Image of Tragic Magic (A Scrapbooking Mystery)


Image of Tragic Magic (A Scrapbooking Mystery)

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