Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Scorched Eggs {+Giveaway}

Scorched Eggs by Laura ChildsI’m delighted today to tell you about the newest release from one of my all-time favorite authors.

New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs has a new release out today in her Cackleberry Club Mystery series entitled SCORCHED EGGS. To celebrate this release, Laura is giving away two (2) print copies of her new book here at Thoughts. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details. Now here’s my thoughts on this tantalizing mystery.

SCORCHED EGGS by Laura Childs

Friends that stick together during good times and bad comes to mind when I think of the bestselling mystery series Cackleberry Club by Laura Childs.

In the latest release in the series, SCORCHED EGGS, the co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café – Suzanne, Petra and Toni – are shocked when their friend Hannah Venable is killed in a fire. Their shock turns to anger and then determination when they learn the fire at the County Service Building where Hannah worked was set on purpose.

The list of suspects grows as the trio discovers infidelity, a dismissed fireman, and gambling problems. As they sort through the suspects, they also have to deal with a waylaid wedding, the Logan County Fair, a baby owl, a dinner theatre, and of course, their usual hungry customers at the café.

Suzanne, with the help of her friends, is determined to find justice for Hannah even if it means gambling with her own safety.

SCORCHED EGGS is a fast-pace read that flows smoothly and keeps you guessing. The twists and turns will have you rethinking who the killer is with each new clue.

The characters are likable and wholesome. Their interactions are realistic. The secondary characters add charm and enhance the story.

The small town atmosphere is one that draws you in and makes you wish for a caring community like that surrounding the Cackleberry Club Café. The rich descriptions places the reader in the setting. The numerous events throughout the book adds to the feel of the story.

Childs blends mystery, murder, friendship, humor, and a dash of romance for a well-balanced story. Her characters are quirky and the mystery intriguing.

SCORCHED EGGS is the sixth installment in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series, but can be read on its own. Recipes for a number of the delicious dishes mentioned throughout the story are included at the end as an added bonus, as well as a resource guide.

There’s nothing like a small town café setting to whet your appetite for a tantalizing murder mystery. 

Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs, Cackleberry Club Mystery Book #6, Berkley Prime Crime, @2014, ISBN: 978-0425255599, Hardcover, 320 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, receiving the complimentary copy to read and the two copies to giveaway did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Author Laura Childs visits Thoughts in Progress to promote Scorched Eggs, her latest Cackleberry Club Mystery releaseLaura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and Scrapbook Mysteries, and a recent recipient of the Romantic Times Book Review’s Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. 

Laura Childs, pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt, was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profit organizations, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura's website is  http://laurachilds.com/


This giveaway is for two (2) print copies of SCORCHED EGGS and is open to residents of the U.S. only. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient. The winner from this giveaway will have 72 hours to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected. The email will have ‘Thoughts in Progress Scorched Eggs Giveaway’ in the subject line, just so you know what to watch for (in case it goes into your spam folder).

Thanks a bunch for visiting today. I hope I’ve enticed to check out SCORCHED EGGS and the learn more about the ladies of the Cackleberry Club Café. Have you read any of this series yet? Is there a small café in your town where locals gather to eat and catch up on the day’s events?

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  1. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Sixth in the series? That's impressive.
    Thanks again for the book feature yesterday, Mason. It was great to see your regulars come out in support for it.

  3. Mason - I have to say, the title of this book is terrific! Thanks for sharing about it.

  4. I haven't read any of this series yet but her Teashop and Scrapbooking series have wonderful characters, terrific plots, great recipes, etc.

    No Rafflecopter?


  5. I love Laura Childs's work!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. Hi, all. So sorry about the widget I guess with all the talk of food blogger got hungry.

  7. It's too bad she's only giving away print copies. I would like to read her book but in an electronic format. I don't read print books much anymore. Not unless it's not in electronic format. I hope she has lots of success with her book!

  8. I have a friend that comes to mind when I read this. I have not yet read any of this series.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  9. I would enjoy this book greatly. I haven't read this series. Many thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I love your books and look forward to reading this series

  11. I have not read any of these books.

  12. I love this series, I can't wait to read what the Cackleberry club is up to now. Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. I love this series, the characters, the recipes....everything

  14. Love this series about women's friendships and attitude. Setting fires on purpose is definitely a bad thing but an interesting addition to a murder mystery. Read first two books in this series, and lots of Child's tea shop mysteries. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

  15. I have not read this series but I would love to start with this book. It sounds really good! Thank you!

  16. What a charming cover. Congratulations to Laura!

  17. I am a fan of Laura's and have all of her books. I look forward to each of them.

  18. I haven't read this series yet but I hear it's really good. I think we'd enjoy it a lot. Thanks for the chance to win Scorched Eggs

  19. It sounds a delightful book. Thanks for the heads up, Mason :)

  20. I have read the first two, but somehow, now I'm behind! Would love to catch up with the gang in Scorched Eggs, thanks for the chance to win!

  21. I haven't read anything from this series but will have to check it out. I like the cover. Quite colorful.

  22. I've read and loved all of Laura Childs' books. It's always great when a new one comes out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. I want to know more about Scorched eggs. I have heard of Scotch eggs, but not scorched. LCs books are always fun reading.


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