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Parchment and Old Lace
Scrapbooking Mystery #13
Laura Childs W/ Terrie Farley Moran

10/06/2015 / ISBN 9780425266687
Cozy Mystery / Amateur Sleuth / New Orleans

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Laura Childs, along with Terrie Farley Moran, bring readers number thirteen in the Scrapbooking series. In this mystery, a wedding becomes a funeral.

While Carmela' scrapbook shop Memory Mine is celebrating weddings, Carmela, her boyfriend, detective Edgar Babcock and Galpal Ava work to solve the murder of Isabelle Black, a bride-to-be murdered in the Lafayette Cemetery. When things get heated, Gabby wants Carmela to stop investigating, but Ava (and her criminal mind) is all game for a break-in.

Carmela's ex-husband Shamus returns with a dose sweet talk for Carmela and insults for Babcock. Babcock really gets upset with Carmela when she keeps information from him and breaks the law. Is this relationship heading towards the rocks? Thankfully, the author balances murder and character frustrations with humor as we witness Ava hustling her quota of good looking men and having conversations with Carmela that only BFFs can have.

Once again, Childs gives readers a satisfying armchair whodunit with characters immersed in New Orleans' local life. Visiting Memory Mine in the Big Easy is a yearly event I still enjoy. Be sure to check out recipes and crafts at the back of the book.

Terrie Farley Moran writes the Read Em and Eat Mystery Series.


Reviews of other titles in this series

Bound for Murder #3  [review]
Motif for Murder #4  [review]
Death Swatch, #6 [ review]
Skeleton Letters, # 9 [review]
Postcards from the Dead, #10 [review]
Gossamer Ghost #12 [review]
Parchment and Old Lace #13 [review]
Crepe Factor #14 [review]
Mumbo Gumbo
#15 [review]

Reviewer's Note: Terrie Farley Moran writes the Read Em and Eat Mystery Series.

Reviewed 2015