December 6, 2017

Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs - Guest Post and Giveaway


Book details
Series: A Cackleberry Club Mystery (Book 7) 
Publisher: Berkley (December 5, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0425281710 

Book description
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...


Meet The Author - Laura Childs
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.

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.

Laura’s Links: Webpage - 

Guest Post
Today’s guest blogger is Laura Childs, 
author of the New York Times bestselling 
Cackleberry Club Mysteries and Tea Shop Mysteries. 

Dear readers,

I’d like to give you a quick synopsis of Egg Drop Dead, my new Cackleberry Club Mystery that’s just been released in paperback:

When Suzanne Dietz, proprietor of the Cackleberry Club Café, stops by Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up wheels of cheese, she’s greeted by the urgent, upturned faces of cows that haven’t been milked – and then finds Mike’s mangled body! Stunned by her grisly discovery, Suzanne vows to figure out who killed this mild-mannered farmer. As she juggles multiple suspects, a busy restaurant, tea parties, and a raucous Halloween celebration, Suzanne maintains her good humor, keeps her romance with the town doctor sizzling, and manages to solve this vicious murder.

As you’ve probably guessed, Suzanne is an amateur sleuth with the tenacity of a pit bull. She’s also a savvy entrepreneur who has a deep sense of justice. There are serious elements of danger in this story, too, and Suzanne’s life is threatened on several occasions. But in keeping with the tradition of all my previous New York Times bestselling cozy mysteries, I never let readers down when it comes to a breathless pace, fair play ending, heart-warming humor, and homespun recipes!

But enough about the story, wouldn’t you love to try the delicious soup this book is named in honor of? Sure you would.

Egg Drop Dead Soup
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 eggs, beaten
2 small green onions, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, bring chicken broth, ground ginger, and soy sauce to a simmer. Slowly stream in the beaten eggs while stirring the soup in one direction. Add chopped green onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yields 4 servings.

Blessings to you all!
Laura Childs

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  1. I really enjoy Laura's books. Can't wait to read "Egg Drop Dead".

  2. Thanks for featuring Laura and her latest in the Cackleberry Club series Angela! I love this series!

  3. I love the name 'Cackleberry Club Cafe' :)

  4. Loved reading about Egg Drop Dead and the author, Laura Childs. I’d love to read this book as well as all her other books. Recipe sounds yummy too.