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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Eggs On Ice

Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
by Laura Childs

About the Book

Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Berkley (December 4, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0425281728
ISBN-13: 978-0425281727
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 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.

What I Thought:

Egg on Ice is the 8th installment in the Cackleberry Club Mystery Series.  While I have not read all of the Cackleberry Club mysteries, I do enjoy visiting with Suzanne, Toni, and Petra at the Cackleberry Club.  In this one, it is Christmas time and Suzanne and Toni are helping with the local production of A Christmas Carol, where crusty ole Allen Sharpe has been cast as the lead role of Scrooge.  The girls are watching  backstage as the ghost scene takes place.  They think it is very well acted out, until Allen does not get up and they all realize he has been stabbed.  Suzanne takes off after the "ghost-killer" and he threatens her, but she cannot tell who the killer is because of the ghost costume.  Of course Suzanne becomes involved in the investigation, against the wished of her fiancĂ© Sam and Sheriff Doogie.  Because of her snooping, Suzanne and Toni get themselves into some dangerous situations.  As have been all of Laura Childs books that I have read this one was well written and it flowed really well.  I became really engrossed in the story and could not turn the pages fast enough. While there were really not a lot of suspects in this one, I could not figure out who the killer was.  I was totally shocked by the reveal of the killer and did not suspect who it was at all.  I was literally kept on the edge of my seat by the ending of this one. Great job, Laura.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

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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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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "Eggs on Ice" by Laura Childs. You review just reaffirms my desire to read this great sounding book. Love this author and know I won't be disappointed. Adorable cover!
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  2. Thank you for your review on "Eggs on Ice" by Laura Childs and for being part of the book tour. Love this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read one. Love the cover!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net