Eggs on Ice
A Cackleberry Club Mystery #8
Berkley Prime Crime, December 2018
Eggs on Ice is the eighth in Laura Childs’ Cackleberry Club Mysteries so for those of you who are fans of this series the characters will be familiar. For those of you who are new to the series I think you’ll catch up quickly. The main character is Suzanne Dietz, one of the co-owners of the Cackleberry Club and an amateur investigator. As the story begins, Suzanne and one of her co-owners, Toni, are helping with costumes, sets, and lighting for their neighbors who are rehearsing for a production of “A Christmas Carol”. The rehearsal comes to an abrupt halt when lawyer Allan Sharp who is playing Scrooge is murdered by the Ghost of Christmas Past. Suzanne chases the Ghost but stops when he, she, or it turns on her and threatens her with a knife.
The investigation is complicated by the fact that no one liked Allan except his law partner, but the investigation quickly focuses in on Amber, a woman who worked for Allan for a short while but quit when he sexually harassed her. Amber and Suzanne have a mutual friend and that friend suggested Amber ask Suzanne for help. However, it soon becomes clear that Amber has a motive for killing Allan but so do several others and narrowing the suspect field is more difficult than Suzanne anticipated. Enlisting Toni’s help, Suzanne begins her own investigation much to the annoyance of the Sheriff and the fears of her fiancé, a doctor at the local hospital.
Eggs on Ice is a cozy mystery with well-drawn characters and a couple of nice twists. It’s set during the holiday season and the cold and snow might be just what you need when our sweltering August/early September heat and humidity return.
Reviewed by Melinda Drew, August 2019.