Eggs in Purgatory (Cackleberry Club Series #1)

Eggs in Purgatory (Cackleberry Club Series #1)

by Laura Childs

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ISBN-13: 9780425224953
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Series: Cackleberry Club Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 96,858
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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Eggs in Purgatory 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
A small town eatery, brimming with deliciously mouthwatering breakfast fantasies is in trouble, a murder takes place in the back and the daily special is all over the corpse. Quaint charm and happy atmosphere are overshadowed by an investigation that seems to have more suspects than possible, it appears that the town is small but it holds many secrets. Suzanne, Toni, and Petra are best friends and coworkers, they run the charming Cackleberry Club together, and besides baking and cooking, brewing coffee and tea they also run a book club and a yarn shop, often housing tea parties and gatherings for special occasions. Suzanne is at a loss when her lawyer ends up murdered, but when she gets involved she barely escapes in one piece. It seems that whoever did her lawyer in has no problems going after her or anyone who wants to get involved in sleuthing, and to top it off the mayor thinks that her deceased husband has been involved in major fund theft, turning half the town against her. Battling local gossips, suspicious characters who are meddling in strange things and staying on top of her business gives Susanne and her friends more than they bargained for, but it makes for a really fun and very interesting mystery. For a cozy this has plenty of intelligence and still keeps it light and fresh, and did I mention the delectable food - this book is a must have for anyone who has a cook's block and is stumped for easy yet creative ideas, I am definitely going to make some of the savory and sweet items from it. Not only is the mystery interesting but the food served in the book is absolutely fantastic. I adore the fact that this cozy mystery had some recipes in the back because reading the book gave me more culinary ideas than reading a food magazine. I also really liked the fact that the story wasn't watered down, some of the cozies out there are simple and at times a bit silly but this had a good plot, memorable characters - some seemed guilty for many different reasons and good clues that gave my brain a workout. There's a certain amount of innocence in this book but also a good balance of reality, I can't think of a better combo for this genre. Childs has impressed me with this little book, and I cannot wait to read the second one which will be out this year. - Kasia S.
alliAK More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting mystery. It seemed to start out kind of slow, but then the action picked up and there is a regular amount of crime and action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, and touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always enjoyed Laura Childs' books, and looks towards the next. Although much like Childs tea series, still a pleasant story.
cyderry on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Laura Childs has a new series - the Cackleberry Club which is about 3 women - Suzanne a widow, Petra whose husband has Alzheimer's, and Toni in the midst of a divorce. Together they run a restaurant/book store/craft store. It's as if the author is combining the Tea Shop series with the Scrapbook series and adding a twist. The characters are entertaining and heartwarming.One morning, Suzanne notices that her lawyer's truck is still the parking lot when she lets the dog out for a run. She goes over to see if everything is alright and finds him dead. That same day on her way home, she sees a truck run off he road. The following night, hr lawyer's office is burglarized. A crime spree seems to have hit the little town of Kindred and Sheriff Doogie seems to be in over his head. Before the week is over, Suzanne is also confronted with accusations of embezzlement against her late husband.Fueled by the need to clear her husband's name, Suzanne is embroiled in a state investigation surrounding the embezzlement and an abusive cult down the road. The solution was a little forced but entertaining.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is the first book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series by Laura Childs, who also writes the Tea Shop Mysteries and the Scrapbook Mysteries.Suzanne and her best friends Toni and Petra are co-owners of The Cackleberry Club, a restaurant/teashop/bookstore/yarn shop that has become very popular in the burgeoning town of Kindred.One morning her attorney, Bobby Waite brings over some papers for her to sign, and a little while later, is found in his truck outside the building, with a bullet in his chest.Believing that the local sheriff is in over his head, Suzanne decides to investigate on her own, and ends up trying to clear her husband's name of fraud. Once again, Childs has created some wonderful characters. But the plot just requires too many coincidences and wild leaps of logic in order to reveal the killer's identity.I haven't really noticed this in her other series, so hopefully it's an anomaly. I'm looking forward to getting to know the inhabitants of Kindred, and trying out some of the recipes from the Cackleberry Club.
MmeRose on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I found this book very derivative: a breakfast cafe serving afternoon tea with a bookshop and a yarn shop attached - just what trend is Ms. Childs trying to capitalize on here?The characters were one-dimensional and the religious references were annoying as they seemed to be tossed in for unknown reasons rather than being a real part of the characters' lives. The Dr. Seuss rip off ending was just the topper. I enjoy the Tea Shop Mysteries but I will not be reading more of The Cackleberry Club.
momgee on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A big thank you to Laura Childs for sending me an advance copy of her new book, Eggs in Purgatory, the first in her new series.In her new series, The Cackle berry Club, Laura Childs has created some very likeable new characters. We are introduced to the recently widowed Suzanne, Toni, who is in process of divorcing Junior and Petra, whose husband is in a nursing home due to Alzheimers. These three talented and winsome ladies operate a café specializing in breakfast egg dishes with tea and goodies being served in the afternoon. Part of their commercial venture, set in the small Midwestern town of Kindred, is a book nook and a yarn shop. However, all is not placid as one morning,Suzanne, while letting Baxter the dog out, happens to see the local lawyer Bobby Waite sitting in his truck - dead!After almost witnessing a second murder in town and hearing about the break in at Bobby¿s law office, where files about her late husband Walter are missing ,Suzanne feels she needs to help Sheriff Doogie find out who committed the crimes. Even though the mayor says he has proof Walter was involved and may have embezzled 4million dollars, Suzanne can not believe that it is true. This undertaking is not quite the piece of cake she had imagined. It seems there are numerous suspects with as many motives and they are all entwined together. Childs has such a wonderful way with descriptions, this sounds like a place you would dearly love to visit and try all the fanciful egg dishes, partake of afternoon tea and maybe find a good mystery while browsing in the book nook. Her creation of a deliciously woven plot with well developed and plausible characters will keep the reader entertained and surprised all the way to the end. The suspense builds with numerous twists and turns as Suzanne and friends try to figure out all the clues. There are numerous heart warming moments between the three women along with several very interesting sub-plots. Throw in a few laugh out loud moments, a host of fun peripheral characters and you have the recipe for a successful new series. One of the highlights of a Laura Childs¿ book is the inclusion of scrumptious recipes at the end. For cozy fans, this is a highly recommended read. 4****
tututhefirst on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is going to be a delightful series. I love the setting, I love the characters, and the plot - while a bit farfetched at times - is not over the top. Suzanne, Toni, and Petra are three women who suddenly find themselves living alone due to death, divorce, and terminal illness of their spouses. They pool their many and varied talents to open the Cackleberry Club, a sort of Diner that evolves into a diner/restaurant/teashop with a book store and knit shop attached. The menus are scrumptious, books and reading are valued and highlighted, people care about each other.This doesn't mean that Pollyana reigns supreme. There are villains, and evildoers, and cults, and abusers, and murderers galore, but our three amigas manage to 'assist' Sheriff Doogie (don't you just love the name?) in clearing Suzanne's dead husband's name, in freeing some abused women and children from tyranny, and in solving all the outstanding cases so life can once again settle down, hens can lay double-yolked eggs, and teenagers can find fun jobs.This one was a good, solid, fun summer's read, but would have been just as great to read in the winter while sitting by the fire sipping hot chocolate
cbl_tn on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Needing a new creative outlet after her husband's death, Suzanne Deitz turned the crisis of a rise in her gas distributor's prices into an opportunity to transform the gas station into a trendy gathering place. Suzanne and her business partners, Toni and Petra, turn the gas station into the Cackleberry Club, a breakfast and lunch cafe/tea room/bookstore/knitting shop. Business really picks up after Suzanne discovers the body of lawyer Bobby Waite in his car in the Cackleberry Club lot. After a second murder occurs and community leaders make allegations of shady business dealings by her late husband, Suzanne's determination to protect herself and her late husband's reputation motivates her to conduct her own investigation. Multiple investigations overwhelm the small town's sheriff's department, so Sheriff Doogie grudgingly tolerates Suzanne's snooping. A sub-plot involves members of a religious cult.In addition to developing and resolving a mystery, the first book in a cozy series needs to introduce characters and a setting that readers will want to revisit. Childs makes the mistake of trying to do too much with this first series book. She introduces so many suspects that she can't provide more than a brief suggestion of a potential motive for several of them. Side issues occasionally take over the progress of the story. The restaurant and bookstore part of the business get plenty of attention in the book, but the knitting side of the business gets shortchanged.I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the author's Tea Shop Mysteries, but I liked it a lot more than her Scrapbooking Mysteries. I liked the central characters and their friendship. The descriptions of food made my mouth water. Despite the shortcomings I've noted, Childs succeeded in creating a charming place and cast of characters that will draw me back for another visit.
NHreader on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I like this first book in this series. The characters seem to be strong women who have overcome some difficult times...and the recipes are to die for! I am now interested in reading the tea shop mysteries.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This is the first in Laura Childs' Cackleberry Club series. I've been a big fan of her tea shop mysteries set in Charleston, but I've not enjoyed her scrapbooking series set in New Orleans very much. The Cackleberry Club is a diner/tea room, knitting shop, and bookstore all wrapped up into one. When Suzanne discovers a body behind the club, she sets out to try to "assist" the sheriff in the investigation. In the process, she must also clear her deceased husband's name. There are a few things that bothered me about the book. The way the sheriff treated her made it seem as though this was not the first time that Suzanne had gotten involved in one of his investigations. This was the first book in the series so that could not be the case. It was as though he expected her to get involved in it. It also seemed unlikely that he would confide in her as much as he did. That aspect was not very plausible. Another disappointment was that the sense of location was not as strong as it is in Childs' other series. While I'm not a fan of the scrapbooking series, the sense of place in New Orleans is very strong. This book is set in "Kindred." No state is ever mentioned in relation to Kindred, but a couple of clues to its location are given. Highway 65 and Interstate 90 are mentioned in relation to the town. This puts it somewhere in the vicinity of Albert Lea, Minnesota. There is a mention of Minneapolis toward the end of the book which further helps to pinpoint its location as Minnesota. There were a few things I did enjoy. I enjoyed the Cackleberry Club itself. I would enjoy visiting a tearoom with a yarn shop and bookstore. I would think it would be very inviting. I think that the red herrings were well-constructed -- enough so that I was actually a bit surprised when the perpetrator was revealed -- although the reason did make perfect sense. I liked this one well enough to read the next installment of the series.
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Wei More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Laura Childs' scrapbooking and teashop mysteries. I was so glad to find another series written by her. All her mysteries are cozy mysteries with the main characters becoming like friends you return to everytime a new mystery comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters have 'grit' and depth. Want to read more in the series.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs has a new series - the Cackleberry Club which is about 3 women - Suzanne a widow, Petra whose husband has Alzheimer's, and Toni in the midst of a divorce. Together they run a restaurant/book store/craft store. It's as if the author is combining the Tea Shop series with the Scrapbook series and adding a twist. The characters are entertaining and heartwarming, strong and independent - at least most of the time. One morning, Suzanne notices that her lawyer's truck is still the parking lot when she lets the dog out for a run. She goes over to see if everything is alright and finds him dead. That same day on her way home, she sees a truck run off he road. The following night, hr lawyer's office is burglarized. A crime spree seems to have hit the little town of Kindred and Sheriff Doogie seems to be in over his head. Before the week is over, Suzanne is also confronted with accusations of embezzlement against her late husband. Fueled by the need to clear her husband's name, Suzanne is embroiled in a state investigation surrounding the embezzlement and an abusive cult down the road. The solution was a little forced but entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried Laura Child's new series because I like her Scrapbooking series, and really love her Tea Shop mysteries series. The Cackleberry Club series sounded intriguing, although I had a hard time getting into the book. It seemed to start out slow. But it got better as I continued to read. The widow Suzanne has started a new restaurant with her two friends, when early one morning her lawyer is found shot dead in his car in back of the cafe. Suzanne needs to figure out who shot Bobby, along with resolving a scandal surrounding some dealings of her late husband Walter, while helping a young woman escape the clutches of a religious sect. There seemed to be a little too much in the plot to resolve it all in one little book, but Childs does tie up all the loose ends nicely, while dishing out egg tips and tasty-sounding recipes for Eggs in Purgatory, Bodacious Bacon Quiche and Toad in the Hole. The series has potential, and I will try the Cackleberry Club again. Pass the hot sauce, please.
Fineldy46 More than 1 year ago
It was with great anticipation that I began this new series by Laura Childs. I absolutely love her Tea Shop Mysteries. However, by the second chapter, I had the feeling that I was reading another Tea Shop Mysteries. Ms. Childs is a gifted writer, but I had hoped and expected that she would take this series in another direction, but the restaurant/tea shop/book store/whatever else was very confusing, and, frankly, too much like the Tea Shop mysteries, down to the supporting characters. I'll stick to the Tea Shop mysteries.
jjamros More than 1 year ago
I love anything by Laura Childs.
jmugrad72 More than 1 year ago
This is a typical Laura Childs light mystery, but if you are a fan of her series, you will love this new series. The characters were believable, funny and charming. I did not guess the plot and had to read to the end to know "who did it". Cannot wait for the next in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first in a new series from author Laura Childs (Tea Shop & Scrapbooking mysteries) was a nice change of pace. Characters and plot were well developed and the book's pace was quick and fun. I enjoyed this book more than some in her other two series. Great for a rainy afternoon - or just to relax. The book also includes several recipes for those who are gastro-enthusiasts.
Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
Suzanne, Toni, and Petra have opened the Cackleberry Club café in Kindred, TN. Each of the women lost their spouse: one to death, one to Alzheimer's and one to another woman, and they enjoy the time they spend working together. Brian, the lawyer for Suzanne's husband's estate asks her to meet him in the parking lot for her to sign some papers. When she goes to meet him, she finds him murdered. Later she sees a pickup truck being followed by an SUV. Wondering if they could somehow be involved, she follows them, only to see the pickup truck tip over and the SUV flee. Teddy Harlingen, who first saw Brian dead in his car, is dead. Suzanne is sure the deaths are linked together. Suzanne's husband's firm is being investigated for million dollar kickbacks, and soon Suzanne finds herself and her dead husband in the thick of this as well. Feeling her husband was not involved, she begins to investigate and finds a link to the other two dead men. Who else is involved? Can Suzanne, with the help of her friends, find the culprit before he finds her? This is a great new cozy series. I enjoyed it immensely and can't wait to read the next. The three friends and the small town setting are fabulous. The author does a great job of crafting and intertwining the plots. Her characters are very likeable and believable. I highly recommend this book.