December 5th, 2021
Home | Log in!

On Top Shelf
Fresh Pick

New Books This Week

Latest Articles

Holiday Giveaways

Slideshow image

Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image

slideshow image
From one long-ago night…To a Christmas reunion!

slideshow image
He must guard her—but can he guard his heart?
Kindle Unlimited

slideshow image
Castles are built one stone at a time…

slideshow image
Her bachelors are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love—until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts…

slideshow image
Julie Ann Walker delivers perfect pulse-pounding romantic suspense!

Your starred reads for December are here!

Barnes & Noble

Fresh Fiction Blog
Get to Know Your Favorite Authors

Laura Childs | Anyone for Jambalaya and a Halloween Mystery?

Gossamer Ghost
Laura Childs




Barnes & Noble

Powell's Books


Indie BookShop

Scrapbook Mysteries #12

October 2014
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Featuring: Carmela Bertrand; Marcus Joubert; Mavis
336 pages
ISBN: 0425266664
EAN: 9780425266663
Kindle: B00INIXTQ8
Hardcover / e-Book
Add to Wish List

Also by Laura Childs:
Haunted Hibiscus, February 2022
Twisted Tea Christmas, October 2021
Egg Shooters, September 2021
Haunted Hibiscus, March 2021


A few words on food and mystery from Laura Childs, author of GOSSAMER GHOST, a Scrapbooking Mystery set in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Have you ever visited New Orleans? I sure hope you have, because the entire Big Easy is a food lover’s paradise. You’ve got your jambalaya and gumbo, in varieties that include andouille sausage, crayfish, chicken, turtle, and, well . . . you name it, you’re sure to find it in New Orleans.

Enjoy mud bugs? That’s crawfish, of course, so delightful and juicy. And there are oyster bars galore where you can grab a bottle of hot sauce (Liquid Storm or Saucy Wench, anyone?) and slurp tasty, sweet mollusks to your heart’s content.

For upscale dining Galatoire’s in the French Quarter is a must. If you have your own waiter (the regulars do) you’ll doubly enjoy your crabmeat maison, poisson meuniere amandine, and filet béarnaise.

Or head over to Brennan’s for flaming bananas foster, the Café du Monde for sinful beignets, Antoine’s for sizzling hot oysters Rockefeller, or Emeril’s or Commander’s Palace for anything. (Yes, it’s all quite fantastic.)

Pop in to any number of music or jazz festivals and enjoy the street food – po-boys, muffulettas, hush puppies, Roman candy, snowballs, and kettle corn.

You see, there’s a reason I always include recipes in my Scrapbook Mysteries. Mystery and food just make for an inspired pairing. And in my newest mystery, GOSSAMER GHOST, I include some great New Orleans recipes for seafood bisque, spoon bread, baked porcupines, shrimp and black beans, chicken corn casserole, and beignets.

But, hold everything, I have to tell you about the mystery, too. Because I really think you’ll get swept up in the story when scrapbook maven Carmela Bertrand discovers that the owner of Oddities Antiques has been murdered and a Napoleon death mask stolen from his shop. She and her BFF Ava scramble for answers, but a Halloween investigation in New Orleans’ French Quarter also means shuffling zombies, a phony French countess, and a tricked out ghost train with a deadly confrontation.

Intrigued? Think you might like a snack? Then please do enjoy!

All my very best,

Laura Childs


Laura Childs is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Scrapbooking Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. Visit her website or become a friend on Facebook.




2 comments posted.

Re: Laura Childs | Anyone for Jambalaya and a Halloween Mystery?

I have been to New Orleans and do love the food and homes.
This is my kind of book.
(Leona Olson 9:43am October 7, 2014)

My Best Girlfriend, lives in New Orleans. She's actually
more like a Sister than she is a Girlfriend, and we talk all
the time. I've never been down there, but would love to go
one day soon. We've actually spoken about different foods
that they have down there, and some are so foreign to me,
but intriguing just the same. You couldn't have picked a
better city to write a story around. I am looking forward
to reading your book this Fall, and am putting your book on
my TBR list!! I fell in love with the cover, too!! The
recipes are an added plus, and am looking forward to trying
them. Thank you for the wonderful posting!!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:50am October 7, 2014)

Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!


© 2003-2021  all rights reserved Privacy Policy