Friday, October 12, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Spotlight & Review: Glitter Bomb

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery) by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran


About the Book

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 15th in Series
Berkley (October 2, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489543
ISBN-13: 978-0451489548
Digital ASIN: B078VVDSQT

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.
It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.
Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

Review:  I absolutely love the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries. Carmela, Ava are fabulous characters and Carmela's ex-husband Shamus is always getting into some sort of trouble that ends up in an investigation. I can't believe this is the 15th book in the series, because I've been trying to keep up with this one and apparently I'm doing a lousy job. Of Lisa's 3 series, this one is my favorite because of the campy nature of the characters.

In this book, a Mardi Gras float explodes killing a krewe member, Hugh Wilder, who owns a investment firm where a lot of residents have lost a lot of money. So there are loads of people that are suspects, Carmela's ex being one. Seriously, though, how does this guy end up being a suspect in so many murders? He's a guy you love to hate, but not too much. He's not a dastardly ex-husband, just a doofus who always ends up in the thick of things.

The large number of suspects really makes this book a fun read, every time you think you might know who the killer is, cos it obviously isn't Shamus, someone else turns up. The character I wanted to have done it, of course, didn't.

I continue to love the friendship between Carmela and Ava. They are a hoot. The only thing that upset me was the ending, as it relates to Carmela and Edgar. (I don't want to give anything away)

This was a solid read and you don't have to read this series in order to enjoy it.

Rating: 4 flowers

About The Authors

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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 fundraising 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.
Laura’s Links: Webpage - Facebook -
Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year.  The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.
Terrie’s Links: Facebook: Blog: Goodreads:  

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Terrie Farley Moran said...

Laura and I are thrilled to be featured on A Chick Who Reads. Thanks so much for havign us!

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