Friday, December 21, 2018

Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs

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Eggs on Ice
by Laura Childs

ISBN-13: 9780425281727
Hardback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of "A Christmas Carol" is just playing to type. He's not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you'd have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it's a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club cafe, Kindred's favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.

As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni's almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.

My Review:
Eggs on Ice is a cozy mystery. It's the eighth 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.

So a murder is committed in front of a lot of witnesses, but the murderer is wearing a costume. Suzanne saw the murder and later asked some questions about who had a motive or could have done it. But there is no clue or evidence to narrow down her suspects. On a whim, she decided to break and enter into one of her suspects houses even though she didn't know what, exactly, she was looking for. She also basically told another suspect that she thought he was the murderer, even though nothing clearly pointed at him. Of course, she discovers who the murderer is when that person tries to kill her at the end.

I prefer mysteries that have more clues and a puzzle to solve, plus I didn't like how she felt justified in breaking the law. There was occasional use of bad language. There was no sex.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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