Meow, one of our very favorite authors is Laura Childs. She and Terrie Farley Moran have another Scrapbooking Mystery out this month - and it's a goodie!
MUMBO GUMBO MURDER
A Scrapbooking Mystery
Laura Childs/Terrie Farley Moran
Hardcover/ Berkley Prime Crime
October 1, 2019
It's Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.
As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling's antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon's body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They're shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon's little pug, is left homeless.
Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer's list?
Okay, this is quickly morphing into one of my all time favorite series. I always feel like I'm right in New Orleans and in the thick of things. Carmela's love of danger and adventure closely mirrors another of Laura Child's heroines, except Carmela usually manages to keep her wardrobe intact. I love the way she and Ava hurl themselves headlong into usually sticky situtations and think of the consequences later. Carmela also always manages to somehow sabotage her love life - case in point, entering into a partnership (albeit unwiling) with former boyfriend Quigg. Co-managine the Blush and Brush could open up some new possibilities for future mysteries, though. A touch of humor when Ava sees out a matchmaker to improve her date life! Longtime fans will be pleased to know Carmela's finally purchased her wedding dress - so now does this mean there's a wedding in the foreseeable future? Guess we'll just have to wait on pins and needles for the next adventure to find out!
New fans as well as old will cheer over this latest instalment. A worthy five paws!!!!!!!
Win a copy of MUMBO GUMBO MURDER!!!!!!
Laura will be giving away a copy of Mumbo Gumbo Murder to one lucky commenter! To enter, just leave your name and contact info in our comments section (US entries only, please). For extra points, you can mentioin this blog/giveaway on Facebook and Twitter! Winner chosen at random using random.org on October 26!