Gilt Trip (Scrapbooking Mystery Series #11)

Gilt Trip (Scrapbooking Mystery Series #11)

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by Laura Childs

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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


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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Publishers Weekly
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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Praise for the Scrapbooking Mysteries

“Brilliant…From the lively imagination of Laura Childs.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Scrapbook aficionados rejoice! Ms. Childs creates a charming mystery series with lively, quirky characters and plenty of how-to...Serving up some hors d’oeuvres of murder and mystery, creativity and fashion, she has a winning formula to get even the laziest of us in a scrapbooking mood.”—Fresh Fiction

“A pleasure to read.”—Mysterious Reviews

“Delves deeply into the Big Easy’s food, culture, and fashion scene.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Cleverly designed…Getting to the climax is fun, as Laura Childs is a superb cozy storyteller with this series and her Tea Shop Mysteries.”—Gumshoe Review

“Fast-paced with plenty of action…Terrific.”—Midwest Book Review

“An entertaining whodunit...The heroine is a plucky, strong, and independent woman who takes charge when necessary, as she is the original steel magnolia.”—Books ‘n’ Bytes

“These books are so great that I just couldn’t put them down. I just can’t wait for the next one to be released.”—BellaOnline

“Sure to please cozy fans.”—Publishers Weekly

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Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #11
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“[A] Big Easy romp.”—Publishers Weekly
“Exactly what I look for in a cozy! It had an intriguing crime, a unique cast of characters, and a terrific setting. There was also a lot of humor thrown into the story. I loved that the novel took place in New Orleans, and it brought back so many wonderful memories of my visits there.”—Booking Mama

“Brilliant…From the lively imagination of Laura Childs.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Delves deeply into the Big Easy’s food, culture, and fashion scene.”—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

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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Gilt Trip 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same plot Ssme prdictable ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Celebrations abound as Jerry Earl Leland, newly sprung white collar criminal, gets released after serving only a tiny amount of his sentance....and then is found during his " get out of jail free" party, dead, by you guessed it, Carmela Betrand, own of Memory Mine Scrapbook andCraft store. Besides Jerry's bizzare death, this story incorporates shale oil sands, gold, jailhouse gangs, and more shady dealings than Carmela and her best bud Ava can figure out. Add to it, the final nail in her connection to the disfuntional Meechams with the sale of the house she won in the divorce, and we have another gumbo of tasty food, craft ideas, and strange people that come together in this, the 11th of a series that just gets better and better!
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“All That Glitters May Not Be Gold” In this 11th novel of Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking Mystery Series, we find blond, blue-eyed, entrepreneur and closet paper addict, Carmela Bertrand and her BFF, dark-haired shopping buddy, French Quarter neighbor, and proprietress of the “Juju Voodoo Shop”, Ava Guiex reluctantly working their way through the crowd as guests at a New Orleans Garden District party. They are the invitees of Margo Leland who is the hostess of a “Get Out of Jail Fee” , no holds barred, party for her recently released from the Dixon Correctional Institute, former New Orleans business tycoon, husband, Jerry Earl Leland. Jerry had been incarcerated for a white collar crime. Carmela had designed the invitation for the party at her scrapbooking shop, “Memory Mine”. She was reluctant about attending, but felt she must as Margo is a client, and invited Ava to accompany her. She also knew how Margo felt to some degree, as she had been previously married to Shamus Allan Meechum, also known as “The Rat”. For all of the extravagance and opulence surrounding him and his guests, Jerry Earl seemed oblivious to the party given in his honor and, interestingly, was deep in discussion with a local businessman. Carmela was uncomfortable and didn’t want to stay, but Ava convinced her to stay ten more minutes so they could sample goodies from the huge dessert buffet. When Ava slops some Cherries Jubilee on her silk blouse, Carmela sets off on a quest for some club soda or a damp towel to avoid a stain. Unsure of where to go in the cavernous dwelling, Carmela follows a darkened hallway eventually leading to a laundry room. The dryer was running and making a tremendous amount of noise. What could someone have possibly put in the dryer that would create such a thumping sound? Sadly and amazingly, Carmela soon had her answer with the opening of the dryer door, allowing the limp and bloody body of Jerry Earl to tumble out. Who could have wanted Jerry Earl dead? And they had waited until he was released? Several names fill the suspects list rather quickly with Wife, Margo’s name on top, followed by Jerry Earl’s personal Assistant, Eric Zane, Conrad Falcon, a businessman who had helped send Jerry Earl to prison, supposed friend of Margo’s, Beetsie, or maybe Margo’s “Friend”, Duncan Merriweather. Carmela promised her Boyfriend, Detective Edgar Babcock, that she wouldn’t go sleuthing around for answers to the heinous crime, but when Margo Leland begged and pleaded for her to investigate, she relents and agrees. Little did she know the strange series of events which were about to unfold and the twists and turns they would create, not only involving Carmela, but her band of sleuthing buddies including Ava, Antique Appraiser Jekyl Hardy, and Carmela’s business assistant, Gabby Mercer-Morris, among others, much to Detective Bobby Gallant’s dismay. You’ll thoroughly enjoy and chuckle over Carmela and Ava’s adventures, road trips, and colorful new investigative partners. You’ll also picture yourself strolling down the street to the prestigious “Cakewalk Ball” where the cake just might meet the road. Will Ava find love with the young Crime Scene Tech (who’s looking for love or lust, whichever comes first) Charlie Preston? Dog lovers will be thrilled that a Shar-Pei named “Boo” and a Heinz 57 variety by the moniker of “Poobah” are important members of Carmela’s family as well. Authors Childs and Orgain have graciously and, may I add, generously included scrapbooking and stamping tips for the craft-minded, luscious New Orleans-inspired recipes that are mentioned within the story and, last but not least, a snippet of another scrapbooking mystery, “Gossamer Ghost”. Cozy lovers, crafters and chefs, put this on your TBR list, you won’t be disappointed. Nancy Narma
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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. 
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
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.
alliAK More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love anything Laura Childs writes. Also love the tea room mysteries. Read everyone of them
SAGM More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable ! Missed Babcock being more involved!