Childs delivers another top-notch Scrapbook Mystery set during the festivities of Mardi Gras. From gaslight streets and cobblestone walks, to magnificent parades and formal garden parties, Childs expertly conveys the eerie romantic character of New Orleans. Savvy Carmela and her sexy sidekick Ava are perfect sleuths to search for clues while partying among all the colorful denizens of the French Quarter. This is a first-rate mystery, with some thrills and chills and a few spooky twists to keep readers guessing.

As gigantic floats fill the streets of the French Quarter for the Loomis Krewe’s parade during Mardi Gras, a popular reporter, Kimber Breeze, is strangled while covering the festivities. Carmela Bertrand, the owner of the Memory Mine scrapbooking store, was next in line to be interviewed by Kimber. Having only seen a commotion and not the actual killer, Carmela must now track down a murderer. Could a mysterious clown lurking in the streets be connected? And are the threatening postcards left at Carmela’s store the keys to the killer’s identity? (PRIME CRIME, Oct., 336 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin