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Eggs on Ice
2018
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Suzanne Dietz (Female), Shop owner, Widow, Engaged, Owns the Cackleberry Club Cafe which includes a coffee shop, book shop, and knitting store; investigates the stabbing of an attorney
Petra (Female), Shop owner, Married, Husband is suffering from Alzheimer's; runs the Cackleberry Club Cafe with Suzanne
Toni (Female), Shop owner, Separated, Runs the Cackleberry Club Cafe with Suzanne and Petra
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Topics
Women-owned businesses
Female friendship
Small town life
Businesswomen
Plays
Lawyers
Murder
Murder investigations
Emotions
Setting
Tennessee - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

At the start of bestseller Childs's enjoyable eighth Cackleberry Club mystery (after 2016's Egg Drop Dead), Scrooge-like lawyer Allan Sharp is playing Ebenezer Scrooge in a dress rehearsal of A Christmas Carol, held at a theater in the Midwestern town of Kindred, when someone in the costume of the ghost of Christmas Past embraces him as he sits at a desk on stage. When Allan remains slumped over the desk, those watching the performance, including Suzanne Dietz, owner of egg-themed diner the Cackleberry Club CafAc, realize something's wrong. In fact, Allan has been stabbed to death. Suzanne chases the ghost backstage, but the culprit escapes. Suzanne later learns that many people had cause to wish Sharp dead, from the play's director to the town's mayor. Amateur sleuth Suzanne can't resist assisting Sheriff Doogie in the hunt for the killer. The plot unfolds along predictable lines, but cozy fans will find plenty to savor, such as recipes from the Cackleberry Club, in this seasonal outing. Agent: Sam Pinkus, Veritas Media. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of "A Christmas Carol" is just playing to type. He's not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you'd have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it's a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club cafe, Kindred's favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.<br> <br> As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni's almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.
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