Eggs Benedict Arnold: A Cackleberry Club Mystery
Berkley, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ggs Benedict Arnold
is Laura Childs' 19th (that's nineteen!!) novel. With three series, I don't know how she does it. Each and every one has been enjoyable with the bonus in the
of some really great recipes thrown in for good measure -
Brown Sugar Meatloaf
Frozen Lemonade Pie
uzanne, Toni, and Petra have all lost their husbands (by death, Alzheimer's, and incompatibility). They have all three decided to move on with their lives and together opened a tea room that is growing beyond their dreams. Things are humming along, with a lot of hard work, when their little community of Kindred is rocked by Suzanne's discovery of the local undertaker's body, drained of all its blood. In the first book of this new series,
Eggs in Purgatory
, Suzanne solved a murder, so everyone expects her to step up to the plate again.
s she does. Suzanne works with the local police chief, a bumbling character who seems to love to throw his considerable weight around and cadge free food. But he tries to do his job and rather resents Suzanne's what he calls
. He is not, though, above using her help. When she and Tori find another body and suspicion and possible suspects escalate, Suzanne keeps her cool - at least on the surface.
he plot is well-thought out and the characters as delicious as the food served in the tea room. I especially like the several threads that are left hanging, which will lead to another book.
The Teaberry Strangler
is the title and it will be out in March 2010.
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