In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…
As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.
Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.
Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…
Early in Childs's entertaining sixth Cackleberry Club mystery set in the Midwestern town of Kindred (after Eggs in a Casket), Hannah Venable perishes in a fire that destroys the county services building where she worked. In what becomes an arson case, suspicion falls on Hannah's estranged husband, Jack. Perky Suzanne Dietz finds time to investigate the crime in between planning, cooking, and serving two meals a day, plus afternoon tea and assorted special events, at the Cackleberry Club. She runs the cafe with two partners, Toni and Petra, with whom she mulls over the case. Fortunately, Sheriff Roy Doogie is happy to share what he knows with Suzanne, and even the arson investigators brought in from out-of-town have no compunction about including her. Some dollops of romance add spice. Culinary cozy fans will welcome the egg-centric recipes that round out the volume.