Scorched Eggsproprietor of the Cackleberry Club

It’s been a crazy summer and I’d hoped things would settle down here at the Cackleberry Club. Unfortunately, that’s just not been the case. A few days ago (while I was getting my roots touched up), there was a terrible fire in downtown Kindred and Hannah Venable, a dear friend, was killed. Now Sheriff Doogie is telling us (that’s Toni, Petra, and myself) that it may have been arson!

Obviously, that put the three of us on high alert, so we started sniffing around for clues. We came up with a number of suspects that we’re keeping an eye on right now – a vengeful husband, an ex-fireman, and an expert in explosives. I know tracking down a killer sounds like a terribly difficult task, but the ladies and I have vowed to figure this out. Of course, we’ve had a few other things heaped on our plates, too. Besides running the café, there’s the horse show at the county fair, Kit Kazlik’s vintage wedding, a fancy sunflower tea party, and our big dinner theatre on Saturday night.

To top things off, a baby owl tumbled out of the tree right behind the Cackleberry Club. I’ve been taking care of the poor thing, feeding it “owl smoothies” with an eyedropper, but now I have to somehow get it back to its mama. And of course Toni wants me to go to Cherry Bomb Night at Schmitt’s Bar. Oh, and I still have to write my newspaper column with recipes for Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Cheese Popovers, and Scorched Eggs.

How does this all turn out? Well, I’d love to stick around and chat with you, but I think you’d enjoy the story even more if you read Scorched Eggs for yourself!


You can read more about Suzanne in Scorched Eggs, the sixth book in the “Cackleberry Club” mystery series, published by Berkley Primce Crime. The first book in the series is Eggs in Purgatory.

Scorched Eggs Synopsis

In this cozy-thriller (thrillzy?) Suzanne, Toni, and Petra preside over the Cackleberry Club café in the small town of Kindred. Eggs are the specialty here, with murder on the side. But when a fire engulfs the downtown area, the ladies hearts are broken – a dear friend has been killed and all signs point to arson! The ladies attempt to track down the killer as author Laura Childs delivers a banquet of crazy – ladies on the high side of fort, explosives, scary clowns, baby owls, romance, and rodeo writing. Scorched Eggs is a gripping mystery that includes recipes for Chilled Blueberry Soup, Eggs in a Frame, Cheese Popovers, and Scorched Eggs.

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About the author
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the GerrySCackleberry 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, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profit organizations, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

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