Thursday, December 04, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs (CLOSED)

Title: Scorched Eggs    
Author: Laura Childs    
Series: Cackleberry Club, #6      
Published: December 2014, Berkley Hardcover  
Format: ARC Paperback, 320 pages    
Source: Author   

In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…

My thoughts: This is the 6th book in Laura Childs' Cackleberry Club cozy mystery series and I really have come to enjoy this series. Each time I get to revisit these characters, I find myself wishing for a place like the Cackleberry Club - a cafe, a yarn shop and a book shop all in one place - that's definitely my kind of place.

It seems that Suzanne's reputation as an amateur sleuth is really getting around - she's asked by a few people to look into the latest murder - the result of a fire. Was it an accident or was it arson? The victim was a good friend of Suzanne, Toni and Petra - making this case that much more personal and giving it a sense of urgency to solve. Of course, the murder investigation isn't the only storyline going on - there's the wedding of one of their employees that doesn't quite go according to plan; there's the county fair where Suzanne and Petra enter contests; and there's the dinner theater that the gals decided to host at the Cackleberry Club. 

While there is a lot going on in this book, it helped to keep the pace moving. Plus, we really get to see more about the gals of the Cackleberry Club themselves - their personal interests - instead of just them working and helping to solve mysteries. And, because this is a mystery book after all, it's neat to see just how everything ends up tying together in some way and leading Suzanne to the culprit.

This has been one of my favorite installments in the series. It's fun and the clues add up to keep you guessing until the end. I'm really glad I decided to stick with this series - just like the gals themselves, some things are better as they age!

Books in this series:

   1. Eggs in Purgatory                     4. Stake & Eggs    
   2. Eggs Benedict Arnold             5. Eggs in a Casket    
   3. Bedeviled Eggs                          6. Scorched Eggs

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - CLOSED (US only)   Thanks to the author I have two copies of Scorched Eggs to give away to my readers. Books will be inscribed by author for winners.

To enter…
  • Leave a comment below & be sure to include your email address.
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  • You MUST include email address or entry will be invalid.
  • I will contact winner at the conclusion of the giveaway & they will have 2 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends December 11th. 

Good luck!


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  2. Your review captivated my interest and this series is great. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I've heard about the Cackleberry Club but I haven't read any of the books yet. Thanks for the chance to win this one and get into the series. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
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  4. I've read the first one in the series but for some reason never read any further. It definitely sounds like I should give it another try!

  5. This is a series that I need to try. I think I have a few of them. I seriously need to go through my books LOL

  6. I absolutely adore this series. Great review and thanks for the giveaway.


  7. Haven't read any of this series yet but I am really eager.


    I tweeted: and shared it on my FB page.


  8. I am woefully behind in this series, one by a favorite author too! Thanks for the great review and chance to win!

  9. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway, Kristin! I will add it to my blog's sidebar. You always find the most fun-sounding series books.

  10. Thanks for the nice review Kristen. First time here on your blog, I'll become a regular from now on. I just finished #5 in the Cackleberry Club series, Eggs in a Casket. IMHO it is her best one so far. Thoroughly enjoyed it! I'd love to win a copy of Scorched Eggs. Thanks for the chance!

  11. Would love to win it. Only finished one so far in the series. I have all the books but two. I like this series and the tea shop one.

  12. I haven't read any books in this series. I would love to start with this one! It sounds really good!
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  14. My mom just love her books!!! I would love to win this for her!!!


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