Keepsake Crimes (Scrapbooking Series #1)

Keepsake Crimes (Scrapbooking Series #1)

by Laura Childs

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Overview

From the author of the popular Tea Shop Mysteries comes the first in a cozy crafting mystery series!

New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with her stunning arrangements of their scrapbooks. But among her clients’ keepsakes she finds a tip of her own—about a murder...

Business is booming and life is cozy for Carmela at her scrapbooking shop, Memory Mine. But when one of the city’s elite dies during Mardi Gras, the police name Carmela’s estranged husband as their number one suspect. Although Carmela hasn’t forgotten how he scrapped their marriage, she doesn’t think he is cut out to be a killer. And if Shamus is being framed, Carmela might be the only one who can find the pattern and solve the case in time...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425190746
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/22/2003
Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 108,598
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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"Just the right blend of cozy fun and clever plotting." -Susan Wittig Albert

"Murder suits [Laura Childs] to a Tea." -St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Keepsake Crimes (Scrapbooking Series #1) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a Scrapbook designer I found this to be an interesting concept for a book. Thinking it might be a fun little read I wasn't dissapointed and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The characters were fun and quirky, the plot though done before had an unexpected twist to the end, and the history/content about New Orleans and Mardi Gras was a great addition to the storyline. The book reminded me of a nice Miss Marple type mystery . . . no gore, no vampires, no sex scenes. Add to all that the ten pages at the end of the book with Scrapbooking page ideas and the traditional New Orleans receipes were a bonus! The book would make a great book club read for a crafty type group. I can see a group holding a little Mardi Gras party night while discussing the book. Possibly using some of the receipes in the book for the party. I'll for sure be reading more from this series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Tucked away on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans is a cute little scrapbooking store called Memory Mine owned by Carmela Bertrand, an astute business person but unlucky in love. Her husband Shamus dumped her six months ago, claiming he had to find himself. Carmela moved from their fancy home to a funky apartment located on top of a voodoo store. Carmela and friends are taking in one of the Mardi Gras parades when a float stops in front of them. Powerful Jimmy Early Clayton is dead and an autopsy reveals he died from an overdose of ketamine. Shamus was seen having an argument with him and had access to the float and Jimmy Lee¿s stash of liquor. A vicious rumor campaign starts stating that Shamus is the killer. Although Carmela is estranged from him, she doesn¿t think her husband is a murderer. She sets out to prove it, but places her life in danger from the killer who doesn¿t want Carmela putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Laura Childs, the author of the Teashop mysteries, has written the first book in what looks to be a great new series. The descriptions of the food and sights of New Orleans make the readers feel as if they were visiting and enjoying Mardi Gras. The heroine is plucky and likable, enjoying her crafts store and her many friends instead of pining away for the husband she still loves. KEEPSAKE CRIMES is a well-written cozy with enough possible suspects to prevent the audience from guessing who the killer really is. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, easy to read crime that is not "bloody" but just fun reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an enjoyable light mystery and I will read the next of the series. although as I'm a born and 1/2 century worth New Orleanian, the author should study a N.O. city map. Also check out more about local foods. Otherwhile it's a hoot and a nice read. No masking except on Mardi Gras, the law. Balls are Formal Dress. Happy Mardi Gras !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+really+enjoyed+reading+this+story.+Like+the+other+books+by+Childs%2C+the+characters+are+3+dimensional%2C+and+the+storyline+intriguing.%0ACarmella+Bertram+is+a+delightful+and+fun+character.+Set+in+New+Orleans%2C+the+owner+of+Memory+Mine+is+always+getting+herself+and+friends+into+a+fix%2C+and+then+solving+the+latest+crime.+She+is+cheeky%2C+smart%2C+and+sassy%2C+and+a+lot+of+fun.%0AI+enjoy+Childs%27+stories+because+the+characters+are+unique%2C+and+carry+into+other+stories+in+the+respective+series.+While+there+is+often+romance+involved%2C+the+content+is+clean.+
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved the book there were just a few spots that were a tad slow but overall an excellent book. Carmela is a great character and I enjoyed reading about her and her scrapbooking shop. Laura Childs did an excellent job in her research for this book.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read several of the Tea Shop Mysteries by this author I was looking forward to this new series. However, I had a hard time with the start since the character, I feel, were not completely defined but by the end I thoroughly enjoyed this Cozy Mystery. I don't feel that there were all the necessary clues for the solution as in the author's other books but I am looking forward to continuing the series and hope for improvement.
hwphoto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keepsake Crimes is the 1st in the scrapbooking mystery series by Laura Childs. While attending a Mardi Gras parade, Carmela Bertrand witnesses the public death of one of the participants, a well known New Orleans businessman. Unfortunately, her estranged husband is quickly identified as a suspect of the murder and Carmela finds herself trying to prove his innocence (or guilt).I very much like the idea of a scrapbooking themed cozy mystery, but this first book was a little lacking. The author spends much of the book describing New Orleans & scrapbooking and very little on the actual mystery. The ending was very hurried and somewhat predictable. All that said, I would like to give the next book in the series a try to see how the author progresses and if she develops a stronger story.
buggysmom More than 1 year ago
My Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book by the author’s representative. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review My Review: ✰✰✰✰ This book has been around for quite awhile, but I just have never had a chance to read this series, so I decided this summer was the time to do it. I read several reviews on it and they tended to say that it was light on mystery, so I read it with that in mind. Well, the mystery happens in the beginning. At least the murder does. The accusations began right away, too. There are twenty-eight chapters in the book and the first seventeen are setting the stage for our heroine, Carmela, to get fired up enough to try to solve the case. I think this is why so many people say it’s light on mystery. For one thing, the only cop involved is one that you can tell is dirty from the first sight of him. For another, there’s a lot of partying and gossiping about it, but not much really happening about the actual murder. It seems frivolous even into chapter 18 when Carmela actually does something to try to find some information about people who might be involved. But Carmela has been written to be a stand-up, spunky character and she holds up under the accusations against her possibly soon-to-be ex-husband that she can’t locate. She also can’t decide if she still loves him or if she despises him for deserting her six months ago with no explanation other than he needs to work on his photography and have some space of his own. She convinces her sister-in-law, who is a VP at the family bank to let her look at her husband’s office at the bank to see if there might be some clue to why he has disappeared and whether or not he could possibly be involved in this mystery. Her sister-in-law grudgingly goes along with it. Carmela finds a file that doesn’t seem quite right to her and she tucks it into her handbag. From that file, she decides who might be involved and she starts poking around. She’s got good instincts, but she’s not quite on the right track. It’s like she’s sniffing up the right tree, just not the right branch. While taking some photos for a project, she’s attacked and ends up in the hospital with her errant husband at her side, who ties up all the loose ends that she hasn’t already figured out. But I call “foul play” when an author holds the cards so close to her chest that there’s no way you can figure out the mystery with what she’s given you. There was too much missing from the story for us to figure it out. Some good guessing brought me close to one part, but the other part was too concealed. A puzzle with missing pieces is frustrating. It won’t stop me from reading the next book in this series to see what the series as a whole is like. I recommend this book to cozy readers, especially if you enjoy scrapbooking as I do. If you have more insight into this series, please share it with me. Laura Childs is a prolific author keeping all three of her series current.
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Great weekend read.
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