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EGG DROP DEAD by Laura Childs | Cozy Mystery Review & Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS | #ThingsIFindCozy

Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs After reading this book, you will have a smile on your face, it has a happy ending, but the best part o...

Egg Drop Dead
by Laura Childs

After reading this book, you will have a smile on your face, it has a happy ending, but the best part of ending this book are the recipes you find at the last pages, to allow you to try the savoury dishes you read during all the story! ~Varietats

The author’s descriptive and colorful use of language effortlessly draws you in, making youfeel like you’re experiencing what Suzanne is experiencing.~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

These are people you want to spend time with. Laced with humor and heart, pull up a stool at the Cackleberry Club cafe or come for tea and gossip. ~Laura’s Interests


Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7) Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 6, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0425281703



In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café—are back to track down another bad egg…

Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.

But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.

Churning with grief and outrage, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them…


My Thoughts

This book tour had me hooked with the words egg drop. Food-themed cozies are my favorite. They are the best ones, right?

This book had me hooked with the humorous and touching relationships Suzanne has with Petra and Toni - the co-owners of the Cackleberry Club café and Dr. Sam Hazelet, her fiancé. They accept her for what she is (nosey) and help her out as best they can. That's good thing when you are an amateur sleuth.

I hadn’t read any books in Cackleberry Club Mysteries until now. [I am starting The Tea Shop Mysteries series next month to kick off the 2017 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge.]

EGG DROP DEAD is book seven of the Cackleberry Club series. The mystery starts off quickly with a "moo" when Suzanne (the main character of this series) finds dairy farmer Mike Mullen dead in his barn.

EGG DROP DEAD is an enjoyable read with a surprising amount of humor and action. I'd recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries and food-themed fiction.

This book reads well all as a stand-alone, but I'm sure you'll want to read more of the series once you've read EGG DROP DEAD. Many thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours for turning me onto the series. The events of the book occurred around Halloween so it arrived right on time in my mailbox.

I am a member of the #Book1CoziesClub Books of the Month Club on YouTube. We read the first books of two different cozy mystery series each month. I am going to recommend adding EGGS IN PURGATORY (Cackleberry Club, #1) by    

And don't even get me started on the recipes. There are lots of them and they sound delicious. I made the Egg Drop Soup recipe. I'll be referring to it as my "super secret special" recipe from now on.

I am going to make Suzanne's Cherry Cake Bars for our Christmas Eve dinner this year. Be sure to stop by Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder (see December 5 stop at the bottom of this post) to check out the complete recipe. You can watch the bars being made in the video at the bottom of the post.

I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

About The Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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December 4 – Varietats – Review
December 5 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW
December 5 – Varietats – REVIEW
December 6 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
December 6 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW *
December 7 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
December 7 – Readeropolis – REVIEW *
December 8 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 8 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
December 9 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
December 9 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW  
December 10 – The Editing Pen – REVIEW*
December 11 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW *
December 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW *
December 12 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
December 12 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST
December 13 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW  
December 14 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
December 14 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
December 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW *
December 16 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW *
December 18 – Booklady’s Booknotes – REVIEW


  1. Thanks so much for the shout-out for Cinnamon & Sugar and sharing my video! What a fun surprise!!! I, like you, have not had a chance to read any of the Cackleberry Club books until now... I'm hooked :) I enjoyed your review and will now have to make the Egg Drop Soup recipe!

  2. Wow! Awesome review-- I have to agree, EGG DROP DEAD was a fun read.How nice to have a shout-out to Kim Davis. She really out does herself with the recipe posts.


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