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As the police begin their investigation, Carmela is contacted by the kidnappers with a demand for a five million dollar ransom, Carmela decides to go on the offensive and starts digging for clues herself. With the help of best friend, Ava Grieux, proprietor of a French Quarter voodoo souvenir shop, Carmela begins to look into the business dealings of the Meechum family.

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She finds herself in the backwoods New Orleans swamps searching for Shamus. Readers who prefer their mysteries on the cozy side will enjoy this offering from Laura Childs. The mayhem surrounding the kidnapping and Shamus and the murder of Uncle Henry is on the soft side and the profanity is very limited, unlike some of the more hard-boiled mysteries. Dec 28, Kirsti rated it really liked it. Considering I have started this series with book three, I found it was easy to get into and the characters were endearing almost immediately. There was a certain character that I don't like or trust Shamus and I hope that this ending doesn't ring true for the rest of the series.

I particularly liked all the crafting and scrap booking, as well as the delicious Southern charm. Hopefully I will be able to find some more of these, it was hired on a whim from my local library. Nov 30, Lain rated it liked it.

It's hard to sympathize too much with a main character who not only is "pretty verging on stunning," but who has her own business, great friends, and a cute dog, to boot. The only flies in Carmela's ointment seem to be the dead bodies that constantly crop no pun intended up. The old "bad twin" card was played here, as was the wandering-around-the-graveyard-in-the-dark trick.

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A little too predictable, a little too light on realistic character development, and a little too cutesy. And would some It's hard to sympathize too much with a main character who not only is "pretty verging on stunning," but who has her own business, great friends, and a cute dog, to boot. And would someone please get this woman an editor?

Don't forget "commaraderie" is that being on good terms with your punctuation? All the same, Laura Childs can write -- no doubt about that.

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I think she just needs to take a little more time plotting and writing to take this series to the next level. Apr 24, Carolynne rated it liked it Shelves: New Orleans setting, Scrapbooking shop milieu, with tips embedded in the story, plus a section at the end with tips and recipes Things I didn't like: Mystery was obvious almost from the start, with ham-footed clues; Scrapbooking tips were not very creative or original; female characters were mostly pretty stereotypical, main character Carmela is just too-too to be relatable: Oh, and too wishy-w Things I liked: Oh, and too wishy-washy about her charming to her rake of a husband, Seamus.

He doesn't charm me. Hmm, that's a much longer list than the things I liked. Would I read another? Yes, but only for the tips and the yummy sounding recipes. Not for the story.

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Jul 13, Kathy rated it it was ok. I registered a book at BookCrossing. I picked this up because I needed a book set in Louisana for a state challenge. I didn't feel like I needed to read the first two books, and don't intend to start a new series. The heroine, Carmela, was just too, too perfect. And I don't know what it says for her group of friends, that they have nothing better to do than spend all day, every day in a scrapbooking store. Jun 19, Jacqy rated it did not like it.

I didn't really enjoy one of the characters in this series.


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It's carmella's husband ex Shamus. There is something about his character that just irritates the dickens out of me, so I didn't finish the book. I'll probably not read any more of this series.

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Those I am reading. The storyline to this book is good, if she would just get rid of that one character, I'd be so happy. Feb 15, Mary Seely rated it liked it. I like these from time to time because I really don't like the books that describe all the details of a brutal murder. Laura Childs has three separate sets of these books and I like all of them. Not much serious thought required to read them. They are funny and since the reader never really knows the murder victim, it doesn't bother me to read them.

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Nov 05, Jonathan rated it really liked it Shelves: The killer was a cheap cop-out, to me, Sheamus was annoying, and Carmela was conceited at times, but overall it was a good book. Mar 24, Amy rated it really liked it. It was a really quick, enjoyable read. As Carmela kicks off a new round of scrapbooking classes and designs a commemorative scrapbook for St.

Cyril's above-ground cemetery, Shamus appeals to her for help. And Carmela uncovers an important clue in a very unlikely place - one of her customer's scrapbooks! Order Now What could be more fun than an all-night crop at Carmela's scrapbooking shop? As ideas on rubber stamping, hand-tinting photos, and decorating album covers are shared, scrapbookers also help themselves to hurricane rum drinks, jambalaya, and homemade praline pie.


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Spirits run high and the soft New Orleans night buzzes with excitement. But when Bartholomew Hayward, the shady antique dealer from next door, is found sprawled in the back alley with a scissors jammed in his neck, it looks like the work of a very crafty killer. Order Now Carmela Bertrand is creating custom place cards for a friend's pre-wedding party at an elegant French Quarter restaurant when she makes a shocking discovery--the intended groom has a butcher knife protruding from his neck!

When the heartbroken bride asks Carmela to look into the case, Carmela finds herself not just in the soup--she's in the gumbo!

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Besides battling her estranged husband, Shamus, Carmela has to deal with an alligator-infested bayou, an angry rare book collector, shadowy figures, and a spooky encounter in one of New Orleans' cemeteries! Order Now A brutal murder and a mysterious kidnapping propel Carmela into a frantic search through the bayous of western Louisiana and pull her into a high society mystery even as the city of New Orleans struggles to rebuild. A party at Juju Voodoo draws a fabulous throng, and Carmela's friend Ava has hired a sexy tarot card reader named Giovanni to work the crowd. What he doesn't foretell is that on her way home, Carmela will discover the body of a beautiful model behind a Dumpster--and be attacked herself!