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Death Swatch (Scrapbooking Series #6)

Death Swatch (Scrapbooking Series #6)

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by Laura Childs

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Amid Zydeco rhythms and popping champagne corks, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is having a wild night at a Mardi Gras party-until she finds a float designer murdered on a balcony.


Amid Zydeco rhythms and popping champagne corks, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is having a wild night at a Mardi Gras party-until she finds a float designer murdered on a balcony.

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Publishers Weekly

A murder in the midst of Mardi Gras propels Childs's enjoyable sixth Scrapbooking mystery (after 2007's Frill Kill). Carmela Bertrand, the owner of the New Orleans scrapbook shop Memory Mine, and her best friend, Ava Gruiex, are eager to begin the festivities with a party hosted by their float designer pal, Jekyl Hardy. But the discovery of the garroted Archie Baudier, Jekyl's assistant, puts a damper on the fun. In their efforts to solve the murder, Carmela and Ava encounter a host of eccentric characters, including a sullen Russian, a rare coin dealer, a meek curator of the local historical society and all manner of costumed party-goers. Carmela, in the process of a divorce, also meets dapper police lieutenant Edgar Babcock, who might be unappreciative of her investigative efforts but provides some romantic heat. Glossing over the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Childs paints a picture of New Orleans sure to appeal to cozy fans. (Sept.)

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A murderous run-up to Mardi Gras entangles two madcap pals in a search for a killer and a legendary treasure. Carmela Bertrand, owner of the scrapbook store Memory Mine, and her best friend Ava, owner of JuJu Voodoo, are attending a pre-Mardi Gras party at the home of float designer Jekyl Hardy when they stumble over a dead body. The corpse, strangled with barbed wire, is that of Archie Baudier, who was helping Jekyl design floats for the Pluvius krewe. Carmela, who's tried her hand at crime solving before (Frill Kill, 2007, etc.), agrees to help Jekyl out by doing some sleuthing. The revelation of a secret passage and a hidden coin collection leads the courageous but foolhardy duo to a search for the storied treasure of the famous pirate Jean Lafitte. A mysterious coin dealer, a gunrunning Russian and a dealer in illegal absinthe all make promising suspects. The pair travel to an old plantation house, a bayou island and a moldering cellar in search of clues, always with the feeling that they're being watched. Meanwhile, Carmela's tentative romantic tie to Detective Edgar Babcock heats up despite his warnings to leave the investigation to the police. So much detail about Mardi Gras and so many recipes and scrapbooking tips, that only mystery fans will notice all the loose ends.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #6
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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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Death Swatch (Scrapbooking Series #6) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
HappyScrapper64 More than 1 year ago
This book is another great installment of the scrapbooking series! I really enjoyed trying to figure out who the suspect was as I was reading. The projects Carmela thinks up sound like a lot of fun too. Can't wait for the next one!
TRaceyCity More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the scrapbooking series. I recommend it to everyone. The characters are great with an easy to follow plot.
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Mary51 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Laura Childs! If you are like me, you anxiously await each book in her series. Ms. Childs brings New Orleans back alive. Especially in these hard years since Katrina. Love the scrapbooking hints! You will truly enjoy this book. Catch the Series books 1-5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Childs is always a great read and this book certainly lives up to past standards. I feel as though I am part of the story.
JanPan More than 1 year ago
As all of the previous Scrapbooking mysteries by Laura Childs, this book is brilliant. It provides plenty of New Orleans flavor, wonderfully well-developed and interesting characters--and clever plotting. I can't wait for TRAGIC MAGIC, the next book in the series!
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Three years has past since The Hurricane placed New Orleans on life support but the city is returning as symbolized by the Mardi Gras. At least that is the opinion of Memory Mine scrapbook store owner Carmela Bertrand. Accompanied by her friend Ava, owner of a voodoo shop, they attend a party tossed by Jekyl Hardy who introduces them to float designer Archie Baudier. When Carmela goes to leave she finds Archie dead with barbed wire wrapped around his neck. --- Jekyl asks Carmela to investigate Archie¿s murder as she has done successfully before (see FRILL KILL). She agrees and shows him a coin she found on his balcony where Archie died. With Ava¿s help she begins the inquiries at the apartments of Jekyl and Archie where she finds their hidden compartment containing the deceased¿s coin collection. Carmela is stunned when she finds out that Archie was an absinthe drinker which is illegal. As she follows the clues, someone is watching her just in case she gets too close to the truth. --- Three years since Katrina wiped out the city leaves the story line with a gothic background that enhances the riveting cerebral amateur sleuth while also asking where the Marshal Plan is to rebuild New Orleans and the nearby parishes. Carmela is terrific as she has come a long way baby from the wimp she once was whose spouse abused her emotionally and mentally in fact she demands a fair settlement from him as they divorce. The case proves how independent and courageous she has become as even a Russian mobster fails to scare her off. Although why she took on the investigation even for a friend is never adequately explained, readers will appreciate the latest scrapbooking cozy with a great final twist and tips and recipes. --- Harriet Klausner