June 13, 2015

Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Mass Market Paperback - 320 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Scrapbooking Mystery #11

A New Orleans businessman and white-collar criminal is celebrating his early release from prison. But his freedom will be short lived… 
Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, are off to a party. Prominent socialite Margo Leland is throwing an extravagant fete to welcome home her husband, Jerry Earl. There’s a zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails.  But in the midst of the revelry, Jerry Earl is murdered—then stuffed inside a clothes dryer. 
When the grieving widow turns to her for help, Carmela can’t say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela’s going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl’s dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry…

What did I like about this story?
As with all of Laura's scrapbooking mysteries I like that they are centered about Carmela's scrapbook store. I like to hear about what Carmela is creating while at the same time trying to solve the mystery. After reading this whole series you kind of feel like you are friends with the characters. Another I like is the setting of the book. One day I will go to New Orleans and see all the places that they are talking about. In this story I had a completely different person picked out for the crime than who actually did it. I am glad that Carmela was not in a much danger this time as she has been in the past. These books are fast paced fun books to read that are good for a weekend read or to take to the beach. As with each book in the series there are scrapbook tips and recipes at the end for you to enjoy. 

What did I think of the cover?
For the most part I liked the cover of this book. I was not crazy about the gold mask as my eye gets drawn to that. I would have liked the shadow box to be a little larger and that have been the focal point but I do understand that the gold mask ties in with the title of the book. 

My rating:
4.5 Stars

About the author:
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.

Scrapbooking Mystery Series
#1 Keepsake Crimes
#2 Photo Finished
#3 Bound for Murder 
#4 Motif for Murder
#5 Frill Kill
#6 Death Swatch
#7 Tragic Magic
#8 Fiber and Brimstone
#9 Skeleton Letters
#10 Postcards from the Dead
#11 Gilt Trip
#12 Gossamer Ghost
#13 Parchment and Old Lace - not yet published

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