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Eggs Benedict Arnold (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2009
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The ending of this book is totally unbelievable. It almost seemed as if the author or editor or both simply got tired of the book and ended it. It seems to me there could have been a plethora of better and more feasible endings than this. Spoiler alert: a little old lady manages to bump off two big guys? Requiring the strength to lure one to a deserted graveyard for a one-woman lynching? In addition to requiring extensive knowledge of mortuary science to kill the funeral director, after overpowering him and taping him to the embalming table? And with no real motive for either killing? I understand about suspending disbelief when reading a novel, but really?? This one was a huge stretch, especially since the killer was scarcely mentioned at all throughout the novel. I read a lot of cozy mysteries, and usually can figure out the killer. But this book left too many unresolved strings hanging at the end. Disappointing in the extreme.
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries follow the same basic format as the Tea Shop Mysteries, featuring a Jessica Fletcher-esque character who runs a local eatery. The Cackleberry Club is a cafe'...and a bookstore....and a knitting shop...and a catering business....and a philanthropic society....the list goes on... and that brings us to the main problem with the series.
Quite simply, there is too much going on. Although the book features one primary sleuth, she has two business partners and their stories encompass a significant portion of the book. Unfortunately, those stories don't really drive the book, they just take up space.
I will give credit where credit is due- I did not figure out the "whodunnit" until roughly two pages before the main character! That is a major accomplishment, as I usually can solve the crime very early in the book. (I started reading Agatha Christie at around age 8...I have a lot of experience!) The clues were all there from the very beginning, but they were just subtle enough to get lost.
My verdict: If you enjoy a light-hearted mystery, give it a try. Although not the best of Laura Childs' work, it is enjoyable.
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Love this book series. The recipes are great and the adventure/mystery always leaving you hanging until the end.Published 8 months ago by booklover6460
Pure and simple. I laughed thru the whole book. It was fantastic.Published 11 months ago by cherl123
Love Laura Childs characters. They touch my funny bone and make me want to just visit with them and sit and talk a while.Published 16 months ago by Aunt Net
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I love everything Laura Childs writes, but I particularly like the Cackleberry Club Mysteries. This book arrived promptly and was like new and that is why I like buying used books... Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by carefulshopper
Suzanne is the owner of a nice little place called Cackleberry Club. It is a mix of somewhere to eat, knit, read, and relax. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Angels R Kids/Furkids
A nice read, with good characters and look forward to her next in the series. Spend a quiet afternoon with the girls.Published on August 2, 2013 by PJ