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Authors: Laura Childs

Bedeviled Eggs

 
PRAISE FOR

Eggs in Purgatory

“Tasty and fun.”
                      


Minneapolis Star Tribune

“With a
plot that holds interest and characters who are well-
envisioned and well-executed, Childs will have
readers plan
ning another trip to the Cackleberry Club
and its treats.”

—Richmond
Times-Dispatch

“Childs excels at creating comforting
settings in which to
put her characters, and
the Cackleberry Club is a place you’d
like
to visit.”
  


St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Eggs
in Purgatory
has
plenty of humor, emotion, good food (with recipes), and fantastic plotlines to
make it another success story.”


Fresh Fiction

PRAISE FOR

THE SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERIES

BY LAURA CHILDS

“Childs rounds out the story with
several scrapbooking andcrafting tips plus a passel of mouthwatering Louisiana
reci
pes.”
  


Publishers Weekly

“The heroine is a plucky, strong, and
independent woman
who takes charge when
necessary as she is the original steel
magnolia.”
      


The Best Reviews

“If you are a
scrapbooker and like to read, then Laura Childs’s
Scrapbooking Mystery series is for you! These
books are so
great that I just couldn’t put them down! I
just can’t wait for
the next one to be
released.”

                                                              

BellaOnline

“Scrapbook
aficionados rejoice! Ms. Childs creates a charm
ing
mystery series with lively, quirky characters and plenty of how-to ... Serving
up some hors d’oeuvres of murder and mystery, creativity and fashion, she has a
winning for
mula to get even the laziest of
us in a scrapbooking mood.”


Fresh
Fiction

 

 
“An entertaining who-done-it.”
       


Midwest
Book Review

“Childs does an excellent job of
weaving suspense with great tips for scrapbooking and crafting aficionados.”

—/
Love A
Mystery

PRAISE FOR
THE TEA SHOP MYSTERIES BY LAURA CHILDS

Featured
Selection of the Mystery Book Club
“Highly recommended’’ by the Ladies ‘Tea Guild

“A delightful read... Childs has an eye for
great local
color.”
   


Publishers Weekly

“A paean to Charleston, the genteel
enjoyment of tea, and
the tasty treats that
accompany it.”
   


Kirkus Reviews

“Murder suits Laura Childs to a Tea.”


St. Paul
Pioneer Press

‘Tea lovers, mystery lovers, [this] is for
you. Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting.”

—Susan Wittig Albert, bestselling author of
Holly Blues

“It’s
a delightful book!”
                        

—Tea: A
Magazine

“Will warm readers the way a good cup
of tea does... A
delightful series that
will leave readers feeling as if they have
shared a warm cup of tea on
Church Street in Charleston.”


The
Mystery Reader

“This mystery series could single-handedly
propel the tea shop business in this country to the status of wine bars and
bustling coffee houses.”
                              

—Bu&n Gusto

“If you devoured Nancy Drew and
Trixie Belden, this new
series is right up
your alley.”

 —
The Goose Creek (SC) Gazette

“Gives the
reader
a sense of traveling through the streets and environs of the
beautiful,
historic city of Charleston.”


Minnetonka
(MN) Lakeshore Weekly News

 

 

Berkley Prime Crime titles by Laura Childs

Tea Shop Mysteries

DEATH BY DARJEELING

GUNPOWDER
GREEN

SHADES OF EARL GREY

THE ENGLISH BREAKFAST MURDER

THE JASMINE MOON MURDER

CHAMOMILE
MOURNING

BLOOD ORANGE BREWING

DRAGONWELL DEAD

THE SILVER NEEDLE MURDER

OOLONG
DEAD
THE TEABERRY STRANGLER

Scrapbooking
Mysteries

KEEPSAKE CRIMES

PHOTO FINISHED

BOUND FOR MURDER

MOTIF FOR MURDER

FRILL KILL

DEATH
SWATCH

TRAGIC MAGIC

FIBER & BRIMSTONE

Cackleberry
Club Mysteries

EGGS IN PURGATORY

EGGS BENEDICT ARNOLD

BEDEVILED EGGS

Anthology

DEATH
BY DESIGN

LAURA   CHILDS

 

 

Bedeviled Eggs

BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, NEW YORK

Acknowledgments

Heartfelt thanks to Sam, Tom, Niti, Jennie, Dan, and
all the designers,
illustrators, writers, and sales folk at Berkley Prime Crime. And a special
thanks to all the booksellers, reviewers, librarians, bloggers, and wonderful
readers who helped put
Eggs Benedict Arnold,
the previous book in this
series, on the
New York Times
bestseller list. Wow. Who would have thought a
funky little cozy about three middle-aged women would land
there!”

 

 

To Dr. Bob and twenty-five years of marriage. Yowza!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter One

 

 

 
“He
reads Mario Puzo,” Suzanne murmured, focusing on a
couple that was
eyeing each other warily. “She likes Char
laine Harris.”

“Could be a match
made in heaven,” said Toni, brushing
her hands against her apron after hastily
arranging a plate
of sugar
cookies.

“Only if you believe
in a vampire who’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse,” Suzanne quipped, as
she glanced over the crowd of hopeful singles that had jammed the
Cackleberry Club this Sunday evening.

It was the week before
Halloween and Suzanne Dietz, cafe owner and slightly reluctant matchmaker, was
holding her first-ever “read dating” event. The whole shebang
was similar to speed
dating, except that the singles, mostly
middle-aged and divorced folks
from the small midweste
rn town of Kindred, were searching for compatibility
based on reading
preference. It wasn’t exactly a polite afternoon of tea and cookies at Hope
Church, but it wasn’t
the slightly desperate and bumbling last call for alcohol
at
Schmitt’s Bar, either.

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