Saturday, December 16, 2017

Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7)


Egg Drop Dead (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by Laura Childs Mass Market Paperback

Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7) 
Publisher: Berkley (December 5, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0425281710 



In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.
But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.
Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them...

Today’s guest blogger is Laura Childs,
author of the New York Times bestselling
Cackleberry Club Mysteries and Tea Shop Mysteries.

Greetings, Dear Readers!

I have to tell you, I’m a huge champion of women over forty. Not just because I’ve hit that milestone myself, but because women this age generally possess a certain sassy smarts. Before I sold my marketing firm and took up mystery writing, I worked with a lot of high-test forty-plus women. These were women who ran companies, served as communications directors, and knew their way around the media. They were smart business people and forward thinkers who didn’t get rattled by deadlines, details, and decisions. 

Those are pretty much the same attributes I imbue in my characters, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, the major protagonists in Egg Drop Dead, my just-released-in-paperback Cackleberry Club Mystery. This tale of female friendship entwined with a nasty murder takes place at the Cackleberry Club, a small café set in the fictional Midwestern town of Kindred. Eggs are the morning specialty – fluffy omelets, slumbering volcanoes, and foggy morning soufflés – as my entrepreneurial ladies work a double shift as amateur sleuths.

Suzanne is the ringleader, a woman who lost her husband but found love again with the town doctor. She’s hopelessly romantic, yet level-headed when it comes to business and crime-solving. Toni, one of her partners, is a self-proclaimed hoochie mama who favors tight cowboy shirts, tighter jeans, and hot pink extensions in her hair. Petra, the third partner, is the café’s chef, a big-hearted woman who’s the most spiritual of the bunch. (Think Eat Pray Love with a touch of Steel Magnolias).

Along with a gritty murder in chapter one that jumpstarts the investigation, I also made a special effort to intersperse pulse-pounding action scenes (chases, robberies, stolen horses, explosions) with some genteel moments that include knitting, tea, and scones.

I had great fun writing this murder mystery and plunging my forty-plus Cackleberry Club characters right into the thick of things. And given their entrepreneurial spirit and rich life experiences, they turn out to be terrific amateur sleuths!

All my best,

Laura Childs


Laura Childs is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese and Japanese art history, enjoys travel, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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Laura Childs never disappoints. 
This book reads well all by itself but you will want to read more in this series once you've read this. These are people you want to spend time with.
Laced with humor and heart, pull up a stool at the Cackleberry Club cafe or come for tea and gossip.

The fast pace begins with the first page and doesn't end until the explosive conclusion.

If you like small town mysteries, a warm romance, Halloween, horses, well meaning neighbors or just a fun all around good read, grab this book and enjoy.

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About The Author
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.

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