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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.
Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is working with her best friend, Ava, who has been hired to convert an old mansion into a haunted house. Carmela is to provide the crafts needed to turn the house into a terrifying experience for the ghost hunters, vampire wannabes and cemetery stalkers coming to a horror convention. When their client arrives -- as a flaming body falling from a tower window -- it seems too terrifying for both of them!
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)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Publisher: BERKLEY PRIME CRIME
Published: October 2009