Egg Drop Dead (Cackleberry Club Series #7)

Egg Drop Dead (Cackleberry Club Series #7)

by Laura Childs

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Overview

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425281710
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Cackleberry Club Series , #7
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 136,059
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO of her own marketing firm, authored several screenplays, and produced a reality TV show. She is married to Dr. Bob, a professor of Chinese art history; enjoys travel; and has two Shar-Peis.

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Egg Drop Dead (Cackleberry Club Series #7) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great cast of characters, defined personalities, great fun. Set in a diner and book store/knitting store. Each story is fresh and you can't wait for the next book. Get them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable mystery
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
I inhaled this book. It went everywhere with me the last couple days and I’d sneak in a couple pages whenever I could. The story flows well and keeps you hooked until the very end. For a fast paced cozy mystery full of fun and small town charm, pick up a copy of Egg Drop Dead today. I have found a new series to follow for sure!
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 I've always enjoyed the Cackleberry Club series. Suzanne, Toni, Petra, the Sheriff, and Suzanne's boyfriend, Sam, make it a fun series to read. As with many series, I've definitely felt like the later installments have been better written and more fun to read than the first few installments. Of course, Suzanne finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation once again, this time finding the body of one of their suppliers in his cheese-making room. While she has a vested interest in most of the cases she looks into, Suzanne's extra invested in this one after finding the body. This book kept me just riveted. In fact, I think I finished it in one evening on my day off! I just could not put it down. I had no idea who the villain was until Suzanne put it together at the end. In fact, this villain and the one in the book before Scorched Eggs were complete surprises to me. Those two culprits were not on my radar at all! The single thing that I really didn't like in this particular book was Petra's sanctimonious attitude toward Kit. I understand that Petra is very set in her beliefs that a woman should be married before living with a man or being pregnant, but she seemed a little more "over the top" this time than usual and it started annoying me. You're allowed to have your own beliefs. That's fine. That's what America is about, but she just seemed a bit too judgmental in this book. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Cackleberry Club and highly recommend it!
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
This is another enjoyable visit to the Cackleberry Club. This time Suzanne finds her supplier of cheese dead in his cheese workshop in the first chapter. There are a lot of red herrings and a lot of smaller story lines which makes it fun to read. Chalk up another victory for Laura Childs!
JamesJohnCudneyIV More than 1 year ago
Three (3) stars to Laura Childs's Egg Drop Dead, her seventh in the "Crackleberry Club" mystery series. I don't usually read books in the middle of a series, but I won a copy of this book and decided to start midway. I will go back and read the others as it's a fun series. Story Suzanne and her friends, Petra and Toni, are from the Crackleberry Club, a local shoppe full with an eatery, knitting store and a book nook. When Suzanne stumbles upon a very dead Mike Mullens, who normally provides all her dairy products, she's shocked and feels compelled to help the local police investigate. As she investigates the widow, the sneaky horse salesman, the peculiar new dairy salesman, the autistic young man with a difficult mother and the lecherous but handsome real estate developer, she begins to put the picture together. It all culminates in a Halloween event full of fright, where even Suzanne realizes how many clues she missed along the way. Strengths Strong cast of characters. Good scenery. Obvious backstory we learn just enough about to entice us to read more. Fair balance of relationships and complexity among everyone. Easy read. It took me 2 days (over a 5-day period as I couldn't read several of them!) and the pages fly by quickly. Suggestions The culprit and/or motive (don't want to spoil anything) came a little out of left field. If it's tied together, I don't mind, which it was -- just a little too loosely this time. It was a little too predictable how it happened and I'm not sure readers would be able to figure it out on their own without pulling the proverbial rabbit from the holey hat. I wanted to know more about the dead guy to feel a little more interest in his character. He felt a bit like just any ole' guy that got himself killed... being a mystery buff, I'm fine with that; however, it would jump up a notch with more detail and background. Final Thoughts Cute series. I'll chance a few others. I'm curious how the name Crackleberry fits in, as well as the title. It had nothing to do with the mystery as far as I can tell!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts “Welcome to Kindred and The Cackleberry Club. You hosts are Suzanne, Petra and Toni. Pull up a stool, check out today’s specials, feel free to visit the Book Nook and the Knitting Nest. We hope you enjoy your visit.” That’s the friendly greeting I would expect to receive from these three fantastic characters. Business partners, friends, family. These ladies are part of a tight knit community. It is almost Halloween when the town is shocked by another murder. Suzanne finds dairy farmer Mike Mullen killed in a very brutal way and she is not going to rest until she finds the killer. The sheriff tries to keep her from butting in but he knows she is going to do it anyway. Oh and I can’t forget to mention, she is supposed to be planning her wedding… I love this series. I love these characters. I love this town. Laura Childs has created such a treat for cozy readers. This is the 7th book in the series and each time I start one it feels like I am visiting a bunch of good friends. It really has the small town feeling that I am very familiar with. Everyone seems to genuinely care about their friends and neighbors, making it very difficult to pinpoint the suspects and the guilty party. With her signature twists, that I know now to expect, she scrambled my theories more than once. The main plot is clever and creative. All the subplots blend in nicely. There are moments of uncertainty and anticipation tempered by some humor and romance. Junior’s wild ideas always make me chuckle but I feel bad for Toni at the same time. She loves the guy but no matter how old he is, he is never going to be the strong, dependable man she is looking for. Petra continues to amaze me with her kitchen creations and how she keeps up with everything going on around her. Sam is ready for his big wedding day but Suzanne has way too much going on around her to concentrate on any plans. She always seems to be going a mile a minute in different directions. He loves her for the way she is and is happy for any time they get to spend together. This is a truly entertaining read. It’s not too late for anyone to “drop” in on this series. Start with this one, the first one or any in between. They are all egg-cellent cozies! And yes, there are recipes!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a thought provoking mystery EGG DROP DEAD by Laura Childs The Seventh Cackleberry Club Mystery Suzanne Dietz simply planned on picking up some cheese for her farm to table cafe, the Cackleberry Club. What she found was unmilked cows in distress and the murdered body of the mild mannered dairy man. Urged on by her friends Toni and Petra, Suzanne simply can't leave the murder alone and decides to "poke around, quietly". Will investigating the murder, no matter how quietly, put a strain on her relationship with Sam and possibly impede their upcoming nuptials? Or worse, will it put her in the sights of a killer once again? Laura Childs deftly balances light and dark in her seventh Cackleberry Club mystery. The relationship between fun loving Toni and the overgrown juvenile delinquent, Junior, brings lots of humor, but this book shows a little more depth to Toni's feelings for her possibly not so soon to be ex-husband. Suzanne's relationship with Sam also shows some possible cracks as he seems much more interested in their upcoming nuptials than she. Childs doesn't shy away from including harsh realism such as the horse meat industry. Yet, the climactic chase to capture the murderer was unrealistic. I understand why Childs made the choices she did and it was an adrenalin rushing, page turning, exciting read. But law enforcement today would never allow that to happen. It does make for a fine story though. EGG DROP DEAD entertains by providing a thought provoking mystery with numerous shady suspects while bringing attention to certain societal issues. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Editing_Pen More than 1 year ago
I’m such a fan of the author’s Tea Shop series that I had to check out Egg Drop Dead, Number Seven in the Cackleberry Club series. Both have much to offer a cozy fan. The elements are all there for a night or two of escaping any dreadful election news or just a bad day at work. Her books are clean, snuggly, and easy to read. And Ms. Childs is so very sweet and loves to interact with her fans. I think it shows in her writing. In each series, you’re sure to have a favorite character to love. Head over to the Charleston Tea Shop and introduce yourself to the one and only Drayton. In this Cackleberry Club series, Toni has my vote. Her sense of humor is right up my alley. Toni’s lines smoothly glide across the scene and offer surprise chuckles to round out the lead character Suzanne’s logical personality. Tell me when you get to the part where Suzanne asks Toni, “How do you like your eggs?” Toni’s answer is my answer. Love Toni. I also enjoyed Suzanne’s interactions with Noah, which helped to reveal character depth and bring an extra thematic layer to the story. Oh, and I learned what cattywampus means. Ms. Childs is quite talented in keeping each series separate in style and tone. These books are such a delight to read. A double delight is finding out about Little Girl Gone, a “sharp–edged” thriller, written by Laura under her real name, Gerry Schmitt. Ooh I bet that one will be a great read. There are lots of pretty visuals in this cozy, especially in the yarn truck, and the Knitters’ Tea Party is filled with such tantalizing aromas and flavors that you’ll probably lean close to the pages to breathe in the warm scents. You’ll also notice the auditory descriptions are just right. During the Halloween party, the clack of café noises, barn sounds, and party chatter round out the scene to really pull you in. The mystery is well crafted. The clues are nicely planted, and the resolution will bring a satisfied sigh and a smile. Yummy recipes are included in the back pages just for you. If you are new to the work of Ms. Childs, pick up any book in any series. She does a cozy proud.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs is the seventh book in Cackleberry Club Mystery series. Suzanne is stopping by Cloverdale Farm to get some wheels of cheese from Mike Mullens. She calls out and no one responds. The cows are bellowing and have obviously not been milked. Suzanne has a bad feeling, but she keeps looking. Suzanne finds Mike Mullens in the cheese house brutally murdered. Suzanne quickly calls 911 for assistance and requests that Sheriff Roy Doogie be contacted. Who would want to kill mild-mannered Mike? Suzanne knows she should be working on her wedding plans, but she cannot help but investigate Mike’s murder (she’s nosy). But Suzanne’s investigating has someone upset. Suzanne and Toni are chased through the Haunted Forest. Suzanne is just starting to relax at home when she hears someone in her backyard. Suzanne has the dogs attack, but the culprit gets away. The guilty party has an injured leg thanks to her dogs. Suzanne invites all her suspects to the Cackleberry Club’s Halloween Party (she wants to flush out the killer). Suzanne will need to keep her wits about her to catch this slippery suspect. I have not had the opportunity to read A Cackleberry Club Mystery prior to Egg Drop Dead. I am a fan of Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mysteries and A Scrapbooking Mystery series. I found, though, Egg Drop Dead to be very different from her other works. Egg Drop Dead is well-written (as are all of Laura Childs books) and easy to read. The book has a good flow or pace (for the most part). Suzanne is the primary character while her partners, Petra and Toni are in the background (especially poor Petra). Toni is known as a “hoochie mamma” and married to Junior (though they live apart and are said to be getting a divorce). Junior is what many people would refer to as a red neck imbecile (or country bumpkin whose I.Q. is less than his income). I, personally, would prefer if Toni and Junior were not a part of the book (it would elevate the story immensely). Suzanne is extremely pushy and determined (it was off-putting). She scared a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome (she eventually apologizes). I give Egg Drop Dead 3 out of 5 stars. The reader receives few clues regarding the murder. You must pay close attention if you want to figure out the identity of the guilty party (mystery buffs should be able to solve it before you are halfway through the book). One thing I did not understand is why Suzanne (and Toni) ran from the man in the Haunted Forest. It was supposed to be scary, so why run screaming for your car! I think many people will enjoy the humor in the novel, but it was not for me. There is an excerpt for Pekoe Most Poison at the end of the book (which I cannot wait to read).
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Laura Childs creates places you’d love to visit and characters you’d like to get to know better. The small-town setting in EGG DROP DEAD adds a layer of interest to the story. With an eye for detail and vivid descriptions, the Cackleberry Club comes to life on the page making the story more inviting. The characters are well-developed and likable. The bond of friendship and loyalty among the core cast of characters enhances the story. For returning fans, the characters continue to evolve with each new installment. The story moves at a steady pace and holds your attention from the bombshell opening to the adrenaline-fueled ending. There are twists along the way to keep you guessing. EGG DROP DEAD can be read on its own without new readers being lost in the dark not having read previous installments. The ladies at the Cackleberry Club always have a lot going on, but they’re never too busy for a murder mystery. A delightful story to keep you entertained with recipes at the end as an added bonus. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Lucky number seven? Luck has nothing to do with the seventh installment of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Brilliant writing however, that has everything to do with it! Scramble feisty leads and eclectic townsfolk, with action, humor, and wonderful food, add in mystery that will keep you guessing with every turn of the page, and there you have EGG DROP DEAD. Author Laura Childs doesn’t keep readers waiting for the excitement in EGG DROP DEAD. The mystery in this tale starts off in the first chapter and keeps building from there. It was impossible not to get drawn into this story. I guessed whodunit after only a few chapters! But, um . . . of course I was wrong. This book went in a completely different way than I expected, which made for truly great reading. Laura Childs has a real talent for leading you where she wants you to go, and then switching directions so fast you won’t know what hit you. The Cackleberry Club series has really grown since book one, and has developed into a must read on my TBR as I’m sure it will become for you! Come on book eight! Make sure to check out the back of this book for a bunch of great recipes!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I love reading anything by Laura Child and Egg Drop Dead was terrific. As Halloween approaches, the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are planning their party. When Suzanne goes to pick up some cheese from local dairy farmer Mike Mullen, she is shocked and saddened to discover his body brutality beaten. Not one to sit still when a local meets an untimely death, Suzanne begins asking questions and soon finds herself rescuing horses and befriending a teenage boy. You will love to read about Suzanne, Petra, Toni, Junior, Sam and Officer Doogie in this epic adventure of the Cackleberry Club. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley.