A guest blog from Laura Childs, author of the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea
Shop Mysteries, and Scrapbooking Mysteries.
As I fuss about my writing studio, stumbling over sleeping dogs and gazing at
Christmas presents Iâ€™m trying to keep hidden, my thoughts seem to naturally
drift back to Christmases past.
I have a hazy memory of a Christmas party I attended when I was three years old.
This was back when moms didnâ€™t work, but baked cookies and fudge and
congregated with their toddlers in each otherâ€™s homes. While us kids played
with train sets and fuzzy bears under a twinkling Christmas tree, our moms
sipped coffee and talked. As the day slipped into a blue-black winter evening,
fathers would arrive from work, stomping snow and wearing hats and long coats,
ready to gather up wives and children. It was magical and lent a feeling that
all was safe and right with the world. And I miss that feeling terribly.
When I began writing my Cackleberry Club Mysteries, I tried to capture
that magical, innocent, fifties-feeling. Though the mysteries are set in
contemporary times, they offer a raft of small-town characters that make you
yearn for simpler times. At the top of the list are Suzanne, Toni, and Petra,
the wise-cracking entrepreneurial ladies of the Cackleberry Club cafĂ©. Mornings
they whip up Egg Strata and Slumbering Volcanoes, then work a double shift as
In my most recent book, SCORCHED EGGS, a fire
engulfs the downtown area of their convivial little Midwestern town and puts the
ladies on high alert. A dear friend has been killed and all signs point to
arson. Could it be a vengeful husband, ex-fireman, or expert in explosives?
The ladies try to track down the killer and still keep all their plates in the
air (horse show, vintage wedding, county fair, tea parties, and a dinner
theatre). Of course, all this is told in very sassy dialogue with lots of
action and romance thrown in for good measure. And it wouldnâ€™t be a Cackleberry
Club Mystery if I didnâ€™t include recipes for Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cheese
Popovers, Scorched Eggs, and lots more. Yes, I think youâ€™d like this,
particularly if you were curled up in front of a crackling fire enjoying cocoa
I wish you peace and contentment this holiday season. And I pray you also find
a little touch of bygone magic.
About the Author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the
Cackleberry Club Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and
Scrapbook Mysteries, and a recent recipient of the Romantic Times
Book Reviewâ€™s Award for Best Amateur Sleuth. 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, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.
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