Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club cafe, is getting her hair done when she smells smoke. Upon going outside to find the source, she discovers herself first on the scene to witness the County Services Building explode and be completely engulfed in flames. The fire department is on the scene within minutes, but despite their best efforts, are unable to save Hannah Venable, a long-time employee who is trapped and perishes in the fire.
Suspecting the fire might have been intentionally set; Sheriff Doogie and Fire Chief Finely call in an arson investigator who confirms that an accelerant was used. The Cackleberry Club cafe is humming with citizens wanting to know the latest progress in the investigation. Having been instrumental in assisting Doogie with a prior murder, it’s not long before Suzanne’s asked to talk with the Sheriff and “look into” the case.
Suzanne, who stays plenty busy running the Cackleberry Club with breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea, and special events, as well as the Book Nook and Knitting Nest, manages to find time to ask a few questions around town. Between her and Doogie they have a handful of suspects to investigate, but not knowing the motive behind the fire or who the intended victim might have been makes it difficult to narrow down the list.
Just when Suzanne starts feeling like time may be running out to get justice for Hannah’s death, strange and threatening events have Suzanne realizing her life may be in danger. Can she figure out who the arsonist is before she becomes the next victim?
“Scorched Eggs” by Laura Childs is the sixth book in A Cackleberry Club Mystery series. This is an easy light read, with a touch of humor and enough mystery to keep the reader intrigued.
FTC Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by its publisher.