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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs

Today begins my week of Halloween-inspired book reviews! 

It's always a pleasure to review the books that my good friend Laura Childs writes. I adore her Tea Shop Mysteries and her Cackleberry Club Mysteries, but I think my favorite of her books are the always lively and fun Scrapbooking Mysteries.

And just in time for Halloween comes Laura's latest book, FIBER AND BRIMSTONE!

It’s Halloween in New Orleans, and the French Quarter really does the spooky holiday up right, with lots of exciting activities, parties and the most anxiously anticipated event – the Monsters and Mayhem Parade.

For Memory Mine Scrapbooking store owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend Ava Gruiex, it’s a busy time as they rushed to complete a consignment project of a giant monster puppet for the festivities. Tempers and tensions are running high as several organizations hurried to get their floats and monsters completed, but everything comes to a screeching halt when Carmela and Ava come upon the body of Brett Fowler, head of the Pluvius krewe, who has been murdered outside the warehouse where the parade floats and puppets were being assembled.  And things really begin to heat up when it looks like Carmela’s buddy, float designer Jekyl Hardy, who was overheard arguing with the deceased, might be the prime suspect in the murder.

Despite warning from her boyfriend, Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmela is compelled to look into the mysterious background of Fowler, an investment con man who had swindled a whole lot of people out of a whole lot of money. She wants to clear Jekyl’s name first of all, but Carmela soon discovers more than one person in town would have liked to seen Fowler dead, including his less-than-mournful wife, a slew of investors, and even Carmela’s ex-sister-in-law, Glory Meecham, whose bank was in danger of losing millions due to Fowler’s Ponzi scheme. 

So while the rest of New Orleans parties and celebrates the Halloween season, Carmela pokes and prods around, turning up clues and generally going where she doesn’t have any business until she finds the answers to the who-dun-it, but will she be able to alert Babcock before the killer decides to put a permanent stop to Carmela’s sleuthing?

In Laura Child’s latest Scrapbooking Mystery, “Fiber and Brimstone,” she once again delights her fans with a cleverly suspenseful mystery that sparkles with the pizzazz and magic of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Visiting with the cast of regular characters and garnering a tidbit or two of scrapbooking tips makes reading this charming mystery like have reunion.

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.

As a part of my giveaway in the Spooktacular Book Blog Giveaway Hop, I am including a hardback copy of FIBER AND BRIMSTONE!  Be sure to check out my post (http://sharonsgardenofbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/spooktacular-book-blog-giveaway-hop.html) to enter!

Spooking Reading, Ya'll!

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