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While delivering flowers to a cemetery, Suzanne and Toni, owners of the Cackleberry Café, find the body of former prison warden Lester Drummond in a grave dug for someone else. They tell Sheriff Doogie that they saw Suzanne’s friend Missy driving away quickly before they pulled up. Suzanne can’t believe Missy could have murdered the man, though he had long been hitting on her. At the café, the women collect praise for their food, along with local gossip about Drummond. They learn that his ex-wife was staying with him, that he was a regular at the local gym, and that many disliked the man. The sheriff focuses on Missy and a Taser found in her apartment, but Suzanne continues to look elsewhere for the killer, who is very well hidden among the red herrings. Eggs in a Casket provides another well-balanced meal of food references, appealing small-town characters, and an engaging mystery. Fans of Joanne Fluke will savor the story and the recipes. --Amy Alessio

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Praise for the Cackleberry Club Mysteries

“Tasty and fun.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“A recipe for success from a talented author.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“A delicious platter of thrilling whodunit, with a side of friendship and humor for dessert.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal
 
“With a plot that holds the interest and characters who are well-envisioned and well-executed, Childs will have readers planning another trip to the Cackleberry Club and its treats” –Richmond Times Dispatch
 
“There's a lot going on in this 280-page paperback, but the fast-paced story never seems too crowded.” –St. Paul Pioneer Press
 
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Product Details

  • Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425255581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425255582
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gram Tess on January 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the 5th book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery. This is not a series that has to be read in order, so if you get a chance to read one of them, I would urge you to do so. Ms. Childs has a skill for grabbing her readers and entertaining them with every turn of the page. The characters in these books make me wish that I lived in Kindred, and could hang out at the cafe. Strong, endearing women, make this a must read "chick book".
Meet Suzanne, Toni and Petra, friends who open a small local cafe, after fate leaves them wondering what to do with themselves. The cafe specializes in, what else, but eggs. Petra is the cook, who keeps the townsfolk coming back for her amazing dishes. Toni and Suzanne are the waitresses, who have a tendency to spoil their customers, not a bad thing in my opinion. ( I liken the cafe to the local diner where we live, called the Downtown Diner.) The food keeps the locals coming back for more, but it's the ambiance that pulls them back.
Suzanne and Toni seem to find themselves in the midst of the death of the former prison warden, Lester Drummond, after finding him face down in a newly opened grave. Although not meant for Lester, the killer was just taking advantage of the situation. Sheriff Doogie warns the ladies to stay out of police business, but after the Sheriff has an accident and is left for dead, they are right back in the thick of things. Only after Suzanne's beau, Dr. Sam is lured out into a terrible storm does Suzanne figure out who the killer is.
I hope that Ms. Childs continues to write this series, the ladies are the type of women I would like to have as neighbors. Ms. Childs has other cozy mysteries that she writes, the Tea Shop mysteries and the Scrapbooking mysteries. I find them as enjoyable as the Cacklebury Club folks and always look forward to another release from her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cozy Up With Kathy on January 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs
Fifth in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series

Suzanne, Petra, and Toni are three women of a certain age who are partners in the Cackleberry Club-a cafe that specializes in egg dishes, a book store, and a knitting store, all in one location. While delivering flowers for Memorial Cemetery’s Sesquicentennial celebration Suzanne and Toni stumble upon a body in a grave. The only problem, the body is not one of the dearly departed resting in his coffin, but a newly murdered laying in the muddy plot. Of course, our ladies get involved, especially as a good friend is a very good suspect.

Eggs in a Casket is the fifth entry in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series by Laura Childs. I always appreciate a mystery wherein the murder victim is a nasty person. That happens to be the case here, which also means there are a lot of suspects. Could the ex-wife, who was acting not so exy, be the murderer? What about the ornery man who lives next to the cemetery? Surely it couldn’t be their good friend Missy, even though she was receiving unwanted attention from the victim and was seen leaving the cemetery in a hurry just before the body was found. Could it?

I enjoyed this entry in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series. Author Laura Childs brings back her unique cast of characters. While I don’t care for Toni as a person, I realize some of her annoying (to me) actions are necessary to get Suzanne the clues she needs to help solve the murder. The climax of this story was thrilling, action packed, and kept me fully engaged. However, after I finished reading I questioned how plausible that action was. Still, if you give a willing suspension of disbelief I think you’ll find it riveting!

Recipes are included....and sound delicious!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read all of the Cackleberry Club mysteries and all of the Tea Shop mysteries and I generally like Laura Childs books.
This book was not as good as I expected.
Early in the book I was annoyed with what felt like too many descriptions. It felt like filler.
In the earlier books I don't remember adjectives like skanky and wonked out. Yes I know what they mean, but they seemed like bad choices.
IF you can get past the style the mystery is ok.
One complaint is Laura Childs did not gradually eliminate any of the suspects - what I would expect as Suzanne was snooping around.
The end seemed to come too fast and too convenient.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Lautiainen-Collins on April 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
...but this latest installment (which I had been EAGERLY awaiting) was just really disappointing. I am starting to DETEST the character Toni, she becomes more and more unlikeable with each book. So sad that I probably will not read this series anymore, and I'm a die-hard series reader!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Simmons on January 29, 2014
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This was a gentle, good read with just enought suspense to engage the reader without adding tension to her day.

My only disappointment was the quick and unengaging ending. I guess I wanted just a bit more complication... Sort of, more drum-roll!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn T. on February 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
At the start of the 5th book in the Cackleberry Club series, Suzanne and Toni are delivering flowers to the Memorial Cemetery for its 150th anniversary celebration. They come upon an open grave and at the bottom is ex-prison warden Lester Drummond. A friend of Suzanne is soon a suspect in the murder. Suzanne becomes involved in order to clear her friend of suspicion.

What I like about this series is first of all The Cackleberry Club. The residents of Kindred apparently agree as it is always busy with its homey atmosphere and delicious food. The owners are three friends who run the restaurant. Petra is the cook/chef who delivers up homemade delicious meals. Toni is the friendly and outspoken waitress. Suzanne manages and is also a waitress. Suzanne is the main protagonist and is an independent, savvy business woman with spunk It is a book about friendships and community. .

The mystery was not easy to solve. There were plenty of suspects. I have read all of the Cackleberry Club Books. I have enjoyed them all but this is one of my favorites in the series. Oh, how I wish there was a Cackleberry Club where I live. The food and atmosphere would have me returning often for meals. I must mention there is humor too in the series. Suzanne and Toni are quite the sidekicks. Looking forward to the next book in the Cackleberry series.
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