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The ladies of the Cackleberry Club seek a killer in the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.
But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.
Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…
Today’s guest blogger is Laura Childs, author of the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club Mysteries and Tea Shop Mysteries. Please give her a warm welcome!
Greetings all and Happy Holidays!
As I fuss about my writing studio, gazing at the Christmas presents I’m attempting to hide from family members, my thoughts just seem to naturally drift back to Christmases past.
I have a hazy memory of a Christmas party I attended when I was just three. This was back in the fifties, mind you, when moms baked cookies, bars, and fudge, and congregated with their toddlers at each other’s homes. While kids played with train sets and fuzzy bears under a Christmas tree, our moms sipped coffee and gazed benevolently at us. As the day slipped into a blue-black winter evening, fathers would arrive from work, stomping snow and wearing hats and long coats, ready to gather up wives and children. It was magical and lent a feeling that all was safe and right with the world.
When I wrote Egg Drop Dead, my just-released-in-paperback Cackleberry Club Mystery, I tried to capture that innocent, fifties-feeling. Though the mystery is set in contemporary times, it offers a raft of small-town characters that make you yearn for simpler times. At the top of the list are Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, the wise-cracking (and egg cracking) entrepreneurial ladies of the Cackleberry Club café. Mornings they whip up Egg Strata and Slumbering Volcanoes, then work a double shift as amateur sleuths who solve a vicious murder mystery.
Spirituality abounds, too, along with pulse-pounding action and tasty recipes for Egg Strata, Harvest Pumpkin Soup, Apple Scones, and Egg Drop Dead Soup. And for readers on the lookout for stocking stuffers this holiday, there’s that $7.99 paperback price.
Happy Holidays and peace to all!
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