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Fiber & Brimstone (A Scrapbooking Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Art appraiser Jekyl Hardy designed the float that included the mythical creature. As such he is a person of interest to the New Orleans Police Department investigating the suspicious death. Jekyl's float designers' friends, Carmela Bertrand the owner of Memory Mine scrapbook shop and Ava Gruiex the owner of Juju Voodoo, believe he is innocent and set out to prove their assertion. NOPD Police Lieutenant Edgar Babcock begs with his girlfriend Carmela to stay out of the case that he leads in what is now believed to be a homicide investigation. However, as he expected to his chagrin, Carmela and Ava ignore his plea and continue their investigation.
The latest Scrapbooking amateur sleuth (see Tragic Magic and Death Swatch) is an enjoyable New Orleans cozy. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the two BFFs start their investigation. With Scrapbooking tips and mouth watering recipes on top of a fun investigation, fans will appreciate zesty Fiber & Brimstone.
Carmela's good friend Jekyl finds himself embroiled in the center of the investigation since he was heard arguing with Brett shortly before Brett's body was discovered. Having known Jekyl for years, Carmela is convinced that someone is framing him. While Brett owed Jekyl money, he owed money to many people after being indicted for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. With so many suspects can Carmela discover the real murderer and clear Jekyl?
I love the Big Easy and the flavor but I wasn't comfortable right away with the vernacular. I adjusted rather quickly and became immersed in the story. Being a southerner myself, and one who lived for a time in the deep south I can be a little picky over the way southerners are portrayed in books. Laura Childs did this well. The story is fun and perfect for a cozy Halloween. And I must admit-for a change-it took me a while to even guess who the murderer could be.
This is the first of Laura Childs cozy mysteries that I have read but I am sure it will not be the last. Carmela is a fun, stable character while her friends Ava provides the quirkiness. Halloween is the perfect setting for a mystery. And what better place than New Orleans! In addition to the mystery the book also includes some scrapping tips as well as a few recipes. I tried one of the recipes and it was delicious: Carmela's Cajun Shrimp Bake.
If you like cozy mysteries this one will be a delight. Grab a bottle of wine, fix a plate of Shrimp, and enjoy the story.
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Even though I don't "scrapbook" (prefer to keep pictures digitally on a computer or disk) I enjoy this author's stories greatly--even the scrapbooking ones.Published 19 months ago by Sally Lycke
Anything that is written by Laura Childs is an excellent read. Every one of her books is going to be a page turner for sure!Published on June 11, 2014 by Sharon Aszman
Good story. As will all of Laura Childs' books they are great, lite, cozy reads. I went through the entire series quickly. Wish there were more.Published on December 14, 2013 by Lisa Atchley
Laura Childs is one of today's best writers of neat murder mysteries. Her series based on the scrapbooking shop is great fun---we all pull for the heroine in every one, and we are... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Second-time-around Reader
A little too serial for my taste but it was cute and am easy read to take on vacation. I would recommend this book to a scrapbooker friend.Published on March 12, 2013 by Eclectic Adventurer
Laura Childs was the first author that I picked up and read when I first started reading cozy mysteries. Read morePublished on February 24, 2013 by Bookaunt
again....I read in order....and this being said, I had to get it.....Love the New Orleans and Mardi Gras traditions....fun fun books.Published on January 4, 2013 by Laura