Title: Eggs On Ice
Series: Cackleberry Club #8
Author: Laura Childs
Length: 336 pages
Rating: 5 Stars
The Christmas season at the Cackleberry Club café is marred by murder in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling series.
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of "A Christmas Carol" is just playing to type. He's not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you'd have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it's a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred's favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.
As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni's almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.
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Eggs On Ice
This 8th book in the Cackleberry Club series sees Suzanne and Toni front and center for the murder of Allen Sharpe.
Cast as Scrooge in the community play. In which both ladies are working as crew.
The shady lawyer's murder takes place in plain sight of cast and crew.
With the shroud covered murder barely managing to escape Suzanne after she gives chase.
Though she has been more than warned to keep her sleuthing skills to herself. Suzanne finds herself drawn into the investigation as news of the murder sets tongues wagging around town. And more and more of the prime suspects find their way through the doors of the Cackleberry Club for Petra's irresistible fare. While spilling more than their fair share of coveted gossip tea as to who the elusive killer might be.
This is by far one of the most enjoyable books in this series. Toni provides just the right amount of comic relief to balance out Suzanne's more practical approach to whodunit.
Add in Petra's sage advice and an ever growing list of suspects and motives for the esquire's extinction.
And what one gets is a cozy mystery worth its weight in hot cocoa and fuzzy socks.
This is the kind of book that keeps the pages turning just out of a sheer "need to know" who, why, or what will happen next.
This 8th book in the Cackleberry Club series is one that may be read as part of its intended series or as a standalone.
I received this book for review from First To Read.
Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She's also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn't rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.
The Scrapbooking Mysteries - a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans' spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe's undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.