Thursday Morning Breakfast (And Murder) Club by Liz Stauffer
When Clare Ballard sports a new bruise on her right cheek the day after a contentious town meeting, the ladies of the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club suspect her husband Roger of abusing her. That same day Hester Franklin, another breakfast club lady, is called to rescue her grandson Patrick after he is arrested for transporting drugs. Proclaiming his innocence, Patrick threatens that those who set him up will pay. Roger Ballard is high on his list. But it’s when Lillie Mae Harris, the club’s leader, discovers the body of the local drug dealer on the nearby hiking trail, that the community is upended. Roger Ballard, the primary suspect, goes missing, and when his body turns up in his own back yard, Clare Ballard confesses to his murder. No one believes she did it, but Clare insists she’s guilty and mysteriously refuses to talk to her lawyer, the police, or her family and friends. The Thursday Morning Breakfast Club ladies believe she’s protecting someone, and they vow to find out who it is. Charlie Warren, the town’s homegrown policeman, using unconventional means, collaborates with the breakfast club ladies to draw out the real criminal. But danger lurks. Alice Portman, the matriarch of the breakfast club, is struck down in her own yard and is sent to the hospital. Then others in the small community start to disappear-one after the other. As the ladies get closer to the truth, they get closer to the danger. With no time to cry over spilled coffee, they form a plan to capture the true culprits before someone else is murdered.
A very very good book! Loved the characters, the theme of the book and everything in between.
I wish I lived in a place like Mount Penn and had neighbors like Lillie May, Clare, Alice and the rest of the bunch. I loved that they checked on each other and were there for each other no matter what. I also liked the idea of a breakfast club, and that so many of the residents went walking on the trails.
There was more than enough going on to keep me reading, and the way the girls banded together to solve the crimes was so much fun to read.
The ending really surprised me, I would have never guessed who the killers were.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be my last. I’ve heard that there will be at least two more books in this series and I can’t wait to read them.