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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs
After reading this book, you will have a smile on your face, it has a happy ending, but the best part of ending this book are the recipes you find at the last pages, to allow you to try the savoury dishes you read during all the story! ~Varietats
Ms. Childs is quite talented in keeping each series separate in style and tone. These books are such a delight to read. ~Editing Pen
Suzanne, Toni, and Petra were such affable, believable women, that mid-way through the book I felt as though they were people I really knew, and not just characters in a story. ~The Book’s the Thing
EGG DROP DEAD entertains by providing a thought provoking mystery with numerous shady suspects while bringing attention to certain societal issues. ~Cozy Up With Kathy
Laura Childs is a talented writer who knows how to entertain readers with a well-crafted mystery, vivid setting, and engaging characters. ~The Power of Words
True to her writing this book holds enough twists and turns that the reader comes out surprised at the killer…A reader looking to read funny, charming and quick wit will eat this book up! ~Bibliophile Reviews
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…
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.
Its hard to believe but this is the first book I've read by this author. I don't know how I've missed reading her books, but I will be going back to read every book she has written. I was very impressed with the description of the Crackleberry Club Cafe. The food they served was described so well I could smell the turkey bacon frying and the yummy muffins that filled the cafe with a delicious aroma. I loved the idea of a cafe that serves farm to table foods. It will draws attention to the hard working farmers and gives them a boost for their products.
Suzanne has stopped at the farm that Mike Mullins owns to pick up fresh cheese for her cafe. To her surprise she can't find him anywhere. She starts looking around for Mike and stumbles onto a bloody scene. The author did a great job of describing the horrific murder scene with graphic details . The question Suzanne can't understand is who would kill such a nice man with such force that it leaves a scene right out of a horror movie?
There are quite a few characters in the book with outlandish personalities. I'm still not sure how I feel about her friend Toni. She really is a flirty thing and really has no morals it seems. Toni's soon to be ex-husband is nothing to write home about. I did love the banter between them and found them to suit each other well. There are plenty of laughs in the book as Suzanne and her friends decide they need to solve the murder. With Suzanne preoccupied with the murder, her fiancé Sam is starting to wonder if they will ever be able to talk about their upcoming wedding. I did like Sam a lot and thought his character was very smart and could easily calm Suzanne down.
There are quite a few subjects the author touched on that bring some serious moments to the story. I'm glad she tackled them with no sugar coating . The topics are what happens in the world today and I'm glad she put them in the story to add attention to them. They all tie together to make for a good mystery with suspects that lead to a very dramatic ending . Overall the book has some great action, fun characters and a well thought out plot. Don't miss the recipes at the end which look so good I will have to try a few out myself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tour . The review is my opinion and I was not compensated for it.