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Product Details

  • Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425252752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425252758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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French Quarter scrapbook store owner Carmela is getting ready for a festive, busy Mardi Gras when a TV reporter is killed at a party she is attending. Carmela finds the victim, Kimber Breeze, dangling off a balcony, with a roomful of suspects. Carmela’s boyfriend, Detective Babcock, does not want her involved, but when Carmela starts receiving postcards of cemeteries signed by the victim, she searches for answers. Her research involves looking into the lives of her own ex-husband, who is Kimber’s brother, and many other potential suspects. The characters take the spotlight here in an appealing fashion, but details of the Mardi Gras celebration are mixed in with scrapbooking tidbits and recipes for a well-blended mix of mystery and fun. Fans of Childs’ tea-shop and dinner-club series will enjoy this, too, as will scrapbooking fans of Joanna Campbell Slan. --Amy Alessio

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Praise for the Scrapbooking Mysteries

“A pleasure to read.”—Mysterious Reviews

“Scrapbook aficionados rejoice! Ms. Childs creates a charming mystery series with lively, quirky characters and plenty of how-to...Serving up some hors d’oeuvres of murder and mystery, creativity and fashion, she has a winning formula to get even the laziest of us in a scrapbooking mood.”—Fresh Fiction

“Cleverly designed…Getting to the climax is fun, as Laura Childs is a superb cozy storyteller with this series and her Tea Shop Mysteries.”—Gumshoe Review

“Sure to please cozy fans.”—Publishers Weekly

“Brilliant…From the lively imagination of Laura Childs.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Fast paced with plenty of action…Terrific.”—Midwest Book Review

“An entertaining whodunit...The heroine is a plucky, strong, and independent woman who takes charge when necessary, as she is the original steel magnolia.”—Books ‘n’ Bytes

“These books are so great that I just couldn’t put them down. I just can’t wait for the next one to be released.”—BellaOnline  

Customer Reviews

Love the scrapbook tips and recipes.
DOROTHY L LARUE
I have enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who has read the other scrapbooking mysteries by Laura Childs.
Barbara S. Green
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cozy Reader on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Owner of the scrapbook shop, Memory Mine, Carmela Bertrand is minding her own business when she becomes knee-deep in murder in the latest installment in the Scrapbooking mysteries by Laura Childs.

Carmela is getting ready for her tv interview with KBEZ-TV's Kimber Breeze. When she goes to the balcony (where the interview is to take place) she finds Kimber strangled and hanging by a cord. Despite being warned not to get involved by her boyfriend, Homicide Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmela finds herself drawn into the investigation. Especially when she starts to receive postcards from the dead Kimber.

I'm not a scrapbooker, but I do love the Scrapbooking mysteries by Laura Childs. With the clever and also amusing Carmela and Ava investigating, she always draws me into a non-stop mystery. Postcards from the Dead was no exception.

On the backdrop of Mardi Gras and the New Orleans, I was drawn into the mystery from the very first page and I absolutely couldn't put it down. Just when I thought I had the mystery solved, Laura Childs threwh a curveball and I was left clueless!

I absolutely can't get enough of this series and plan to re-read some of the earlier books while I wait for the next book in the series. Yes, yes they are that good! If you like your crafty cozies I thoroughly encourage you to try this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mason Canyon on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
New Orleans and Mardi Gras have long since been the setting for murder mysteries, but author Laura Childs puts a different spin on the concept with amateur sleuth Carmela Bertrand and POSTCARDS FROM THE DEAD.

Carmela, owner of Memory Mine Scrapbooking, is awaiting her turn in the camera spotlight when something goes terrible wrong. KBEZ-TV reporter Kimber Breeze is conducting interviews on the fourth floor balcony of a hotel in the French Quarter overlooking the Mardi Gras parade below.

Just as she's about to be interviewed, Carmela sees Kimber's terrified face in the waiting room's live feed monitor. When she rushes out onto the tiny balcony, Carmela finds Kimber's lifeless body dangling by a cord over the floats below.

Although her boyfriend, Homicide Detective Edgar Babcock, tells her not to get involved, Carmela can't help herself. When she begins receiving unnerving postcards apparently from the dead reporter, Carmela enlists the help of her best friend Ava Gruiex to uncover the truth.

As Carmela and Ava search for the killer, they take the reader on a journey through New Orleans, its culture and its landscape. There is a nice blend of mystery, murder, mayhem, humor, a dabble of romance and even a second crime to solve. In addition, Childs incorporates friendship, loyalty and a bit of gossip involving the Scrapbooking gang.

With each new installment in this series, Childs continues to develop and enrich her characters. Following along with their progress enhances the reading experience making the characters more realistic.

Childs slowly pulls you in with each line. As she paints a picture with her words, she places the reader in the heart of the action with her characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on October 5, 2012
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This was a compelling mystery for me. The murder was compelling in that the victim was an annoying creature from several novels back. The characters were compelling in that we enjoy our favorites and are introduced to some down-right creepy creatures. The sub-mystery was as exciting as the murder and then the recipes which I swear I could smell and taste in my mind compelled me to make out a grocery list.

Scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava are awaiting Carmela's turn to be interviewed by the local television station from a suite overlooking the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans when a crash is heard. Carmela rushes out to the balcony where the reporter is and finds her hung over the balustrade.

No one especially liked television reporter, Kimber Breeze, but still... Then the post cards begin arriving to Carmela and they are sent from...Kimber? Carmela finds herself compelled to investigate although her boyfriend, Detective Babcock, strongly cautions against her involvement.

The pace of the mystery keeps this story going. I read it in almost one sitting, (I did have to stop to eat some "Spicy Red Beans and Rice." This series keeps getting stronger and I do enjoy reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stella on October 6, 2012
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I read it in one sitting!!! As always a very good read. I got my book on October 3rd and had finished it by the end of October 4th.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violetta on November 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed this series, largely for its setting in New Orleans, and also for the scrapbooking tidbits, which are handled nicely. This particular book is, I think, one of the better ones in the series. The two main characters, Carmela and Ava, are fun, spunky, and opposites in some ways. They both love parties and enjoy all sorts of interactions that lead them into interesting and sometimes dangerous situations. The Mardi Gras atmosphere, with its costumes, magic, parades, parties, and great food, lends a background to the mystery that is very attractive, and Laura Childs is masterful at describing it in great detail, even including a bit of New Orleans history, which I enjoyed.

The mystery itself, as some other readers have said, is on the light side. In contrast to some readers who said that this aspect made them skip ahead or read quickly to find out who did it, I would say that one can enjoy Ms. Childs' books more by actually reading slower. That may sound counter-intuitive, but if one slows down and enjoys the excellent description and the zany personalities she brings into the plot, the book is much more enjoyable. I personally prefer her Tea Shop series, but this one is lots of fun and worth reading if you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. The recipes and scrapbooking tips are great fun too.
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More About the Author

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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