Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Salon: Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs

hot drinkHappy New Year to those still celebrating as we launch into the first Sunday Salon of 2014. Hopefully everyone is safe and warm this cold winter’s day as yet another storms blankets the country.

One fun way to enjoy cold, gloomy days is to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate (coffee, tea, etc.) and a good book. I have a delightful book to tell you about today. It’s the latest in an enjoyable series I find refreshing.

Grab an extra throw, fill your cup to the brim with your favorite hot beverage, settle into a comfortable chair and let’s talk books!

EGGS IN A CASKET by Laura Childs

Eggs in a Casket coverWhat was to be a quick trip to the Memorial Cemetery to deliver flowers for the site’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration, turned into a find that was unexpected and dangerous.

Suzanne and Toni had left their other partner, Petra, handling the breakfast rush at their café, the Cackleberry Club, to run the errand to the cemetery. In their search for the historical society tent, they’re almost run off the small cemetery road by their friend Missy. When they stop, they discover ex-prison warden Lester Drummond dead and lying face down in a freshly dug grave.

Drummond was well known throughout Kindred and had quite a few secrets. Suzanne knew that he had been hitting on Missy and won’t take no for an answer. With the cemetery celebration fast approaching, Missy among the prime suspects and the local authorities with their hands full, Suzanne and her partners swing into action. It’s up to the Cackleberry Club trio to unscramble the murder and find the killer before another body turns up dead.

Author Laura Childs has crafted a protagonist that is spunky and realistic with flaws that readers can relate to. Her friends are likable, funny and well-developed. The setting is quaint and inviting with a small-town atmosphere that quickly draws you in.

EGGS IN A CASKET is an easy read that will have you guessing who the killer is until the very end. The story moves at a steady pace with twists and turns. There’s a good blend of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. Childs’ eye for details makes the Cackleberry Club a place readers will want to visit again and again.

This is the fifth installment in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series, but can be read on its own. New readers to the series won’t be left in the dark, while returning fans will enjoy catching up the folks of Kindred. An added bonus is the recipes featured at the Cackleberry Club are included at the end of the story.

Author Laura Childs’ website is

Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs, A Cackleberry Club Mystery #5, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425255582, Hardcover, 336 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this posts finds you snuggling with a good book. You can order EGGS IN A CASKET now before it's release date on Tuesday.


  1. Mason - Thanks - this sounds like a fun read, and I have to say I think the title is quite inventive.

  2. Curling up with some tea and a good book sounds perfect to me! :)

  3. Terrific review. This sounds like a "cosy mystery", which I love to read. This is certainly on my TBR list now!

  4. Thanks for sharing your review of this book.


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