Motif for Murder (Scrapbooking Series #4)

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After Hurricane Katrina, scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand has her hands full getting Memory Mine back in business-and her relationship with her ex-husband, Shamus, back on its feet. But then Shamus is kidnapped, and Carmela discovers Shamus's Uncle Henry, murdered.

Carmela puts together a sentimental scrapbook of memories and keepsakes of Henry. But her project holds a clue that could identify the killer and kidnapper-and the murderer ...

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Overview

After Hurricane Katrina, scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand has her hands full getting Memory Mine back in business-and her relationship with her ex-husband, Shamus, back on its feet. But then Shamus is kidnapped, and Carmela discovers Shamus's Uncle Henry, murdered.

Carmela puts together a sentimental scrapbook of memories and keepsakes of Henry. But her project holds a clue that could identify the killer and kidnapper-and the murderer is going to try to close the book on Carmela once and for all.

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Publishers Weekly
Childs's fourth scrapbooking mystery (after 2004's Bound for Murder), her first in hardcover, offers plenty of action even if it doesn't take full advantage of its setting, post-Katrina New Orleans. Just when series heroine Carmela Bertrand decides that reuniting with Shamus Meechum, her bad-boy ex-husband, might be a mistake, Shamus is kidnapped. Carmela rushes across the alley to seek help from Shamus's elderly uncle Henry, only to find Henry murdered. Det. Edgar Babcock isn't thrilled to have another case involving the meddling Carmela, and his irritation increases when Carmela and her best friend, Ava, rescue Shamus from the kidnappers themselves. Once Shamus is safe, he reverts to his old ways, adding to Carmela's woes. Mix in the usual scrapbooking and craft tips, and you have another engaging read from this reliable cozy author. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425217986
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 177,130
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.81 (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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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    Kidnapping and murder

    Carmela and Ava are back. This time Carmela's husband Shamus has been kidnapped and Shamus' uncle Henry Meechum has been murdered. While we don't spend a lot of time in Carmel's shop Memory Mine, it is still an integral part of the story.<BR/><BR/>This time we learn a lot more about Shamus and his family. Shamus' sister Glory is once again throwing tantrums and causing problems for Carmela. <BR/><BR/>The story is set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I thought the author did a great job of continuing her series while shedding a lot of light on life after the hurricane.<BR/><BR/>I love this series and its setting. Carmela and Ava are such fun characters. They often find themselves in some situations that make me want to yell at them to turn back. But it's always fun reading how they get out of those sticky situations.<BR/><BR/>I am hoping that Shamus and his family won't play such a big part in future books. I love Memory Mine and the various women that frequent the shop. I also love Carmela and Ava's interaction with others within the city. <BR/><BR/>I highly recommend this book and look forward to many more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    An entertaining who-done-it

    Although Carmela and Shamus have been separated for a while, they are now back together living in the Garden State mansion that belongs to his sister Glory who hates her sister-in-law. One morning when Shamus goes downstairs to make breakfast for Carmela, she hears a noise she goes down to investigate and she sees a car pull away with Shamus in the trunk. An upset Carmela goes across the street to talk to Uncle Henry only to find him shot to death.---------------------- When Glory finds out what happened to Henry and Shamus, she kicks Carmela out of her mansion. The kidnappers call Carmela saying they want five million dollars in exchange for Shamus. She receives a note from Shamus asking her to meet the demands of the kidnappers, but it also contains a clue to his whereabouts. She and her friend Ava look for and find him but the danger isn¿t over because the kidnappers aren¿t the mastermind which means they are still in danger. Carmela almost gets killed twice by a merciless stone cold greedy killer.--------------------- Laura Childs writes an entertaining who-done-it that takes place in New Orleans in the post Katrina days. Readers get an idea how the residents coped with the clean up and how happy they are that the French quarter is nearly back to normal. The mystery is well thought out with many suspects and enough red herrings to keep things interesting. The heroine is a plucky, strong and independent woman who takes charge when necessary as she is the original steel magnolia---------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    wishing the whole series was available in ebook format....great

    wishing the whole series was available in ebook format....great characters and wonderful storytelling...but greatly disappointing that it's not available for my nook :(

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Recommended read!

    I love all of Laura Childs mystery books. It's so easy to get into the characters life, you feel like you're friends. The towns are all friendly and you find yourself waiting for the next book to come out so you can catch up with your friends.
    This book, Motif for Murder, is another good read. Glory is one mean sister in law! But what happened to Shamus? Why was he kidnapped? Find out in this exciting issue.

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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Love this series by Laura Child. All her series are wonderful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Love This Series

    Just recently starting reading this series by Laura Child. They are fun to read, interesting characters. Will certainly buy more of this series. Also enjoy the fact that she has inclued the recipes for many of the dishes she mentions in the books.

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