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by Laura Childs

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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Best known for her teashop mysteries, Childs offers the second installment of her series featuring New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand.

Basking in the success of her first all-night scrapbook event, Carmela asks her pal Gabby to move her car for nearby antique shop owner Bartholomew Hayward, who's expecting a delivery. A noise in an alley startles Gabby as she leaves Carmela's store, Memory Mine, and she finds Bart's body near a dumpster, scissors embedded in his neck.

Carmela indulges in some amateur sleuthing, finding a heel print in a clay pendant she'd dropped in the alley. Additionally, Carmela must decide whether to reconcile with her estranged husband, Shamus Meechum, while creating note cards for the upcoming Monsters & Old Masters Ball.

This cozy, set in one of the most beautiful and mysterious cities of the South, exudes Southern charm and humor. Complete with recipes and scrapbook tips, this is sure to please fans of light-hearted mysteries. (Jan., 272 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

Published: January 2004

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