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Friday, January 11, 2013

Stake & Eggs by Laura Childs

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Cynthia Chow

Check out details on how to enter to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

In the midst of January the owners of the Cackleberry Club Café are all a flurry with plans for the town's Fire and Ice Festival, a fashion show, and their sponsorship of the Winter Blaze party. What Suzanne, Toni, and Petra didn't plan on was finding their meeting with the bank president Ben Busacker, curtailed by the discovery that he has lost his head. Literally.

A wire strung across stakes behind the Cackleberry Club Café resulted in the snowmobiling death of Ben Busacker, and it turns out that the president's ruthless measures have left Sheriff Roy Doogie no shortage of suspects. When their hapless neighbor becomes implicated by his ownership of wire similar to the lethal weapon, Suzanne feels that she has no choice but to "help" Doogie out whether he wants it or not. Suzanne soon discovers that Busacker had threatened to foreclose on more than one piece of property, his marriage was not based on fidelity, and he was not the only applicant for his position at the bank.

Image source: Penguin

The town of Kindred is full of eccentric and quirky characters, from Toni's on-again-off-again husband who has plans to patent his car cooker, to a loud-mouthed former prison warden in competition for the deceased bank president's job. The ladies still manage to cook up tasty egg treats, brunch, and tea party cuisine while juggling the crazy cast of characters who make up their party of friends and customers. An elusive teen runway pops in to squat in Suzanne's barn, bus tables, and leave hints that he may know more about the murder than he will admit openly.

This is the fourth in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series, which is one of three mystery series written by the author Laura Childs. This latest installment shares their light tone, zippy dialogue, and humor, leaving little doubt that these books will continue to entertain readers with their likable characters and delectable descriptions of food.

To enter to win a copy of Stake & Eggs, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Stake”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 19, 2013. U.S. residents only.

Use this link to purchase Stake & Eggs and you help support an indie bookstore & KRL:

Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).


  1. This sounds like a great read...Thanks so much for the chance to win!!


  2. I love Laura's books - I read all 3 of her series! Would love to win this, the books can't come fast enough for me, lol!

    Lisa Richardson
    574 Bliler Ave NE
    Salem, OR 97301

  3. I just finished her latest Tea Shop mystery. I read the previous Cackleberry Club book, so I'd love to win this one.


  4. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher