WorldCat Identities

Childs, Laura

Works: 137 works in 712 publications in 2 languages and 57,039 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Suspense 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 )

21 editions published between 1194 and 2009 in English and held by 2,097 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
Agony of the leaves by Laura Childs( Book )

23 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 2,017 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 )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,929 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
Scones & bones by Laura Childs( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 1,907 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
Blood orange brewing by Laura Childs( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 1,894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social darling Delaine Dish is throwing a lavish Candlelight Concert to raise funds for a run-down victorian home donated to the Heritage Society -- and Theodosia Browning is more than happy to help out with tea and tasty treats from the Indigo Tea Shop. Unfortunately, the grand event proves to be far from grand after retired CEO and beloved politico Duke Wilkes stumbles forward and falls face first onto the floor with a jagged piece of metal protruding from his neck. The Widow Wilkes begs Theodosia to apply her sleuthing skills to find the murderer ... 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
Sweet tea revenge by Laura Childs( Book )

28 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tea shop owner and bridesmaid Theodosia Browning investigates when her friend Delaine's groom is literally late on the couple's big day
Ming tea murder by Laura Childs( Book )

17 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 1,792 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
Chamomile mourning by Laura Childs( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,785 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
Oolong dead by Laura Childs( Book )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,778 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?
The jasmine moon murder by Laura Childs( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While catering a Charleston benefit that includes a "Ghost Crawl" through Jasmine Cemetery, Theodosia Browning finds herself investigating the mysterious death of the event's organizer
Steeped in evil by Laura Childs( Book )

16 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,754 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
Devonshire scream by Laura Childs( Book )

19 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The New York Times bestselling author of Ming Tea Murder serves up heists, homicides, and herbal blends in the latest in the Tea Shop mysteries. 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 maskedmuggers 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 gangof jewel thieves, Theo is convinced that the felon is someone much closer to home... INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!"--
Death swatch : a scrapbooking mystery by Laura Childs( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,581 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 )

22 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,564 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 )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There's a Mardi Gras parade rolling through the French Quarter, and Kimber Breeze is broadcasting live from a fourth floor hotel balcony, interviewing locals and capturing the spectacle. Her next subject will be Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop. But before Carmela's interview a killer slips onto the balcony and strangles Kimber. Carmela is horrified, but the nightmare isn't over. Someone is leaving strange postcards at Carmela's shop - signed by the dead Kimber. Carmela and her friend Ava will have to risk their own necks to find out who's posing as a ghost - and to expose a killer"--Page 2 of cover
Fiber & brimstone by Laura Childs( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,496 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 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scrapbook shop owner Carmela helps her friend renovate an old mansion in New Orleans into a crafty haunted house for tourists, but finds herself investigating a series of murders when her friend's flaming body comes crashing through the window
Eggs in a casket by Laura Childs( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 1,459 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"--
Gossamer ghost by Laura Childs( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Halloween in New Orleans means a week of costumed craziness, and after preparing her scrapbooking class schedule Carmela Bertrand is in the mood to kick up her heels. When some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet and into her arms. Who would want to kill eccentric shop owner Marcus Joubert? Then his assistant and fiancée reveals that a priceless death mask was stolen
Shades of Earl Grey by Laura Childs( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Japanese and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater-but trouble is brewing at the engagement soiree of the season
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Audience level: 0.11 (from 0.09 for Chamomile ... to 0.13 for Dragonwell ...)

The silver needle murder
Alternative Names

controlled identitySchmitt, Gerry

차일즈, 로라

チャイルズ, ローラ


English (296)

Japanese (17)

Dragonwell deadScones & bonesBlood orange brewingChamomile mourningOolong deadThe jasmine moon murderDeath swatch : a scrapbooking mysterySkeleton letters