In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…
As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to
witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames.
Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does
their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime
civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.
Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the
flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim?
Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.
Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry
Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire
and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the
arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the
ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives.
Writing for the Reader
A guest blog from Laura Childs, author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries and Scrapbooking Mysteries.
That old adage, "Write what you know," is something I've long since kicked to the curb.
Why? Because I write for you, dear reader. I write to entertain you, to make you chuckle, and to hopefully touch your heart. I write mysteries that are (I hope) catchy, clever, and relevant. I try to imbue each and every one of my novels with plot points that spark your interest - tea, crafts, cats and dogs, recipes, smart businesswomen, problem solving, friendship and romance. And because I know you lead a busy, hectic, over-scheduled life, I try to give the plot a breakneck pace so you can read quickly. But... I deliver my books in easily digested chapters to you can lose yourself whenever you find some time.
And because the world is scary enough, my murder mysteries are exempt from the violence that's so often carried in our 24-hour media feed. I truly believe that most women have tired of thriller-killer-slasher books. They simply don't want that type of book on their nighttime reading table.
Women today need respite. They want a story where the female characters are smart, savvy, and caring. And they certainly don't want foul language, gratuitous sex, or a "preachy" message.
That's why I write the way I do. And that's why I think you'll get a kick out of Scorched Eggs, my newest Cackleberry Club Mystery. First of all, you've got three ladies, Suzanne, Toni and Petra, all a hair over forty, who run the Cackleberry Club. They charm the locals with eggs in the morning and tea in the afternoon. But in this installment, a raging fire in their small Midwestern town puts them on high alert. A dear friend has been killed and signs point to arson. Could it be a vengeful husband, ex-fireman, or expert in explosives? The ladies try to track down the killer and still keep all their plates in the air (horse show, vintage wedding, county fair, tea parties, and a dinner theatre). Of course, all this is told in very sassy dialogue with lots of action and romance thrown in for good measure. And it wouldn't be a Cackleberry Club Mystery if I didn't include recipes for Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cheese Popovers, Scorched Eggs, and lots more.
Yes, I wrote it just for you, concocted what I think is a banquet of crazy, and then tossed in some major romance for good luck. If you're looking for a book to cozy up with, to fall through the rabbit's hole with, this just might be it!
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries and Scrapbook Mysteries, and a recent recipient of the Romantic Times Book Review's Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. 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, and has two Chines Shar-Pei dogs.
As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of Laura Childs. Her books are always so well written, and Scorched Eggs was no different! This series is a wonderful read for any fan of the cozy genre, and I always recommend it to whomever I can. Suzanne is a wonderful heroine, and her supporting cast of characters are superb! They really know how to make a story come together seamlessly.
This particular addition to the series is very clever. It's funny (as always), and has a mystery that's literally to die for :) The pacing is perfect and the author's attention to detail never ceases to amaze. She's tremendously gifted and knows exactly how to tell a great mystery!
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, and can't wait to visit the Cackleberry Club clan yet again! :)
Rating: 4 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
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