I find this to be a thoroughly entertaining series. The characters are wonderful, and through the capable writing of Laura Childs the reader becomes ensconced in the beauty of the surroundings and the excitement of the moment. Theodosia and her good friend and tea master Drayton are enjoying a hot air balloon ride after catering a tea for a balloon club. As they are floating above the park along with several other hot air balloons, they witness the unthinkable. A drone flies directly into a neighboring balloon. Horrified, they watch as the balloon explodes sending its three passengers to their untimely demise. One of the victims is the CEO of a local company. It becomes clear that this was a deliberate act. Hence, the mystery begins and Theo and Drayton become entangled in the investigation into who committed this heinous crime and why.