It's Halloween in New Orleans, and the French Quarter
really does the spooky holiday up right, with lots of
exciting activities, parties, and the most anxiously
anticipated event -- the Monsters and Mayhem Parade.
For Memory Mine Scrapbooking store owner Carmela Bertrand
and her best friend, Ava Gruiex, it's a busy time. They have
been consigned to create a giant monster puppet for the
festivities. Tempers and tensions are
running high as several organizations hurry to get their
floats and monsters completed. But everything comes to a
screeching halt when Carmela and Ava come upon the body of
Brett Fowler, head of the Pluvius krewe, who has been
murdered outside the warehouse where the parade floats and
puppets are being assembled.
Things really begin to heat up when it looks like Carmela's
buddy, float designer Jekyl Hardy, who was overheard arguing
with the deceased, might be the prime suspect in the murder.
Despite warnings from her boyfriend, Detective Edgar
Babcock, Carmela is compelled to look into the mysterious
background of Fowler, an investment con man who had swindled
a whole lot of people out of a whole lot of money. She wants
to clear Jekyl's name first of all, but Carmela soon
discovers more than one person in town would have liked to
see Fowler dead, including his less-than-mournful wife, a
slew of investors, and even Carmela's ex-sister-in-law,
whose bank was in danger of losing millions due to Fowler's
Ponzi scheme. So, while the rest of New Orleans parties and
Halloween season, Carmela pokes and prods around, turning
up clues and generally going where she doesn't have any
business until she finds the answers to the who-dun-it.
Will she be able to alert Babcock before the killer decides
to put a permanent stop to Carmela's sleuthing?
In Laura Child's latest Scrapbooking Mystery, FIBER AND
BRIMSTONE, she once again delights her fans with a cleverly
suspenseful mystery that sparkles with the pizazz and
magic of New Orleans' French Quarter. Visiting with the
cast of regular characters and garnering a tidbit or two of
scrapbooking tips makes reading this charming mystery feel
like a reunion with good friends. Childs also includes a
bevy of New Orleans' recipes guaranteed to set the reader's
mouth to watering.
It's Halloween in New Orleans-and the festivities are
to be killer. With the help of her best friend Ava,
Bertrand is building a giant monster puppet for the
Halloween Monsters & Mayhem parade.
Things get terrifying earlier than expected when they
overhear an argument between Jekyl Hardy and Brett
and just minutes later they find Fowler's dead body.
has known Jekyl for years and can't believe he'd ever
to murder, despite the fact that Fowler owed him money.
when another victim is discovered-who also had an
relationship with Jekyl-Carmela is convinced someone is
framing her friend and now must find a way to unmask the