"Will the scrapbooker heroine solve the murder before she becomes the next victim?"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted October 14, 2015
Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Mystery Cozy
Carmela Bertrand is excited about Halloween, as she's
contemplating what costumes and parties she will attend
year in New Orleans. Unfortunately, strange noises in the
shop next door to her scrapbooking store, Memory Mine
Scrapbooking Store, have her investigating... only to find
dead body of Marcus Joubert, the owner of Oddities. Will
Carmela uncover who the real killer is in time or will she
become the next victim?
I wanted to like GOSSAMER GHOST a lot more than I actually
did. Laura Childs incorporates all the elements I like in
cozy mystery with the added bonus of being set in New
Orleans at Halloween. Unfortunately, GOSSAMER GHOST is
not my cup of tea as the characters appear somewhat
superficial. I suspect that fans who have been following
series will enjoy it far more as they will already have a
vested interest in the characters, along with a better
understanding of the various relationships within the
as a whole.
Laura Childs' twelfth entry in A Scrapbooking
series offers readers some intriguing craft tips along
some yummy sounding recipes. I like the camaraderie
Carmela and her best friend and owner of Juju Vodoo, Ava
Gruiex and will probably give A Scrapbooking
series another try, but this time starting with the first
book in the series.
An evening’s work deciding on the class schedule for her
scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her
heels. But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities,
the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela’s night is abruptly
put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio
cabinet—and into her arms.
While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an
eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela
never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the
passion required to kill. But when Marcus’s assistant—and
fiancée—Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also
stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn’t the culprit’s
Carmela can’t resist the urge to investigate the growing
mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes
it’ll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer
thief before there’s another night of murderous mischief…
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