Title: Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs
Release Date: December 4th, 2018
Notes: I received a free copy of this book from Penguin’s First To Read program.
Some say that casting crusty attorney Allen Sharpe as Scrooge in the Kindred Players production of “A Christmas Carol” is just playing to type. He’s not the most beloved man in town. In fact, you’d have a dickens of a time finding someone who liked him. Still it’s a shock when the Ghost of Christmas Past stabs him during the first rehearsal. Suzanne, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club café, Kindred’s favorite combination diner, craft store and bookshop, chases the murderer out of the building but loses him in the alley.
As the days pass the list of suspects grows longer. Is it the disgruntled partner? The former secretary whom Sharpe sexually harrassed? Or is it fellow owner of the Cackleberry Club, Toni’s almost ex-husband, Junior? The women of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he can add another victim to his Christmas list.
I knew this was a cliché Christmas mystery but I had no idea how bad the damage was. This book is easy to read in the sense that it’s like a Hallmark Christmas movie mystery, but I’m not a fan of the cliche and cheesiness of it all. I also didn’t like the dialogue, which was awkward. Exhibit A:
“Call 911!” she shouted. “Something terrible has happened to Allan Sharp!”
Maybe I’m being picky but who says that after witnessing a murder?? The main female characters had this weird dialogue that sounded like they were 40 year old women who tried to use slang and newer language (which by the quick character descriptions, I’m guessing that’s on point.) It was a bit uncomfortable to read.
Furthermore, I couldn’t get past the one dimensional characters and Sam, the boyfriend. He was a sweetie, until he consistently waited for his girlfriend to make him food, because apparently women are better in the kitchen?
Besides this, the writing was okay, at best. It was a nice idea but the execution was done poorly. There were great descriptions of the food though, and I got hungry many times just from reading.
Laura Childs books are supposed to be the epitome of cozy literature but I, unfortunately, couldn’t get into it.
Rating: 2/5 stars