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Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs
Review by Beth Slater
Berkley Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425231555
Date: 01 December 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

All Suzanne wants is to run The Cackleberry Club smoothly, spend time with her friends, and open a gourmet restaurant in town. Their upcoming cake show has the three women stressed out about all the arrangements, but things seem to be coming together nicely, until Suzanne decides to look for local resident and funeral director Ozzie Driesden. He hasn't picked up his pie after a local bake sale and she finds him embalmed on his own table! Suzanne barely gets a glimpse of his corpse before she's suddenly smothered with a foul-smelling cloth and then remembers nothing more…

More by Laura Childs:
Scrapbooking Mystery:
Motif for Murder
Frill Kill
Death Swatch
Tragic Magic

Tea Shop Mystery:
Dragonwell Dead

Cackleberry Club Mystery:
Eggs in Purgatory
Eggs Benedict Arnold

Petra, Suzanne's longtime friend and partner in the Cackleberry Club, sends the sheriff when Suzanne doesn't come back. Once again, the ladies are drawn into the middle of a police investigation with Sheriff Doogie hounding them to mind their own business, as he eagerly devours the daily treats delivered straight from the kitchen. But this time their close friend Missy is involved--so how can they leave things be? Missy was engaged to Ozzie. So Suzanne agrees to help Missy in any way she is able.

The first thing Suzanne wants to do is find Ozzie's assistant, Bo Becker, and ask him some questions. But when following the clues leads Suzanne on a wild goose chase that ends up with another dead body, she begins to realize that she is in way over her head, and that the next dead body just might be hers!

Laura Childs writes very well - her books are popular and the recipes have you drooling through-out her books. Do not - I repeat - do not read these if you are hungry. I absolutely love the idea of a store like the Cackleberry Club. It sounds like an ideal place to have in any town - a place to go, be yourself, see your neighbors, sit, read, knit, relax, etc. But I just can't see it as a place where dead bodies keep popping up. It isn't a very large place, from the description, and the store doesn't allow room for travel, so pretty soon you will run out of townspeople to kill. So, love the idea, the recipes, and the characters, but how will you keep it going?

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