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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday Salon: Eggs Benedict Arnold, A Cackleberry Club Mystery by Laura Childs
Three independent ladies in the town of Kindred ban together to open the Cackleberry Club Café where they serve up delicious dishes while solving crimes.
Suzanne, Petra, and Toni operate the café, which also features a Book Nook and a Knitting Nest. Suzanne’s husband recently passed away, Petra has lost her husband to Alzheimer’s Disease, and Toni’s womanizing husband has left her (again).
In the quiet town of Kindred the ladies stay busy serving dishes such as “Cackleberry Club Brown Sugar Meatloaf,” “Cheddar Cheese Biscuits,” and “Chicken Croquettes.” In their spare time they’re hosting a Knit In and a Take the Cake event, as well as a book signing for the local hot-shot romance author.
The ladies help out the Library Committee fund raiser at the Kindred Spirit Days. When Suzanne goes to deliver a cake to Funeral Director Ozzie Driesden, she finds him dead on his own embalming table. Before she can get a good look at the scene, someone drugs Suzanne with chloroform.
When a friend come under suspension of the murder, Suzanne and the ladies of Cackleberry begin to do some snooping of their own. While following a lead, Suzanne and Toni find a second body.
The more they look, the more confused the case becomes. The ladies are faced with problems from every angle, including being held hostage.
Even though this is the second book in the Cackleberry Club series, Eggs Benedict Arnold is a stand alone book. However, the adventures of the ladies will have you wanting more. The first in the series is Eggs in Purgatory.
Author Laura Childs has created a delightful mix of humor, small town friendship, murder and mayhem in this cozy murder mystery. As an added bonus there is a recipe section in the back of the book, along with a preview of Ms. Child’s next new Tea Shop Mystery, The Teaberry Strangler.
Eggs Benedict Arnold will have you wishing for simpler times while longing for a taste of the delicious recipes mentioned throughout the book.
Eggs Benedict Arnold, A Cackleberry Club Mystery by Laura Childs, Berkley Prime Crime, @2009.
ISBN: 978-0-425-23155-5, 336 pages, paperback
** Just heard from Laura Childs that Eggs Benedict Arnold has been named to the New York Times Bestseller List! **
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