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Frill Kill (Scrapbooking Series #5)

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SCRAPBOOKING TIPS AND RECIPES INCLUDED.

For Carmela Bertrand, a New Orleans shop owner who can turn any scrapbook into a treasure, this Halloween will feature more than the usual scares. On her way home from a ghoulish gathering, Carmela finds the dead body of a model-and is then attacked herself. Her leads are many, including animal tooth marks on the deceased's neck. And as the witching hour draws closer, Carmela must find what's lurking in ...

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Overview

SCRAPBOOKING TIPS AND RECIPES INCLUDED.

For Carmela Bertrand, a New Orleans shop owner who can turn any scrapbook into a treasure, this Halloween will feature more than the usual scares. On her way home from a ghoulish gathering, Carmela finds the dead body of a model-and is then attacked herself. Her leads are many, including animal tooth marks on the deceased's neck. And as the witching hour draws closer, Carmela must find what's lurking in the shadows-or get the fright of her life.

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Publishers Weekly

Memory Mine shop owner Carmela Bertrand finds herself caught up in New Orleans Halloween mayhem in Childs's sprightly fifth scrapbooking mystery (after 2006's Motif for Murder). In an alley behind her friend Ava Grieux's Juju Voodoo Shop, Carmela discovers the body of fashion model Amber Lalique, who was in the shop only moments earlier. The cops suspect Giovanni, Ava's sexy new tarot card reader, whose brother, Santino, is Amber's ex-boyfriend. Carmela and Ava become determined to uncover the truth and throw themselves headlong into danger, filling in as models for the big Halloween night unveiling of Moda Chadron's newest fashion creations, snooping around New Orleans and even venturing into the creepy bayou. Childs rounds out the story with several scrapbooking and crafting tips plus a passel of mouth-watering Louisiana recipes. (Oct.)

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As New Orleans slowly recovers from Katrina, a series of Halloween bashes are planned, creating the perfect location for a bizarre murder. Carmela Bertrand, enjoying life without the wealthy husband she's separated from, has just left a huge party at Juju Voodoo, the French Quarter shop of her best friend Ava, when she discovers the body of Amber Lalique, a fashion model for local designer Chadron. Attacked by an unknown assailant, she awakens to find Ava's newest hire, handsome fortune teller Giovanni, along with the EMS and the police, who take Giovanni in for questioning. Since Amber appears to have been killed by an animal, some strange fur left behind puts Giovanni's brother Santino, whose circus act includes wolves, squarely in the picture. Even when the wolves prove innocent, Carmela's pal, Detective Edgar Babcock, suspects but can't prove that one of the brothers is involved. Meanwhile, Carmela has her hands full because the publicity is keeping her popular scrapbooking store filled to capacity while she's busy designing for Halloween theme parties and decorating and modeling for Chadon's big fashion show. Her curiosity gets both herself and Ava into some dangerous situations, and she barely escapes becoming the second victim of a fiendish killer. Carmela's fifth (Motif for Murder, 2006, etc.) contains bushels of Big Easy ambiance, quirky characters, scrapbooking tips and recipes. A cozy romp through one of America's most unforgettable cities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425224250
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 126,576
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Frill Kill by Laura Childs

    I love this author and her characters. I went back to the first scrapbooking mystery to start at the beginning. These are great rainy-day books and a cheery escape from reality. Not too heavy, delightful ladies day stories.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Scrapbook shop owner/sleuthe scraps her way through New Orleans to solve murder mystery.

    Laura Childs gives you more than just a mystery novel. As you follow Carmella Bertrand, scrapbook shop owner, and her involvment in the murder of a model you are fed scraps of New Orleans history as well as excellant ideas for those who love to scrap. Carmella has an instinctual curiousity that keeps her in the game of helping to solve the murder that has touched her life and livelihood in this great southern city. The characters who come in and out of her life and those she associates with on a regular basis are colorful and interesting. The scrapbook series is just right for those of us who love to put our skills as scrapbookers to use in new and unique ways. The tips and recipes in the back are a wonderful bonus and very user friendly.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    Great cozy in New Orleans

    Carmela runs a scrapbooking store, Memory Mine, in the French quarter of New Orleans. Her best friend, Ava, has a Halloween party at her voodoo shop, Juju Voodoo. Her new employee Giovanni is a sexy tarot card reader and brings in the crowds.<BR/><BR/>When Carmela is knocked unconscious and Amber's dead body is found near her in the alley near Ava's shop, Giovanni becomes the prime suspect. Ava and Carmela believe him to be innocent so they set out to try to locate the real killer without putting themselves in further danger.<BR/><BR/>I really enjoy this series. Ava and Carmela are such fun. I enjoy all the descriptions of the scrapbooking as well as the ambiance of New Orleans. It's a place I'd like to visit someday, so I enjoy reading mysteries set there.<BR/><BR/>This series is a great cozy mystery series that is easy to read and well plotted out. I highly recommend this book and series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    One of Laura Childs best

    This is a great book in the Scrap Booking series, especially the recipe's. Louisiana Pear Cake is a great, easy cake to make, and it taste wonderful. Be sure to try it and the other great recipe's in this book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating storyline.

    It is days before Halloween with post-Katrina New Orleans getting into the spirit of the holiday hoping to revive lagging morale and bring in some much needed revenue. Carmela Bertrand, the owner of the scrapbook store Memory Mine in the French Quarter, is visiting her friend Ava Grieux, owner of the Jujo Voodoo Shop, and is impressed with her newest employee Giovanni, a sexy charismatic man who tells fortunes.------------------ After she leaves the store she goes across Ava¿s alley on the way home she is pushed from behind, sees a flying white dove with blood on his wings and finds the dead body of Amber Lalique, the lead fashion model of Chadron who is giving a show this week. The police find Carmela knocked out on the corpse whose throat is missing. Suspicion first falls on Giovanni and later his brother Santini who didn¿t hide his anger with his breakup with Amber very well. Carmella investigates at Ava¿s request because she wants to know if Giovanni or Santini are killers. Both women are curious about the killing and start nosing around but as usual Carmella finds herself in danger from a killer who has no mercy.--------------------------- Laura Child gives readers an interesting glimpse of post Katrina New Orleans as the city tries to make a revival with many people pulling together to make their Big Easy as glorious as it once was, but more inclusive. Carmella is a delightful lead character who finds herself in unusual predicaments as she tries to track a killer while trying to keep her soon to be ex-husband from her. She leads an interesting life full of action, adventure and danger without coming across as a hero. Laura Childs keeps readers interested as they become absorbed in the fascinating storyline.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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