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Death By Design (A Scrapbooking Mystery) Paperback – Bargain Price, June 27, 2006

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About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425210006
  • ASIN: B000NO1CMS
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She's also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn't rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries - a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans' spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe's undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Birdwell on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Laura Childs, author of a terrific Tea Cozy series, offers scrapbookers a cozy just for us. Her characters, and yes New Orleans is a character in her books, jump to life. The mysteries are fun and light, but what makes her books are the characters. By then end of her first book you wish Carmela and her Memory Mine shop were just down the street so you to could enjoy a day of creativity and conversation. This is a great opportunity of have all three of her Scrapbook Mysteries on one book. Enjoy! and Scrap on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2007
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I really enjoyed this - you can't beat it... mystery, romance, cooking, scrapbooking...!

Definitely try this out if you like Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, and the like... the three in one paperback is great for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scrappy Mom on June 13, 2011
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I love reading books in a series where you get to know the characters and follow their lives. While this is light recreational reading, there's just the right touch of romance as well as suspense. Set in New Orleans, Camile is a divorced business owner, running a scrapbooking business and branching out with those talents into other entrepeneural ventures. She's faced with living in a "small town" dealing with her ex, his eccentric family while trying to find love again.

As a scrapbooking fan, I like getting new project ideas from these books. Also, as a displaced Southerner, I love that the foods featured in the story comes with recipes in the back. I have all the books in this series and eagerly await the next installment. Despite loving the convenience and portability of my electronic reader, this is one book I get in paper just so I can hang onto those tips and recipes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsha A. Adams on August 9, 2007
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Laura Childs has written three Scrapbooking Mystery Books. Death by Design brings them all together in one binding. They are pleasant reads for anyone who enjoys mysteries and wants to while away the hours or occupy themselves between appointments or during commutes. The murders take place in New Orleans and so the books contain cajun recipes as well as helpful scrapbookingesque hints. Teens as well as adults will enjoy Ms Childs' books and her heroine offers young women the realization that they CAN run a business and don't NEED a man to make them a success -- but having one might be really nice.

It isn't a "MUST READ" but it was enjoyable.
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