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Eggs in Purgatory

(Cackleberry Club #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,943 ratings  ·  244 reviews
Now Laura Childs is cracking a whole new case of murder in a brand new series?RECIPES INCLUDED.

Introducing the Cackleberry Club Mysteries...

Suzanne, Toni, and Petra lose their husbands but find independence when they open the Cackleberry Club. Then their cozy cafe becomes the scene of a crime when a lawyer dies with a secret on his lips and egg on his face. What this all
Paperback, 289 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Dawn Michelle
Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: LOVE this author

I find it very jarring when a writer (who's previous books I have read and enjoyed) all of the sudden gets the urge to use foul language. I understand about each series needing to be different, but I don't understand why they have to go in that particular direction. Especially when the other books (with NO language) have worked so well for them! Oh well.

That said, I did like this book. After the first initial shock of language (and to be honest, its NOT like its "F" words), I really
Aug 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I had some trouble getting into this book. It was like the author took every single cozy theme she could think of and threw them all together- the main character owns a restaurant that also serves afternoon tea, hosts cake baking competitions, houses a book store w/ book discussions, and also a yarn shop, complete with knitting classes. She also saves battered women and extends the restaurant to a neighboring church. It was just too much and I came away knowing about all these different business ...more
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Laura Childs' tea shop mysteries and have found her scrapbooking ones to be just OK. But this new series based in the Midwest looks like it might be the best one so far. I thought the main characters had a little more depth to them then the other ones, but it still is in the genre of a light mystery with very little gore. Plus the description of all the food made me extremely hungry. The only thing I was disappointed in was that there weren't more recipes listed for all the egg dishes ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
A good read for a long airplane/car trip if all else that they were selling in the gift shop was James Patterson books. I was really puzzled by the egg metaphors the author is using for this series. It's about a small diner/bookshop/yarn store/tea room and the women who run the....whatever the hell it is. I found the entire concept to be just weird and unfocused. Sure, the place serves eggs, but also books, scones and knitting needles? For crying out loud, pick a setting! I also found the shift ...more
Not bad. The food descriptions were as delicious as the tea shop series. I liked the setting - touching all of book, cafe and craft cozies. I wasn't too sure about the main character, though.
Lisa B.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

I loved the women of the Cackleberry Club! They are wise, funny and supportive of each other. The book was a fun and fast read. This is a new cozy series for me and I so glad I happened upon it. On to book #2.
Feb 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Laura Childs' other two series are not among my favorites, but this series opener promises better things. Three friends--one widowed, one almost divorced, the third with a husband in a nursing home--start a small-town restaurant called the Cackleberry Club. When the widow, Suzanne, finds her lawyer's dead body behind the Club, they become enmeshed in a far-reaching mystery. Suzanne's husband was a physician and member of some of the town planning boards; now he's retroactively accused of taking ...more
beachbum bookworm
Let me start by saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies:
1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series.
2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence about whether I will read the next book.
3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue
Chanel Sharp
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mom and I enjoyed this read very much. It was a book we had wanted to read for a little while, and it also was read at the last book in our March Mystery Madness Challenge of 2019. What a fun challenge and what an awesome read. We even love the book so much that we made one of the recipes in the back. The Blond Brownies. Over all a great book and we look forward to returning to Crackleberry Club.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I loved the idea of a group of adult women friends running a diner/bookstore/yarn store, but my mind kept wandering during this book. It felt a bit all-over-the-place with cults, the prison-industrial-complex, and (appreciated, but page-consuming) descriptions of egg dishes.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this story. I was expecting this to be like the author's other series, Tea Shop Mysteries. This was too slow and too vulgar. I did like the diner and yarn shop and book shop combination. That was the best part of this book. I also didn't like the characters or mystery.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes women lose their husbands and need shoulders to lean on. They may not even all "lose" their husbands in the same way, but there is something about a good friend or two that makes things easier to deal with. Suzanne, Toni, and Petra are just that; great friends in sort of similar situations looking for good support in each other. They open the Cackleberry Club, a little cafe that also has a book nook and knitting area. It goes over great and they just love what they are doing. One day ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A small town eatery, brimming with deliciously mouthwatering breakfast fantasies is in trouble, a murder takes place in the back and the daily special is all over the corpse. Quaint charm and happy atmosphere are overshadowed by an investigation that seems to have more suspects than possible, it appears that the town is small but it holds many secrets. Suzanne, Toni, and Petra are best friends and coworkers, they run the charming Cackleberry Club together, and besides baking and cooking, brewing ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Suzanne, Toni, and Petra lose their husbands but find independence when they open the Cackleberry Club. Then their cozy cafe becomes the scene of a crime when a lawyer dies with a secret on his lips and egg on his face. What this all has to do with a religious cult and Suzanne?s past could put her own life on the line.

Kindred, Tennessee is definitely small town southern life. Suzanne one of the three owners of the Cackleberry Club cafe along with her two friends, are believable characters. This
Connie N.
#1 in the Cackleberry Club cozy mystery series

Well, this wasn't what I expected at all, but I enjoyed it very much. The main characters are three friends, in their 40's, who all lost their husbands and joined forces to create a series of little businesses--a café, book store, and knit shop. They are all very creative women who use their talents to create a successful business. Suzanne likes to cook and create recipes, plus she handles the bookstore. In her "spare" time she is pretty good at
Sep 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, food, knitting
This is the first book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series by Laura Childs, who also writes the Tea Shop Mysteries and the Scrapbook Mysteries.

Suzanne and her best friends Toni and Petra are co-owners of The Cackleberry Club, a restaurant/teashop/bookstore/yarn shop that has become very popular in the burgeoning town of Kindred.

One morning her attorney, Bobby Waite brings over some papers for her to sign, and a little while later, is found in his truck outside the building, with a bullet in
Dl Hood
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Up until now, I would have said that Laura Childs is one of my very
favorite authors. I adore her always delightful Tea Shop Mystery
Series and can hardly wait to cozy up with the latest in her
Scrapbooking Mystery Series. However, her newest series; The
Cackleberry Club, I found rather disappointing. There was a
crudeness and tendency to mild vulgarity that was especially apparent
in the beginning. Totally unlike her other two series. The book began
like it had been written by someone else
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Easy read. Like able characters. I get hungry reading this book. Loved the Eggs in Purgatory recipe. But the recipe calls for 8 eggs, I did it with 4, and more chipotle. The three ladies that run the Cacleberry Club are a hoot. Suzanne, Petra & Toni complete each other. I could see myself at this restaurant, wishing there was a real one in my city.

And No, the butler didn't do it.

Can't wait to serve up the next book Eggs Benedict Arnold.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was disappointing since I love Childs' Tea Shop series. This is the first book in a new series, and while the main character started out sort of unique, (with a tough-chick attitude), she ended up sounding just like the main character in the Tea Shop series. The story line seems very similar too, since it involves three people who own a restaurant. It felt like a lesser version of her other books. I'm sure I'll still read the next one though.
Carol Stanley-Snow
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first reading Laura Childs. LOVE IT! First in the CACKLEBERRY CLUB MYSTERY series. Getting ready to start the 2nd, Eggs Benedict Arnold. Don't you love the titles?

Anyway....the 3 ladies of the club/restaurant are magnificent. Good food, bookstore, knitting group...and murder!!!

Story moved right along and was a fun read.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I like cozy mystery books. But this was too cozy and it read more like a commercial.. The author couldn’t describe anything from glassware to automobiles without brand names so much so I was beginning to think she was getting paid for product placement rather than writing a novel.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A cozy little mystery, entertaining but predictable in its outcome.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Interesting story and loved the characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anna Lee
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eggs in Purgatory is the first book in the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and features a trio of friends, that find a renewed sense of life in their new business, Cackleberry Club. Life is going swimmingly for the three friends at their business, the Cackleberry Club, which is part cafe, part knitting shop, part bookshop. Life in Kindred takes a turn for the worse when the local lawyer, Bobby Waite, is found killed outside their Cafe. Suzanne sets to work, trying to find a killer, and at the same ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three female friends, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, have come together to open a combination restaurant, bookstore, and knitting shop. The food is fantastic, for the most part locally sourced and made from scratch. Unfortunately, not long after opening, Suzanne's lawyer is found dead in his car in their parking lot. Toni's immature, irresponsible, perhaps soon to be ex-husband is one of the suspects and as much as Suzanne dislikes Junior for Toni's sake she hopes he isn't guilty. Also, the young ...more
Carol Brite
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Laura Childs' first book in her "Tea Shop Series" and was looking forward to trying this series. This first book in this series was about three women who lose their husbands in various ways (one is still living, but in a home), and they run a restaurant, bookshop, and various other projects. While this sounds interesting, it was way too much. It was almost as if the author wanted to make one book that contain every type of theme. Although the author introduced us to all three ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Eggs in Purgatory by Laura Childs is the first book in the Cackleberry Club series. I have wanted to read this one for some time and finally got around to it. :) I'm glad I did. This cozy mystery had a lot going on.

Suzanne, Toni and Petra are the owners of the Cackleberry Club~an egg restaurant, book store, yarn shop and more. With a couple of murders, a secretive religious organization, a famous romance author, a church fire, a woman on the run, afternoon tea...this and much more make up Eggs
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book of a series I've wanted to start for a long time. I really enjoyed the mystery and the characters, although I am still a little standoffish with Suzanne, the main character of this one. How can one trust a person who never drinks coffee? I like my tea but really the disdain for coffee in a small town gas station/diner/book store is appalling! Two other things I caught that rang false for me: The special "tea" (or high tea) they tout as a special offering would not be recognized in ...more
Andrea Guy
I love Laura's Tea Shop Mysteries. I read those when I can find them. I have wanted to give the Cackleberry Club series for awhile, and I finally got to start a series with book 1.

This book took a little longer than I would have liked to finish. The mystery was slow and the premise for me felt like it was an amalgamation of her other series. They have teas, they have knitting and there is a restaurant and book store. I want to know where there are places like this in the actual world, because I
Umair Sial
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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