Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by Laura Childs
Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
by Laura Childs
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 8th in Series
Berkley (December 4, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B07BD23MV9
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 harassed? 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.
In towns across America, small and large, a holiday production of A Christmas Carol or versions thereof are an annual tradition. The week leading up to any performance is an exciting yet tense time. In Kindred, Minnesota, as the temperatures fall, the curtain is readying to go up.
Gathered together in the front row to watch a dress rehearsal, the cast is spooked when an actual ghost seems to float across the stage. The ladies working as stage hands are even closer to the action and can't believe how real it seems. But what happens is not in the script!
Suzanne and Toni make for an exciting and interesting pair of investigators. Add in a fire that complicates life for them and a schedule that is already packed to overflowing and there is never a moment to catch your breathe. Although Sheriff Doogie does find time to indulge in some bargain pancakes.
I liked the diverse suspects and how all the parts were skillfully woven together. We got to know the residents of Kindred a bit better and I am looking forward to visiting again.
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 fundraising 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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