Childs should have another bestseller with this Scrapbooking mystery set in New Orleans. The city is perfect for a spooky mystery, with its otherworldly atmosphere and the sadness left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Vivid and well-developed secondary characters add to the enjoyment. It's scary but not too terrifying -- this is a cozy, after all.
The husband seems like a good suspect, but Carmela and Ava aren't sure. Their friend's death doesn't stop the project, and soon chills and thrills spill into their lives as they have to solve a murder and escape death. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Oct., 320 pp., $24.95)