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Halloween season in a revitalized, post-Katrina New Orleans provides the backdrop for Childs's colorful, briskly plotted eighth scrapbooking mystery (after 2009's Tragic Magic). When Brett Fowler, a Big Easy Ponzi schemer, gets fatally gored by the horns of a Minotaur head for the French Quarter's Monsters and Mayhem Torchlight Parade, suspicion falls on art appraiser Jekyl Hardy, the float designer who created the mythical beast's head. Jekyl's old friends and fellow float designers, Carmela Bertrand, the proprietor of Memory Mine, "a cozy little scrapbook shop," and Ava Gruiex, of Juju Voodoo, determine to clear his name. Catching the real killer is a job, of course, for NOPD Lt. Edgar Babcock, Carmela's main squeeze, but the detecting chops of artsy Carmela and her saucy sidekick, Ava, totally steal his thunder. Scrapbooking tips and recipes for dishes like candied fruit banana bread and Dr. Pepper tickle-your-ribs spareribs round out a volume sure to please cozy fans.
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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 (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Paperback Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425244024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244029
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In New Orleans, Brett Fowler has worked a successful Ponzi scheme on a city recovering from Katrina. However, someone must have become outraged by his con because during the French Quarter's Monsters and Mayhem Torchlight Parade, he is killed by a minotaur horn stabbing him.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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This book represents some of the best writing from Laura Childs I've seen in a while. I like to keep up on all three of her series and have been disappointed by the last books from the other two. This one is the kind of writing that made me like her from the beginning; her vivid descriptions make you feel like you've been to the French Quarter and the murder motivations are passably entertaining.
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Halloween always draws out the ghosts and goblins in us all. New Orleans the perfect setting for the ghouls and vampires that are walking around these days, but when real corpses start making an appearance things get really scary. Carmela Bertrand and her best friend Ava Gruiex are immersed in building a monster puppet for the Monsters and Mayhem Torchlight Parade when they stumble upon the body of Brett Fowler.

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?

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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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The 8th Scrapbooking Mystery occurs in the Halloween season. Carmela is busy with a special project to build a giant puppet for the Monsters and Mayhem parade at a space used by the Mardi Gras crews to build floats. She and Ava witness an argument between Brett Fowler, financier and float designer Jekyl Hardy. When Brett ends up murdered outside the building, gored by a horn of a bull's head, her friend comes under suspicion. However, the plot thickens when it turns out that Brett's financial schemes were shady, and quite a few people are out of a lot of cash. Carmela is frustrated with balancing her inquistiveness and her boyfriend's job as a police investigator, but goes forward regardless of the consequences to find the answers. Carmela and Ava end up in some perilous situations that at times seem a bit improbable. I didn't feel this was as compelling of a mystery, but as usual, the book contains interesting tips on scrapbooking, both in the text and at the end, as well as recipes.
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Characters don't just say what they need to say, they trill...or they shrill...or squeal, etc. The book was so overwritten that I couldn't get past the first two chapters. Why didn't the publisher give this novel more vigorous editing?
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FIBER & BRIMSTONE: A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY offers the seventh in the author's popular scrapbooking mystery series, this set in New Orleans at Halloween, where real corpses have scrapbooker/sleuth Carmela seeking out who is responsible. What seems to be a cut-and-dry case evolves into a killer's work in framing another in this fine mystery.
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This was a chore to read. The two main characters, Carmela and Ava, are a pair of airheads, focused on fashion, food and boyfriends. Supposedly, Carmela is trying to solve a mystery but you'd never know it from the busy social life she has as well as the scrapbooking shop she runs. There is very little idea of what is going on in her mind and the action seems to be there just for filler rather than to advance the story. If this is how she usually writes, I definitely won't be looking for more of her books. I gave it 2 stars because I didn't guess who the murderer was and that's always a plus in a mystery.
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