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When Cackleberry Clubber Suzanne delivers a pie to funeral director Ozzie Driesden, she discovers him not working at the embalming table but lying on the embalming table. She barely has time to recognize his corpse before she?s drugged with chloroform. With more suspects than breakfast specials, the Cackleberry Club scrambles to crack the case before one of their own endsWhen Cackleberry Clubber Suzanne delivers a pie to funeral director Ozzie Driesden, she discovers him not working at the embalming table but lying on the embalming table. She barely has time to recognize his corpse before she?s drugged with chloroform. With more suspects than breakfast specials, the Cackleberry Club scrambles to crack the case before one of their own ends up six feet under....

Title : Eggs Benedict Arnold
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ISBN : 9780425231555
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Eggs Benedict Arnold Reviews

  • Sara
    2019-05-12 23:34

    I like the characters of the cackleberry club but this story had a very scattered plot that in the end fell totally short and there was no real good rason as to why the culprit even knew to go after Suzanne for "knowing to much"

  • Susan
    2019-04-26 03:13

    The story starts out well, but then Suzanne and her friends at the Cackleberry Club spend too much time being worried about a rival, Carmen. The ending felt rushed and there weren't a lot of clues that led me to suspect the killer.

  • Susan
    2019-04-28 21:32

    This series by Childs, only two books in, seems slightly less annoying than her other two, but (oddly enough) also seems to have much less sense of place. Widowed Suzanne, one of three owners of the Cackleberry Club diner/knitting shop/bookstore, finds the body of a local funeral director. When the gruff but not incompetent local sheriff lists Suzanne's friend Missy, the dead man's lady friend, near the top of the suspect list, Suzanne vows to help find the murderer and clear Missy. Actually, though, the murderer finds Suzanne, because of fears (totally unjustified, as far as I could see) that Suzanne is on the right trail. Can Suzanne free herself and her friends from danger?

  • Angela
    2019-05-22 01:13

    Suzanne is the owner of a nice little place called Cackleberry Club. It is a mix of somewhere to eat, knit, read, and relax. She may have had her mystery trouble in the past, but she is so over that...or so she thought. Soon, Suzanne is finding herself in the middle of, yet another mystery. Only this time she is not a suspect, but a victim. She simply went to deliver a pie to Ozzie, the funeral director, then the next thing she knows she is staring at, what appears to be a dead Ozzie sprawled over his embalming table and then is being drugged with chloroform herself. Who would have killed Ozzie, such a sweet man? Who would have wanted to drug, but not kill Suzanne? Is there a killer on the loose that is going to regret not having offed Suzanne too that will then go after her again, but for good? Suzanne soon dusts off her mystery solving skills and gets into a bit more trouble along the way to finding out what is really going on in her small town. I simply loved this book! It was just as entertaining as the first one in the series and the characters were even better in this book. The mysteries keep on appearing with every turn of the page in this book and make you so excited to read, you just can't put it down. Once again, Childs had me wondering what was really the story as far as the murder went. I was eager to turn the pages and read on and I was excited to learn more about not only the mystery, but the characters as I read on. The characters were so fantastic from the first book, and I am so glad that they kept that greatness in this book. I also was excited to see new characters and more growth in the old characters. The writing of the book was great too. Childs had a way of making details seem just a wonderful part of the drama and mystery instead of an unnecessary part of the book. The details added to the book instead of taking away from it. I love Childs' writing style and I can't wait to read on even further in this Cackleberry Club mystery series. I feel like I am part of the little friendship circle when I read these books! The drama, mystery, friendships, and food are hard to beat!5/5 Stars!!

  • Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
    2019-05-12 21:16

    Eggs Benedict Arnold by Laura Childs is the second book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series, featuring Suzanne, Petra & Toni. In this installment, Suzanne discovers the body of a local funeral director. After being attacked with chloroform, Suzanne finds that Ozzie was murdered. With her friend Missy a suspect, Suzanne reluctantly agrees to have a look around.This book was just about as busy as the first, with several intersecting plot points, but it was much easier to follow along. I was familiar with the characters and the settings. There were some new characters introduced and some familiar characters were better developed. I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first. I honestly had no idea who the killer was until very close to the end of the book...then a few little hints helped me figure out who the killer was.I'm not a huge fan of the cursing in this book or this series. I just don't feel it enhances the story in any way so it doesn't seem necessary. It isn't excessive, though I'm still surprised when I come across an expletive in a cozy.I checked this book out of the library to read for fun and I am looking forward to continuing the series. I've already requested the next book, Bedeviled Eggs.

  • Dawn Michelle
    2019-05-11 21:38

    Read~April 2, 2010 This one was way better than the first one. WAY!! The plot was better (and more believable), the characters didn't seem as coarse and there was WAY less swearing (4 times if memory serves me and they only use one word), which was VERY refreshing!I love the camaraderie of these women, their devotion to each other and the town they love in and the people they love. And the mystery was really good. Once again, I was completely stumped and when it was all revealed, I was stunned. WHICH WAS AWESOME!!!!Much happier with this one!! Will read the next one.

  • Terry
    2019-05-14 03:10

    Laura Childs can readily "craft" a mystery to meet the need--and this is evidenced by her third series, which features the Cackleberry Club cafe in Kindred, Texas. (Her others are Scrapbooking and Tea Shop.)Light and easy (motto "Don't put all your eggs in one casket.")the Cackleberry Club brings three loyal friends together--plenty of good food and recipes included--the helpful sheriff and more. Just plain fun.

  • Lollyletsgo
    2019-05-22 22:13

    I'm enjoying this series, and I can't wait until that Carmen comes crawling to Suzanne to help her out sometime- that woman is like a "plastique" from High School- you know the type, not afraid to look her nose down at anyone she's threatened by or her snarky comments thrown around just because she can. The series is getting better as the characters are unfolding more and more. (I'm reading the 3rd one now.)

  • Sara
    2019-04-25 20:20

    Loved it! I want to live in Kindred and hang out with Suzanne, Petra and Toni....and work in the Cackleberry Cafe! I love this series and the only bad thing about this book is that I read it so fast and now I have to WAIT for the next one! Write faster, Laura!!!

  • Deb Sharp
    2019-05-07 21:27

    This is another series for Laura Childs And I have to say it is a very exciting series with lots of action.

  • Helen White
    2019-05-15 02:22

    I will admit that whilst this is book two in the Cackleberry Club series by Laura Childs, it was the first book that I read. Whether starting at the beginning would have made much difference to my enjoyment of the book, I’m not sure, but overall I found Eggs Benedict Arnold a struggle to read. Toni, Petra and Suzanne are the owners of the Cackleberry Club, a diner come bookshop come knitting shop. I found it difficult to connect with these characters - there wasn’t much of a backstory to them and I couldn’t place their ages. They just did not interest me. The novel begins with Suzanne stumbling upon the body of the local funeral director, trussed up on the embalming table. Various theories abound - was it a vagrant that had been spotted in the area, a rival in the funeral trade, the dead man’s business partner - or indeed, his girlfriend and her egotistical ex? In fact, ‘whodunnit’ has much more of a vague connection to the dead man, and we are never quite fully told why they do what they do - or even how.Most of the story focuses on the comings and goings of the Cackleberry Club, with book signings, bake offs and fancy be honest, it felt like too much filler and not enough mystery, and in the end the puzzle is solved within the last twenty or so pages. All in all, a disappointing read and not one that would urge me to seek out other books by the same author. I gave a three star rating because I felt that the premise was a good one, but in my opinion it could have been written better.

  • Guera25
    2019-05-10 03:37

    I'm dumber for having read this. One of Childs' biggest faults as a writer is creating a protagonist with potential in the first novel of a series, only to transform her into a shrill, patronizing, off-putting harpy who condescends to her "friends" and treats local law enforcement like her personal errand boys when it comes to investigating the case. And of course, everything to which she turns her hand is a rousing success and everyone fawns over her. So brave. So smart. So creative.So stupid she never discovers the killer until they're hamming it up with a gun in her face.And if Carmen Copeland isn't a lazy copy of Delaine Dish from her Tea Shop series, I'll eat my hard drive.The first book had potential, but this one took a crashing nosedive into insipid absurdity. I've paid my last visit to the Cackleberry Club.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-02 20:21

    I found this book to be just a lot of fun. The characters are engaging, and I wasn't able to guess the villain until the very last moment. There are some really good recipes in the back of the book, and since I have a weakness for cozy mysteries that have cats, recipes, or are set in whatever state I am living in, this is right up my alley. Out of 11 recipes, there are 6 that I MUST try!

  • Marty
    2019-05-23 02:33

    Despite the silly name, the book was OK. Three middle-aged ladies are enjoying running a café called The Cackleberry Club; not only do they serve delicious breakfasts and lunches, but have a book room and a knitting nook. They certainly are a hub of activity for their small town. As in any small town, there are rivalries, but who would believe they involve not only mischief, but murder.

  • Margaret
    2019-05-26 01:15

    I think I read this book in the past. Or maybe I am just noticing a similarity to any of the more than a dozen books I have read by this prolific author. Either way, a slapdash but very readable mystery. With recipes that look both delicious and fairly simple.

  • Lyn Soulia smith
    2019-05-15 20:26

    Such a great cast of characters. I feel like a part of the story as they go along. Love laugh out loud areas and the light fun heart lines of these women.

  • Peggi Warner-lalonde
    2019-04-26 01:30

    A fun romp!

  • Diane Hernandez
    2019-05-04 02:37

    This book is a light mystery. I read the previous book in the series so I picked this one up to read next. This book was poorly plotted. The mystery was solved almost on the last page without any clues to the murderer's identity beforehand. It seemed like the author just randomly selected a minor character within the book to create a surprise ending. There was only a scant explanation of motive and it made little sense. A poisoned cake is served to someone in the final 20 pages but none of the characters mention, or seem concerned about, it. Overall, I would not recommend this book to anyone.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-12 02:35

    This was a great book.When Cackleberry Clubber Suzanne delivers a pie to funeral director Ozzie Driesden, she discovers him not working at the embalming table but lying on the embalming table. She barely has time to recognize his corpse before she's drugged with chloroform. With more suspects than breakfast specials, the Cackleberry Club scrambles to crack the case before one of their own ends up six feet under.

  • Loraine
    2019-05-21 00:25

    When Cackleberry Clubber Suzanne delivers a pie to funeral director Ozzie Driesden, she discovers him not working at the embalming table but lying on the embalming table. She barely has time to recognize his corpse before she?s drugged with chloroform. With more suspects than breakfast specials, the Cackleberry Club scrambles to crack the case before one of their own ends up six feet under.I have to say I was really torn by this book. I have read several of Laura Child's cozy mysteries and really enjoyed them. But this one had parts that bothered me. First, there were some curse words sprinkled throughout which normally aren't there. Second, there was one scene in which Suzanne and Toni are following Toni's ex-husband who may be involved in the murders, and they end up in a low-class bar which included a young girl doing a pole dance. But then Suzanne recognizes her and says she deserves better. So she offers her a job at the Cackleberry Club. Then in the opposite vein there are references to Christian faith mentioned here and there. This is considered a secular cozy but there are definitely hints of faith that are spoiled because of other aspects. This is book 2 of the series and was written in 2009, so perhaps Childs was still finding her direction at that time. I really debated on how to rate this book.As usual, the Kindred is a delightful small town, perfect for a cozy, and filled with the usual gamut of all kinds of locals. The mystery has enough red herrings that it kept me guessing until the end when someone I never suspected was revealed as the murderer. Finally, there was a scene regarding a brand new shirt that Suzanne's deceased husband put away to wait for a special time and now he is gone. The lesson it taught Suzanne about waiting was incredibly written and very moving. FAVORITE QUOTES: "Life's problems wouldn't be called hurdles if there wasn't a way to get over them.""The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present.""I don't believe in miracles. These days I rely on them."

  • Mason
    2019-05-22 04:20

    Three independent ladies in the town of Kindred ban together to open the Cackleberry Club Café where they serve up delicious dishes while solving crimes.Suzanne, Petra, and Toni operate the café, which also features a Book Nook and a Knitting Nest. Suzanne’s husband recently passed away, Petra has lost her husband to Alzheimer’s Disease, and Toni’s womanizing husband has left her (again). In the quiet town of Kindred the ladies stay busy serving dishes such as “Cackleberry Club Brown Sugar Meatloaf,” “Cheddar Cheese Biscuits,” and “Chicken Croquettes.” In their spare time they’re hosting a Knit In and a Take the Cake event, as well as a book signing for the local hot-shot romance author.The ladies help out the Library Committee fund raiser at the Kindred Spirit Days. When Suzanne goes to deliver a cake to Funeral Director Ozzie Driesden, she finds him dead on his own embalming table. Before she can get a good look at the scene, someone drugs Suzanne with chloroform.When a friend come under suspension of the murder, Suzanne and the ladies of Cackleberry begin to do some snooping of their own. While following a lead, Suzanne and Toni find a second body.The more they look, the more confused the case becomes. The ladies are faced with problems from every angle, including being held hostage.Even though this is the second book in the Cackleberry Club series, Eggs Benedict Arnold is a stand alone book. However, the adventures of the ladies will have you wanting more. The first in the series is Eggs in Purgatory.Author Laura Childs has created a delightful mix of humor, small town friendship, murder and mayhem in this cozy murder mystery. As an added bonus there is a recipe section in the back of the book, along with a preview of Ms. Child’s next new Tea Shop Mystery, The Teaberry Strangler.Eggs Benedict Arnold will have you wishing for simpler times while longing for a taste of the delicious recipes mentioned throughout the book.

  •  Gigi Ann
    2019-05-23 00:12

    I read this book October 11-15, 2010.This is the first Cackleberry Club Mystery I have read. It's about a group of three women--Suzanne, Petra and Toni. Suzanne's husband recently passed away. Petra's husband has Alzheimer Disease, and Toni's womanizing husband has left her (again).The cafe' also features a Book Nook and a Knitting Nest, which sounded like an interesting place to spend an afternoon. I would love to set in the Book Nook reading or in the Knitting Nest crocheting, I don't knit.Suzanne and the other ladies become amateur detectives when Suzanne finds the body of Ozzie the local funeral director murdered. Suzanne is attacked when she unknowingly walks in on the scene of the murder to deliver a pie.Why the local sheriff goes to this small business owner for advice about the murderer is puzzle in itself. So Many events happen in this book, and it doesn't really end with a fireworks ending, but rather a mildly interesting conclusion, it was mildly interesting, but it really wasn't a page-turner for me. But, all-in-all, for a cozy mystery it was a delightful little read.I gave this book 3*** because it was an OK read.I borrowed this book from my local library.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-21 04:33

    This is the second book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series. Suzanne goes to deliver a pie bought at a bake sale to funeral director Ozzie. She finds him on his own embalming table and is knocked out by an unknown assailant. When a friend who was the victim's girlfriend is suspected of the crime, Suzanne begins to investigate on her behalf. Is it the ex-husband of her friend, the mortuary partner, the obnoxious romance novel writer who wants to buy the property, a drug ring, or the corporate funeral company with underhanded techniques which is in tight with the slimy mayor? Or is it someone else entirely? Suzanne begins a tentative romance with a doctor, her first after her husband's death. Overall, I thought this was a much better book than the first in the series and I did not guess who the murderer was. I still find Toni, one of her cofounders of the club to be annoying and Petra, the other founder is still undeveloped. The product references got annoying from time to time, and the author did have the cheek to reference one of her other series books. It was a good cozy mystery and I will read the next in the series which will hopefully continue to improve.

  • Lani
    2019-04-27 20:19

    I enjoyed the first novel in this series enough to read this one but it was pretty bad. I thought maybe the annoyance of the killer in the first book was a fluke, but I didn't enjoy the outcome of this one either. And I didn't enjoy the story as a whole either. It was pretty boring to be honest.The first one mentioned feminism a lot and the women (mainly Toni) would call the Sheriff out when he was being misogynistic (i.e. "We're forty year old women, not girls."). But this one had a tiny bit a slut-shaming that I side eyed. I skimmed the last 70 pages or so just to see who the killer was and I won't be continuing this series. Also I started noticing how Petra gets taken advantage of. It mentions several times that she's the one that can cook and bake and runs the knitting corner. Meanwhile, Suzanne is off snooping and ignoring the shop. I'm not quite sure what Toni does.Other reviews have said that this series is really bad compared to her other series and since I do have her scrapbooking series checked out from the library too I might give it a try but I'm hesitant.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-05-14 01:21

    This is the second in the series of the Cackleberry Club. Suzanne Dietz once again stumbles into a murder, this time the co-owner of the Funeral Home. When she tries to deliver a cherry pie to Ozzie, she finds his dead body sprawled out on the table in the embalming room and before she can check to see if he is dead, she is chloroformed. When she comes to, she finds out he is dead. Meanwhile, Toni is still trying to decide what to do about her deadbeat husband Junior. While trying to see if he is dealing drugs, they stumble upon a drug house and report it to the sheriff, hoping they are the murderers. Not so. When they go to pick up some cheese, they again stumble upon a body strung up in the trees at the old cemetery. Still around are Petra, Sheriff Doogie, Missy, and others from the first book. It is a lot of fun, food and sleuthing. I will definitely check out the next in the series.

  • Emily
    2019-05-16 21:08

    This is the first Cackleberry Club Mystery I have read, and I wasn't that impressed. It's about a group of ladies who run a restaurant (that makes me think of The Egg & I) and the events that take place there. Suzanne and the other ladies from the Cackleberry Club become amateur detectives when someone in their little town is killed. Suzanne is attacked when she unknowingly walks in on the scene of the murder to deliver a pie. Why the local sheriff goes to this small business owner for advice on sleuthing out the murderer is unclear to me. A series of unconnected events happen in this book, and it doesn't really end with a bang, but rather a mildly interesting conclusion. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was a waste of time to read, it was mildly interesting, but I won't be reading another book in the series.

  • Amy
    2019-05-11 21:24

    I'm discovering that I really like the series quite a bit. I really enjoyed this novel as well. Getting to know the three co-owners of the cackle berry club has been pretty fun. I also like watching Suzanne's relationship with Sam at unfold. I have to admit that this time I had that gassed the true motive for the crime. I didn't think that it was the red herring that they put out but I don't think I really realized who was behind it all. Anyway I really like the fact that these are very clean mysteries, involve moral and Christian women, and are generally wholesome… Except of course for the one or two murders that happen in the pages but of course you wouldn't really have a story without that would you?

  • Jackie
    2019-04-27 04:25

    Yet another delightful Childs novel! Reading these books always makes me want to quit what I am currently doing, move to a small town and open a cafe/bookstore/knitting shop...and I don't even knit. Childs' is easy to read and moves the story along really well. I love the recipes in the back and how the love of good, organic food is woven into the pages. While I am not typically a murder mystery type of girl, I can read "The Cackleberry Club Mystery" series without feeling even the tinsiest bit scared (it truly doesn't take much).

  • Carol Gibson
    2019-05-04 04:34

    This is the second book in the Crackleberry series. I gave it five stars because I enjoy the setting and the main characters, I like that all three main characters are in their forties. The mystery like all of her books can be a let down. The protagonist rarely solves the crime or as a clue who the murderer is until they get spooked and take action to stop the snooping. I don't mind this because the characters and setting make the book enjoyable. My only complaint is there is so much talk of food it makes me hungry.

  • Diane
    2019-05-14 03:16

    This is the second book in the Cackleberry Club mystery series by Laura Childs. Ozzie Driesden purchases a cherry pie at the Kindred Spirit Days. Trying to do a good deed and to get done with her stint at the bake sale, Suzanne takes the pie over to the Driesden & Draper funeral home. Suzanne wanders in only to see Ozzie murdered and laying on his own funeral table. Someone grabs Suzanne from behind and chloroforms her. Thus starts the search for the murderer. The whole cast returns in this follow up. This series is a good read just like her Tea Shop mysteries.