WorldCat Identities

Childs, Laura

Works: 85 works in 505 publications in 2 languages and 52,449 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Compiler
Classifications: PS3603.H56, 813.6
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Laura Childs
The silver needle murder by Laura Childs( Book )

20 editions published between 1194 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 2,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the Charleston Film Festival in full swing, Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop are busy catering the opening night gala, but the festivities are interrupted when famed director Jordan Cole is shot while on his way to the podium
The teaberry strangler by Laura Childs( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 2,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a particularly successful evening of sales, Charleston's Theodosia Browning discovers the body of map store owner Daria. Locals have shown interest in buying her shop--but enough to kill? Plus there's been a customer hell-bent on acquiring a not-for-sale map. Most alarming of all theories, however, is Detective Tidwell's: the killer mistook Daria for Theodosia. And if that theory holds, the killer's work isn't done
Agony of the leaves by Laura Childs( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 2,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theodosia find herself in hot water when a body surfaces at the grand opening of Charleston's Neptune Aquarium. She's been hired to cater the event and things are going swimmingly-- until she discovers the body of her former boyfriend. It looks like an accident, but her instincts tell her differently. She'll have to jump into the deep end and start her own investigation
Dragonwell dead by Laura Childs( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Promoting her latest blend from within her Charleston tea shop throughout a blooming southern spring season, Theodosia Browning suspects foul play when broker Mark Congdon promptly dies after winning a bid for a rare monkey-face orchid
Blood orange brewing by Laura Childs( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 1,926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds to restore a run-down Victorian home - and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the unveiling of Theo's opulent spread proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes falls to the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. When the Widow Wilkes begs Theo to apply her sleuthing skills, she can't refuse. But her investigation opens up a simmering pot of shady politics and personal payback, and Theo soon finds herself in a situation stickier than any jam she's ever served.--Publisher description
Scones & bones by Laura Childs( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is lured into attending the Heritage Society's "Pirates and Plunder" soiree. But it's an antique diamond skull ring that gets plundered by someone who murders a history intern in the process. Theodosia knows she'll have to whet her investigative skills to find the killer among a raft of suspects
Sweet tea revenge by Laura Childs( Book )

21 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tea shop owner and bridesmaid Theodosia Browning investigates when the groom is literally late on the couples' big day
Oolong dead by Laura Childs( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While riding her horse in a race through the South Carolina Lowcountry, Theodosia Browning finds her arch nemesis, Abby Davis, dead. What's more, the victim's brother is Theodosia's old flame. Who'd have guessed they'd be reunited through cold-blooded murder?
Steeped in evil by Laura Childs( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 1,807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning investigates after a body turns up in a wine barrel at a fancy wine-tasting party in South Carolina
Chamomile mourning by Laura Childs( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 1,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upset when the Poet's Tea event at Charleston's Spoleto festival is forced indoors by rain, tea shop proprietor Theodosia Browning finds her life further complicated when a local auction house owner plummets to his death from a balcony
Ming tea murder by Laura Childs( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Normally Theodosia wouldn't attend a black tie affair for all the tea in China. But she can hardly say no to her hunky, handsome boyfriend, Max, who directs public relations for the Gibbes Museum in Charleston. Max has organized an amazing gala opening for an exhibit of a genuine eighteenth century Chinese teahouse, and the creme de la creme of Charleston society is invited. In the exotic garden staged in the museum's rotunda, a Chinese dragon dances to the beat of drums as it weaves through the crowd. The guests are serenaded by a Chinese violin as they sample an assortment of tempting bites. And to give them a memento of the occasion, there's even a photo booth. But Theodosia makes a grim discovery behind the booth's curtains: the body of museum donor Edgar Webster. While Theodosia prefers tea service over the service of justice, this case is difficult to ignore--especially after Max becomes a suspect. Now she must examine the life of the fallen philanthropist and find out who really wanted him to pay up
Death swatch : a scrapbooking mystery by Laura Childs( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jekyl Hardy is hosting a Mardi Gras party in his French Quarter apartment, amid Zydeco rhythms and popping champagne corks. On a wild night like this, anything can happen. The guests--including scrapbook-store owner Carmela Bertrand--never imagine it will be murder. But as the evening progresses, Jekyl's neighbor, float designer Archie Baudier, is found on the balcony choked to death with a barbed wire garrote. Buried up to her neck in strange clues, Carmela is sure of only one thing: whoever killed Archie is now following her--straight into the madness of Mardi Gras
Skeleton letters by Laura Childs( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expected to bear witness to in St. Tristan's Church was a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle is lying lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastian--and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique silver-and-gold crucifix. With the church open to the public and a popular tourist attraction, it looks like the police don't have a prayer of finding the killer. But if anyone can get to the bottom of the crime, it's Carmela's main squeeze. Detective Edgar Babcock--with a little assistance from some scrappy sleuths. As Carmela and Ava are drawn deeper into the New Orleans French Quarter in search of the missing crucifix, they may need the help of more than a few patron saints. Because this is one killer they don't want to cross ... --From jacket flap
Postcards from the dead by Laura Childs( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After postcards signed by a murdered reporter begin showing up at her store, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand searches for the killer
Fiber & brimstone by Laura Childs( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's Halloween in New Orleans. Ava and Carmela overhear an argument between Jekyl Hardy and Brett Fowler just minutes before they find Fowler's dead body. After another victim is discovered--who also had an unfriendly relationship with Jekyl--Carmela is convinced someone is framing her friend
Tragic magic by Laura Childs( Book )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Design-wise Carmela Bertrand of Memory Mine scrapbook store is tapped to create spooky set decorations for Medusa Manor, a new haunted house attraction in New Orleans. But a flaming body hurled from the third-floor tower might just put a damper on the project"--Author's web site
Eggs in a casket by Laura Childs( Book )

10 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While Petra handles the breakfast rush at the Cackleberry Club, the café's other two owners, Suzanne and Toni, head to Memorial Cemetery to help prepare for its 150th- anniversary celebration. But as they search the winding paths for the historical society tent, they discover something else out of place: the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond lying facedown in someone else's freshly dug grave. In the small town of Kindred, everyone knows everyone, and Lester was no exception. Suzanne knew him as the creepy guy who made unwanted advances on her friend Missy Langston. But now it appears the man was hiding a few secrets ... and at least one of them was worth killing for"--
Scorched eggs by Laura Childs( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Laura Childs's New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni--co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug ... As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she's stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn't enough to save longtime civil service worker--and friend to the Cackleberry Club--Hannah Venable. Soon enough, it's discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose--was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit. Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club's menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren't careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives.."--Provided by publisher
Devonshire scream : a tea shop mystery #17 by Laura Childs( Book )

12 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning's life heats up when a gala at a local jewelry store serves up heists and homicide alongside her herbal teas ... Catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Jewelry is a shining achievement for Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop. After all, a slew of jewelers, museums, and private collectors will be there to showcase their wares and sip some of Theo's best blends. But just as Theo settles in to enjoy the fruits of her labor, the party is crashed by a gang of masked muggers who steal the precious gems and jewels on display. The thieves disappear almost as quickly as they arrived, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body in their wake. Although the last thing Theo wants is to get involved, she can't help but intercede when her dear friend Brooke, aunt of the victim and owner of Heart's Desire, begs for help in figuring out who committed the brutal burglary. Though the FBI believes this daring smash and grab is the work of an international gang of jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home.."--
Gossamer ghost by Laura Childs( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An evening's work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela's night is abruptly put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet --and into her arms. While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the passion required to kill. But when Marcus's assistant--and fiancee-Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn't the culprit's sole intention. Carmela can't resist the urge to investigate the growing mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes it'll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there's another night of murderous mischief."--
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The teaberry strangler
Alternative Names

controlled identitySchmitt, Gerry

차일즈, 로라

チャイルズ, ローラ


English (238)

Japanese (20)

The teaberry stranglerDragonwell deadBlood orange brewingScones & bonesOolong deadChamomile mourningDeath swatch : a scrapbooking mysterySkeleton letters