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Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425231550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425231555
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cheryl Fleming on February 9, 2013
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I have read most of Laura Childs' other mystery novels, and I enjoy them very much. I like the characters in her series. I have read all the Cackleberry Club and Tea Shop mysteries by this author, but not in the order in which they were published. However, what ever happened to the ending of this novel? I wondered whether this was a manuscript that was lying in the desk drawer in draft form, which was dusted off and published with no editing. Maybe it was a practice exercise for a writer's group or conference. I did not see the need to use profanity for this novel either, as it added nothing to the story line or character development at all.

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.
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I like all of Laura Childs books. This is only one of the three series she writes. Her books are fun beach reads. Brain candy. I would start from the first book and read consecutively tho' it would make more sense.
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I picked up this book solely because I previously read and enjoyed Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries.

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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This is the second book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series. Suzanne goes to deliver a pie bought at a bake sale to funeral director Ozzie. She finds him on his own embalming table and is knocked out by an unknown assailant. When a friend who was the victim's girlfriend is suspected of the crime, Suzanne begins to investigate on her behalf. Is it the ex-husband of her friend, the mortuary partner, the obnoxious romance novel writer who wants to buy the property, a drug ring, or the corporate funeral company with underhanded techniques which is in tight with the slimy mayor? Or is it someone else entirely? Suzanne begins a tentative romance with a doctor, her first after her husband's death. Overall, I thought this was a much better book than the first in the series and I did not guess who the murderer was. I still find Toni, one of her cofounders of the club to be annoying and Petra, the other founder is still undeveloped. The product references got annoying from time to time, and the author did have the cheek to reference one of her other series books. It was a good cozy mystery and I will read the next in the series which will hopefully continue to improve.
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I am prepared to like the Cackleberry Club series; the first entry was entertaining, the characters engaging. This one though gets off to a rocky start and never really recovers. The murder takes place with dispatch, within the first few pages, which is refreshing since the trend in cozies has been to bury the crime after pages of exposition. The killing takes place in a funeral home, and protagonist Suzanne's first, second and third thought is that drugs must therefore be involved. Yes, you read that right. Drugs plundered from a funeral home. One is forced to ask whether said drugs might be uppers (to revive the moribund clients, perhaps) or downers (to make sure they stay moribund); at any rate, it's difficult to take the remainder of the plot seriously with such an obvious howler. But if you like aging heroines, there are three of them here and there are worse ways to spend an afternoon than reading this little book.
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