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A murder in the local hospital is raising everyone's temperature in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, is visiting her fiancé, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained A murder in the local hospital is raising everyone's temperature in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, is visiting her fiancé, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape. Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.


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A murder in the local hospital is raising everyone's temperature in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, is visiting her fiancé, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained A murder in the local hospital is raising everyone's temperature in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, is visiting her fiancé, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape. Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.

30 review for Egg Shooters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 9th book in the Cackleberry Club series. I have not read books 1 to 8 in this series. I have to say I enjoyed the mystery in this book, but I do not care about the characters. I really love books that has really good character developed and characters I really end up caring about. I found this book just ok. I did really like the narrator of this audiobook. I was kindly provided an e-audiobook of this book by the publisher (Dreamscape Media and Berkley Book This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 9th book in the Cackleberry Club series. I have not read books 1 to 8 in this series. I have to say I enjoyed the mystery in this book, but I do not care about the characters. I really love books that has really good character developed and characters I really end up caring about. I found this book just ok. I did really like the narrator of this audiobook. I was kindly provided an e-audiobook of this book by the publisher (Dreamscape Media and Berkley Books) or author (Laura Childs) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    A cozy mystery that is action packed right from the start with multiple crimes happening that may or may not be connected, the fabulous cast of characters led by a main character that is intelligent, witty and a strong female is just what you need to pick up for your next entertaining read! While you could absolutely read this book as a stand alone, you would be missing out on tons of back story and entertainment so I really recommend starting with the first book in the series. The excellent new A cozy mystery that is action packed right from the start with multiple crimes happening that may or may not be connected, the fabulous cast of characters led by a main character that is intelligent, witty and a strong female is just what you need to pick up for your next entertaining read! While you could absolutely read this book as a stand alone, you would be missing out on tons of back story and entertainment so I really recommend starting with the first book in the series. The excellent news is that the entire series is available via audio book and the narrator does an excellent job of taking the author's well written plot and superbly created characters to the next level and helping breathe life into them! I will now be impatiently awaiting the next book in the series!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    You know how you wish some of your favorite books would be made into a movie? For the Cackleberry Club I want a whole television series! I love the characters. Toni would be so much fun to watch weekly. The settings are comfy with a touch of glamour, especially the food. And the action never stops! Suzanne is intelligent and curious, observant and generous. She can not help herself from getting involved, whether in community events or dangerous investigations. And she can not stop her brain from runn You know how you wish some of your favorite books would be made into a movie? For the Cackleberry Club I want a whole television series! I love the characters. Toni would be so much fun to watch weekly. The settings are comfy with a touch of glamour, especially the food. And the action never stops! Suzanne is intelligent and curious, observant and generous. She can not help herself from getting involved, whether in community events or dangerous investigations. And she can not stop her brain from running through endless possibilities. I enjoyed being privy to those runaway thoughts. The book opens plunging us immediately into action and tragedy. The mysteries compound quickly, with hijackings, murder, drug related crimes and mysterious disappearance among them. Suspects are found on every page! When you think you have something figured out, you will begin to doubt your choices as more evidence comes to light. I hope we do not have to wait long to revisit Kindred.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    It has been awhile since I visited with the Cackleberry clan and I wasn't disappointed. I love this series and each new book gets better and better. Suzanne and Toni get into several scrapes while Petra cooks up a storm in the kitchen for full menus. Junior is growing on me, but I have developed quite the fondness for Sheriff Doogie. I didn't anticipate the villain so Child's did a good job with the mystery. The recipes in the back are some of the best yet. Thanks to Edelweiss and Berkley for th It has been awhile since I visited with the Cackleberry clan and I wasn't disappointed. I love this series and each new book gets better and better. Suzanne and Toni get into several scrapes while Petra cooks up a storm in the kitchen for full menus. Junior is growing on me, but I have developed quite the fondness for Sheriff Doogie. I didn't anticipate the villain so Child's did a good job with the mystery. The recipes in the back are some of the best yet. Thanks to Edelweiss and Berkley for the advance copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Shots are fired in a hospital, no less, as this ninth Cackleberry Club Mystery gets underway. Cackleberry Club co-owner Suzanne Dietz was ducking for cover as two people fell struck by bullets. In a moment of pure genius, rage, and adrenalin, Suzanne stuns the shooter with a thermos full of chili meant to have been lunch for her fiancée, Dr. Sam Hazelet. Down but not out the shooter escapes with a duffle bag of drugs stolen from the hospital pharmacy. The gunman was dressed in Dollycas’s Thoughts Shots are fired in a hospital, no less, as this ninth Cackleberry Club Mystery gets underway. Cackleberry Club co-owner Suzanne Dietz was ducking for cover as two people fell struck by bullets. In a moment of pure genius, rage, and adrenalin, Suzanne stuns the shooter with a thermos full of chili meant to have been lunch for her fiancée, Dr. Sam Hazelet. Down but not out the shooter escapes with a duffle bag of drugs stolen from the hospital pharmacy. The gunman was dressed in military gear and wore a mask so Suzanne couldn’t give much info to identify the suspect but that doesn’t mean she, Toni, and Petra aren’t going to pull out all the stops to catch the shooter before they kill again. I love Suzanne, Toni, and Petra and glad they are back after a bit of a break. These ladies are so genuine and have huge hearts. They are always ready to support a person or cause that comes into their orbit. They are exactly who you would expect to meet when you walk into a small-town Midwest cafe. They give a friendly welcome and try to add a smile to get your day off to a great start. The food they serve up is top-notch too. Supporting characters Dr. Sam, Junior, and Sheriff Dougie all bring diverse personalities to the story. These men couldn’t be more different from each other just like our leading ladies so they are a perfect fit for this series. Ms. Childs really twisted things up this time. Suzanne is completed invested in finding the shooter so she doesn’t always make wise decisions and she jumped to a few conclusions without the evidence to back them up. I had to stop and take a second to shake my head at one event that was crazy and downright unbelievable but centered myself with the point that the story is fiction, meant to entertain and it sure did that and the event did really move the story forward so I accepted the situation and moved on. The scene was exciting and it was fun to live vicariously through the adventure the characters were caught up in. The author does blend the subplots with the main plot with an expert hand. She brings the book to a conclusion in a thrilling way that I know raised my blood pressure. Egg Shooters is an egg-traordinary addition to this series and I have enjoyed every one. We are also treated to tempting recipes that were mentioned in the story at the end of the book. I am very excited for the next installment of this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    "Egg Shooters " the 9th instalment in the "Cackleberry Club" Mystery series by Laura Childs. It has been awhile since I read the series having only read up to book 6, but I really enjoyed visiting Kindred and the Cackleberry Club Cafe again. The story starts off with a bang literally, with the shooting at the hospital, I think with everything that’s been happening in America right now some aspects of the book could unsettle some people. It touches on PTSD as well as drug addiction but not in any "Egg Shooters " the 9th instalment in the "Cackleberry Club" Mystery series by Laura Childs. It has been awhile since I read the series having only read up to book 6, but I really enjoyed visiting Kindred and the Cackleberry Club Cafe again. The story starts off with a bang literally, with the shooting at the hospital, I think with everything that’s been happening in America right now some aspects of the book could unsettle some people. It touches on PTSD as well as drug addiction but not in any great detail. Now with that all said I did really enjoy this story, and it has made me want to catch up on the series. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed. I especially love the dynamics between Suzanne, Toni and Petra as they are so different from each other but meld perfectly together. I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit, I did suspect the killer for a quick second then thought no way. I also suspected the getaway vehicle from the beginning and was why aren’t they thinking of this. Now I loved the recipes that are included in the back of the book. I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Berkley and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Of Laura Childs' three series, this is my favorite. The characters are great, the setting is inviting (although I always think it's so cold there!), and the murders/investigation are more plausible. I loved this latest installment. The story was fast paced and kept you involved. Suzanne and her friends are smart and don't do too many things that might get them killed. A good addition to the series. I received a copy from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review #DreamscapeMedia #NetGalley Of Laura Childs' three series, this is my favorite. The characters are great, the setting is inviting (although I always think it's so cold there!), and the murders/investigation are more plausible. I loved this latest installment. The story was fast paced and kept you involved. Suzanne and her friends are smart and don't do too many things that might get them killed. A good addition to the series. I received a copy from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review #DreamscapeMedia #NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    It has been a few years since the last Cackleberry Club story, but these ladies were as fun and fresh as always. This is the ninth book in the series and even though each mystery is self-contained, you will enjoy this story more if you are familiar with the characters and the journey they have taken together. Egg Shooters starts off with a bang literally, with the shooting at the hospital. He kills the security guard and shoots the receptionist, before Suzanne throws a thermos of chili at him an It has been a few years since the last Cackleberry Club story, but these ladies were as fun and fresh as always. This is the ninth book in the series and even though each mystery is self-contained, you will enjoy this story more if you are familiar with the characters and the journey they have taken together. Egg Shooters starts off with a bang literally, with the shooting at the hospital. He kills the security guard and shoots the receptionist, before Suzanne throws a thermos of chili at him and he takes off. Suzanne chases him, but he has disappeared. Where did he go? It seems like he was robbing the pharmacy and a nurse in that area is also injured. The wife of the victim has asked Suzanne to help solve the crime, so what can she do? This series has a great cast of characters led by a main character that is intelligent, witty and a strong female protagonist. Suzanne and Toni get into several scrapes while Petra cooks up a storm in the kitchen for the Cackleberry Cafe. I love Sheriff Dougie. I love his "southernisms" and his laid back personality, even though he is pretty smart. The setting is wonderful and I love the quirky town and secondary characters. This story was face paced and well-plotted. Suzanne had some great intuition in this one as she put together motives and suspects. Suzanne's investigation in this one was a bit different from others in this series, as there was a lot of turmoil and emotional distress caused by her questioning and accusations. Once again, there is danger and Suzanne takes some chances that were ill advised, but she comes through unscathed. There are a few side stories in this one, but they all come together in the end with the exciting reveal. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Susan Boyce, a voice actress who narrates a lot of cozy mysteries. She is a narrator who I listen to quite a bit. She does a great job on the voices and expression in the story. She makes books I listen to very enjoyable. I enjoyed this one and recommend this series to those who enjoy cozy mysteries. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    WTF Are You Reading?

    Laura Childs' latest offering in the Cackleberry Club mystery series; entitled Egg Shooters. Didn't manage to land anywhere near the unputdownable read target this go round. Though all of the usual suspects and just enough new ones to make the story at least somewhat plausible. Were present and accounted for. With leading lady, Suzanne Dietz, front and center. Always managing to be in the wrong place at just the right time to bear witness to a murder. This being her 9th. I tell you... It's high time Laura Childs' latest offering in the Cackleberry Club mystery series; entitled Egg Shooters. Didn't manage to land anywhere near the unputdownable read target this go round. Though all of the usual suspects and just enough new ones to make the story at least somewhat plausible. Were present and accounted for. With leading lady, Suzanne Dietz, front and center. Always managing to be in the wrong place at just the right time to bear witness to a murder. This being her 9th. I tell you... It's high time that someone traded in her chef's hat and tea cozy for a sheriff's badge and a gun. But I digress. So... We have Suzanne, minding her own business. Just stopping in at the hospital to bring her fiance some chili. When a gunman enters the waiting room. Shoots both the nurse and the security guard Killing the poor guard. But miracle of miracles. Suzanne is not only unharmed. But is also able to send our murderous assailant running for the hills. After she manages to hit him in the face with a thermos full of lunch. Time to trot out the suspects and innuendo. And make the introductions of those "new people in town". Who could very well have ties to either the murder or the underlying reason that contributed to said murder. Which in this case is drugs. Now that the proverbial chessboard has been set. All we have to do is sit and watch as the pieces move along their prescribed routes. Starting with our heroine wanting to "help solve the case". And ending with her outsmarting both the sheriff and the killer. Almost getting herself killed... But not...AGAIN! And managing to singlehandedly solve yet another murder. In the sleepy little town where "things like this just don't happen." Oh... And there are recipes In the back. In short. Though this book is undoubtedly well written. The story is... More boring than watching paint dry in Siberia. Let's face it. The best part of the whole ordeal is the murder. SMH!!! Better luck next time Miss Childs. Because apparently, nine times is not the charm. *Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing the review copy on which this honest critique is based.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Suzanne, Petra, and Toni are the co-owners of the Cackleberry Club - a small-town eatery, brimming with deliciously mouthwatering breakfast fantasies. The three women are best friends and co-workers and besides baking and cooking, brewing coffee and tea they also run a book club and a yarn shop, often hosting tea parties and gatherings for special occasions. In this instalment, Suzanne is taking dinner to her fiancé, Dr Sam Hazelet who is working in the busy ER department at the hospital. When a Suzanne, Petra, and Toni are the co-owners of the Cackleberry Club - a small-town eatery, brimming with deliciously mouthwatering breakfast fantasies. The three women are best friends and co-workers and besides baking and cooking, brewing coffee and tea they also run a book club and a yarn shop, often hosting tea parties and gatherings for special occasions. In this instalment, Suzanne is taking dinner to her fiancé, Dr Sam Hazelet who is working in the busy ER department at the hospital. When a masked gunman suddenly appears and starts heading towards her he chucks Sam's dinner in his face - piping hot chilli - but a security guard winds up dead, the receptionist is wounded and the pharmacy is robbed. The Cackleberry Club crew investigate. My first read in this delightful series, Egg Shooters was charming and intriguing. As the Sheriff investigates truck hijackings, drug robberies, and now a murder to boot, Suzanne continues to plan and execute events for the Cackleberry Club, helping to serve their mouthwatering dishes, alongside getting involved in multitudinous escapades and potentially dangerous situations. In a tale packed to the rafters with intrigue, adventure, and fun, the mystery element had a few twists, holding my interest and keeping me keen to continue reading. Laura Childs' novel highlighted current societal issues, in particular, drug addiction. I enjoyed deciphering the clues alongside the Cackleberry Club sleuths as well as the camaraderie they showed. The main protagonist, Suzanne demonstrated great intuitiveness as she searched for suspects and possible motives. There were a few different plot threads in Egg Shooters but they all came together in the thrilling finale. This ninth book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series is fabulous, fast-paced, and fun and food-lovers will adore the recipes included. I, for one, can't wait to try the scrumptious sounding Blueberry Banana Bread. I'll be reading the other books as well as the next book, Eggs Over Uneasy in this compelling series and here's hoping I enjoy them as much as Egg Shooters! Thanks to Berkley Books, Great Escapes Book Tours and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club, is taking dinner to her fiance at the hospital when a masked gunman barrels down the hall toward her. He kills the security guard and shoots the receptionist, before Suzanne throws a thermos of chili at him and he takes off. She runs outside after him, but doesn't see or hear anyone running. Suzanne takes it upon herself to figure out who the gunman is, to her own peril. I have read one other book in the series and enjoyed it, but I feel this was rather Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club, is taking dinner to her fiance at the hospital when a masked gunman barrels down the hall toward her. He kills the security guard and shoots the receptionist, before Suzanne throws a thermos of chili at him and he takes off. She runs outside after him, but doesn't see or hear anyone running. Suzanne takes it upon herself to figure out who the gunman is, to her own peril. I have read one other book in the series and enjoyed it, but I feel this was rather lacking. The story starts off very quickly - we are in the hospital with Suzanne right away, facing the masked man. No lead up, just BAM! Which is fine! But I feel like the book was lacking. Every time I turned around, Suzanne was assuming something and I didn't see where she was coming from. She KNEW the gunman was robbing the pharmacy (a good guess, but in a town with little crime, why would that be her first thought?). She KNEW the cute "boy" from the church was leaving her roses (3 people own the cafe...why did the anonymous rose have to be for her from him?). She KNEW that the house with the cop cars present had to be there due to the shooting at the hospital. I just felt that the audiobook was abridged because it seemed some things were missing. Maybe that was just me. I also wasn't very fond of the characters. Suzanne seemed rather conceited. Toni seemed a flake. And Petra was the church-going uber religious one that was supposed to balance it all out. Maybe if I'd read more in the series, I would've liked it more. I did enjoy the narration, and felt that she did a good job of changing characters. However that might have been the best part of this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I don’t know about you, but it feels like it’s been absolute ages since I’ve read the last book in this series. So when this book landed in my hands, I was very excited. It took me a bit to get back into this world because of it’s long absence, but Childs writing doesn’t allow for things to dally too long. There’s a surprising amount of action and suspense and this is one of my favorite parts of Childs’ writing style. I love that there’s more thrilling points in this book because it definitel I don’t know about you, but it feels like it’s been absolute ages since I’ve read the last book in this series. So when this book landed in my hands, I was very excited. It took me a bit to get back into this world because of it’s long absence, but Childs writing doesn’t allow for things to dally too long. There’s a surprising amount of action and suspense and this is one of my favorite parts of Childs’ writing style. I love that there’s more thrilling points in this book because it definitely gets the heart rate going and improves the pacing. So even though this is technically a Cozy Mystery, this book does have a fair amount of action. Definitely more than what you would normally see in a typical Cozy Mystery. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Laura Childs. She’s one of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, then you’re definitely missing out! She’s the best in the genre! Reviewed by Ann❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Egg Shooters by Laura Childs is the 9th book in the Cackleberry Club, and I enjoyed it. I have enjoyed Ms. Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries for years, but had not read this series yet. I believe I would have enjoyed this book more if I have read the previous books, but I kept up pretty well. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Cafe takes dinner to her doctor fiance, when the hospital is robbed, and the guard is murdered. Suzanne and the other two owners of Cakleberry are on the case. The t Egg Shooters by Laura Childs is the 9th book in the Cackleberry Club, and I enjoyed it. I have enjoyed Ms. Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries for years, but had not read this series yet. I believe I would have enjoyed this book more if I have read the previous books, but I kept up pretty well. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Cafe takes dinner to her doctor fiance, when the hospital is robbed, and the guard is murdered. Suzanne and the other two owners of Cakleberry are on the case. The three women who own the cafe are so different, but each delightful in their own way. I highly recommend this book to cozy mystery lovers. I am going to read book one next and catch up on this series. I enjoy the narrator, her voice was pleasant and easy to listen to. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    EGG SHOOTERS is the ninth book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series by Laura Childs. One of the hallmarks of the books written by Ms. Childs is her ability to start the story off with a bang, and in this case it’s a literal bang. The action and mystery are foremost and draws the reader in, making them want to know what happens next. That said, I found this particular book to be a bit jarring with the opening random violence that’s targeted against innocent people. As the story progresses and a EGG SHOOTERS is the ninth book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series by Laura Childs. One of the hallmarks of the books written by Ms. Childs is her ability to start the story off with a bang, and in this case it’s a literal bang. The action and mystery are foremost and draws the reader in, making them want to know what happens next. That said, I found this particular book to be a bit jarring with the opening random violence that’s targeted against innocent people. As the story progresses and as the protagonist, Suzanne Dietz, and her two friends investigate, the reasoning for the violence becomes clearer, albeit not any more palatable. I also thought that Suzanne took too many unrealistic and harebrained chances in her investigation. While she may have come through unscathed, she left emotional upheaval in her wake that left me feeling uncomfortable. I did enjoy the relationship and repartee between the three friends and the setting of the Cackleberry Club Café is charming as well as delicious. The mystery itself is well-paced and there were enough clues and suspects to keep me guessing. With a heart-pounding reveal, the threads of the plot come together into a cohesive story. I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    I don’t know about you, but it feels like it’s been absolute ages since I’ve read the last book in this series. So when this book landed in my hands, I was very excited. It took me a bit to get back into this world because of it’s long absence, but Childs writing doesn’t allow for things to dally too long. There’s a surprising amount of action and suspense and this is one of my favorite parts of Childs’ writing style. I love that there’s more thrilling points in this book because it definitel I don’t know about you, but it feels like it’s been absolute ages since I’ve read the last book in this series. So when this book landed in my hands, I was very excited. It took me a bit to get back into this world because of it’s long absence, but Childs writing doesn’t allow for things to dally too long. There’s a surprising amount of action and suspense and this is one of my favorite parts of Childs’ writing style. I love that there’s more thrilling points in this book because it definitely gets the heart rate going and improves the pacing. So even though this is technically a Cozy Mystery, this book does have a fair amount of action. Definitely more than what you would normally see in a typical Cozy Mystery. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Laura Childs. She’s one of my favorite Cozy Mystery authors and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, then you’re definitely missing out! She’s the best in the genre!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nada Sobhi

    "Whoever this maniac is, he's been leading us on a merry chase. And he seems to be enjoying it enormously." Egg Shooters by Laura Childs is the ninth book in The Cackleberry Club Mystery Series. And WOW! What a ride! I've always wanted to read Laura Childs' books and got to interview her in 2019 for her then-new-book Broken Bone China. Then in 2020, I got a glimpse of her writing – and stunning teas and desserts in Lavender Blue Murder. Since then, I've been curious about The Cackleberry Club "Whoever this maniac is, he's been leading us on a merry chase. And he seems to be enjoying it enormously." Egg Shooters by Laura Childs is the ninth book in The Cackleberry Club Mystery Series. And WOW! What a ride! I've always wanted to read Laura Childs' books and got to interview her in 2019 for her then-new-book Broken Bone China. Then in 2020, I got a glimpse of her writing – and stunning teas and desserts in Lavender Blue Murder. Since then, I've been curious about The Cackleberry Club books. And what a read! I loved the mystery, characters, settings, and let's not get to the mouth-watering delicacies Petra can make! Egg Shooters opens with action from the first chapter. Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of The Cackleberry Club Café is visiting her fiancé, an ER doctor, and bringing him some late lunch. While she's talking to the receptionist, a gunman comes in, shoots a security guard, the receptionist, and is hit on the head with Suzanne's thermos of hot chili. "What's our own Nancy Drew gonna do about these robberies? You're the one with the head for crime solving. You've got the sharpest instincts in town, though Doogie would die a slow death if he ever heard me say that." Suzanne is a lot of things but curious and creative top the list. Especially when it comes to defending herself and others. So the book opens with a murder, a theft, and luckily the receptionist lives. But at the same time, truck hijacking is plaguing the small town of Kindred. After the shootout, Suzanne's curiosity is piqued, and of course, a few townsfolk ask her to investigate. They know that her skills top the Sheriff Doogie's and deep down the Sheriff knows he could use a helping hand. But never admits it. The Cackleberry Club is comprised of three co-owners: Suzanne, Toni, and Petra. Each has their quirks but Toni is by far the funniest! "Petra was the social conscience of the Cackleberry Club, while Toni served as court jester, and Suzanne was CEO, marketing guru, and chief problem solver." The mystery in Egg Shooters kept me glued to the book. I couldn't put it down. Not to mention Petra's mouth-watering dishes. If there's ever a café or restaurant like The Cackleberry Club, I'm saving to go there. I loved how the characters are both strong and deep in their own way, even Toni. I also liked how this cozy mystery shows the characters – in a way – trying to work with the police. Well – sort of. Toni offers a ton of humor in Egg Shooters, from hilarious comments, her endless to-and-fro with her no-good-soon-to-be-divorced-absolute-kid-brained husband, to her antics and energy. Here's how she describes a new character who walks into their café: "Who's the Daddy Warbucks type sitting over there with our diddly-squat-do-nothing mayor?" The book also offers a number of recipes at the end of the book. Courtesy of the chef extraordinaire Petra. I also learnt a new word: Sesquicentennial – don't ask me how to pronounce it because I failed but it means someone's or something 150th birthday – in this case it was their town's celebration. (That was worth mentioning!) Overall I loved The Cackleberry Club, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra along with the supporting characters. I just fell in love with this series and can't wait to read more books in it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the ninth book in the Cackleberry Club series by Laura Childs. I thought this was a good concept for a mystery although egg shooters do sound kind of gross. This had a strong female lead and an excellent pacing. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Suzanne thought she was bringing her doctor fiancee a thermos of chili and ended up throwing it at a thief after the meds in the pharmacy. This set her on the road to finding out who killed the security guard and nurse and why. 4.5 stars This is the ninth book in the Cackleberry Club series by Laura Childs. I thought this was a good concept for a mystery although egg shooters do sound kind of gross. This had a strong female lead and an excellent pacing. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Suzanne thought she was bringing her doctor fiancee a thermos of chili and ended up throwing it at a thief after the meds in the pharmacy. This set her on the road to finding out who killed the security guard and nurse and why. This led her on quite a merry chase. I don’t want to give too much away so just pick this up and read it as soon as possible. I really enjoy Child’s Tea Shop mysteries. If you do too, you will love this! If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    2/22/2021 Starts with a bang but ultimately not as plausible as the previous book in the series. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com. 2/22/2021 Starts with a bang but ultimately not as plausible as the previous book in the series. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Suzanne takes dinner to Sam, who's working the ER in the hospital. While there, the pharmacy is robbed and a security guard killed. Suzanne, as a witness, gets involved in the search to identify the killer. Recipes included. Suzanne takes dinner to Sam, who's working the ER in the hospital. While there, the pharmacy is robbed and a security guard killed. Suzanne, as a witness, gets involved in the search to identify the killer. Recipes included.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Lovato

    Unknowing cougar catches killer the Childs' way I never read a fiction story - never-the-less a cozy mystery -where the protagonist is ugly. And in the case of cozy mysteries, not only is the heroine a spunky, independent, adventurous fireball, she's - mostly shes - irresistible and often, as is the case here, a cougar. Grrraaarrr. Suzanne Dietz finds herself as the object of a teenager's sweet affection while simultaneously engaged, and staring down the barrel of a handgun before this story ends. Eg Unknowing cougar catches killer the Childs' way I never read a fiction story - never-the-less a cozy mystery -where the protagonist is ugly. And in the case of cozy mysteries, not only is the heroine a spunky, independent, adventurous fireball, she's - mostly shes - irresistible and often, as is the case here, a cougar. Grrraaarrr. Suzanne Dietz finds herself as the object of a teenager's sweet affection while simultaneously engaged, and staring down the barrel of a handgun before this story ends. Egg Shooters, is Laura Child's 9th book in her Cackleberry Club Mystery series, and I have to admit, it cracked me up. Our attractive, spunky, quick-thinking protagonist finds herself getting hot and spicy as this story begins at her local hospital emergency room with a pharmacy robbery and an attempted hasty retreat. Even though Suzanne is at the hospital to deliver her homemade chili dinner to her fiance Dr. Sam Hazlet, our heroine throws the chili at the murderer who just killed a hospital security guard and is focused on killing an emergency room employee. Of course, the killer scrambles out the door and sets this egg-centric story into motion. I LOVE Laura Childs' books. This is not my first rodeo with this author. I will read anything with her name on it. Childs keeps readers guessing until the story's end and thinks of imaginative, creative ways to fry the bad guy and tie the novel's multiple plots into a satisfying end. As I often do, I listened to this story on audio and found the narrator's voice - and voices - hauntingly similar to the main character in a Monica Harris cozy mystery series. But that's the problem with narration. Once an artist is branded to a particular character, it's hard to break out and create a series of different voices for another cozy family. I did spend far more time than I should have thinking about how that poor narrator was branded to another cozy family. But, in the end, it doesn't really matter because the storyline takes center stage. Egg Shooters is not my first rodeo in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series and I admire Childs' ability to carry these storylines through a novel set. I got so excited when I saw this book was available for review, and just as excited to know another egg-cellent book was on its way. Happy are those who respect the Lord and obey him. You will enjoy what you work for, and you will be blessed with good things. Psalm 128: 1-2 [email protected] [email protected]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I've been listening the audible editions of this series off and on courtesy of my public library and there are things I like about it...and some things that irk me. First, love the Cackleberry cafe and the three friends with very distinct skill sets who make it a happening place in their small community. It's written with a great mix of humour and drama and the mysteries are intricate enough to keep a reader on her toes. There's romance without the dreaded love triangle (hooray!) and a town full I've been listening the audible editions of this series off and on courtesy of my public library and there are things I like about it...and some things that irk me. First, love the Cackleberry cafe and the three friends with very distinct skill sets who make it a happening place in their small community. It's written with a great mix of humour and drama and the mysteries are intricate enough to keep a reader on her toes. There's romance without the dreaded love triangle (hooray!) and a town full of secondary characters that entertain and bemuse. One of the things that keeps me from giving the books a higher star rating is the 'saltier' language peppered throughout along with some distasteful innuendos. More, and a bit cruder than I'm used to in a cozy mystery series. That's just a personal preference and I know other readers won't be deterred by it. The other reason is a Toni, Suzanne's (heroine) sidekick and erstwhile companion on the sketchier parts of sleuthing. When these two get together it's like they morph into mean girls which isn't in keeping with Suzanne's former high school, community loving persona. It works as far as the story goes to provide comedic flare but this time their antics fell flat in two instances. Both relate to high profile social situations that require understanding and empathy rather than cruel, flippant jokes and narrow-minded stereotyping. I don't want to be more specific because I don't like posting spoilers in reviews but I found this lapse -- especially in Suzanne -- really disturbing and it did lessen my reading 'listening' enjoyment. I'm not sure how to assign a star rating to this one -- let's just say that I wouldn't buy my own audible copies as I do with so many of my fave cozy mystery series -- but I will continue to check them out from my library.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This may be the end of the line for me with this series. Cozy mysteries always require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief. For me, this series has crossed into territory that stretches that suspension too far. For example, Suzanne has a pretty definite understanding of lightweight, personal aircraft, but isn't familiar with ballistics testing? What, she never read a mystery book or watched a crime drama on TV? And she hasn't encountered even hearing about that in the previous 8 books' wo This may be the end of the line for me with this series. Cozy mysteries always require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief. For me, this series has crossed into territory that stretches that suspension too far. For example, Suzanne has a pretty definite understanding of lightweight, personal aircraft, but isn't familiar with ballistics testing? What, she never read a mystery book or watched a crime drama on TV? And she hasn't encountered even hearing about that in the previous 8 books' worth of time? She also apparently has absolutely no insight into PTSD. She's in her 40s, engaged to a doctor, and supposedly intelligent. How does she always get away with stuff, including trespassing multiple times on multiple properties? How does she always finagle investigation information out of Doogie? It really only takes asking firmly a second time. Sam rightly castigates her on her foolish and dangerous antics (more on that in a moment), but then she nearly smiles and moves on. Worst of all is Suzanne's & Toni's penchant for doing stupid stuff, like going to dangerous places at night, places where others have been hurt or that are purported to be seriously dangerous, and tell no one. For one of these incidents, they get huffy when confronted for endangering others. There's some serious arrogance going on to react as they did. Twice in this book book, this duo did something for "too stupid to live" heroines. And they keep saying Junior is the idiot. Honestly, I think Petra is the only one with any common sense. The culprits became obvious pretty quickly, too. And Suzanne showed an alarming lack of rational thought regarding people and situations on too many occasions to recall. So, I'm likely done with this series, and perhaps with the author as well, since this was the only series of hers I've enjoyed enough to keep up with.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    EGG SHOOTERS by Laura Childs The Ninth Cackleberry Club Mystery With a plan to surprise her fiance at work, Suzanne Dietz is the one surprised when a masked gunman comes into the emergency room killing the security guard after robbing the pharmacy. With the Sheriff investigating truck hijackings as well as drug robberies, which now include a murder, Suzanne, egged on by friends and victims alike, decides to investigate. Could the two young men next door be involved? What about rumors of a survival EGG SHOOTERS by Laura Childs The Ninth Cackleberry Club Mystery With a plan to surprise her fiance at work, Suzanne Dietz is the one surprised when a masked gunman comes into the emergency room killing the security guard after robbing the pharmacy. With the Sheriff investigating truck hijackings as well as drug robberies, which now include a murder, Suzanne, egged on by friends and victims alike, decides to investigate. Could the two young men next door be involved? What about rumors of a survivalist camp or the new slick businessman the mayor is showing around town? Suzanne continues to plan and execute events for the Cackleberry Club, helping to serve up wonderful dishes, but will her eggstracurricular meddling find her in more danger than she can manage? EGG SHOOTERS highlights some current societal issues, namely drug addiction. Among other things it shows how pervasive it is and how far people will go to get drugs. I enjoyed puzzling over the disparate crimes and wondering if they were connected, and if so, how? As usual, Suzanne is overcome by her desire to investigate and throwing caution to the wind gets involved in all manner of escapades. If you're able to willingly suspend your disbelief, you'll find the action exhilarating and fun. Realistically, her behavior is rash and implausible, bordering on ludicrous. Taking everything with a grain of salt, I gladly followed Suzanne and Toni, although I was tsking as I did. I really enjoyed the final confrontation with the killer which was truly unique. This ninth book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series is a fast paced mystery fueled by food and friendship. EGG SHOOTERS is jam packed with intrigue, adventure, and fun. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    At Suzanne, Petra and Toni’s restaurant, the Cackleberry Club, everyone feels as at home as I do whenever I read one of the books in this series. In Egg Shooters, Suzanne is bringing a meal of chili and cornbread to her fiancé Dr. Sam at the hospital. Suddenly, a man brandishing a gun shoots two people right in front of Suzanne. Suzanne in a fit of rage throws the thermos of piping hot chili in the robber’s face. It turns out the mystery man robbed the hospital pharmacy and killed the security g At Suzanne, Petra and Toni’s restaurant, the Cackleberry Club, everyone feels as at home as I do whenever I read one of the books in this series. In Egg Shooters, Suzanne is bringing a meal of chili and cornbread to her fiancé Dr. Sam at the hospital. Suddenly, a man brandishing a gun shoots two people right in front of Suzanne. Suzanne in a fit of rage throws the thermos of piping hot chili in the robber’s face. It turns out the mystery man robbed the hospital pharmacy and killed the security guard. The staff at the Cackleberry Club decide to investigate. Of all the foodie cozy mystery series, this one always has the tastiest and easiest recipes to make with items you probably have in your house already. Luckily, there are ten recipes included here. The mystery had several twists without being so difficult you had to reread passages to find the clues. The camaraderie between the main characters never feels forced. I wish I could just step into the book and hang out with Suzanne and her pals. Egg Shooters is another relaxing and engaging read from one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars! Now I need to hurry up and make some delicious Ham and Apricot Country Biscuit Sandwiches using a recipe from this book. Thanks to Berkley Books, Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lena H.

    Kindred is a hotbed of criminal activity; hijackings, robberies, and drug dealing are rampant. Suzanne is right in the thick of things, witnessing a murder when she goes to drop off dinner for Sam in the ER. Of course, Suzanne feels responsible and even if she didn’t she’s got several people asking for her help so really, what choice does she have? (Try telling that to Sam!) I love everything that Laura Childs writes. Though this series started out as my least favorite of her three, it’s gotten b Kindred is a hotbed of criminal activity; hijackings, robberies, and drug dealing are rampant. Suzanne is right in the thick of things, witnessing a murder when she goes to drop off dinner for Sam in the ER. Of course, Suzanne feels responsible and even if she didn’t she’s got several people asking for her help so really, what choice does she have? (Try telling that to Sam!) I love everything that Laura Childs writes. Though this series started out as my least favorite of her three, it’s gotten better and better. Nothing can compare to Theodosia and Drayton as a crime fighting team, but Suzanne, Toni, and Petra have a charm all their own. I also have a soft spot for Toni’s erstwhile husband, Junior, who has a sort of tarnished innocence and always comes through in his own way. Tea is mentioned in this book and in some of the others when tea is mentioned, she talks about it coming from Charleston, which tickles me. As with all of Laura Childs’s books this one was hard to put down, I don’t know if I’m reading them quickly or if time just flies when I’m reading them but it seems to take no time at all to finish her books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    *received for free from netgalley for honest review* interesting egg themed series ill give it that, however like many cozy mysteries the MCs are very judgmental, ignorant and frankly, bullies, framed in a very "oh but everyone still loves them!" kind of way, i get being suspicious of people but they crossed the line into super judgmental, like thats the kind of stuff that leads people to not wanting to recover bc whats the point if everyone just sees you as a criminal anyways no matter how hard *received for free from netgalley for honest review* interesting egg themed series ill give it that, however like many cozy mysteries the MCs are very judgmental, ignorant and frankly, bullies, framed in a very "oh but everyone still loves them!" kind of way, i get being suspicious of people but they crossed the line into super judgmental, like thats the kind of stuff that leads people to not wanting to recover bc whats the point if everyone just sees you as a criminal anyways no matter how hard you try. and like i said i get the point but they went over board. same with the fireworks. who. the. f. would do that.... like i know she wasnt trying to harm him but like basically laughing at him after? im 24 and thats not funny even if the person wasnt having a war flashback. the more i think of those incidents the less i like this book but granted they werent the main point of the book still going to give it 3 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Libby Mckinmer

    Suzanne Dietz is one of three co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café and, while bringing dinner to her fiancé Dr. Sam Hazelet at the hospital, encounters a gunman bursting into the emergency department. He shoots two staff members before Suzanne flings the thermos of chili she brought for Sam and hits the gunman, who flees the scene. Before long, Suzanne is on the trail of the killer, urged on by those asking her to investigate, even as Sam is concerned for her safety and Sheriff Doogie is less Suzanne Dietz is one of three co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café and, while bringing dinner to her fiancé Dr. Sam Hazelet at the hospital, encounters a gunman bursting into the emergency department. He shoots two staff members before Suzanne flings the thermos of chili she brought for Sam and hits the gunman, who flees the scene. Before long, Suzanne is on the trail of the killer, urged on by those asking her to investigate, even as Sam is concerned for her safety and Sheriff Doogie is less than enthusiastic about her help. In the end, Suzanne and one of her business partners Toni help to break up another criminal enterprise in Kindred before the hospital killer attempts to eliminate Suzanne…right at the Cackleberry Club Café. In Egg Shooters, Suzanne sometimes appears to make unwise choices that could have dire consequences and seems to solve the case despite those decisions and because someone comes to her rescue. Fans of the series will enjoy this latest offering.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bea A.

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for gifting me this audiobook for an honest review. Luckily, I had the opportunity to listen to this the last 2 days during work, and honestly, I didn't like it. The heroine of the story is completely unrealistic. To "coincidentally" be around this many murders/ crimes and still get to go home at the end of the day without a police eyebrow raised, it's a bit ridiculous. The need to get in the middle of investigations and to drag others in with her is irre Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for gifting me this audiobook for an honest review. Luckily, I had the opportunity to listen to this the last 2 days during work, and honestly, I didn't like it. The heroine of the story is completely unrealistic. To "coincidentally" be around this many murders/ crimes and still get to go home at the end of the day without a police eyebrow raised, it's a bit ridiculous. The need to get in the middle of investigations and to drag others in with her is irresponsible and I found it angered me. There is a lack of growth throughout the whole book. The Plot dragged a rather bit. Not much was really happening in the middle. Meaning, the beginning help the murder of the book and the very end was the resolution - those in between, just dragged. Not sure I would give any more parts of this series a chance. sorry.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs

    While taking dinner to Sam, Suzanne is the crossfire of a masked man stealing drugs from the hospital pharmacy. She manages to hit him with a thermos of chili but not before he kills one and injures another. Can the Cackleberry ladies figure out who is stealing pharmaceuticals before it is too late? If you have been following my review you know I have binged most of this series in the past month. I really enjoy this series. Is it a favorite? No. Is it one I will keep coming back to? Yes. The reci While taking dinner to Sam, Suzanne is the crossfire of a masked man stealing drugs from the hospital pharmacy. She manages to hit him with a thermos of chili but not before he kills one and injures another. Can the Cackleberry ladies figure out who is stealing pharmaceuticals before it is too late? If you have been following my review you know I have binged most of this series in the past month. I really enjoy this series. Is it a favorite? No. Is it one I will keep coming back to? Yes. The recipes alone are worth it. I am not a big egg eater but these recipes, have made eating them interesting and fun. I alternated between reading my copy from NetGalley and listening to the audiobook from Hoopla through my public library. The narrator has been the same and while she is good she is not my favorite. She makes Toni seem very dumb and Petra very mean. I don't get that feeling as much if I read the characters. Maybe they really are like the narrator makes them sound and I am just more forgiving as I read. Definitely a series for cozy mystery readers who like culinary cozies. Triggers: murder, drugs I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Berkely, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denise Lathey

    This was my first ever cozy mystery. Egg Shooters by Laura Childs is book 9 in the Cackleberry Club series. This whodunit started out with a bang right from the get go. There was a robbery and a murder right at the start. The main character Susan Dietz helps investigate the town’s crimes whether or not law enforcement want her help. She sometimes gets herself and her sidekick into some sticky predicaments, but finds a creative way out of them. This story has many twists and turns as to who was c This was my first ever cozy mystery. Egg Shooters by Laura Childs is book 9 in the Cackleberry Club series. This whodunit started out with a bang right from the get go. There was a robbery and a murder right at the start. The main character Susan Dietz helps investigate the town’s crimes whether or not law enforcement want her help. She sometimes gets herself and her sidekick into some sticky predicaments, but finds a creative way out of them. This story has many twists and turns as to who was committing the crimes and will keep you guessing until the killer is revealed. It also makes mention of PTSD and drug addiction. Overall, this was a nice, quick read that kept my interest throughout the story. I received an audiobook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.

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