Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Eggs Benedict Arnold - 2nd in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series
Author: Laura Childs
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Laura's Website: www.laurachilds.com
The author is the bestselling writer of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, the Tea Shop Mysteries and the Scrapbooking Mysteries. This particular book belongs in the first category.
The ladies who run the Cackleberry Club, a very popular cafe in the town of Kindred have all lost their husbands. Suzanne is a widow, Toni's younger husband left her for another woman and Petra's husband is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. These three very independent women found that they had a lot in common and decided to open the Cackleberry Club together. They are all good cooks and opening up their own business have given them the support they needed to get through their trials and tribulations. But, it also seems that these three are amateur detectives and get their noses into many unpleasant goings on in Kindred.
After a fair in town Suzanne stops by the local funeral home to deliver a pie to the funeral director, who mistakenly left it behind. She discovers him dead on his embalming table. Before she has a chance to call the authorities, she is attacked from behind and drugged. The Cackleberry Club ladies decide to start their own investigation into the mortician's death and soon another body turns up. The women are scrambling to solve the murders and coming up with friends of theirs who stand out as suspects.
The story plays out in a very surprise ending and I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was a little convoluted but it all came together at the end and that's all I'll reveal so I won't spoil the story for readers. Suffice to say, I loved the book and look forward to more Laura Childs mysteries.
I'll talk to you soon,
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