MOTIF FOR MURDER
Like her Tea Shop Mysteries, the latest book of Childs' Scrapbooking series is
an entertaining read. The author mixes French Quarter charm with eclectic characters and witty drama. Although the mystery is the main focus, Carmela Bertrand's troubled relationship with her husband is a strong secondary theme. Her ability to solve the murder and rebuild her own life mirrors the restoration of post-Katrina New Orleans.
When Carmela's husband, Shamus, is kidnapped and his uncle Henry murdered, she suspects the crime is linked to the family's banking business. The criminals come after her when she unwittingly adds a clue to the killer's identity to a memorial scrapbook that she made for Uncle Henry's funeral. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Sep., 288 pp., $22.95)