Egg Drop Dead
By Laura Childs
A Cackleberry Club Mystery #7
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…
Egg Drop Dead is a thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery from the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, a series that I like much better than the Scrapbooking Mysteries. Laura Childs is a talented writer who knows how to entertain readers with a well-crafted mystery, vivid setting, and engaging characters. Although seventh in the series, it can stand alone.
From the countryside, to events like the yarn truck and the Knitters’ Tea Party, to the Cackleberry Club Café itself, I was drawn in by all the sights, sounds, and scents so vividly conveyed. Co-owners of the café – Suzanne, Toni and Petra – are each charming in their own way. I didn’t get to know Toni and Petra as well as I would have liked, but I’m sure that reading the entire series would provide a better sense of who they are. Suzanne is an appealing lead character. I enjoyed her romantic relationship with Dr. Sam Hazelet and especially her emotional side, revealed through her rescue of horses and befriending of an autistic teen.
The killer wasn’t obvious to me, as several people had motives, and I just enjoyed being caught up in the narrative. The writing is tight and flows smoothly toward a quite exciting conclusion. I look forward to much more entertaining reading from Laura Childs.
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
The Scrapbooking Mysteries
The Cackleberry Club Mysteries
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I was provided a free copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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