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

very disappointed - I cannot download this to my Kindle Fire and all available computers require an upgraded adobe software. I'm done. Judith

I really wanted to like this book. ...The cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, the continuous use of the cliche created such a barrier to the story I simply couldn’t finish. Laura Child is a better writer than this, she does not have to be dependent on these cheap devices. I am very aware these “series” are formulaic, but this just shouldn’t have been written.

This book was fun to read!!! The characters were fun and easy to follow even if you haven’t read other books in the series. It is an easy read and very enjoyable.

I was excited to have the chance to review the latest in the Cackleberry Club series. Previously I have only read the first entry in the series so I was a bit concerned about keeping up with all the relationships. That didn't prove to be a problem at all. I enjoyed the story setting of a small town, little theater production of A Christmas Carol and looked forward to a cute holiday mystery. But I just couldn't enjoy it. I found the characters to be cliched and uninteresting and the story to be slow. Perhaps it was just my mood, but it was a struggle to finish. I wanted to like it, perhaps this series is just not for me. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.

I received an ARC of 'Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. This is my first Laura Childs book, however the book works as a standalone. The book is a very light read with one of the main characters, Suzanne, asking questions and putting together a picture of what happened. The story's background of the Cackleberry Club and the small town where it is located, help to make the overall story an enjoyable read and in that aspect, having read earlier books in the series would help. Still it is a fun read that can be enjoyed by anyone.

This was the first book I've read in this series . I was concerned I might not be able to make sense of the relationship between the character but that was not the case. It was a very good read. The content was light, the characters were fun. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Murder During the Christmas Play Behind 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

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the guessing and light action that kept it moving- and kept me reading. It's the first book in the Cackleberry series that I've read ( and it definitely won't be the last). The author, Laura Childs keeps you engaged from the opening chapter and kicks up quite an appetite for the delicious treats the characters, Suzanne and Petra prepare at home and in their cafe. We follow Suzanne and Toni as they make the connections that lead to the solving of the mystery case at hand. The consolation for this is that the author shares some recipes that will satisfy your hunger, at the end. What I loved most about this book is how the author captured the atmosphere of a small town and how the characters weren't cringe-worthy, on the contrary, each character that I met was delightful. I stand behind this book as an enjoyable read, especially over the upcoming holidays.

This is the first I've read in the series but it works without having any background on the characters. The murder comes early in the book and the story is filled with clues and some misdirection that kept me guessing. All in all a delightful read. I look forward to reading more from the series. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first read in the Cackleberry series and it's to slip right into the story without having to have read the others. A fun read that would be perfect for reading on a snowy morning with pastries and a hot cup of tea. I would highly recommend the pastries and tea because this book certainly made me hungry and the recipes at the back made me so excited. The story itself is fun and full of twists and turns. It kept me guessing until the very end, certain I knew who had done to be full of doubt later. The characters are fun and entertaining. And the world makes me want to curl up in a bed and breakfast in a small town and just enjoy some simplicity, preferably without the murder.

This is first of the cozy series I have read. It was definitely cozy and fast moving. I enjoyed all the characters and the plot. The author kept me guessing until the end. Thank you for the opportunity to read it.

This 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.

This new addition to the Cackleberry Club series has Suzanne rehearsing the Christmas Carol play with the Kindred Players when the Ghost exists the stage leaving behind a murdered Scrooge. As Sheriff Doogie starts to investigate Suzanne becomes involved by helping a friend of a friend. It seems that a number of people disliked Allen Sharpe but when a suspect is murdered, Suzanne is put into harms way. An entertaining cozy mystery with taste tempting recipes attached. Thank you First-To-Read for this free e-copy of "Eggs On Ice".

It's back to Kindred and another adventure with Suzanne, Toni and Petra. Love this series, the characters and the recipes. This one kept me guessing until the very end. Who killed Allen Sharpe???

Eggs on Ice delivers another action packed adventure, fraught with danger, for Suzanne and the gang. Two murders in one week have the town buzzing with speculation while Suzanne and Toni in tow conduct their own amateur sleuthing. My favorite character is Petra who is placid and the voice of reason. I've enjoyed this series from the beginning. Suzanne is super nosey, but when she and Toni break into a suspect's house, that was a bit much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this small town cozy. I liked the characters, and the snooping and action reminded me of the Nancy Drew books I used to love as a girl. The snow and wintery weather conditions added a nice atmosphere to the story as well. I would definitely read more of this series.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author. It is definitely the kind of book I enjoy reading but there was something missing. It took me longer than normal to read because it just didn’t grab my attention and make me want to see what happens next.

This was my first read in the Cackleberry series and I won’t be reading any more. The writing was mediocre, several of the characters (including the best friend, Toni) were caricatures, and the love interest, Sam, only seems interested in being fed by Suzanne. I’m serious. The adult man can’t seem to feed himself and basically spends all his time with Suzanne trying to get her to cook for him. The investigating was meh, with Suzanne not even finding out for herself who the murderer was - only realizing once the murderer makes an attempt on her life. In fact, we’re never really told why the murders happened.

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.

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 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. In the end, there was a bit of suspenseful action which was nice, and it gave the tale a little oomph that was needed. 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 felt rushed to me (I have put the major spoiler on Goodreads where it is hidden; I did not feel the need to also put it here). All in all, a decent entry in the series. Recommended.

This was my first book in the Cackleberry Series that I have read but I really enjoyed it. It's a nice light cozy Christmas mystery. I really like cozy mysteries, especially with holidays mixed in. This is a book that I got into easily despite not having read the rest in the series. I do plan on reading the rest and catching up. The characters are likeable. The story line is intriguing and kept me guessing.

I loved this book! My first book in this series and I’m hooked! Thankfully, even though it is in the middle of a series, it can stand alone. You don’t have to read the other 6 books before this one to understand what is going on. The loveable Suzanne and her feisty sidekick, Toni, get into all sorts of mischief in this fun, nail bitting, page turning mystery. A must read! Oh, and the recipes are a must try as well! Delicious!

Pleasantly surprised ! The books that I have read,from The Cakleberry series have not left me anxious for the next book. Eggs on ice has changed that. This book held my interest very well. It has well develoed characters, reads quickly, and reads quickly

I found this to be a cute story. There wasn't anything surprising here. The characters who were supposed to be likable were, those that were supposed to be annoying were as well, some of them were more than 2 dimensional. The mystery made sense and the ending was interesting. While not a series I will seek out, I would read another from it if I happen across it.

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.

As a long time follower of the Tea Shop Mysteries, it is only recently that I have read the Scrapbooking and Cackleberry Club series. I found this book of the series delightful! It is full of interesting characters and the plot keeps you interested throughout the storyline. I am glad I had an opportunity to sample and I will be looking for more of Laura Childs books in the future.

A new to me series centering on a diner owner in a small town who has a habit of becoming involved in murders as any good cozy is wont to do. It is Christmas and the town is putting on A Christmas Carol. At the dress rehearsal, the man playing Scrooge is murdered by a ghost in front of everyone with no one the wiser because it seemed to be the right act of the play. Only our intrepid heroine realizes the ghost's real actor missed his cue and so gives chase to the killer. The dead man is not well liked so suspects abound. I was surprised by killer but the way we got there was a little slow

This is the first book I've read by Laura Childs. I enjoyed it the story and the characters. I'll be reading more from this author for sure.

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.

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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