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Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble-rousing, costumed craziness—and she can’t wait to get the party started. But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real-life danse macabre…

An evening’s work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela’s ...

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Overview


Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble-rousing, costumed craziness—and she can’t wait to get the party started. But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real-life danse macabre…

An evening’s work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela’s night is abruptly put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet—and into her arms.

While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the passion required to kill. But when Marcus’s assistant—and fiancée—Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn’t the culprit’s sole intention.

Carmela can’t resist the urge to investigate the growing mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes it’ll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there’s another night of murderous mischief…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
Childs’s enjoyable 12th Scrapbooking mystery (after 2013’s Gilt Trip) finds charming heroine Carmela Bertrand musing about what costumes to wear over Halloween and what classes to offer next at her New Orleans craft store. But she soon has a bigger puzzle to solve: the murder of Marcus Joubert, the creepy owner of the store next door. A rare French mask is missing from Joubert’s store, and soon the police, including Carmela’s hunky cop beau, Det. Edgar Babcock, are wondering not only who stole the mask from Marcus but also whether Marcus himself had come into its possession illegally. Real estate lust also complicates matters—more than one savvy small businessperson was longing for Marcus to vacate his primo location. Local color is Child’s strong suit, and on this romp with Carmela, the details of the Big Easy, from absinthe to étouffée, do not disappoint—and readers will get a few zany Halloween costume ideas to boot. (Oct.)
Library Journal
11/01/2014
Carmela Bertrand, proprietor of Memory Mine Scrapbooking Shop, is ready for Halloween. But the death of a shop owner next door and the theft of a priceless death mask dims her excitement, and Carmela sets off to solve the crimes in her 12th series outing after Gilt Trip.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425266663
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #12
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 35,142
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbooking Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club 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 14, 2014

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    Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs

    Cozy mystery fans, scrap-booking fans and even fans of voodoo will enjoy Laura Childs latest book. Book twelve in the Scrap-booking mystery series, Gossamer Ghost finds heroine Carmela and her sidekick Ava in the middle of mystery with the Day of the Dead right around the corner. The New Orleans setting at Halloween is the perfect backdrop for a diabolical murder and some stolen property. Fans of the series will love Carmela's antics and relish in her latest adventure in the "Big Easy!" What I liked: As many of you know Laura Childs is one of my favorite cozy writers. She has such a knack for setting the scene and bringing it to life. Her descriptions of New Orleans at this wonderful time of year were riveting. There is so much history and mystery surrounding the city and Childs uses it to her advantage in every book in this series. If you never wanted to visit the "Big Easy" before, you will after you read this book! I can just see myself visiting Carmela's scrap-booking shop and puttering around in Ava's voodoo store. I might even visit Joubert's antique shop. I think readers will find the setting exceptional as always with Childs books and having themselves wishing it was all real. The mystery in each of the scrap-booking mysteries is always realistic and well thought out. In Gossamer Ghost readers are treated to a murder that may stem from a French mask that is worth a ton of money. The questions are... who murdered Joubert to get it? Did Joubert obtain it by illegal means? Was it worth killing over? I love it when Childs keeps me guessing and she certainly did with this one. The setting is always amazing but nitty-gritty of the mystery is what keeps readers coming back to this series and Gossamer Ghost does not disappoint in the least. I loved it when Joubert's body came flying into Carmela's arms, that was a nice touch! Having the mystery take place during Halloween was also a great plot device. Not much scarier than a murder in New Orleans, close to the Day of the Dead. *shivers* Carmela and Ava make such a good team as well. Carmela tends to be a little on the more sedate side. She is controlled, although a bit snoopy. But Ava is spontaneous and vibrant. They compliment each other so well and their friendship is both dynamic and strong. Carmela's relationship with Babcock is also one of those relationship's that bring out the good things in each of the people. Edgar brings stability and strength to the table and Carmela tends to make him think outside the box. I love all of the personal drama, just much as the mystery in this series. What I didn't like: There were a few things in this one that didn't make a whole lot of sense in the overall story. That doesn't happen too often with one of Childs' books, but in this case it did pop up a couple of times. I like for each significant thing that happens in the book to have a rhyme and reason to it and there were a couple of things that didn't. It was still an excellent book and deserves the five apple rating! Bottom Line: I loved this one just as much as any other book in the series and I know that fans of Laura Childs will as well. The mystery was engaging and took a clear path. The setting mas magical. New Orleans at Halloween... simply perfect! Gossamer Ghost is a great addition to the series and I can't wait for the next one. Carmela is one my favorite heroine's!

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  • Posted October 1, 2014

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    Gossamer Ghost by the talented Laura Childs is the 12th book in

    Gossamer Ghost by the talented Laura Childs is the 12th book in the Scrapbooking Mysteries. The books are set in New Orleans, and Carmela our main character owns, of course, a scrapbooking shop, shy Gabby works for Carmela. Ava, Carmela's best friend owns a voodoo shop. Det. Edgar Babcock is Carmela's gentleman friend. After the owner of the shop next door is found murdered, Carmela is once again drawn into the investigation, against Babcock's wishes. Among ghosts, vampires, zombies and ghost trains, this Halloween story is a fantastic read! 
    I took a few minutes and checked the books that are authored by Laura. I knew that Laura had 3 series that she is actively writing, but I was amazed that there are 32 books in the 3 series. I have heard that there are 3 more books in the works. Also, Laurs is writing another series, An Afton Tangler Thriller, under her real name, Gerry Schmitt. With so many great books by Laura, I'm pretty sure that you can find several that are enjoyable to you.
    A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

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    Suspenseful Cozy Murder

    Halloween is a great time to visit New Orleans, especially if you’re visiting Carmela Bertrand, the protagonist in author Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking Mystery series. In GOSSAMER GHOST, the latest installment in the series, things are just gearing up for Halloween in the French Quarter. With all the events scheduled the one thing Carmela doesn’t need is to find her shop neighbor Marcus Joubert murdered. It seems Marcus had a rare Napoleon death mask that has gone missing. The questions begin – was he killed for the mask or was he killed because he may have stolen the mask from someone else. Even with her handsome detective boyfriend on the case, Carmela can’t help but get involved especially since she discovered the body. With help from her best friend Ava, Carmela sets out to find a few answers and the killer before the mask claims another life. This story moves at a steady pace and has a lot of events going on, but it’s easy for readers to follow along. The rich, detailed descriptions of the New Orleans setting will quickly draw readers in. The author’s eye for detail places the reader in the middle of the scene. Weaving a mixture of history, mystery, and storyline, the author captures the spirit of the season and brings it to life. The characters are well-developed and likable. The secondary characters are eclectic and enhance the story. GOSSAMER GHOST can be read as a standalone with new readers not being left in the dark by references to Carmela’s prior adventures. Readers get an extra treat with scrapbooking tips and delicious Cajun recipes included at the end of the book. As an added bonus, readers also get a sneak preview of SCORCHED EGGS, the next installment in the author’s Cackleberry Club Mystery series coming in December. This tantalizing cozy features a taste of New Orleans blended with a suspenseful murder mystery highlighted with humor and fascinating characters. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Carmela partakes in a flurry of Halloween activities and I was s

    Carmela partakes in a flurry of Halloween activities and I was swept away with her

    Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
    The 12th Scrapbooking Mystery

    Carmela is gearing up for the very busy week that is Halloween week in New Orleans. Tons of parties and spooky events, as well as a store swamped with customers buying all of their Halloween supplies means a very busy Carmela. While walking home she peers into her neighbor's shop, Oddities, only to hear a muffled sound. Was it a scream? A cry for help? Carmela decides to investigate, only to find the dead body of the shop's owner. Feeling sorry for the owner's assistant, as well as being the person to find the body, Carmela feels it only right to look into the man's murder-even against her boyfriend (the police detective)'s wishes. Conducting her own investigation while juggling Halloween events can be difficult, and in this case, deadly!

    New Orleans is a city of exuberance. A city that beats to its own drum. A city of parties and excess. At Halloween time that atmosphere is amplified and tourists and locals alike take advantage of all of the special activities.

    In Gossamer Ghost Laura Childs shows us New Orleans in all its Halloween glory-from balls to a zombie crawl, to live theatre, to a ghost train, even to murder. Although not inclined to help solve the murder of her neighbor, the eccentric owner of Oddities, Carmela finds herself drawn in to the investigation once more. Carmela found the body and takes the victim's employee and fiance under her wing. How could she not help? Her helping, however, finds her making enemies with several suspects...and someone is more than willing to get her out of the way.

    I always enjoy my visits to New Orleans with Carmela and friends and Gossamer Ghost is no exception. Through Laura Childs words I became a part of the story, drawn in to the adventure. Carmela partakes in a flurry of Halloween activities and I was swept away with her, never knowing what was coming next. Adding recipes and paper art tips (who doesn't want to know how to make a pseudo death mask?) Laura Childs gives us another satisfying read.

    Scrapbooking and other crafty tips as well as recipes are included.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    Noth Not up to Child's standard

    Never established motive or who snuffed then stuffed the poor guy. Guilty party was obvious from early on. I wondered if this ghostly tale was written by a ghost writer. Even the magic of New Orleans seemed a little flat. I would not recommend this book to any one.

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    Posted September 28, 2014

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