Eggs in a Casket [NOOK Book]

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The ladies of the Cackleberry Club are always ready to serve—whether they’re cooking up breakfast or sniffing out a bad egg.



While Petra handles the breakfast rush at the Cackleberry Club, the café’s other two owners, Suzanne and Toni,...
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Overview

The ladies of the Cackleberry Club are always ready to serve—whether they’re cooking up breakfast or sniffing out a bad egg.



While Petra handles the breakfast rush at the Cackleberry Club, the café’s other two owners, Suzanne and Toni, head to Memorial Cemetery to help prepare for its 150th anniversary celebration. But as they search the winding paths for the historical society tent, they discover something else out of place: the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond lying facedown in someone else’s freshly dug grave.



In the small town of Kindred, everyone knows everyone, and Lester was no exception. Suzanne knew him as the creepy guy who made unwanted advances on her friend Missy Langston. But now it appears the man was hiding a few secrets…and at least one of them was worth killing for.



As the case cracks open, there are plenty of suspects to consider—from recent parolees to Missy herself, who Suzanne and Toni saw speeding away just before they found the body. Now, with a cemetery celebration in the offing, and the local authorities in over their heads, it’s up to the Cackleberry Club to unscramble the clues and clear their friend’s name.



Recipes Included!


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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-07
The murder of a man who was nobody's friend brings the Cackleberry Club's middle-aged amateur investigators back into investigation mode. Though he was not particularly interesting during his life, prison warden Lester Drummond's death is a subject of fascination for the small town of Kindred. Not least of the interested parties is the Cackleberry Club, the three 40-something owners of the best breakfast place in town. It's not as if Suzanne, Toni or Petra know much about the man, though Suzanne and Toni are the ones to stumble on his body. The issue is really the evidence that their friend Missy is somehow wrapped up in Lester's murder, down to the Taser gun found in her bedroom. Though some thought that the affection between the two was mutual, the truth is that Lester's behavior toward Missy was borderline stalking. To clear Missy's good name, Suzanne and Toni ask around town to find who had the most to gain by the tidy disposal of Lester's body. Once the two start their snooping, they find that Missy isn't the only one in town who's been on Lester's bad side; a few of the other potential killers had a lot more to lose. Sheriff Doogie, longtime ally of the triad, must have made progress in the case, since he's soon enough rendered incapacitated and uncommunicative in the hospital, presumably since he's gotten too close to the killer. Now the Cackleberry Club has to discover what he knew. The 40-plus female formula might work for longtime readers of Childs (Postcards From the Dead, 2012, etc.), but a lack of all but the most superficial character details will leave new readers wanting more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101627198
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Cackleberry Club Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 32,309
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries. She is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker, and dog lover, and travels frequently to China and Japan with Dr. Bob, her professor husband. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm.
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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    Laura Childs brings readers the fifth book in her Cackleberry Cl

    Laura Childs brings readers the fifth book in her Cackleberry Club mystery series, Eggs in a Casket. When three friends, who are at loose ends, decide to open a cafe that specializes in eggs, nobody realized that an amateur sleuthing team was in the offing. Readers will be drawn to Childs' three amazing protagonists in this series and to the small town setting of Kindred. Childs has a remarkable eye for detail and even the smallest of things becomes important. With bodies turning up in odd places and a Cemetery Celebration in the works, this is one you won't want to miss.

    What I liked:

    Laura Childs is easily my favorite cozy writer out there. She has a knack for knowing just the right details to add to each of her series' and to each book to get the reader interested and invested in what happens to these characters. Her attention to detail is astounding. I enjoy all of the tidbits of local happenings. In Eggs in a Casket we see a lot of our favorites and some new members of the community we haven't met before. It's always nice to visit with characters that seem like old friends. Childs draws the reader in quickly with a well drawn small town setting that is just automatically appealing. Kindred is my kind of place.

    I liked the whole idea of this series from the beginning. A cafe specializing in eggs was a interesting idea, but the part of the Cackleberry Club that is so endearing is that it becomes the local meeting place, where local denizens come to hear the news and eat good food. It's all about community in this series. In Eggs in a Casket we find that the former prison warden Lester Drummond, was not exactly a model citizen himself. When he turns up murdered on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the local cemetery, it seems only fitting that he be found in a borrowed grave.

    You don't hear too many towns celebrating a cemetery. I thought that was a nice touch and added some flavor to the story. I enjoyed the fact that though this is a murder mystery, Childs still shows a great sense of irony and a lot of humor. There are some moments in this book that will have you laughing in spite of the fact that murder is afoot. 

    Toni, Petra and Suzanne always seem to get mixed up in police business and this time is no different. I liked the fact that the sheriff is kind of out of commission and it's up to the ladies to help him out of a jam with this case. He always seems to be trying to get them to stay out of his business until he can't seem to get it figured out and this time, he really needs help. It's a great relationship between them and it adds some comic relief as well. 

    What I didn't like:

    As usual with a Laura Childs book, there wasn't anything to report in this section. Every book I read for her is so well written and fun. It's hard to give a low rating when there isn't anything to criticize.

    Bottom Line:

    If you haven't read any of Laura Childs books you are really missing out. The Cackleberry Club series has a down home feel with great characters and a town you will wish was your own. Eggs in a Casket is one of my favorites in the series so far. Don't miss it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2014

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    Dollycas¿s Thoughts You just can¿t go wrong with a Laura Child


    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    You just can’t go wrong with a Laura Childs cozy mystery!!

    It is hard to believe this is the 5th Cackleberry Club Mystery. I absolutely love these ladies! Their Cackleberry Club has everything, great food, a book nook and a crafting corner. Suzanne, Toni and Petra have created a place all of us would love to visit. In Kindred, it is the place the whole community seems to gather to share news, a bit but gossip, and support each other through thick and thin.

    In this installment Suzanne and Toni discover a body in the cemetery while dropping off some flowers for the cemetery’s 150th year celebration. Of course, all three ladies find themselves scrambling to try to catch the killer. There is a nice twist when Sheriff Doogie even needs their help and that leads to a few suspenseful moments.

    Childs has written quite a mystery for us to enjoy. She kept me guessing until the very end. She balances the mystery with a teaspoon of romance and a tablespoon of humor. Junior’s antics continue to make me laugh out loud.

    This is really a wonderful series. I have enjoyed each and every one.

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Loved this! I always love the feel of these books, you can just

    Loved this! I always love the feel of these books, you can just "see" the Cackleberry Club in your mind. I'd love to have these friends for real!

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Another Great Mystery

    I read all of Laura Childs Mystery books. Each series makes you feel like you're meeting again with old friends. This one was one of my favorites, I have to say. The last few chapters were full of suspense and I couldn't put it down until I finished it.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    this fifth book in the cackleberry series is just one more story

    this fifth book in the cackleberry series is just one more story to cherish. three friends open a restaurant together, specializing in egg dishes, but that is not all they do. they are amatuer detectives. the characters come alive in her stories, due to her eye for detail and the interaction of the characters. by far i enjoy her stories the best of the many cozy mysteries i read. i eagerly await her next story almost before i finished reading the latest. i know you will enjoy the cackleberry stories too!!!

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Suspects Aplenty at the Cackleberry Club Eggs in a Casket by La

    Suspects Aplenty at the Cackleberry Club

    Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs
    Fifth in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series

    Suzanne, Petra, and Toni are three women of a certain age who are partners in the Cackleberry Club-a cafe that specializes in egg dishes, a book store, and a knitting store, all in one location. While delivering flowers for Memorial Cemetery’s Sesquicentennial celebration Suzanne and Toni stumble upon a body in a grave. The only problem, the body is not one of the dearly departed resting in his coffin, but a newly murdered laying in the muddy plot. Of course, our ladies get involved, especially as a good friend is a very good suspect.

    Eggs in a Casket is the fifth entry in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series by Laura Childs. I always appreciate a mystery wherein the murder victim is a nasty person. That happens to be the case here, which also means there are a lot of suspects. Could the ex-wife, who was acting not so exy, be the murderer? What about the ornery man who lives next to the cemetery? Surely it couldn’t be their good friend Missy, even though she was receiving unwanted attention from the victim and was seen leaving the cemetery in a hurry just before the body was found. Could it?

    I enjoyed this entry in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series. Author Laura Childs brings back her unique cast of characters. While I don’t care for Toni as a person, I realize some of her annoying (to me) actions are necessary to get Suzanne the clues she needs to help solve the murder. The climax of this story was thrilling, action packed, and kept me fully engaged. However, after I finished reading I questioned how plausible that action was. Still, if you give a willing suspension of disbelief I think you’ll find it riveting!

    Recipes are included....and sound delicious!

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

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    Good Blend Mystery, Humor and Romance

    What was to be a quick trip to the Memorial Cemetery to deliver flowers for the site’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration, turned into a find that was unexpected and dangerous. Suzanne and Toni had left their other partner, Petra, handling the breakfast rush at their café, the Cackleberry Club, to run the errand to the cemetery. In their search for the historical society tent, they’re almost run off the small cemetery road by their friend Missy. When they stop, they discover ex-prison warden Lester Drummond dead and lying face down in a freshly dug grave. Drummond was well known throughout Kindred and had quite a few secrets. Suzanne knew that he had been hitting on Missy and won’t take no for an answer. With the cemetery celebration fast approaching, Missy among the prime suspects and the local authorities with their hands full, Suzanne and her partners swing into action. It’s up to the Cackleberry Club trio to unscramble the murder and find the killer before another body turns up dead. Author Laura Childs has crafted a protagonist that is spunky and realistic with flaws that readers can relate to. Her friends are likable, funny and well-developed. The setting is quaint and inviting with a small-town atmosphere that quickly draws you in. EGGS IN A CASKET is an easy read that will have you guessing who the killer is until the very end. The story moves at a steady pace with twists and turns. There’s a good blend of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. Childs’ eye for details makes the Cackleberry Club a place readers will want to visit again and again. This is the fifth installment in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series, but can be read on its own. New readers to the series won’t be left in the dark, while returning fans will enjoy catching up the folks of Kindred. An added bonus is the recipes featured at the Cackleberry Club are included at the end of the story. FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

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    How I wish there was a Cackleberry Club in my neighborhood.  I t

    How I wish there was a Cackleberry Club in my neighborhood.  I think I'd probably live there - good food, book nook, and
    craft center and of course, there is hint of romance.  But this also has a group of ladies who always seem to be in the
    middle or MURDER!  They find the bodies and then they help the Sheriff to figure out whodunit!

    This time Suzanne and Toni stumbled upon the victim in an open grave while delivering flowers.  He wasn't very popular
    so there should be plenty of suspects, but the Sheriff has his eye on just one person, and Suzanne is determined to
    show that his theory is just not possible.

    Great fun, recommended to all!

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

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    This is the 5th book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery. This is no

    This is the 5th book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery. This is not a series that has to be read in order, so if you get a chance to read one of them, I would urge you to do so. Ms. Childs has a  skill for grabbing her readers and entertaining them with every turn of the page. The characters in these books make me wish that I lived in Kindred, and could hang out at the cafe. Strong, endearing women, make this a must read "chick book". 
    Meet Suzanne, Toni and Petra, friends who open a small local cafe, after fate leaves them wondering what to do with themselves. The cafe specializes in, what else, but eggs. Petra is the cook, who keeps the townsfolk coming back for her amazing dishes. Toni and Suzanne are the waitresses, who have a tendency to spoil their customers, not a bad thing in my opinion. ( I liken the cafe to the local diner where we live, called the Downtown Diner.) The food keeps the locals coming back for more, but it's the ambiance  that pulls them back. 
    Suzanne and Toni seem to find themselves in the midst of the death of the former prison warden, Lester Drummond, after finding him face down in a newly opened grave. Although not meant for Lester, the killer was just taking advantage of the situation. Sheriff Doogie warns the ladies to stay out of police business, but after the Sheriff has an accident and is left for dead, they are right back in the thick of things. Only after Suzanne's beau, Dr. Sam is lured out into a terrible storm does Suzanne figure out who the killer is. 
    I hope that Ms. Childs continues to write this series, the ladies are the type of women I would like to have as neighbors. Ms. Childs has other cozy mysteries that she writes, the Tea Shop  mysteries and the Scrapbooking mysteries. I find them as enjoyable as the Cacklebury Club folks and always look forward to another release from her.

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