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Eggs in Purgatory: A Cackleberry Club Mystery    by Laura Childs order for
Eggs in Purgatory
by Laura Childs
Order:  USA  Can
Berkley, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If you're a fan of the very popular Scrapbooking and/or the Tea Shop mysteries, you're in for a treat. Laura Childs has begun a new series featuring Suzanne, Toni, and Petra – all of whom have lost their husbands for one reason or another – death, divorce, and Alzheimer's.

The three have banded together to support each other, and to share the inspiration and love they need in order to put one foot in front of the other each and every day. So they have opened The Cackleberry Club café to fill their time and hearts. The three have combined a café serving afternoon teas with a bookstore as well as a knitting cove. Couldn't miss, as far as I'm concerned. Their joint venture is getting off to a good start when Suzanne's lawyer is found shot to death in the café's parking lot.

Suzanne's late husband is being accused of filtering money from the town's coffers to line his own pockets. If that weren't bad enough, Suzanne is being named as his accomplice! A cultist shows up to throw a spanner in the works. Murder, theft, and fisticuffs ensue to blight the new venture.

That's enough of the plot. It's too good to reveal more. Read and discover for yourself just what the hue and cry is all about. Eggs in Purgatory is a good, satisfying read. I like the spunk it took for three women to pool their resources, start a business partnership, and begin the new lives with which they have been presented. I recommend this cozy on its own merit. And as a bonus, recipes for foods served in the café are included at the back of the book - they make ownership even more worthwhile.

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