Eggs in a Casket (Cackleberry Club Series #5)

Eggs in a Casket (Cackleberry Club Series #5)

by Laura Childs

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Eggs in a Casket (Cackleberry Club Series #5) by Laura Childs

The New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series returns with three intrepid ladies who know their way around a kitchen—as well as a crime scene… 
Petra, Suzanne, and Toni may have lost their husbands, but they’ve found new life operating the Cackleberry Club café. It’s where the locals head for an amazing breakfast, the good company of friends, and a puzzling mystery or two…
Suzanne and Toni are off to Memorial Cemetery to help prepare for its 150th anniversary celebration. The ladies expect to find the historical society’s tent, but instead they discover the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond lying facedown in a freshly dug grave. Now, with the town peppered with suspects and the local authorities in over their heads, it’s up to the Cackleberry Club to unscramble the clues and sniff out a bad egg.

Recipes Included!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425269084
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Series: Cackleberry Club Series , #5
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 153,064
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, the Tea Shop Mysteries, and the Scrapbooking 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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“Childs makes a perfect omelet out of a scrambled situation.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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A delicious platter of thrilling whodunit, with a side of friendship and humor.” —Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Tasty and fun.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Eggs in a Casket 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I'll start with what I wasn't crazy about (which is very little)I know Missy becomes a prime suspect but I really started to find her annoying. Toni is a character but sometimes she's a little over the top for my taste, but that's just me. Now onto what I liked (a much longer list)on the whole I love the characters and the way they interact. I enjoy the Cackleberry Club with how they get involved with community events, and the everyday running of the restaurant. I really like Suzanne, definitely someone that I would like to be friends with and her blossoming romance with Sam is moving a nice pace. Doogie while sometimes irksome, I really do like. The mystery was good and although I figured out the who, it didn't matter because I loved the climax of the discovery. I will definitely continue on with this series.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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!
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Scrambling for Clues to a Crime” The town of Kindred is bustling as usual, and that includes everyone’s favorite spot for great eats and warm friendly service, the “Cackleberry Club Café” (Whose building also holds the “Knitting Nest” and the “Book Nook”) is operated by co-owners, Suzanne Dietz and Toni Garrett. No one can pass up the yummy culinary offerings of their talented chef with a heart of gold, Petra. A big event is fast approaching, the sesquicentennial celebration of the Memorial Cemetery including a 21-gun salute, a formal tea and candlelight tours of the historic graves. The unwelcome rainy weather made travel difficult for Suzanne and Toni as they drove out to the site with large bouquets of flowers. The weather wasn’t the only difficulty as they were nearly involved in a head-0n collision with a speeding yellow car, driven by local shop girl, Missy Langston. What was her big hurry? The ladies also noticed that she looked like she had seen a ghost—but it wasn’t a ghost that Missy had encountered as they would soon discover for themselves. While chasing Toni’s runaway umbrella through the cemetery, they stumbled upon an open grave—but it wasn’t an empty one. Lying face down in the mud and muck was the lifeless body of former Jasper Creek prison warden and Missy’s former boyfriend, smarmy, crazy-acting Lester Drummond! Sadly, there is a long list of people who despised him and poor Missy is right on top of that list. Is that why she pealed out of the cemetery road that day? Did he have some sort of spell, or did someone do the dastardly deed? Who would profit from his death? Maybe his ex-wife Deanna Drummond had something to do with it. Secrets, scares in the cemetery and the letter “G” all fit together to form the solution. You find out that no good deed goes unpunished. You’ll chuckle about the mis-adventures of Toni’s husband, Nascar wannabe, Junior Garrett, and hold your breath as you feel Suzanne is getting too close to the truth, much to Sheriff Roy Doogie’s and Suzanne’s boyfriend, Dr. Sam Hazelet’s dismay. This is the fifth Cackleberry Club Mystery and you can easily get acquainted with the characters even if you haven’t read one through four. Ms. Childs keeps you guessing and takes you on many a turn within this cozy. She has also graciously included some of the Cackleberry Club Café’s specialties such as Stuffed Green Pepper Soup, Crazy Quilt Bread, Petra’s Goat Cheese and Pimento Tea Sandwiches, Toni’s Dump Cake and Suzanne’s Breakfast BLT, just to make your mouth water—and she’s also added a snippet of the next in this series of cozies, entitled “Scorched Eggs”. I’m certainly looking forward to more adventures with the Cackleberry Crew—bet you will be too! Nancy Narma
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alliAK More than 1 year ago
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.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
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!!!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
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!
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
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.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
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!
TessT More than 1 year ago
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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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
DeNeedle More than 1 year ago
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!