Gilt Trip (Scrapbooking Mystery Series #11) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Gilt Trip (Scrapbooking Mystery Series #11)

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Overview

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…

Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
Chutzpah and coincidence play large roles in Childs's 11th Scrapbooking mystery (after 2012's Postcards from the Dead), co-authored with Orgain (Formula for Murder). This Big Easy romp starts with a glitzy party for Jerry Earl Leland, welcomed home from prison by his high-maintenance wife, Margo. After Carmela discovers Jerry's corpse stuffed in a clothes dryer, she accepts Margo's plea to investigate. Then she promises long-suffering policeman Bobby Gallant she won't interfere even while plotting her next move behind his back. With the assistance of her man-hungry friend, Ava Gruiex, and her knowledge of local movers and shakers, the impetuous Carmela gallops off in the wrong direction, frequently asking herself why she let herself get involved. A second murder raises the stakes. Unfortunately, it's never clear what the motive was nor why the murders were committed in such an outré fashion. The scrapbooking tips are a bonus, and the recipes sound delicious. Agent: Samuel Pinkus, Philologus Procurator, Inc. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101625866
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #11
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 49,046
  • File size: 914 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

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.
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  • Posted October 25, 2013

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    You don't have to be a scrapbooking fan to fall in love with Lau

    You don't have to be a scrapbooking fan to fall in love with Laura Childs' Scrapbooking mystery series. Just out, Gilt Trip is the eleventh book in a series that is only getting better with time. Childs enchants readers with her knowledge of New Orleans and it's eerie appeal. The heroine for this series, Carmela Bertrand was recently named as Best Amateur Sleuth by the Romantic Times Book Review and it's easy to see why, in this mapcap mystery that begins with a "Get Out of Jail Free" party and ends in murder. Childs attention to detail and well developed characters make this a must read for cozy fans!

    Laura Childs is definitively my favorite cozy writer. Her books are well researched and full of the nuances and phrasing that makes each setting come alive. 

    The Scrapbooking mysteries are set in the Big Easy. New Orleans is just one of those cities that people can easily attribute to murder and mayhem. There is an atmosphere of tradition and taboos. Childs takes a different direction with her series and focuses on murder. As readers we get to learn more an more of alluring history of the city and Louisiana in general, while relishing a good whodunit. Childs is one of the best at creating a setting that draws the reader in and won't let go.

    Carmela Bertrand is one smart cookie. Not only does she own and run her own scrapbooking shop which generally has a strong part in each book, but she also has a part in just about every mystery that happens in the city. She has found several dead bodies and citizens have come to rely on her to help them figure out what happened when murder is at hand. It is easy to see why Carmela appeals to so many readers. She is sophisticated and elegant, but she can get down and dirty. I love the way she goes about figuring it all out. She has knack for making connections that aren't always obvious and that makes her a great sleuth. Childs does an excellent job with this character every time out.

    In Gilt Trip Carmela and her sidekick Ava are attending a party celebrating the early release from jail of Louisiana business man, who has quite a few enemies. When he turns up dead, tumbling around in the dryer, Carmela is on the case. I love the fact that Childs always makes sure that not only Ava has a central part in the story, but the police as well. It does't hurt that Carmela has some pretty strong feeling for Babock, who happens to be on the force. I thought the mystery aspect of the book was well planned and written and had a lot of good suspects. I didn't figure this one out until the very end. I suspected the correct killer once, but Childs was easily able to dissuade me. I love it when I get stumped!

    Readers will enjoy finding out about Carmela's life and her deepening feelings for Babcock. They will enjoy the wonderful friendship she and Ava have. Ava is sassy and perky as usual and Carmela is as always, the voice of reason. I think learning about her life outside of sleuthing is just as interesting as the murder details. Even the secondary characters like the victim and his wife were well developed and had a lot of dimensions to them. I thought the plot was excellent and believable. Finding the dead guy in the dryer was certainly a surprise, but that just shows that Childs still has a lot more stories to tell from Carmela and her friends. 

    In short, this is the best cozy I've read this year! Can't get a much higher recommendation than that.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I love the Scrapbooking and Tea Shop mysteries and always pre-or

    I love the Scrapbooking and Tea Shop mysteries and always pre-order. I was not crazy about this book. So many things lacking and also Carmela was not her usual self, which is a bit more restrained and conservative on her opinions, but she was a wild card in this book as she flited from here to there and her shop did not get the attention it usually does. lacking common sense is the only word I can come up with. Usually I devour her books but this one I was in no hurry to read like her others. The real disappointment was the ending.....there was no closure....we were left hanging to answer our own questions. No explanations why the killer did what he did or why he used the method of murder he chose, which was gruesome. I figured there had to be a story behind all that, but we didn't get it. This is the 1st time one of Ms. Child's books has fell flat for me. Did anyone else notice she had a co-writer? Makes me wonder how much of this book was actually written by her or is doing three series and fitting in
    Real Life getting too much? The book isn't awful, but not up to her usual standards which makes me a sad fan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Great read.

    I'm a big fan of this author. I have read many of her mystery books including the Tea Shop mysteries. This one did not disappoint. Kept my interest until the end.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2014

    Gilt Trip is the eleventh book in the A Scrapbooking Mystery ser

    Gilt Trip is the eleventh book in the A Scrapbooking Mystery series.




    Carmela has recently made invitations for Margo Lelands Welcome Home Party for Margo's husband, who has been incarcerated.  Margo has invited Carmela and Ava to the party.  During the party Ava spills some food on her blouse and Carmela goes off in search of something for Ava to use to get rid of the stain.  But what Carmela does find is Margo's husband Jerry Earl, dead, and stuffed in a clothes dryer.  Then when Margo asks Carmela to find out who killed her husband, Carmela somewhat reluctantly agrees.  Carmela soons finds out that Jerry Earl's business practices were far from above board and that there are many who would like to see him out of the picture.




    Carmela could really use her boyfriend's, Det. Edgar Babcock, help with this one, but he is away from New Orleans and Buddy Gallant is less than helpful.  But Carmela and Ava are able to get some much needed help  from a couple of colorful Bayou characters, Moony and Squirrel.  Carmela also calls on her ex, Shamus, for help, too.




    A fun look into the New Orleans Garden District.




    Delicious sound recipes and scarpbooking tips are also included. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Enjoyed every minute of the book until the reveal.  What a disap

    Enjoyed every minute of the book until the reveal.  What a disappointment!  Murderer was a character who had only been mentioned about two times.

    And then there was no explanation of why or how the murder came about or was committed.  The fact there was a co-author and the terrible denouement leads me to believe Ms. Childs didn't write the ending.

    All in all it was a great story with an ending that was completely unsatisfying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    bi BIRING BIRING Boring

    Same plot
    Ssme prdictable ending





    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    This review is from: Gilt Trip (A Scrapbooking Mystery) (Kindle

    This review is from: Gilt Trip (A Scrapbooking Mystery) (Kindle Edition)
    You can't feel too sympathetic for the super wealthy characters here. They are not likeable.
    The pace is nice and fast, one event rolling into the next.
    Carmela has her hands more than full and the demands on her time just keep increasing.

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Great Book

    As always, I enjoy getting into the mystery of whodunit with my friends Carmela and Ava. And this book was interesting and exciting as always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Love anything Laura Childs writes. Also love the tea room mysteries.
    Read everyone of them

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Good addition to this series!

    Enjoyable ! Missed Babcock being more involved!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

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