Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Store, is trying ahead to catering a Lìmon Tea Social gathering in an honest-to-goodness lemon grove. She’s been employed by native trend model Lemon Squeeze Couture to serve a thematic afternoon tea to accompany the launch of their inaugural assortment, along side Charleston Style Week.
The whole lot could be easy crusing for the well-practiced Indigo crew if it weren’t for the presence of their boutique proprietor frenemy, Delaine Dish. Delaine’s youthful sister Nadine has finessed her means into the place of Lemon Squeeze’s artistic director, having embellished her resume fairly a bit with the intention to land the job. Her lack of expertise is exhibiting proper because the fashions are making ready to move down the runway, inflicting tensions to run excessive amongst everybody related to Lemon Squeeze. Delaine’s fixed criticism isn’t serving to issues both. Because of this, Nadine is taking her nerves out on everybody she will, together with Theo and her workers.
Used to the Dishes’ high-strung theatrics, Theo; her tea sommelier, Drayton; and her chef, Haley, are glad to maintain their heads down and deal with serving an beautiful tea. What needs to be a beautiful day of excessive tea and excessive trend involves a screeching halt, nonetheless, when Theo finds Nadine lifeless within the venue’s walk-in fridge, face down within the lemon curd.
Theo rapidly ascertains that Nadine was shot to loss of life, however there are such a lot of individuals current that narrowing down the suspect listing appears virtually inconceivable, by no means thoughts discovering a believable motive. Certain, Nadine rubbed lots of people the fallacious means, however flubbing a trend present hardly looks like a purpose for homicide. When Theo’s police detective boyfriend, Pete Riley, lets her know afterward that traces of cocaine have been discovered on the crime scene, Theo begins to surprise if Nadine’s loss of life was maybe much less intentional than a by-product of different prison enterprises.
After Nadine’s daughter, Bettina, begs Theo to assist discover her mom’s assassin, Theo realizes that she’ll must delve extra deeply into the world of high fashion if she’s to have any hope of monitoring down a coldly skilled killer. Will her efforts stop extra murders from occurring, or will they place her squarely in an murderer’s sights?
Collection followers will love this twenty fifth installment of the Tea Store Thriller books, particularly as this one was even higher, for my part, than the previous couple of. It’s at all times a pleasure to go on a digital tour of Charleston with Theo and Drayton, this time with trend (and quick vehicles!) as a spotlight. As at all times with this sequence, there are a number of bonus sections, together with one on getting artistic with scones. The recommendations on internet hosting tea events are additionally terrific, as is the recipe chapter. Lemon Curd Killer has 11 delectable recipes included, all for dishes lusciously described within the textual content. I made a decision to check out this one, which appeared remarkably straightforward for a deal with I dearly love:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar, divided into ½ cup and 1 ½ cups
2 ½ cups cups all-purpose flour, divided into 2 cups plus one further ½ cup
2 lemons, juiced
Preheat oven to 350 levels. In medium bowl, mix collectively butter, ½ cup sugar, and a pair of cups flour.
Press combination into the underside of an ungreased 9-by-13 inch baking pan.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes in oven or till agency and golden. In one other bowl, whisk collectively the eggs and lemon juice, then pour over baked crust.
Bake for a further 20 minutes and take away from oven. Bars will agency up as they cool.
Yields 12 good-sized bars.
Not solely did this recipe appear remarkably straightforward, it really was! I like how unfussy Laura Childs’s recipes persistently are—and the way they’ve such dependably incredible outcomes. These lemon bars have been the right stability of candy and tart, with a scrumptious cookie base and an almost-meringue-like texture to the skinny prime crust that overlaid the gooey lemon layer. I liked these bars, as did my household.
Subsequent week, we head west to make a tasty breakfast deal with whereas making an attempt to infer the identification of a killer lifeless set on placing a halt to the marriage of the season. Do be a part of me!
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