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Scorched Eggs By Laura Childs

IN THE February 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of Scorched Eggs at the end of this review, along with a link to purchase the book from indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy.

Kit and Ricky’s vintage wedding is scheduled to take place in the park. Petra, Toni and Suzanne, the three owners of the Cackleberry Club restaurant (and Book Nook and yarn shop) are looking forward to the festivities. Suzanne is in the midst of a hair emergency (blond highlights if you must know) when she smells smoke. Of course, her first thought is that the bubblehead hair dryer is reacting with the foil on her hair. She looks like a baked potato, ready for the oven as it is. The smell gets stronger and the air fogs a bit. She calls the alarm and as people exit the salon, the building next door goes up in flames.

Fortunately, Bruce Winthrop wasn’t in the office when the fire started but unfortunately, his office manager, Hannah was. She died of smoke inhalation. book

The fire chief rightly suspects arson. The question is who or what was the target? Surely no one had a grudge against the County Services Bureau? Bruce might have been the target or Hannah, or maybe the upstairs neighbor Annie, who is separated (not amicably) from her husband. It seems a stretch to think Annie’s husband would blow the building out from under his own son but the child wasn’t supposed to be home that afternoon. Firefighters were able to rescue Annie and the boy. Hubby remains on the suspect list.

Hannah’s husband is also there. It’s rumored that he has a girlfriend of the floozy sort. Hannah’s wedding ring went missing and it was ‘dear hubby’ who pawned it. Did he want to get rid of Hannah as well?

Petra is not usually in favor of Suzanne’s need to know but in this case, Hannah was a friend. Toni, as always, is up for anything, including when they want to toss a rock against a house to get the occupant out for a minute. As per usual, what can go wrong, does go wrong.

Suzanne’s got her hands full, what with the wedding, the restaurant, a dinner theater production in the restaurant, her honey Sam and her two dogs. All this and a baby owlet that fell out of his nest and now relies on Suzanne to feed him pureed hamburger and rice from an eye dropper every few hours.

Any one of the Cackleberry gals gets more done in an hour than the rest of us do in a day (or maybe a week). The friendship between the women is strong. We all know Toni should drop her on again/off again husband Junior, but he’s so darn entertaining we’d miss him if she did. Petra provides the common sense when the other two start to go off the rails – no wonder they don’t tell her everything.

Good friends, good food (recipes included) and a good mystery combine to make a great read. Childs is a prolific writer and author of the Tea Shop Mysteries (15), the Scrapbooking Mysteries (12), six Cackleberry books (Eggs in a Casket was reviewed for KRL) and two anthologies.

To enter to win a copy of Scorched Eggs simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Eggs,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 28, 2015. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

For more food fun check out our monthly food column How I Met My Dinner.

Use this link to purchase a copy of the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her new one Bananas Foster. Sandy’s latest short story “The Tater Tot Caper” is one of eleven stories in The Killer Wore Cranberry: Fourths of Mayhem. The annual Thanksgiving anthology has eleven stories and this year, includes recipes. And it’s on sale! Available in all e-versions and in print.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ronda Poust February 21, 2015 at 10:03am

Im a new fan. I look forward to reading this book and the others in this series.


2 CarolBEE February 21, 2015 at 10:32am

WoW! Sounds like a lot is happening. I will need to check this book out.

cb (at) carolbee (dot) com


3 Lynn February 21, 2015 at 11:15am

This should be good, love the restaurant’s name: Cackleberry! Sounds really like an interesting read!


4 Debra Puksar February 21, 2015 at 11:27am

i really enjoy Ms. Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries. This series sounds enjoyable as well.


5 Erin February 21, 2015 at 11:30am

I LOVE this series!!!!


6 Sandy Todd February 21, 2015 at 12:07pm

I’ve read this series from the beginning. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one! Thank you for the review Sandra…very well done!
Sandy in So. Cali


7 cheryl Smith February 21, 2015 at 12:13pm

love this series..can’t wait to read this one..


8 Jeanetta S. February 21, 2015 at 12:56pm

Laura Childs is a new author for me, and Scorched Eggs sounds delightful! 🙂


9 Katharine Kan
Twitter: @TeenLibnKan
February 21, 2015 at 4:39pm

I have bought, read, and enjoyed all of the Cackleberry books, and I have read just about all of Laura Childs’ other mystery series. They’re so much fun!
teenlibn at hotmail dot com


10 John Mazur February 21, 2015 at 10:41pm

This book sounds like a fun book to read. There’s so much going on in the story. Thank you for the chance to win.


11 Becky Prazak February 22, 2015 at 7:08am

Love this series and look forward to the next book


12 Valerie Hoynacki February 22, 2015 at 8:41am

Oh, oh, how does Laura keep coming up with these delightful books?!?!


13 sharon rabner February 22, 2015 at 1:21pm

Love reading Laura Childs. Can’t wait for the next book to come out.
Good article. Never read this site before.


14 Vee Shane February 23, 2015 at 4:32pm

Haven’t read one from this series for a while – I need to catch up! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.


15 Terry Richardson February 26, 2015 at 10:00pm

Laura Childs books are the only ones I can’t wait until they come out!


16 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
March 24, 2015 at 9:12am

We have a winner
Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher


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