Suzanne, Petra and Toni are closing the Cackleberry Club café during a whiteout when a horrible accident occurs behind the café. The new bank manger is decapitated while riding a snowmobile. Once again, the ladies are thrust into sleuth mode. Actually, just Suzanne and Toni. Petra tries to keep herself busy in the kitchen and the Knitting nook. I really like that this series focuses on the friendship of the three main characters. I love that Suzanne and Sam have taken their relationship to another level. I wish Toni would let Junior go and get on with her life. Petra seems so content that I'm not sure what I would like for her. Perhaps true happiness without Alzheimer destroying her husband. The interaction of the townspeople is good and very believable. The café has great recipes (which they share!), a book corner and a knitting section. The afternoon tea is a story after my heart! What more could you ask for! 3.5 stars
This installment of the Cackleberry Club was okay. I loved the setting of winter with the Fire and Ice Festival and as always, what takes place in the restaurant wants me to have one of my own.
The mystery itself is pretty good. There are a lot of questions, suspects and motives running around. But there are a couple of subplots that make no sense whatsoever and seemed more like fillers.
The ending was sudden, short and poorly written. It was as if Childs handed the story over to a high schooler and said, "Hey, finish this for me, would ya? I got better things to do!" And the exclamation points! Seriously? Someone drives up in a car and it merits exciting punctuation?!!
I loved this series, but either Childs has too much on her plate writing several series at once, or she's bored and just writing to fullfill a contract obligation.