Halloween in New Orleans is once again serving up a mystery
for amateur sleuth Carmela Bertrand and her best friend Ava
Gruiex. The two women are working on their puppet for the
French Quarter's Monsters and Mayhem Parade when Brett
Fowler, a local businessman, screams like a banshee. By the
time the women reach him, he's beyond help, having been
gored by the head of the Minotaur puppet.
Carmela wastes no time, phoning her cop boyfriend
Lieutenant Edgar Babcock, who promptly gives Carmela and
Ava the brush off. The next morning the newspapers announce
Fowler's involvement in a ponzi scheme. Jeckyl Hardy, float
designer and art appraiser, and friend of Carmela and Ava,
was the last person to be seen with Fowler, and becomes a
Despite the objections of Edgar, Carmela is determined to
investigate and prove her friend innocent. Her desire to
help her friend threatens her relationship with Edgar, just
as Ava's relationship begins to heat up with businessman
Tom Travers. Carmela's investigation uncovers a variety of
suspects, each with a strong motive for wanting Fowler
dead. When the two are lured to a local cemetery it's going
to take all of their survival instincts to face a killer
and make it out alive.
FIBER AND BRIMSTONE is Laura Childs' 8th book in the
Scrapbooking Mystery series and an entertaining follow-up
to TRAGIC MAGIC. Carmela and Ava are intelligent and
steadfast in their loyalty to their friends and one
another. Carmela's willingness to allow the investigation
to threaten her relationship with Edgar was irksome, but on
the whole, FIBER AND BRIMSTONE was a fun and fast-paced
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