The 40-plus female formula might work for longtime readers of Childs (Postcards From the Dead, 2012, etc.), but a lack of...

EGGS IN A CASKET

The murder of a man who was nobody’s friend brings the Cackleberry Club’s middle-aged amateur investigators back into investigation mode.

Though he was not particularly interesting during his life, prison warden Lester Drummond’s death is a subject of fascination for the small town of Kindred. Not least of the interested parties is the Cackleberry Club, the three 40-something owners of the best breakfast place in town. It’s not as if Suzanne, Toni or Petra know much about the man, though Suzanne and Toni are the ones to stumble on his body. The issue is really the evidence that their friend Missy is somehow wrapped up in Lester’s murder, down to the Taser gun found in her bedroom. Though some thought that the affection between the two was mutual, the truth is that Lester’s behavior toward Missy was borderline stalking. To clear Missy’s good name, Suzanne and Toni ask around town to find who had the most to gain by the tidy disposal of Lester’s body. Once the two start their snooping, they find that Missy isn’t the only one in town who’s been on Lester’s bad side; a few of the other potential killers had a lot more to lose. Sheriff Doogie, longtime ally of the triad, must have made progress in the case, since he's soon enough rendered incapacitated and uncommunicative in the hospital, presumably since he’s gotten too close to the killer. Now the Cackleberry Club has to discover what he knew. 

The 40-plus female formula might work for longtime readers of Childs (Postcards From the Dead, 2012, etc.), but a lack of all but the most superficial character details will leave new readers wanting more.

Pub Date: Jan. 7, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-425-25558-2

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Review Posted Online: Jan. 7, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2014

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

A murder is committed in a stalled transcontinental train in the Balkans, and every passenger has a watertight alibi. But Hercule Poirot finds a way.

  **Note: This classic Agatha Christie mystery was originally published in England as Murder on the Orient Express, but in the United States as Murder in the Calais Coach.  Kirkus reviewed the book in 1934 under the original US title, but we changed the title in our database to the now recognizable title Murder on the Orient Express.  This is the only name now known for the book.  The reason the US publisher, Dodd Mead, did not use the UK title in 1934 was to avoid confusion with the 1932 Graham Greene novel, Orient Express.

 

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1934

ISBN: 978-0062073495

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1934

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

This ran in the S.E.P. and resulted in more demands for the story in book form than ever recorded. Well, here it is and it is a honey. Imagine ten people, not knowing each other, not knowing why they were invited on a certain island house-party, not knowing their hosts. Then imagine them dead, one by one, until none remained alive, nor any clue to the murderer. Grand suspense, a unique trick, expertly handled.

Pub Date: Feb. 21, 1939

ISBN: 0062073478

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1939

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