Author: Laura Childs
Series: Book 5 of Cackleberry Club Mysteries
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley Prime Crime
Source: Received for Review from Author
Reviewed by: Tess
This is the fifth 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 more 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.