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Scorched Eggs: A Cackleberry Club Mystery    by Laura Childs order for
Scorched Eggs
by Laura Childs
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Berkley, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Suzanne, Petra and Toni, co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café, are our old friends by now. Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs is the sixth in their delightful series.

The three women took a chance and opened their café along with an adjoining yarn shop and bookstore. So far, business has been pretty good, enough to keep them going. But they must take advantage of every chance to promote their enterprise.

While Suzanne is having her hair updated, the Country Services Building next door bursts into flames and a long-time employee dies in the conflagration. The three begin to think the fire was arson and determine to look into it themselves. Of course, this decision proves to be a dangerous one.

They make a list of suspects and share this list with the local sheriff, who looks like the typical country bumpkin law officer so popular in movies. Actually, he is quite shrewd and does not turn down the help the women can give. But he worries over their safety.

The tearoom scenes are finely executed and make me wish I had the same type of café in my village. Author Childs has two other series: Tea Shop and Scrapbooking mysteries. I don't know how she finds time to do anything else but write, but I am very glad she does. She also shares scrumptious recipes. Don't miss them or these good books.

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