CREPE FACTOR(A SCRAPBOOKING MYSTERY) BY LAURA CHILDS WITH TERRIE FARLEY MORAN

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery #14)

TIME TO GET OUT THE GLUE GUN AND GRAB A CUP OF TEA!

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

 
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Carmela and Ava are back, doing what they do best…getting into trouble. It’s not like they actively go looking for it, but to Detective Babcock it doesn’t matter. He just wants them to stop snooping into his investigation.

My how I have missed Carmela and Ava and all of their adventures. This book is written with Terri Farley Moran, an excellent writer in her own right. I wasn’t sure if it would change the tone of the book but it did not.I was so happy to see Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop make an appearance. The tie in was seamless and I really thought it was a wonderful idea!

We see a few other beloved characters in this one and of course the food always makes my mouth water. I honestly went and got a po boy as soon as I finished the book!

The scrapbooking ideas and instructions are as much a part of the book, as the Tea ideas and suggestions in Ms. Child’s Tea Shop Mysteries. Finally something to do with all of those cigar boxes that are stored in the attic!

Ms. Child is the queen of cozy mysteries…in my own humble opinion…

THE AUTHOR

Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Terrie Farley Moran is the nationally bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series including the Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. “A Killing at the Beausoleil” the short story prequel to the Read ‘Em and Eat mysteries was published in EQMM in November 2015 and has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. You can find Terrie on Facebook or on her website at http://www.terriefarleymoran.com

 

Death Among The Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery#1) by Mollie Cox Bryan

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan

From the Author of the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series, comes the first book in a new series.

Cozy Mystery Fans and Hobby and Craft readers are going to love Mollie Cox Bryan’s newest creation, the Cora Crafts Mysteries.

Cora has given so much of herself to the women’s shelter and fighting for abused women that even her doctor has advised her to find a less stressful life. When her best friend from childhood shows up at the shelter, Cora and Jane come up with an idea that just may heal them both.

Moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina and buying a beautiful old Victorian home with a carriage house and a cottage,they intend to open a Craft Retreat. A place where women can gather and learn crafts and also heal.

Everything seems to be coming together for their first weekend retreat. Supplies are ready, food ordered and guest rooms are booked.

When the police show up to question Jane about a local murder it looks like they may open and close the same day! Cora needs this to be wrapped up quickly and the only way that is going to get done is by taking matters into her own hands. Along with Ruby, the herbalist who came with the property, and her son, they quickly get involved in some sleuthing and their suspect list just keeps getting longer.

Who would want a librarian dead? Who can be trusted and who is willing to kill again to make Cora stop her snooping?
There are plenty of motives and opportunities for murder and the characters were all unique and I wasn’t exactly sure who did it until the very end.

It was nice to see some of the Cumberland Creek characters make an appearance. That was tied together very nicely. The directions for all of the lovely crafts are in the back of the book, which I really enjoyed.

This is a series I would definitely recommend to friends! Release Date is August 30, 2016

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Publishing in return for an honest review*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MOLLIE COX BRYAN, author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Agatha Award-nominated Cumberland Creek mystery series, is also an award-winning journalist and poet.  She currently writes and crafts in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Please visit her at molliecoxbryan.com, where you can sign up for her exclusive newsletter. For scrapbooking, recipes, and other crafty-freebies, join her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/molliecoxbryan.