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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Book Review - Gilt Trip: A Scrapbooking Mystery by Laura Childs

About The Book:

Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom….

After Jerry Earl’s early release, his wife, Margo—a much-married Garden District doyenne—throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. The guest list includes many prominent New Orleans socialites, as well as scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava Gruiex.  But sometime during the swirl of partying and drinking, Jerry Earl is brutally murdered—then stuffed inside a clothes dryer. 
Carmela has earned a reputation around town for solving murders, and when the grieving widow turns to her for help, she can’t say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela’s going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl’s dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry….

My Thoughts:

In "Gilt Trip," her 11th book in her Scrapbooking Mystery series, author Laura Childs once again brings her readers plenty of thrills and chills in the Big Easy, New Orleans.

Her feisty and smart character, Carmela Bertrand is again pulled into investigating an unusual murder that involves one of her customers of the scrapbooking shop she is so well-known for. But this time around, her steady beau, Detective Edgar Babcock is out of town, so Carmela is working with a new cop, Bobby Gallant, who is not so amused by her insights and wisdom regarding the murder of a eccentric local businessman. But Carmela and her sidekick/best friend Ava Gruiex follow their instincts and hunches and discover the killer might be looking for more than revenge!

I always love Laura Childs' mysteries, and was delighted to see she had collaborated with fellow mystery author, Diana Orgain, on this installment of the Scrapbooking series.

I highly recommend any of Laura's mystery series (which include the Tea Shop Mysteries and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries) for those who enjoy well-written and snappy cozy mysteries.

About The Authors:

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Cackleberry Club Mysteries, and the Scrapbooking Mysteries. She is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker, and dog lover, and travels frequently to China and Japan with Dr. Bob, her professor husband. In her past life she was a Clio Award–-winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm.

Diana Orgain is the bestselling author of the Maternal Instincts Mystery Series: Bundle of Trouble, Motherhood is Murder and Formula for Murder, published by Penguin USA.  She is the co-author of GILT TRIP the next book in the NY Times Bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery Series by Laura Childs to be published October 2013.  Diana’s FOR LOVE OR MONEY the first in her new Reality TV Mystery series will be published by Penguin in Spring 2015.

My thanks to Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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