Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dragonwell Dead, a review

This has been a crazy busy week. All I have had time to do was post a baby announcement and a couple of pictures of Matthew (why is it that so many newborns look like little old men?). I think he's adorable now but I'm looking forward to pictures when he's just a tiny bit older. After great and serious discussion, we think he looks a lot like Faith (who looks like "our side of the family").

Okay, you know I had to get some talk about the newest member of the family in each post for awhile. :) Now, about the book...

I was so happy when Dragonwell Dead became available at the library. I stayed up past midnight to begin the book but the remainder was read waiting in the car and while drinking coffee at McDonald's as I chauffeured my son the past few days. We have one more very busy week (until the play he is in finishes) and then I think I can take a break from chauffeur duties.

To be honest, I was disappointed with this book in the first few chapters. It was as if I was rereading a couple of her previous Tea Shop Mystery books...been there and done that, thank you. It opens with them doing some "volunteer" catering, there is a death during the event, it is discussed with Delaine (who has another boyfriend) back at the tea room the next day...yawn. Come on Laura, you're a wonderful writer...give us a new opening! However, it picked up after that and I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery and was quite surprised at "whodunnit".

By now, I feel like Theodosia, Drayton, and Haley are old friends, not to mention good old Earl Grey (the dog). I like the way Laura Childs brings in the peripheral characters in the various books, sometimes making them a central part of a plot and at other times giving them just a mention. Her descriptions of the tea room make me feel as if I've actually been there and the recipes in the back are quite good.

I do recommend this book and all of the others in the series. Except for each brand new book, all are available in paperback at a very inexpensive price so they make perfect summer reading. I appreciate inexpensive paperbacks to carry with me and most of the "cozy mystery" books are good for that purpose. I need my sofa and a cup of tea when reading deep books!

I'd never heard of the cozy mystery genre before reading this series but I now enjoy them as light reading very much. These are much like the Diane Mott Davidson mysteries. I recently got my husband hooked on the Davidson books, which he thoroughly enjoys. He read one chapter of a Laura Childs' book and said they were too "girly" for him. How can he call tea time, pretty little china cups, and finger sandwiches...girly?


Anonymous said...

Congrats on your new blessing. I love the name Matthew. Did I understand correctly that this is a grandchild? Is he the first one?

Blessings to you and yours


picketfencemom said...

I second Melody...Congratulations on your new grandbaby. As my MIL says, they are all grand! And my mom, Betty at Country-Charm, always says that if she'd known grandchildren were this much fun...she would've had them first! LOL
I recently read Dragonwell Dead as well. It was enjoyable, as all her mysteries are. I especially like reading about all the good food that Haley prepares in the tea shop. I would love to visit Charleston and take tea with them all...if only they really existed! LOL I must admit however, that I wasn't as impressed with her scrapbook mysteries. Just my taste, I guess.
I just love the 'cozy' genre, and I'm always looking for new authors. I've read all of Joanna Fluke's books. I've also read another author named Christine Collier who writes the 'Writer's Club' mysteries. She self-publishes, but they are good reads. Any other 'cozy' suggestions? Oh, and I've also enjoyed Mindy Starns Clark.
I enjoyed your review. Thanks for sharing.

picketfencemom said...

Somehow I missed Diane Mott Davidson's name the first time. I'll check my library to see if I can find any of her books.

smilnsigh said...

Always nice to see a review of a cozy mystery. I'm back into that now. Not that I got too far with them, before. But every so often, I feel the pull of 'cozy.' :-)

I'm into Dorothy Martin Mysteries at the moment.


Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

I keep forgetting this series. I know you've recommended it before, but I never get the author's name written down so that I can remember it. Doing that now........

Maggie Ann said...

I'll have to look for this author at the library this summer. (if I remember, though I'm at this time not a mystery fan but I love tea shops...Its great the way an author can take us with them on thier jouney, isn't it. I just love it when you are 'captured' right from the first few pages.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I think even people who are not normally fond of mysteries will enjoy these books.

Especially if you love tea time and tea rooms!

She'sSewPretty said...

I love the goldy caterer books by Daine Mott Davidson. I've never read Laura childs but, I will have to look for her books now. I love talking about books. I guess that is why I keep coming back to your blog!

Framed said...

A new brandbaby. . . How exciting!! I'm expecting my first in Sept.
I've only read one of Childs' series, "Chamomile Mourning" and enjoyed it. I've been meaning to read more but. . . maybe your review will get me going. I also love Davidson's series.