Death Swatch

Laura Childs, Author
Laura Childs, Author . Berkley Prime Crime $23.95 (303p) ISBN 978-0-425-22478-6
Reviewed on: 07/21/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008

A murder in the midst of Mardi Gras propels Childs’s enjoyable sixth Scrapbooking mystery (after 2007’s Frill Kill ). Carmela Bertrand, the owner of the New Orleans scrapbook shop Memory Mine, and her best friend, Ava Gruiex, are eager to begin the festivities with a party hosted by their float designer pal, Jekyl Hardy. But the discovery of the garroted Archie Baudier, Jekyl’s assistant, puts a damper on the fun. In their efforts to solve the murder, Carmela and Ava encounter a host of eccentric characters, including a sullen Russian, a rare coin dealer, a meek curator of the local historical society and all manner of costumed party-goers. Carmela, in the process of a divorce, also meets dapper police lieutenant Edgar Babcock, who might be unappreciative of her investigative efforts but provides some romantic heat. Glossing over the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Childs paints a picture of New Orleans sure to appeal to cozy fans. (Sept.)

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