Eggs in a casket

Laura Childs

Book - 2014

"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 excepti...on. 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"--

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Childs, Laura. Cackleberry Club mystery.
Mystery fiction
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2014.
First edition
Item Description
"Recipes included!"--Cover.
Physical Description
320 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Laura Childs (-)
Review by Booklist Review

While delivering flowers to a cemetery, Suzanne and Toni, owners of the Cackleberry Cafe, find the body of former prison warden Lester Drummond in a grave dug for someone else. They tell Sheriff Doogie that they saw Suzanne's friend Missy driving away quickly before they pulled up. Suzanne can't believe Missy could have murdered the man, though he had long been hitting on her. At the cafe, the women collect praise for their food, along with local gossip about Drummond. They learn that his ex-wife was staying with him, that he was a regular at the local gym, and that many disliked the man. The sheriff focuses on Missy and a Taser found in her apartment, but Suzanne continues to look elsewhere for the killer, who is very well hidden among the red herrings. Eggs in a Casket provides another well-balanced meal of food references, appealing small-town characters, and an engaging mystery. Fans of Joanne Fluke will savor the story and the recipes.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Kirkus Book Review

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.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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