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Product Details

  • Series: A Scrapbooking Mystery (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1st Printing edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243893
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An addictive murder mystery which would have Miss Marple at a loss for words...plenty of laughs as well…Skeleton Letters is a hit and brings the charm of The Big Easy to life.”--Fresh Fiction






--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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 Minnesota.

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.

Customer Reviews

I have read every single one of her books..
Maggie
There were extraneous plot lines and characters left dangling at the too sudden end.
buteo35
I always enjoy reading bookks by Laura Childs.
Helen Greenan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jane kiniry on November 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of all of Laura Child's mystery books. I enjoyed this book till the last few pages when I discovered that she is continuing a trend that I have noticed in her last few books. She tells a truly entertaining & at times a laugh out loud story. But the conclusion just leaves me hanging. I do not want to spoil this book for other readers. But please Ms. Childs stop introducing characters & story lines that have no tie in to the ending. I feel like you get tired of writing & just say "The End" without a satisfactory exit to the story. Your book endings ,in my opium, need more closure. Why introduce characters & than just ignore them as though they never were part of the story line?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bk Lover on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really love Laura Childs' books, but this one is not one of her best. The story dragged on with various characters and unnecessary plot lines. The main character seemed unusually cranky the entire book and her best friend was extra winey and cheap. I skipped chapters to see who committed the crime so I didn't have to read the entire book. Big disappointment. Hope the next book is better.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on January 21, 2012
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I have read every single one of her books.. really love them. The series is like eating potato chips.. you just cannot eat/ read just ONE. I like all three of her series styles. can hardly wait for her to write another of each!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gini on November 19, 2012
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I generally love Childs' scrapbooking mysteries as well as her other series. But this one left me with too many unanswered questions. What was the motivation for a total stranger to kill off a minor recurring character? Her explanation didn't make much sense to me. Also, why wasn't the question of where the stolen artifacts were going answered? And what is the point of Rain's character except to give us another person to really dislike & hope she gets killed off in the next book? All in all this was not as satisfying as her previous scrapbooking mysteries. I do love the tips & recipes, though.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Another great mystery with a twist for an ending. I love hearing about New Orleans. Can't wait for the next book. At least this book only had one word I had to look up - I don't enjoy a book where I have to keep a dictionary by my side, as it is distracting when reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malamalama on November 18, 2011
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Laura Childs just keeps them coming... and they're interesting and delicious enough that you'll want to read every one. Each time a new book in her Scrapbooking Mystery comes out, I want to go back to New Orleans and start cooking all the local dishes. This newest addition, just like the previous ones evokes the feelings of a walk through the French Quarter. The recipes and scrapbooking tips at the back are a bonus and THE RECIPES WORK. You're gonna enjoy Skeleton Letters. A note to the author - keep 'em coming and see if you can find a recipe for debris pizza - the best lunch ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Rappaport on November 26, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read every one of Laura Childs Tea shop mysteries and enjoyed them all very much. So I finally decided to try one of her scrapbooking mysteries. This is my first one in that series.

I found "Skeleton Letters" to get off to a good start with a horrifying murder taking place before Carmela's and Ava's very eyes within the darkness of St. Tristan's church. The murderer appeared to be cloaked in a dark brown hooded cape much like the attire a monk would wear. And so Carmela and Ava find themselves at the center of a murder mystery. If that's not enough the victim is more than just and acquaintance of Carmela's...she's a member of her scrapbooking circle as well as a dear friend.

This author is quite a gifted writer. This mystery began as a wonderful story that flowed throughout. The storyline and characters held my interest as the activity continued at a steady pace.
The ending was not the best from this author. The reasoning behind the murders did not satisfy me,the reader and it is for that reason I gave this mystery a 3 star rating.
I will continue to follow this author and look forward to reading her mysteries again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2012
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I really like this series set in New Orleans. I love the characters, but my favourite is definitely Ava. She is a friend everyone needs in their life... someone you're never sure about what is coming out of their mouth, or what hilarious nonsense she will come up with next. The mystery is grand, and Carmela is a great little sleuth with Ava as the best sidekick since Starsky and Hutch.
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