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Scorched Eggs
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Cackleberry Club #6

December 2014
On Sale: December 2, 2014
Featuring: Suzanne; Petra; Toni
320 pages
ISBN: 042525559X
EAN: 9780425255599
Kindle: B00INIXFOE
Hardcover / e-Book
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Also by Laura Childs:
Haunted Hibiscus, February 2022
Twisted Tea Christmas, October 2021
Egg Shooters, September 2021
Haunted Hibiscus, March 2021

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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 I’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 didn’t work, but baked cookies and fudge and congregated with their toddlers in each other’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 café. Mornings they whip up Egg Strata and Slumbering Volcanoes, then work a double shift as amateur sleuths.

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 wouldn’t be a Cackleberry Club Mystery if I didn’t include recipes for Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cheese Popovers, Scorched Eggs, and lots more. Yes, I think you’d like this, particularly if you were curled up in front of a crackling fire enjoying cocoa and cookies.

I wish you peace and contentment this holiday season. And I pray you also find a little touch of bygone magic.

God Bless,

Laura Childs

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 Review’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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1 comment posted.

Re: Laura Childs | Happy Holidays and Remember When

Being a child of the 50's myself, you brought back so many
memories!! The only recipe I know of personally is the Sour
Cream Coffee Cake, although I never got the recipe from my
late Mother. The cover to your book blew me away, and I
know I'm going to truly enjoy reading your book as well,
since I'll be able to relate on so many levels!! After
reading your bio, I found it interesting to learn about your
Husband and that he's a professor of Chinese art. I've
always loved Chinese and Japanese art as well as
collectibles, mostly Hakata dolls, which I've always loved.
I won't go into more detail, or this comment would go on
forever, but I'm looking forward to your book, and I wish
you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and all the best
in the upcoming year!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:53am December 3, 2014)

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