Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club, #8)
The Christmas season at the Cackleberry Club café is marred by murder in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling series.Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of "A Christmas Carol" is just playing to type. He's not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you'd have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it's a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred's favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley. As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni's almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.

Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club, #8) Details

TitleEggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club, #8)
Author
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Holiday, Christmas

Eggs on Ice (Cackleberry Club, #8) Review

  • Luffy
    January 1, 1970
    It pains me to rate Eggs On Ice so harshly, but the book was mediocre from the start. I could easily guess the culprit in the story, and the mystery element felt like Elephants Can Remember or some other bad book by Dame Christie.I think the author may have written the entire book while smack dab in the middle of writer's block. Impressive such a feat might be, it still results in a 2 star book. There was simply too much filler, and even one of the murders was filler!I will still read the next C It pains me to rate Eggs On Ice so harshly, but the book was mediocre from the start. I could easily guess the culprit in the story, and the mystery element felt like Elephants Can Remember or some other bad book by Dame Christie.I think the author may have written the entire book while smack dab in the middle of writer's block. Impressive such a feat might be, it still results in a 2 star book. There was simply too much filler, and even one of the murders was filler!I will still read the next Cackleberry Club book. That's because despite everything that matters, the domesticity from the very first book is indeed present in this 8th book. I wrote this review unwillingly. I just wanted to delete my entry from Goodreads. But against common sense I've written this nonsense review. I just want to keep writing for 5 star books, you know?
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsI am always excited when I get to visit the ladies at the Cackleberry Club Café. It’s Christmastime and in addition to the café being all decked out they are planning a Christmas Tea and helping the Kindred Players behind the scenes for their upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Sadly they have to add a funeral luncheon to their busy schedule when the Ghost Of Christmas Past kills Scrooge during rehearsal – and they weren’t acting.Scrooge, aka Attorney Allen Sharpe, is de Dollycas’s ThoughtsI am always excited when I get to visit the ladies at the Cackleberry Club Café. It’s Christmastime and in addition to the café being all decked out they are planning a Christmas Tea and helping the Kindred Players behind the scenes for their upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Sadly they have to add a funeral luncheon to their busy schedule when the Ghost Of Christmas Past kills Scrooge during rehearsal – and they weren’t acting.Scrooge, aka Attorney Allen Sharpe, is dead, stabbed while onstage with people watching. All they saw was a ghost, nothing to help police identify the person, but Suzanne gave chase, was threatened with a knife and the killer got away. Solving the crime isn’t going to be easy, the victim had wronged a lot of people. No matter how hard they try or how many times they are warned off Suzanne, Petra, and Toni find themselves egg-xactly where they shouldn’t be. Right in the middle of another murder investigation and skating on thin ice.What I love most about this series is that the characters are genuine. You could easily walk into a café in Minnesota and find friends like Suzanne, Toni, and Petra bustling around, serving up delicious food, shelving new titles in the book nook or teaching a class in the craft area. They take part in community events. The watch out for each other and the people important in their lives. Unlike normal people, they do occasionally get wrapped up in a murder, but their hearts are always in the right place.This time I was totally gobsmacked when the killer was revealed. Not on my radar, not in my wildest dreams. Twists galore sent me in a whole different direction. I did have to skip a few pages due to a trigger situation, so maybe I missed something there, but I had really zeroed in on one person. With plenty of cozy-ish action and suspense, it was fun to trail along as the characters and I both learned who the killer was at the exact same time.Kindred, Minnesota is a happening place and I have enjoyed every visit. The entire series is egg-cellent. There are big future plans in the works so I am really excited about returning again next year!!
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    It is Christmas season at Cackleberry Club Cafe. Most everyone in town was in the play Scrooge, when an actor was killed. Suzanne and everyone saw it happen and it was a ghost. Or at least someone dressed up as a ghost. Then Suzanne chases the ghost and almost gets killed herself. I have not read any other books in this series but yet seemed to know the characters. Suzanne works in the cafe but always seems to be investigating murders. She is engaged to Same who works as a Doctor. Her 2 friends It is Christmas season at Cackleberry Club Cafe. Most everyone in town was in the play Scrooge, when an actor was killed. Suzanne and everyone saw it happen and it was a ghost. Or at least someone dressed up as a ghost. Then Suzanne chases the ghost and almost gets killed herself. I have not read any other books in this series but yet seemed to know the characters. Suzanne works in the cafe but always seems to be investigating murders. She is engaged to Same who works as a Doctor. Her 2 friends are Toni and Petra who also run the cafe. You get to see their friendship and how the people in the town all support each other. Suzanne always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police even tell her to stay away from the investigation as well as her fiance.I received this from First To Reads for review.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    EGGS ON ICE, the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries by Laura Childs, brings A Christmas Carol to life on the pages. Protagonist, Suzanne, and her best friend, Toni, volunteer behind the scenes for the community production. They get caught up investigating when Scrooge is murdered by the Ghost of Christmas Future right in front of their eyes during dress rehearsal. I thought it was a very unique and clever setup for the murder and added a certain mystic to the scene. It just so happens EGGS ON ICE, the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries by Laura Childs, brings A Christmas Carol to life on the pages. Protagonist, Suzanne, and her best friend, Toni, volunteer behind the scenes for the community production. They get caught up investigating when Scrooge is murdered by the Ghost of Christmas Future right in front of their eyes during dress rehearsal. I thought it was a very unique and clever setup for the murder and added a certain mystic to the scene. It just so happens that Scrooge is played by the town’s miserly scrooge and as they investigate, find even more people who weren’t all that unhappy with his death. I enjoyed the imagery and colorful descriptions the author provides in introducing the characters, which accurately captures their personalities. It makes the people in the story memorable. The interaction between Suzanne and her best friend, Toni, provides great interaction and opportunities for one-liners which had me chuckling. I found it heartwarming that Suzanne not only volunteers for various community projects, but also takes in rescue horses to foster until she finds people to give them forever homes. Her caring personality is exhibited over and over again, even when having to deal with Toni’s trying ex-husband, who is short a brick or two but is arrogant enough to think he’s got the full stack. I also appreciate that Ms. Childs starts her books off quickly with a crime, which moves the story along instead of dragging down the pace with too much backstory and set up. Even if you haven’t read any previous books in this series, this is easily read as a standalone. While there isn’t a ton of action in the investigation (Suzanne has a business to run and she devotes herself to it) there is a heart-pounding conclusion to wrap the story up, and had me sitting on the edge of my seat.I was provided an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much! My first but not last by this author. The ending was a little abrupt so that was disappointing but overall, I enjoyed this so much. The friends are so fun.
  • Alice Liu
    January 1, 1970
    The book was a lukewarm 4-star read for me until the end, where it lost an additional star. Suzanne, the heroine, fails to connect any dots, so there is no real suspense or buildup. At the climax she becomes exceedingly vacuous, so when the murderer nearly succeeds in killing her, she's completely oblivious to the fact that her life is in danger. She doesn't solve the murder mystery. Things just happen to her and eventually the murderer reveals himself.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs is the eighth A Cackleberry Club Mystery. Suzanne Dietz along with her partners, Toni and Petra own The Cackleberry Club in Kindred. It is a combination café, bookstore and craft corner. Suzanne and Toni have volunteered to work backstage at the Oakhurst Theatre where the Kindred Players it is putting on a production of A Christmas Carol. Allan Sharpe, the town curmudgeon and a local lawyer, was cast perfectly as Scrooge. Suzanne and Toni are learning how to operate t Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs is the eighth A Cackleberry Club Mystery. Suzanne Dietz along with her partners, Toni and Petra own The Cackleberry Club in Kindred. It is a combination café, bookstore and craft corner. Suzanne and Toni have volunteered to work backstage at the Oakhurst Theatre where the Kindred Players it is putting on a production of A Christmas Carol. Allan Sharpe, the town curmudgeon and a local lawyer, was cast perfectly as Scrooge. Suzanne and Toni are learning how to operate the curtains and lighting board while watching the scene between Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past. Both actors play their parts beautifully, but Scrooge fails to get up when the act finishes. Suzanne approaches Allan and discovers he was stabbed. She gives chase to the ghost until he threatens her with his knife. The next day Amber Payson comes into the café to speak with Suzanne. Amber is the police’s prime suspect and she needs Suzanne’s help in clearing her name. As the days go by, the evidence mounts against Amber, but there are many people who disliked Allan including the play’s director. Then someone sets fire to Junior’s trailer and he needs a new place to live (oh, dear). Is the fire connected to the murder? Suzanne and Toni are searching for clues and find another victim. The Cackleberry Club ladies needs to find the murderer before he strikes again. Can they find the nefarious killer or will one of them end of a Ghost of Christmas Present?Eggs on Ice contains good writing along with gentle pacing. Eggs on Ice is a cozy mystery that is best not read as a standalone. Details that readers need are not included in the eighth A Cackleberry Club Mystery (some information is imparted as the book progresses). I recommend beginning with Eggs in Purgatory. The Cackleberry Club is a unique restaurant with a Book Nook and the Knitting Nest. It sounds like my type of café. We get wonderful descriptions of the unique yarns they carry. I have never heard of the some of the yard blends Petra works with and has ordered for the shop (though, I am eager to find and create objects with them). The main characters are likeable and relatable. The three women are best friends despite their diverse personalities. Suzanne is the main voice of the story. She is engaged to Dr. Sam Hazelet and they have a warm, loving relationship. Toni is unique with her beliefs and her husband. There are a variety of off-beat characters in the story with Junior Garrett, Toni’s wacky sort-of husband, being the quirkiest. He constantly finds himself in trouble thanks to his bad choices and lack of intelligence. The murder occurs in the first chapter of the book. We then follow Suzanne as she goes about her daily activities (working, spending time with friends and her fiancé) while questioning interested parties she encounters. Suzanne along with Toni do break into one interested parties’ home to look for clues. There is little action in the book until the end. I like Suzanne’s style of questioning. She is not intrusive or demanding which I appreciate. I kept hoping Suzanne would put together the clues and identify the killer (whom I identified before the body left the theater). It was interesting how Suzanne subdued the killer, but it seemed unrealistic (the item has a safety feature that prevents it from being used in that manner). The ending was abrupt and felt incomplete. It needed another chapter to wrap up the whodunit satisfactorily (answer questions about the crime and the killer’s reasoning) and give readers a happy ending (see them celebrating Christmas would have been nice). I did not feel that Eggs on Ice is on the same level as the authors other works (A Tea Shop Mystery series and A Scrapbooking Mystery series). There are details missing from the story such as the main characters last names (Toni and Petra) and I am curious what state Kindred is in. There are recipes at the end for the items served in The Cackleberry Club. I wish there had been instruction for how to make the quilted tote mentioned in the book by Petra. Eggs on Ice is a cute and humorous cozy mystery set is a charming small town filled with off-beat individuals.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up to 4. It is Christmas season at Cackleberry Club Cafe. The town was getting ready for the Christmas Play, The Christmas Carol. During rehearsals, the scene with Scrooge and the ghost was playing out on stage in a very odd way. When the ghost exited, Scrooge was dead. Who killed Alan Sharp? He was playing Scrooge, but he was the most unliked man in town, so many people could have done it. The fact that the whole cast saw the murder, yet no one realized what was happening makes it e 3.5 rounded up to 4. It is Christmas season at Cackleberry Club Cafe. The town was getting ready for the Christmas Play, The Christmas Carol. During rehearsals, the scene with Scrooge and the ghost was playing out on stage in a very odd way. When the ghost exited, Scrooge was dead. Who killed Alan Sharp? He was playing Scrooge, but he was the most unliked man in town, so many people could have done it. The fact that the whole cast saw the murder, yet no one realized what was happening makes it even harder for Sheriff Doogie to figure out. When a second murder occurs and Junior's trailer gets torched, things just become more confusing. Suzanne is once again asked for help by Amber, the main suspect. Is she risking her own safety and that of her friends?Laura Childs is a gifted author when it comes to blending the setting and the characters into her mysteries. I would love to visit the fictional Midwestern town of Kindred in this book. This series' strength comes from the friendship between Suzanne, Toni, and Petra. Suzanne is the ringleader when it comes to detecting. Petra is the calming influence and Toni wants to party. They all work so well together in the business with each bring a specific talent to the enterprise. Another strength is the Cackleberry Club Café itself. This is where everyone goes to meet, gossip, and dine, which allows Suzanne to gather information and ask questions. The one thing that bothers me is the men. Sheriff Doogie can't seem to figure anything out without Suzanne's help/interference, Junior is a bit of a doofus and Sam, who is a doctor, can't make a meal? I know this is a book about the women, but the men make them look bad as well. The author did a great job at keeping me guessing. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, there was a twist and I discovered I was wrong. The murder’s motive was the usual, money, yet it was barely mentioned. Overall, this was an enjoyable read, however I liked the earlier ones in the series better. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book through the First Reads Program. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Destiny | myhoneyreads
    January 1, 1970
    2/5 Skimmed the last 150 pages. Full review will be up on my blog soon. I have regrets.
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    The local town production of the Christmas Carolis in rehearsal in Kindred, Minnesota.Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café and her cohort, Toni are part of the stage crew. Suzanne realizes that the huge Ghost from Christmas Past is not the scripted ghost. She thenrealizes that the man playing Scrooge, attorney Allan Sharp has been murdered during the scene.The story has intrigue, mystery, suspense. Thereis quite a tangled web of clues, plenty of secretsrevealed with lies uncovered. The The local town production of the Christmas Carolis in rehearsal in Kindred, Minnesota.Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café and her cohort, Toni are part of the stage crew. Suzanne realizes that the huge Ghost from Christmas Past is not the scripted ghost. She thenrealizes that the man playing Scrooge, attorney Allan Sharp has been murdered during the scene.The story has intrigue, mystery, suspense. Thereis quite a tangled web of clues, plenty of secretsrevealed with lies uncovered. The mystery has been uniquely blended with a cast of complex,well defined, some quirky and all very interesting characters.An enjoyable Christmas mystery.This is book # 8 in the Cackleberry Club Mysteryseries. It can be read as a stand alone as theauthor weaves the past and present together effortlessly.Recipes Included.I volunteered to read Eggs on Ice. Thanks to thePenguin’s First-to-Read Program for the opportunity.My opinion is my own.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great little cozy. It's the eight in the series but the first I have read and I very easily slipped right into the characters and their town. The murder happened on page 6! Woo Hoo - that's how I like my cozies to start. Out of the gate, running full speed. The characters are really very likable and the restaurant they run is able to keep the dialogue and information flowing. This is my second book from this author and I am definitely interested in reading more. Many thanks to the publ This is a great little cozy. It's the eight in the series but the first I have read and I very easily slipped right into the characters and their town. The murder happened on page 6! Woo Hoo - that's how I like my cozies to start. Out of the gate, running full speed. The characters are really very likable and the restaurant they run is able to keep the dialogue and information flowing. This is my second book from this author and I am definitely interested in reading more. Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    January 1, 1970
    It is always great to visit Kindred and sink into a chair at the Cackleberry Club (although Toni and Junior annoy me no end, Suzanne, Petra, Sam and the animals more than make up for that), I really like the fact that the Cackleberry Club is always prepared to step up and do something for someone else, whether an individual or a group, charity doesn't always begin at home sometimes it begins at the Cackleberry Club.Christmas is on the way and A Christmas Carol is going to be the production at th It is always great to visit Kindred and sink into a chair at the Cackleberry Club (although Toni and Junior annoy me no end, Suzanne, Petra, Sam and the animals more than make up for that), I really like the fact that the Cackleberry Club is always prepared to step up and do something for someone else, whether an individual or a group, charity doesn't always begin at home sometimes it begins at the Cackleberry Club.Christmas is on the way and A Christmas Carol is going to be the production at the Kindred Theatre, the three ladies of the Cackleberry Club are helping behind the scenes (Petra is helping with costumes as it is something she can fit in around hospital visits to her husband, Toni and Suzanne are backstage dealing with lighting and effects), the man playing Scrooge seems to be typecast as he seems to be Scrooge pre the four ghost visits, even so it seems  shocking that someone would kill him, but this is what happens, now with the weather getting worse and the Sheriff concentrating on one person as the murderer Suzanne needs to decide if she is going to be good (and stay out of it) or bad and try and help.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    When a local is killed during the rehearsals for A Christmas Carol no one is really surprised. The dead man, Allen Sharpe, wasn't a well liked man and everyone believed his part as Scrooge was a perfect fit. The Ghost of Christmas Past killed him although the man who was playing the part got sidetracked and someone took his place, taking the opportunity to murder. Suzanne saw it happen and chased the killer but once he threatened her she backed away. Suzanne knows that she must investigate to fi When a local is killed during the rehearsals for A Christmas Carol no one is really surprised. The dead man, Allen Sharpe, wasn't a well liked man and everyone believed his part as Scrooge was a perfect fit. The Ghost of Christmas Past killed him although the man who was playing the part got sidetracked and someone took his place, taking the opportunity to murder. Suzanne saw it happen and chased the killer but once he threatened her she backed away. Suzanne knows that she must investigate to find out who the killer is and who it was that threatened her. The problem the man had plenty of enemies to choose from. Could it have been his business partner, or was it Toni's ex-husband, or maybe a person that he sexually harassed while working for him. The list is long but that doesn't stop Suzanne, with help from the other Cackleberry Club, from looking into things. Will she be able to find a killer or will she be the next victim. Follow along and find out!!! This is a well written series that always has a great mystery to solve. I hope that I'm as fun as these ladies are when I get to be their age. I can't wait to see what they get into next.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    EGGS ON ICE by Laura ChildsThe Eighth Cackleberry Club MysteryWinter has arrived in the Midwest and Suzanne Dietz and her pal, Toni, are trying to figure out the ropes as stagehands for the local production of A Christmas Carol. Allan Sharp is giving a great performance as Scrooge, which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as the man is hated by most of the town. Suzanne and Toni are suitably spooked by the Ghost of Christmas Past who gives a terrifying performance...even more so when the m EGGS ON ICE by Laura ChildsThe Eighth Cackleberry Club MysteryWinter has arrived in the Midwest and Suzanne Dietz and her pal, Toni, are trying to figure out the ropes as stagehands for the local production of A Christmas Carol. Allan Sharp is giving a great performance as Scrooge, which shouldn't come as too much of a surprise as the man is hated by most of the town. Suzanne and Toni are suitably spooked by the Ghost of Christmas Past who gives a terrifying performance...even more so when the man playing the ghost approaches them to say he missed his cue, and Allan is not moving. Who was the ghost on stage? Between cooking up and serving great meals at the Cackleberry Cafe with Toni and Petra, Suzanne will delve into the murder investigation despite her fiance's request to stay out of it for once. But will looking into another murder result in her own goose getting cooked? Fans of the Cackleberry Club will be delighted with this newest mystery. While I found the story entertaining, it did emphasize some issues I've had with this series. Toni acts more like a twelve year old than a woman in her forties and Petra's religiosity can be a little off-putting. While Suzanne is the reliable person in the group, even her behavior was irksome at times, fretting about her relationship with Sam yet doing what she knows will upset him. Still, Toni's antics can be entertaining and no one can doubt the good nature of the trio.The methods of the murders was ingenious. I particularly liked the first one committed on stage. Laura Childs deftly draws readers to two suspects in particular and engineers some fantastic ambushes of both characters and readers who weren't paying close enough attention. Known for her chase scenes, Childs does not disappoint in this latest mystery.EGGS ON ICE is a fast paced winter themed mystery. The delectable recipes included make me want to visit the Cackleberry Club despite my issues with it.FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2DYBA5JThe enjoyable Cackleberry Club series continues with this newest release, Eggs on Ice. Laura Childs is a prolific and talented author, gifted at blending setting and memorable characters together – the fictional Midwestern town of Kindred in this book. Eggs on Ice may be eighth in the series, but enough background is provided that it easily stands alone.For me, the strength of this story is the friendship between Suzanne, Toni, and Petra – wi Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2DYBA5JThe enjoyable Cackleberry Club series continues with this newest release, Eggs on Ice. Laura Childs is a prolific and talented author, gifted at blending setting and memorable characters together – the fictional Midwestern town of Kindred in this book. Eggs on Ice may be eighth in the series, but enough background is provided that it easily stands alone.For me, the strength of this story is the friendship between Suzanne, Toni, and Petra – with Suzanne being the ringleader when it comes to detecting. Another strength is the Cackleberry Club Café itself, a place I’d love to visit. With all the customers that come to dine, it provides a great backdrop for conversations, listening, and the asking of questions.The first murder occurs in the opening pages, and its haunting image stayed with me throughout the book. During a rehearsal for the local theater group’s production of A Christmas Carol, one of the ghosts glides in, envelops and stabs Scrooge, then effortlessly escapes in the same way. Thought to be part of the play at first, Suzanne quickly realizes that all is not as it should be. Childs did a great job at keeping me guessing, because I was almost sure I had this one figured out, only to discover at the last minute that I was wrong. The murder’s rationale wasn’t as clearly communicated as I would have liked, but everything came together for an enjoyable read. The only thing I didn’t care for was the occasional use of profanity.Perfect for the Christmas season, Eggs on Ice is a story that cozy mystery fans should enjoy, as well as other series by Laura Childs.I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Andrea Guy
    January 1, 1970
    I have been reading Laura Childs since I started reading cozy mysteries, which has been quite awhile. The Cackleberry Club is my favorite of her three series, and I think its the youngest. This is the 8th book in the series. It is also a holiday cozy so that makes me happy in so many ways. Oh and recipes! I have to admit I went straight for the back of the book to check those out. I'm all about making the jalapeno chicken sandwich Yum.Toni and Suzanne witness the murder of attorney and cast mem I have been reading Laura Childs since I started reading cozy mysteries, which has been quite awhile. The Cackleberry Club is my favorite of her three series, and I think its the youngest. This is the 8th book in the series. It is also a holiday cozy so that makes me happy in so many ways. Oh and recipes! I have to admit I went straight for the back of the book to check those out. I'm all about making the jalapeno chicken sandwich Yum.Toni and Suzanne witness the murder of attorney and cast member of the Kindred Players holiday play, and that starts Suzanne sleuthing, especially as the killer had a knife to her after she chased after him.Allen Sharpe is the kind of guy that everyone wants to kill, so there are a lot of suspects, and Suzanne is getting herself into trouble trying to figure out whodunit. I really found it hard to figure out the killer in this one. There were too many suspects for me, and the one that I really thought did it, wasn't the one in the end. In fact, the outcome just really blew my mind, because I wasn't at the top of my list.I love the friendships between the ladies of the Cackleberry Club. Toni and Suzanne are great bffs and Petra is wonderful as well. You don't have to read all the books to easily feel at home with these characters. Its hard to believe some of the things that Suzanne gets Toni into, and Toni is just crazy enough to go along with her.I really enjoyed this one!
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Eggs On Ice is the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries and it's the first book I've read in this series.I loved the quirky characters in this mystery. I thought the characters made the story. What a hoot! I think I'll start with Toni. Toni believes in ghosts. Who knew??? I mean seriously, Toni, did the temperature really drop and did you really smell brimstone??? Do you even know what brimstone smells like??? And Toni, ghosts don't run, they dematerialize!!! There isn't a ghost in the Eggs On Ice is the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries and it's the first book I've read in this series.I loved the quirky characters in this mystery. I thought the characters made the story. What a hoot! I think I'll start with Toni. Toni believes in ghosts. Who knew??? I mean seriously, Toni, did the temperature really drop and did you really smell brimstone??? Do you even know what brimstone smells like??? And Toni, ghosts don't run, they dematerialize!!! There isn't a ghost in the story at all. Toni's just a little peculiar. Toni has an "almost ex-husband." Junior is the almost ex. He's a piece of work. I think he might be a couple of French fries short of a happy meal, but he's so lovable and I liked him. He has an innocent quality, but at the same time . . . his thought processes . . . ??? Mmm.Suzanne seems to be the leader of the sleuthing friends. She's engaged to a doctor and the doc seems to be the only non-quirky character in the story.Suzanne and Toni have the adventures together.Sheriff Doogie has his hands full investigating a town with lovable crazies! Of yes! There are a few more fun characters in the story and oh my word! I thought of another non-quirky character -- Reverend Jakes! He grew on me. The mystery, lovable, fun characters, it all worked in an off-the-wall sort of way!A BIG thank-you to Berkley Prime Crime for mailing this book to me!
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Cafe, in Kindred, Minnesota, is part of a theater group putting on A Christmas Carol. But when their Scrooge - attorney Allen Sharpe - is murdered by the Ghost of Christmas Past (or someone pretending to be so), it's a race to find a murderer that no one has seen. When she's later approached by a young woman named Amber who's asking for help, she's surprised. It seems Suzanne's friend has sent Amber to her because she's the one that Sheriff Doogie has in Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, in Kindred, Minnesota, is part of a theater group putting on A Christmas Carol. But when their Scrooge - attorney Allen Sharpe - is murdered by the Ghost of Christmas Past (or someone pretending to be so), it's a race to find a murderer that no one has seen. When she's later approached by a young woman named Amber who's asking for help, she's surprised. It seems Suzanne's friend has sent Amber to her because she's the one that Sheriff Doogie has in mind for the murder, but Amber insists she's innocent.Suzanne doesn't know her at all, and wants to believe the best, but she isn't sure. Still, with her curious nature she can't help but wonder who not only killed Allen, but threatened her with the same knife. So she sets about looking into the investigation herself, even enlisting the help of her friend Toni. But then the stakes are raised at a seemingly harmless endeavor, and now Suzanne knows she's also on the killer's radar. But can Doogie - or Suzanne - find a killer before he manages to finish her off?...This is the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, so there isn't a lot of background on the characters for those who haven't read the previous in the series, but there is enough explanation as the book progresses that it shouldn't leave anyone in the dark, either.While I knew the identity of the killer early on I was interested to find out how Suzanne would come to the same conclusion. The clues weren't overt, but they weren't hidden, either. There wasn't tons of action involved, it was basically Suzanne going about her daily life and asking questions in the process. She's not invasive, and is never get-up-in-your-face about it, which I enjoyed.She does have her own ideas about the killer and several suspects, yet when she tries to veer away from Doogie's insistence that Amber might very well be the killer, something sort of pulls her back in that direction, which confuses her.Add to this the fact that Toni's almost-ex-husband Junior has had his trailer blown up and now he's temporarily living with her; while he's pretty much a neer-do-well with the brains of a squirrel (and I'm giving him too much credit here as squirrels can be intelligent), but his heart is always in the right place. It's an interesting subplot. There was also a few things that seemed odd at best - a fashion show at a Christmas tea? Who would do that? What about women who don't care for fashion (like myself) but would rather just have a nice tea - I would find it out of place and distracting from what is supposed to be a seasonal event.However, there was something about Suzanne that bothered me, and I have placed it in a spoiler below:(view spoiler)[ I haven't read any others in this series and probably won't, since Suzanne has no problem breaking and entering into someone's home. How would she feel if someone broke into her place to "look around"? It just didn't feel like a mature woman should be so juvenile. Also, her sidekick is a lot like the sidekick Ava from the other series. (hide spoiler)]In the end, there was a bit of suspenseful action which was nice, and it gave the tale a little oomph that was needed. Below is a spoiler that asks a couple of questions about the killer's reasons, so please don't read if you haven't already read the book - it could ruin the ending for you as it gives away the murderer but I couldn't explain my reasoning without doing so. Thank you.(view spoiler)[When all came together I felt that it was rather pat, since we weren't given any explanation of why things happened the way they did; and I would have liked to have an extra chapter to explain everything; it was basically one paragraph from the killer that was supposed to make sense, but we were never told why there was 'business' insurance (which begs the question: would it have been payable if two out of three partners were still alive? There wouldn't be a loss of business since the other two partners could have easily have split the third's clients, so how? Why didn't the sheriff look into who would benefit from Sharpe's death? This would have been too easy to discover. Because if it, the reasons felt like the author couldn't think of any reason to actually make this person the murderer so decided to go with this. (hide spoiler)]However, all in all, a decent entry in the series. Recommended.
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  • Cthulhu Down My Chimney 2Night
    January 1, 1970
    Review of EGGS ON ICE by Laura Childs(Cackleberry Club #8)A really compelling cozy mystery laden with intrigue, this is Book 8 in the Cackleberry Club series, about three wonderful individuals who run the Cackleberry Club Cafe, Book Nook, and Knitting Nest (all-in-one-combination in a former service station). Currently their small-but-growing Midwestern town, Kindred, is nearly snowbound; the amateur play production is not going well once the Scrooge is murdered; and Suzanne is nearly killed her Review of EGGS ON ICE by Laura Childs(Cackleberry Club #8)A really compelling cozy mystery laden with intrigue, this is Book 8 in the Cackleberry Club series, about three wonderful individuals who run the Cackleberry Club Cafe, Book Nook, and Knitting Nest (all-in-one-combination in a former service station). Currently their small-but-growing Midwestern town, Kindred, is nearly snowbound; the amateur play production is not going well once the Scrooge is murdered; and Suzanne is nearly killed herself in a rushed attempt to apprehend the "ghost" killer. Her fiance, Dr. Sam, wants her to stay safe; Sheriff Doogie wants her to buzz out; and the whole of Kindred is ready to panic in case it's a serial killer.For the reader, it's all great and good fun in the sense that an Agatha Christie is gorgeously enjoyable. Too many suspects, too little evidence---who, who, who is the culprit? And why?
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Eggs on Ice" is a cozy mystery. It's the eighth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.So a murder is committed in front of a lot of witnesses, but the murderer is wearing a costume. Suzanne saw the murder and later asked some questions about who had a motive or could have done it. But there is no clue or evidence to narrow down her suspects. On a whim, she decided to break and enter into one of h "Eggs on Ice" is a cozy mystery. It's the eighth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.So a murder is committed in front of a lot of witnesses, but the murderer is wearing a costume. Suzanne saw the murder and later asked some questions about who had a motive or could have done it. But there is no clue or evidence to narrow down her suspects. On a whim, she decided to break and enter into one of her suspects houses even though she didn't know what, exactly, she was looking for. She also basically told another suspect that she thought he was the murderer, even though nothing clearly pointed at him. Of course, she discovers who the murderer is when that person tries to kill her at the end.I prefer mysteries that have more clues and a puzzle to solve, plus I didn't like how she felt justified in breaking the law. There was occasional use of bad language. There was no sex. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
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  • Linda Smatzny
    January 1, 1970
    In this book, Suzanne(the main character) gets involved with a murder investigation when the victim is killed right in front of her. The victim was a lawyer who wasn't liked so there is no shortage of suspects. The story takes place around Christmas so bad weather conditions add to the problems in finding the killer. The book was a quick easy read.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Not my cup of tea. Very simple and expected.
  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/eg...Eggs on IceCackleberry Club Mystery #8By Laura ChildsISBN#9780425281727Author’s website: laurachilds.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past sta http://openbooksociety.com/article/eg...Eggs on IceCackleberry Club Mystery #8By Laura ChildsISBN#9780425281727Author’s website: laurachilds.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club cafe, Kindred’s favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list. (Goodreads)Review:Eggs on Ice, the eighth Cackleberry Club Mystery, is definitely not the best book in the series. It gets off to a great start with the murder occurring right away. During a rehearsal of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is killed by the Ghost of Christmas Past right out in the open. Ingenious! However, the tale goes downhill quickly with suspects that are not well developed or engaging and a mystery that is not compelling. I do not feel like we get to know the victim Allen Sharpe well enough to care about finding justice for him. The inclusion of a second murder feels like filler. The reveal of the killer and his/her motive feels rushed and not worthy of murder.Main characters Suzanne, Toni, and Petra co-own the Cackleberry Club Café. They are varied in background, attitude, and skills, but they make a great team. That said I always feel like Petra is not featured enough and rarely plays a role in investigating. Toni, who is often Suzanne’s sleuthing partner, frequently seems clueless and is increasingly getting on my nerves. Her almost ex-husband Junior baffles me. Is his stupidity supposed to provide comic relief? Suzanne always has good intentions and is compassionate, truly wanting to find justice. However, in Eggs on Ice she never seems to put the clues together and solve the mystery. Coincidence and being in the right place at the right time lead to unmasking the killer.As always, the cozy café setting is the best part of the series. How wonderful it would be to go someplace for a delicious breakfast, browse the book nook, and surround yourself in glorious textiles in the craft corner. I enjoy the descriptions of the food, the elegant Christmas Tea, and the yarns. These details are why I keep coming back to read more books. Several of the recipes included in the back of the book look appealing.I will continue to read the Cackleberry Club series in hopes that the next installment is back to the level of writing I have come to expect from Ms. Childs. Recommended to cozy readers looking for a Christmas backdrop.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was the first cozy mystery I've finished. This was actually fun to read despite disliking Suzanne and all the men. None of the men knew how to take care of themselves or feed themselves (looking at you, Sam) and it generally came off as a 'silly boys! can't live with them, can't live without them!' vibe that just feels so outdated in 2018. Suzanne got on my nerves the most. She felt she was entitled to stick her nose where it didn't belong and endanger her friends because she was th I think this was the first cozy mystery I've finished. This was actually fun to read despite disliking Suzanne and all the men. None of the men knew how to take care of themselves or feed themselves (looking at you, Sam) and it generally came off as a 'silly boys! can't live with them, can't live without them!' vibe that just feels so outdated in 2018. Suzanne got on my nerves the most. She felt she was entitled to stick her nose where it didn't belong and endanger her friends because she was threatened after she initially ran after the murderer. After being told by said friends (Toni and Petra-I actually really liked them), her fiancé Sam, and the sheriff to stay out of it for her own safety, she STILL deludes herself into thinking it's her business. She also seems to have zero sense of self-preservation as she freely hints to those she suspects as the murderer that she thinks they're guilty. Such a smart lady, that Suzanne. (view spoiler)[When the killer finally goes after her in the last couple of chapters, she's stunned that he would try to kill her! HELLO YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND HIM OUT OF COURSE HE'S GOING TO TRY AND KILL YOU TOO!!! WHAT DID YOU EXPECT??? (hide spoiler)]The murderer was super obvious to me (thanks cop shows), but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story. The writing sort of reminded me a bit like the Sookie Stackhouse books where every single thing is described that's not relevant to the story at all (and things are always bought at JC Penney). It's probably not good writing, but I think it adds a certain sort of charm to these types of stories. The ending feels a bit rushed. I would've liked to see what happens after the murderer is arrested and the town finds out about it. Maybe in the next book? I just might stick around to see. (3.5)(review copy provided by Penguin/First to Read)
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Murder During the Christmas PlayBehind the scenes, Suzanne and Tony, co-owners of the Cacklebury Club along with Petra the chef, are watching one of the final rehearsals of the Kindred Players version of A Christmas Carol. The play is going well, Toni is learning how to dim the lights, and raise the curtain, when Scrooge, played by Adam Sharp, one of Kindred, Minnesota;s, least favorite residents, is embraced by the ghost of Christmas Past. The ghost flits off, but Adam doesn’t move. Suzanne sud Murder During the Christmas PlayBehind the scenes, Suzanne and Tony, co-owners of the Cacklebury Club along with Petra the chef, are watching one of the final rehearsals of the Kindred Players version of A Christmas Carol. The play is going well, Toni is learning how to dim the lights, and raise the curtain, when Scrooge, played by Adam Sharp, one of Kindred, Minnesota;s, least favorite residents, is embraced by the ghost of Christmas Past. The ghost flits off, but Adam doesn’t move. Suzanne suddenly realizes he’s dead and chases the ghost which almost makes her the second victim. When Suzanne tells her fiance, Sam, about the murder, he’s adamant. Suzanne should not investigate. She agrees it’s unwise, but when her friend, Missy, introduces Amber, Sheriff Doogie’s number one suspect, she believes she has to help. Amber was Adam Sharp’s secretary. She quit because he was sexually harassing her. Other suspects are found, and now Suzanne is thoroughly engaged and can’t help asking questions to try determine who the murderer is. This is not an action packed book. Suzanne’s method is to go about her daily life and ask questions. If you enjoy the details of a rather delightful cafe, this is a fun read. If you want serious sleuthing, this is not for you. I found the plot rather slow, and the rationale for the killing unsatisfying. The ending did have a dramatic scene, but for me it didn’t relieve the slow start. I received this book from Penguin’s First to Read for this review
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    Suzanne and Toni are working at being stagehands for the local production of A Christmas Carol when the fellow playing Scrooge, attorney Allan Sharp, is literally murdered by the ghost in one of the scenes. Suzanne is the only one who realizes what happened and chases the ghost only to be threatened by whoever is hiding under the costume. And so, the 8th adventure in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries begins. As usual, Suzanne and Toni begin investigating, especially since Amber Payson, a friend of Suzanne and Toni are working at being stagehands for the local production of A Christmas Carol when the fellow playing Scrooge, attorney Allan Sharp, is literally murdered by the ghost in one of the scenes. Suzanne is the only one who realizes what happened and chases the ghost only to be threatened by whoever is hiding under the costume. And so, the 8th adventure in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries begins. As usual, Suzanne and Toni begin investigating, especially since Amber Payson, a friend of Missy Langston, prevails upon amateur sleuth Suzanne for help. Since it turns out that Sharp was an unpopular guy, the list of additional suspects grows.Suzanne and Toni, along with Petra, own and operate the Cackleberry Club Cafe, where they hear all the local gossip and keep on top of what’s happening, which is handy when they decide to find out who murdered Sharp. Author Laura Childs writes engaging mysteries with lots of red herrings, twists and unexpected developments. For instance, the play’s director Teddy Hardwick is a serious suspect until he is murdered. Complications and distractions abound. The pace of the story is steady, and the characters well developed. Dialogue is realistic, relationships feel natural. Ms. Childs’ novels are delightful reads, full of charming folks at home in Kindred.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    I just happened to catch book #7 at the library and once I saw that I could get this book at First to read I made sure that I got a guaranteed copy because I wanted to read this one as well. I like the writing style and the shenanigans the ladies at the Cackleberry club get into. Although if I was to pick this one up without having read the other one I think I would have been able to keep up and not be lost.Allen Sharpe is a lawyer in town and he is not well liked by anyone even the sleazy mayor I just happened to catch book #7 at the library and once I saw that I could get this book at First to read I made sure that I got a guaranteed copy because I wanted to read this one as well. I like the writing style and the shenanigans the ladies at the Cackleberry club get into. Although if I was to pick this one up without having read the other one I think I would have been able to keep up and not be lost.Allen Sharpe is a lawyer in town and he is not well liked by anyone even the sleazy mayor and they used to be very close. During the play practice of the "Christmas Carol" Allen dressed as Scrooge is murdered by the ghost. Suzanne (co-owner of the Cackleberry club) chases down the ghost through the theater and gets threatened with a knife herself. Suzanne known for her curiosity and tendency to get herself involved with murders and events is approached by one of the main suspects Amber to help her get out of trouble. Sam Suzanne's fiance and one of the town's doctors trys to convince her not to get involved. She does not listen and ends up getting into life threatening danger more than once. There are several mysteries to solve in this story.Looking forward to the next book. I received this book to read for free from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    EGGS ON ICE is the first book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series I’ve read. Even though it’s number eight in the series, I was able to easily get up to speed on the three main characters (Suzanne, Toni, and Petra), the town (Kindred), and the café the main characters co-own. It is holiday time in this installment of the series, and the characters are helping with the town's theatre production of "A Christmas Carol." During dress rehearsal, the actor playing Scrooge (lawyer Allan Sharp), is s EGGS ON ICE is the first book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series I’ve read. Even though it’s number eight in the series, I was able to easily get up to speed on the three main characters (Suzanne, Toni, and Petra), the town (Kindred), and the café the main characters co-own. It is holiday time in this installment of the series, and the characters are helping with the town's theatre production of "A Christmas Carol." During dress rehearsal, the actor playing Scrooge (lawyer Allan Sharp), is stabbed to death by a person dressed as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Suzanne tries to catch the killer before he leaves the theatre, but he escapes. As usual in cozy mysteries, she and the other women decide to do some sleuthing of their own to find Allan’s killer. There is a long list of people who had an axe to grind with Allan so there are a lot of suspects. This leaves a lot of red herrings for the reader to sort through to figure out the murderer’s identity. It was a fun, light read – perfect for holiday reading. Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy through Penguin’s First to Read program. All opinions are my own.
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  • Laura Reading
    January 1, 1970
    In towns across America, small and large, a holiday production of A Christmas Carol or versions thereof are an annual tradition. The week leading up to any performance is an exciting yet tense time. In Kindred, Minnesota, as the temperatures fall, the curtain is readying to go up. Gathered together in the front row to watch a dress rehearsal, the cast is spooked when an actual ghost seems to float across the stage. The ladies working as stage hands are even closer to the action and can't believe In towns across America, small and large, a holiday production of A Christmas Carol or versions thereof are an annual tradition. The week leading up to any performance is an exciting yet tense time. In Kindred, Minnesota, as the temperatures fall, the curtain is readying to go up. Gathered together in the front row to watch a dress rehearsal, the cast is spooked when an actual ghost seems to float across the stage. The ladies working as stage hands are even closer to the action and can't believe how real it seems. But what happens is not in the script!Suzanne and Toni make for an exciting and interesting pair of investigators. Add in a fire that complicates life for them and a schedule that is already packed to overflowing and there is never a moment to catch your breathe. Although Sheriff Doogie does find time to indulge in some bargain pancakes. I liked the diverse suspects and how all the parts were skillfully woven together. We got to know the residents of Kindred a bit better and I am looking forward to visiting again.
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  • Irene O'Hare
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book for free through Penguin's First to Read program. It's the third Laura Childs book I read and I still find her work mediocre, although this one was a bit better than the others. I keep reading them because the first chapter included at the end of the previous book always seems great. This plot seemed the least outlandish, possibly because this is number 8 in the series and I think her other two series have nearly 20 books each. Her characterization worked a little better in this I got this book for free through Penguin's First to Read program. It's the third Laura Childs book I read and I still find her work mediocre, although this one was a bit better than the others. I keep reading them because the first chapter included at the end of the previous book always seems great. This plot seemed the least outlandish, possibly because this is number 8 in the series and I think her other two series have nearly 20 books each. Her characterization worked a little better in this one too. Suzanne, Sam, Doogie, and Jakes are all fairly believable. Toni, Junior, and Petra are a bit ridiculous but don't go too far. The plot of the murder was well structured and the death scene way very well done. I wish I lived in a town with as many events as this one. In this book alone, there was a community theater production, a wine and cheese event, a Christmas tea (which included a fashion show?), and a cross-country ski loop fundraiser.
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