Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs

Eggs on Ice

Laura Childs

After the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs Scrooge during the first rehearsal of "A Christmas Carol," the murderer makes an escape. The list of suspects grows longer, and the women of Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

Allan Sharpe is the perfect Scrooge. Too perfect. Hardly anyone likes him. During the "A Christmas Carol" rehearsal, he is boldly stabbed to death in front of his fellow actors and actresses by the Ghost of Christmas Past. Kindred's most meddlesome inhabitant, who co-owns the Book Nook, Knitting Nest, and Cackleberry Club cafe, Suzanne Dietz, chases after the ghost but loses him. As Sheriff Roy Doogie investigates, the list of suspects gets longer and longer. Sharpe was a scummy lawyer, so everyone has a motive for wanting him dead. Those who seem most likely are, the secretary whom Sharpe sexually harassed, the new assistant preacher, and his unhappy law partner. Suzanne tries to stay out of it but she keeps getting yanked back in much to Sheriff Doogie's chagrin. The race is on to catch a killer before he makes a ba humbug out of Christmas. "Eggs on Ice" is a cute little, Christmas mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed. All of the characters are likable and have the most adorable way of talking (holy cats!). Ms Childs brought the small town to vivid life. I so want to live there! And it put me in the mood for Christmas. This is the ninth book in the series, but I didn't feel lost while reading it. The mystery was well-thought out and though I had an idea who the killer might be I still had plenty of doubt that kept me guessing. With a mixture of charm and intrigue, "Eggs on Ice" delivers a holiday special that's sure to please.

This is my first Cackleberry Club read (this is the 9th book in the series!) and though I wish I started with the first one, I don't feel left out. This is a fun read, I like how Suzanne's logic, Toni's sass, and Petra's morality and creativity balance each other. Being at the cafe is so home-y and hygge its like vacationing in a picturisque town. Though I kind of figured out right away who might have done it (without the why), the red herrings might sway you to think otherwise. A cozy mystery to hibernate with this winter. Thanks First to Read for the opportunity!


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