Bedeviled Eggs (Cackleberry Club Series #3)

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The ladies at the Cackleberry Club café are busy preparing for Halloween. But someone's jumped the gun on the tricks. As mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler leaves the café, he gets struck with a crossbow arrow and is killed instantly. And when another murder occurs on the historical society's Quilt Trail, the Cackleberry Club needs to sniff out the bad egg-before he strikes again.

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Overview

The ladies at the Cackleberry Club café are busy preparing for Halloween. But someone's jumped the gun on the tricks. As mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler leaves the café, he gets struck with a crossbow arrow and is killed instantly. And when another murder occurs on the historical society's Quilt Trail, the Cackleberry Club needs to sniff out the bad egg-before he strikes again.

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Two murders distract Suzanne Dietz and her best friends and business partners, Toni and Petra, just as they're gearing up for a big Halloween bash in Childs's diverting third Cackleberry Club cozy (after 2009's Eggs Benedict Arnold). First, someone shoots an arrow right between the eyes of mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler while he's talking to Suzanne in the backyard of the egg-themed Cackleberry Club cafe, which now includes a book nook and knitting nest. As if that isn't enough to get Sheriff Roy Doogie of the Midwestern town of Kindred scrambling for clues, Suzanne discovers Deputy Wilbur Halpern shot in the back of the head in the nearby woods. When the feisty widow, who cooks up a few leads for Doogie to follow, receives threats to back off her amateur sleuthing, Kindred's newest medico, Sam Hazelet, becomes her front-and-center protector. Along with toothsome recipes, Childs dishes up plenty of smalltown charm. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238233
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: Cackleberry Club Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 192,071
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

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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  • Posted December 3, 2010

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    CACKLING GOOD!!!!

    Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
    A Cackleberry Club Mystery
    3rd Book In The Series
    Release Date: December 7, 2010

    Suzanne, Petra and Toni bonded together in friendship after losing their husbands, one to death, one to Alzheimer's and one to another woman. Together they opened the Cackleberry Club that not only has a cafe but has a Book Nook and a Knitting Nest. The cafe serves the most wonderful egg dishes and recipes are included in each book. Afternoon Tea is also served daily.

    In the latest installment, the ladies are hosting a Read Date event (like speed dating), gearing up for Halloween, a big election and a Quilt Trail Tour in addition to running the club. Saying their plates are full is putting it mildly.

    The Read Date event seemed to be quite successful with the exception of one of the mayoral candidates having an argument with one of ladies during their time together. He escaped to the Book Nook to calm down and she left the club. After the event, Suzanne and the candidate were leaving through the back door of the club, when he suddenly collapsed next to her, and "all hell broke loose." He had been murdered right before her eyes. Then another dead body is found on the Quilt Trail. There is a murderer on the loose and Suzanne is bound and determined to find out "eggzactly" who the murderer is before anyone else is "fried, scrambled or poached."

    I LOVED IT!!!!!

    I read all three books in this series last week and each book was better than the last. I would love to have Suzanne, Petra and Toni as friends in real life, but there are also the characters you love to hate like the local "famous" romance author. I also love the fact that the Book Nook carries Laura Childs mysteries. These books were a pure joy to read. I would love to live in Kindred and make The Cackleberry Club a regular stop, without the murders, of course. The residents, the events and the food are fabulous. The setting, plot and characters are all perfect. I can't wait to visit with Suzanne, Petra and Toni again soon and find out what is happening at The Cackleberry Club!


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from Berkley Prime Crime, a Division of Penguin Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    The Cackleberry soft boiled mysteries are special

    The Midwestern town of Kindred is normally a serene quiet place, but this year the townsfolk seem to face one calamity after another. In the middle of most of the disasters is the Cackleberry Club; a café, bookstore and knitting community center. The Troubles begin when one of the owners Suzanne walks mayororal candidate Chuck Peebler out the door of the café when she hears a noise. Peebler was hit and killed immediately by an arrow.

    The sheriff has no clues as to who wanted Peebler dead. Soon after that homicide, Deputy Wilbur Halpern, who uncovered an illegal dog fighting arena, is murdered too on the historical Quilt Trail. Suzanne and the ladies of the Cackleberry Club investigate with the support of the despondent sheriff and the lethal antipathy of the unknown killer who threatens her and firebombs her car.

    The Cackleberry soft boiled mysteries (see Eggs in Purgatory and Eggs Benedict Arnold) are special due to friendship of the ladies who have each other's back. Although the murder mystery prime plot is appropriately somber, the three club owners and their customers bring mouth watering recipes and amusing eccentricity to the entertaining plot. Readers will enjoy these eggs over easy amateur sleuth.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Great book. Can hardly wait for the next one!

    Easy read, which is what I go for but keeps your interest. She is a very good & prolific writer. Interesting characters & good flow from book 1-3. Is good to read in order.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Comfortable Series

    From the back of the book:

    "After losing their husbands, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra bonded, gained a new found independence as well as a wealth of support, inspiration, home baked goods, and their own business. But who have dreamed that when the Cackleberry Club Cafe opened its doors, the three women would be serving justice to criminals . . .

    Getting ready for Halloween, the ladies at the Cackleberry Club cafe are busy carving jack-o-lanters, stocking up on candy, and baking pumpkin bread. But someone's jumped the gun on tricks. As mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler leaves the cafe, he gets struck with a crossbow arrow and is killed instantly. When another murder occurs on the historical society's Quilt Trail, there's no disguising it -- a murder is running loose in the town of Kindred. Now Suzanne's on the beat to sniff out one bad egg. . ."

    I read this book back in July, but I'm rather behind on some of my reviews. It's just so easy to spend my time reading instead of writing, or cleaning, or cooking or - well you get the idea.

    Laura Childs is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. I love all three of her series: the Tea Shop Mysteries, The Scrapbooking mysteries and the Cackleberry Club mysteries.

    What I liked about the book: In this book as well as the previous two books, the reader feels like they are part of a small town community. Even though there is indeed a murder or two, the comradery among the characters was what really stood out for me. I felt like I was visiting with old friends. The characters are well developed and likeable. Granted, there is the one character (isn't there always one?) that is annoying and you wish would just go away, but unlike some series, this character doesn't play a major role. I thought the twist on speed dating with the book club was an interesting idea. I love how these women are living their dreams. Who wouldn't want to have a business that incorporated all of their likes: food, crafts, and books. Hmm, sounds like my dream job.

    What I didn't like about the book: Though I loved the emphasis on the lives and relationships of Suzanne, Toni and Petra, at times I felt as though the mystery was shoved too far back on the back burner. Sometimes it felt as though it was an after thought. That's why I only gave it 4 stars, but the characters and the development of their stories, for me at least, more than made up for the lack of emphasis on the mystery.

    I can't wait to read these ladies' next adventure. If you like cozy mysteries (with recipes) this is a series you should try.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    A wonderful series!! I have read all of them and they are a delight!

    This is a great read....I couldn't put it down and finished it in 3 days! I recommend this series to those cozy readers that want to cuddle up with a blanket and a hot cup of tea/coffee(i prefer the coffee) and read on! Delightful and full of great characters!

    I look forward to the next in the series!

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    Another great Cackleberry Club cozy mystery

    The women of the Cackleberry Club are at it again. This time they are getting ready for Halloween. Mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler is struck with a crossbow arrow and killed when leaving the café. Then there's another murder on the historical society's Quilt Trail that the women discover. Who is murdering people and why? Can the women figure it out before one of them is the next victim?

    I really like this series. Suzanne, Toni and Petra are great characters and the people of the town are great as well. The author has done a wonderful job creating a believable town with interesting but flawed characters. The plot is well written. I find myself flying right through the books in this series. Only problem with that is then I have to wait so long for the next one. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it and the whole series.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Welcome to the Cackleberry Club Café!

    Bedeviled Eggs, by Laura Childs, is the third book in the series. A newcomer to the series can quickly catch up with the basic background of the book. Suzanne Dietz and her two best friends Toni and Petra together own and run the Cackleberry Club Café.

    The book opens to the three friends getting ready for Halloween and hosting a "read dating" event in which singles are matched based on the types of books they read. The event runs smoothly until mayoral candidate Chuck Peeble is heard arguing about stolen antiques with one of the attendees, Jane Buckley. Later as the event wraps up, Chuck collapses outside, killed by an arrow from a crossbow. Jane becomes the main suspect of Sheriff Roy Doogie and his deputy Wilbur Halpern. It's discovered that Peeble wasn't the conservative politician that he seemed. It soon comes to light that he has been harassing Sasha O'Dell, an exotic dancer from a local bar, and Sasha's husband Mike joins the suspect list.

    Things really get complicated when a second murder occurs. Is jealousy, stolen goods, politics, or something else the motive for these murders? Sheriff Doogie enlists Suzanne's help to solve these murders before anyone else is hurt.

    Bedeviled Eggs is an enjoyable mystery with plenty of humor. What I like most about the book is the banter between Suzanne, Toni, and Petra. Reading their conversations is like spending time with friends; their dialogue is realistic and fun. The relationship between the three friends isn't just one-liners. When the women are feeling upset over Peeble's murder, they support and comfort each other by reading inspirational messages drawn from their "affirmation crock" for times when they are feeling down. This scene added some needed dimension to their friendship.

    I was able to relate well to the main character, Suzanne. We get a fair amount of details abut Suzanne and since most of the book is told from her point of view, we learn about her feelings and opinions. Suzanne is brave, willing to put herself at risk to help others, and is full of energy. The café is less than one year old and she already has plans to expand into a full service restaurant. The book would have been better if the characters of Toni and Petra had been developed as much as Suzanne's. I learned the basics about Toni and Petra, but not enough insight into what they were thinking to determine if I liked them or not.

    I liked the fast pace of the book. In addition to solving the two murders, there are many other activities going on in Suzanne's life. After the "read dating" event that starts the book, there are other charitable events, luncheons, and busy mealtimes at the café which keep the story moving and give the reader an insider's look at running a restaurant. However, some of the sidelines almost get to be too much. Besides the restaurant, book store, knitting/quilting shop, Suzanne is a dog lover and avid horseback rider. She is also well versed in fashion designers and fills in for a friend to guest host a local radio show. This started to get unbelievable and distracting from the main plot. The book is the most enjoyable when it focuses on the relationship between the three friends. I hope we learn more about them in future installments. Readers will appreciate the bonus recipes at the back of the book for dishes that the average cook could prepare.

    This review was originally written for the "Season for Romance" E-Zine. The book was provided to

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