Egg Drop Dead
by Laura Childs
Hardback: 288 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: Dec. 6, 2016
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Maintaining good personal relationships with their suppliers is one of the secrets of the Cackleberry Club Café’s success, so Suzanne doesn’t mind going out to Mike Mullen’s dairy farm to pick up some wheels of cheese. She’s looking forward to a nice visit with the mild-mannered farmer before heading back to their hectic kitchen.
But when she arrives, Mike’s nowhere to be found. The moaning of his cows leads her to look in the barn, where she discovers a bloodcurdling sight—the farmer’s dead body. Apparently not everyone was as fond of Mike Mullen as the Cackleberry Club.
Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to find the farmer’s murderer—but as they get closer to the truth, the desperate killer gets whipped into a frenzy and plans to put the squeeze on them.
Egg Drop Dead is a cozy mystery. It's the seventh book in the series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.
Suzanne and her friends were an enjoyable characters. The story took place around Halloween, so they participated in several Halloween activities. There was even a haunted house (well, forest) chase scene.
While there were clues, this wasn't really a "puzzle it out" mystery. Suzanne poked around, asked some questions, worked to save some horses, befriended one suspect, and didn't find any serious clues against the others. When the critical clue was finely uncovered, the story ended with a scene worthy of an action movie. The heroine saves the day!
There was occasional use of of bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this fun mystery/suspense novel.
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