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Book Review: “Eggs in a Casket” by Laura Childs (Cackleberry Club # 5)

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Title:  Eggs in a Casket

Author:  Laura Childs

Series:  Cackleberry Club #5

Synopsis (from bn.com):  The ladies of the Cackleberry Club are always ready to serve—whether they’re cooking up breakfast or sniffing out a bad egg.

While Petra handles the breakfast rush at the Cackleberry Club, the café’s other two owners, Suzanne and Toni, head to Memorial Cemetery to help prepare for its 150th anniversary celebration. But as they search the winding paths for the historical society tent, they discover something else out of place: the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond lying facedown in someone else’s freshly dug grave.

In the small town of Kindred, everyone knows everyone, and Lester was no exception. Suzanne knew him as the creepy guy who made unwanted advances on her friend Missy Langston. But now it appears the man was hiding a few secrets…and at least one of them was worth killing for.

As the case cracks open, there are plenty of suspects to consider—from recent parolees to Missy herself, who Suzanne and Toni saw speeding away just before they found the body. Now, with a cemetery celebration in the offing, and the local authorities in over their heads, it’s up to the Cackleberry Club to unscramble the clues and clear their friend’s name.

My thoughts:  The Cackleberry Club has got to be in my top 5 of my favorite cozy locations in all of the cozy series!  Come on . . . a café specializing in eggs, a book nook, and a knitting corner all in one location . . . it doesn’t get much better than that.  Now if I could just make some of these cozy locations truly come to life and go there . . . oh well, a cozy reader can dream.

I truly enjoy this cozy series.  The main characters and owners of the Cackleberry Club, Petra, Suzanne, and Toni, are just great.  They are each different in their personalities and when put together make for a great mix of characters.

I must say that as the series continues, Toni’s “husband” Junior, has to go . . . it is time, he treats her like dirt and has no relevance to the stories.

As much as I love this series, I will admit that I was a bit disappointed by the ending of this one.  To me at least, the killer came completely out of nowhere.  I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read it, but the killer played such a minor role in the story that I had to look back to even see who this character was.  Not good!

Overall, a great, fun cozy series set in a great location.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book review – “Stake & Eggs” by Laura Child (Cackleberry Club Mystery #4)

Title:  Stake & Eggs (Cackleberry Club Mystery #4)stakeandeggs

Author:  Laura Childs

ISBN:  9780425255575

Publisher:  Penguin

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):  Suzanne, Toni, and Petra found a second life after losing their husbands—opening their own successful business, the Cackleberry Club cafè. But the three women never expected sleuthing to be the special of the day…

A KILLER HAS THE TOWN WALKING ON EGG SHELLS

When a snowmobile crashes into the woods behind the Cackleberry Club cafè, Suzanne finds her town’s most-hated banker beheaded by a wire staked in the snow. Now some of her best customers are prime suspects with a bushel of motives, and the murder investigation is snowballing. An elusive young runaway may be the Cackleberry Club’s only way to crack the case…provided Suzanne can keep her head long enough to track down the cold-blooded killer.

 

My thoughts:  What can I say other than every person who reads this blog knows that I love, love my cozies – and the Cackleberry Club is one of my favorite series.  I was waiting for quite a while for this latest book to be released as I guess that the author was probably busy working on her Tea Mystery series.  Alas, it was finally released – yay!  I was able to pick up right where I left off with my friends Suzanne, Toni, and Petra (is it weird to call the characters in your books friends, oh well call me weird then 🙂 ) inside of their cozy restaurant The Cackleberry Club Cafe.

I enjoyed this book and enjoy this series exactly for what it is – a wonderful, nice, simple, cozy read!  This is one of the cozy series that I read that every time I pick up I want to somehow jump in the  book – I want to taste what is on their menu, I want to visit the Book Nook, and I want to look around the Knitting Corner!  Why oh why can’t I be there 🙂

If you like cozies or are looking for a nice, simple, relaxing book, I highly recommend this series!  I hope I don’t have to wait so long for #5.

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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