Stake and Eggs (Cackleberry Club Series #4)

Stake and Eggs (Cackleberry Club Series #4)

by Laura Childs

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New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs presents the best way to start your day—with a hearty breakfast and a side of hard-boiled murder.

Suzanne, Toni, and Petra found a second life after losing their husbands—opening their own successful business, the Cackleberry Club cafè. But the three women never expected sleuthing to be the special of the day…


When a snowmobile crashes into the woods behind the Cackleberry Club cafè, Suzanne finds her town’s most-hated banker beheaded by a wire staked in the snow. Now some of her best customers are prime suspects with a bushel of motives, and the murder investigation is snowballing. An elusive young runaway may be the Cackleberry Club’s only way to crack the case…provided Suzanne can keep her head long enough to track down the cold-blooded killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410452856
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 11/14/2012
Series: Cackleberry Club Series , #4
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 441
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop, Scrapbooking, and Cackleberry Club mystery series. In a previous life, she was a marketing and advertising executive. She lives outside Minneapolis.  

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Praise for the Cackleberry Club Mystery series

“Childs excels at creating comforting settings in which to put her characters, and the Cackleberry Club is a place you’d like to visit.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Tasty and fun.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A delicious platter of thrilling whodunit, with a side of friendship and humor for dessert.”—Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Stake and Eggs 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this tale is one about three middle-aged woman and the shop they run together while solving murder and mayhem. the cackleberry restaurant is their domain. a local banker is beheaded with a wire hidden in the snow while riding a snowmobile, outside the rear door of the cackleberry club. the ladies are stunned, but feel the need to solve the mystery of the murder, even though no one really liked the man. miss laura has the ability to paint a picture of a town we would all like to live in even though murders take place there. a difficult story to lay aside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. I like all of Laura Childs series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cackleberry Club is helping the town of Kindred celebrate the season of winter by hosting a few preeminant programs during the town's Fire and Ice celebration. Suzanne, Toni and Petra are going all out to support the community, and to help their bottom line. Until, the new bank manager is found after a freak accident dead behind the restaurant, and Sherrif Doogie, in between stuffing his face at the counter and wondering who the perpetrator is, is trying to keep everyone safe. In between dealing with her regulars, Suzanne is beginning to "heat things up" with her new boyfriend, offering Toni sage advice about on again off again Junior "situation" and supporting Petra as the caregiver of her husband who now resides in a life care residence. In this story, she also watches out for a runaway boy and how he fits into the puzzle may make him the next target. It has taken me a while to get into the Cackleberry Club series, but I've changed my mind with this one. The fourth CC book is smart, funny and will make me go back and re-read the first ones, and look forward to new books as much as I do the two other series that Laura Childs writes.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
If you have read the others in this series and loved them, then you will love this one too. If you haven't read the others, I don't think that you will have any problem, except that you'll want to read the rest. The characters are loveable, and a few that I actually have met through life. A touch of romance, some great sounding recipes, and the Cackleberry Club descriptions that make you feel that you are there. I wish I had one here. Enjoy reading it while I wait for the next.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Stake and Eggs by Laura Childs Fourth in the Cackleberry Club Mystery Series Stake and Eggs is the fourth book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series by Laura Childs. The first three books, while good, had a religious overtone with affirmations and group hugs that I found to be a bit much. This aspect was hardly apparent in Stake and Eggs and with it gone I really enjoyed the book. Suzanne, Petra, and Toni are three women of a certain age who are partners in the Cackleberry Club-a cafe that specializes in egg dishes, a book store, and a knitting store, all in one location. It's a cold day in the Midwest and the women are waiting for the arrival of the new bank manager for a meeting. They hear the arrival of a snowmobile, then what sounds like another, then a crash. When Suzanne goes out to investigate she finds the body of the bank manager...dead! Needless to say, her investigating doesn't end there. Add an elusive runaway, a winter festival, and suspects aplenty, as well as yummy descriptions of food (with recipes included at the end of the book) and you have a captivating cozy mystery. There’s a solid mystery here with some minor mysteries along the way. Who is that runaway, where has he gone, and, more importantly, what has he seen? The characters are more rounded, even Toni’s erstwhile overage delinquent husband. Instead of being annoying, Junior brings innovation and fun in the form of his car cooker. Stake and Eggs is a great entry to a good series. This entry really captivated me and reignited my interest in the Cackleberry Club. Recipes are included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Golly gee whillikers - boooring.
jem_ More than 1 year ago
Liek the idea of women who Can and Do take charge of their lives. Follows through on ideas of cause and effect.
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HandsHeal2 More than 1 year ago
While I enjoy Laura Childs writing, her stories all have the downfall of being unrealistic when it comes to running a business. As a small business owner, I know the struggle and hard work and in all of her series, her heroines are highly successful, even though they often abandon their businesses to dash off and solve mysteries. I think she paints a picture of success that is misguided. Feels like a "one off" of the Nancy Drew series we all loved as young girls, where everything is rosy and there are no hardships. Problem is, we are grown ups now and need a dose of realism in our reading.
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I thought the book was ok. The writing was well done and the story line was good along with well developed characters. But as with so many of Laura Childs mysteries the killer was obvious and so were some of the high points. Stll a pleasant and easy read.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
I think Laura Childs should stick with her tea shop mysteries. In Stake & Eggs the plot is so thin and there is so much tiresome dialog it seemed she was just trying to fill the quota for pages. The first three in this series were interesting, but I'll not be buying another one.
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Michelle1948 More than 1 year ago
I have read all in this series....and they are all a good read for those of you that enjoy a cozy. Cozy settings in the book are a plus...a small town restaurant that hosts breakfast, afternoon tea and also has a book nook. Local gossip is also part of the daily menu which helps the characters in the story figure out each murder. I recommend the whole series.
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This book was kind of uneven and not one of Childs' best. It lacked the finesse of her earlier teashop mysteries, for example. Good plot, but I wouldn't say that you should rush out and buy it.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Suzanne, Toni and Petra found a second life after losing their husbands. They opened the Cackleberry Club, a cafe featuring yummy egg dishes. But they never thought sleuthing would come to be the special of the day. A KILLER HAS THE TOWN WALKING ON EGGSHELLS. A loud crash is heard behind the cafe. Suzanne rushes out in a blizzard to see what caused the commotion. She finds the town's most hated baker beheaded. He was riding his snowmobile and ran through a wire staked in the snow. When some the cafe's best customers become prime suspects and the police investigation starts snowballing off course, the ladies know it is time to track down the killer. In this 4th installment of the Cackleberry Club mayhem blows right in before the end of chapter 1 along with a nice snowstorm.Suzanne tries to keep her own head as she tries to put the killer on ice. It is like a wonderful toboggan ride racing downhill. I love these ladies. They are so relate-able and if I lived in Kindred they would definitely be good friends of mine. Great food, a book nook and a crafty corner, what more could we ask for in the perfect meeting place. They are also the requisite quirky supporting characters needed to round out the town's residents. Add to that a Fire and Ice Festival, that includes a parade, ice sculpting, an ice fishing contest, a treasure hunt and a murderer on the loose. All the ingredients of a marvelous mystery. The thing that stands out to me in this series is the friendship shared by Suzanne, Petra, and Toni. Each dealing with their own battles but they are they for each other day in and day out. Raising each others spirits, lending an ear, sharing their thoughts, all while running a restaurant and solving a murder. Toni's hot and cold relationship with Junior brings some humor to the story. His latest invention will have you giggling, but had my husband thinking it might not be a bad idea. :) Boys and their toys! I have enjoyed every book in this series! They are at their best when read in order. I read the first 3 one right after the other back in 2010 and I was so happy when Stake & Eggs was released this month. I have missed by visits to the Cackleberry Club. I hope Laura takes us on another adventure with these ladies very soon! Stake & Eggs is a scrumptious who-dun-it and the recipes included are tasty too. You must try the Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Pancakes.
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