Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, #15)

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, #15) An Exploding Mardi Gras Float Has Got To Be The Strangest Murder Weapon Scrappy Sleuth Carmela Bertrand Has Ever Encountered In This Latest Scrapbooking Mystery From The New York Times Bestselling Author It S Mardi Gras In New Orleans And Scrapbook Shop Owner Carmela Bertrand Is Excited To Be Attending The Pluvius Parade Along With Her Best Friend Ava Carmela S Ex Husband Shamus Rides By The Duo On His Float At The Head Of The Parade, When Suddenly The Revelry Turns To Disaster Shamus Float Crashes And Explodes, And Although Shamus Escapes Unhurt, A Member Of His Krewe Is KilledCarmela And Ava Plunge Into An Investigation Of The Krewe Member S Death, But As They Dig Deeper It Starts To Look Less Like An Accident And Like A Murderd Shamus Seems Less Like A Victim, And Like A Suspect

Gerry Schmitt and she is the best selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries In her previous life she was CEO Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non profits, and has two Chinese Shar Pei dogs.Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller a thrillzy Her three series are The Tea Shop Mysteries set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey She s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.The Scrapbooking Mysteries a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop New Orleans spooky above ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here The Cackleberry Club Mysteries set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi desperate, forty plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe s undoing This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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  • Hardcover
  • 310 pages
  • Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, #15)
  • Laura Childs
  • English
  • 05 October 2018
  • 9780451489548

10 thoughts on “Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, #15)

  1. says:

    A deadly explosion occurs during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans Carmela, a scrapbook shop owner, and Ava, her best friend, are at the parade and witness the disaster Carmela and Ava use their sleuthing skills to investigate and find out if the explosion was an accident or murder The 15th book in A Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs I have not read the previous books in this series, but this one was easily read as a standalone I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery, and plan on reading some of the earlier books in this series Glitter Bomb starts with a bang, and keeps a fast and fun pace throughout the book Carmela and Ava are a lively duo that go on quite the adventure to solve this mystery Since it is set during Mardi Gras, the city is bustling and Carmela and Ava stay busy enjoying the festivities After the story, a few extras are included Scrapbook, stamping, and craft tips from Laura Childs Favorite New Orleans recipes Excerpt from Eggs on IceA fun mystery in a dazzling setting A great read for fans of cozy mysteries Humorous, delightful, and sparkling I received a free eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. says:

    Scrapbook Mystery 15 begins with a Mardi Gras float that goes BOOM and rains a glitterstorm upon the surrounding crowd which includes Carmella Bertrand and bestie, Ava Gruiex Through the shimmering haze they see a body sprawled on the ground Carmella s ex husband, Shamus, was on the float, and he s okay, however his krewe captain s last breath was smothered out with his airway blocked by glitter Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmella s love, is fast to the scene, questioning witnesses, and organizing a search for the Neptune Bomber It seems the victim, Hughes Wilder, had made some bad investments with a huge wad of investors money, and somebody decided he should pay with his life.Humor filled scenes with non stop action make this story a pageturner Ain t nobody put a ring on either Carmella or Ava s fingers so the two bachelorettes continue to party, drink, and enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities while they make their way around the French Quarter snooping, asking questions, and nearly getting themselves blown to smithereens Ms Childs and co author, Ms Moran, keep the dialogue snappy and the pace fiesty hoping their sleuthing efforts will stamp out one suspect in particular with motive to kill and some detonation skills The plot in this long running, fan favorite cozy series sparkles and shines like strands of Mardi Gras beads The trademark originality from both the writer s guarantees a genuine keeper for cozy mystery book shelves Handy Scrapbooking Tips and Delicious Recipes to try follow the story.I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Thank you.

  3. says:

    I received this book from First to Read in return for an honest review I have read many of Laura Childs previous books and have always enjoyed them This book, Glitter Bomb, was not one of her best I had not read the last several of the Scrapbooking series and thought I would enjoy this one From page one I felt like I was reading an adventure with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Bus gang The language comes off as trite, rude and childish instead of humorous The romantic interests fell flat and the heroine and her bff have morphed into being rude, selfish and pushy The phrase holy came up in this book than in an episode of the old Batman series The main situations are also a little beyond belief Why Ava would feel responsible to step in and save the day for a house tour is beyond me All in all Carmella bumbles her way through 300 pages asking herself way too many times what am I doing and why am I doing this.

  4. says:

    One of my favorite Mystery authors, Laura Childs, has released a new book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series and I couldn t be excited about it GLTITER BOMB is the fifteenth book in the series and it s definitely one of my favorites First things first, I have to talk about my love for this series This particular one is probably my favorite of her series I have read and enjoyed her other ones, but there s something about this style of writing paired with the New Orleans setting that I love It just works I was never even into scrapbooking before I started reading this series, but now I m definitely finding the allure.This book has a very interesting mystery involving Mardi Gras, glitter and Carmela s ex husband, Shamus You ll find that a lot of Cozy Mystery series have the heroine s exs involved and as a romance reader, I find this fascinating Usually in the books I read, the ex is the bad guy, or someone that isn t mentioned in a positive light So I really like that with Mysteries, they become key players The dynamic between Shamus and Carmela isn t always fun or bright, but it does add something to the book Like I said, I really enjoy seeing them talk to each other and I felt like having Shamus involved really made the mystery that much interesting.In addition to that, I really adore the friendship between Carmela and Ava They are just so fun to read about and I love that you get to see different sides to Carmela s character It just makes this series so much fun.As you can see, I really enjoyed this book I think if you re in the mood for a fun and bright Cozy Mystery series, then Laura Childs is an excellent choice I can always look forward to reading a new Laura Childs book She never disappoints

  5. says:

    I have to admit, this brand new shiny book at the library drew me in, even though I hadn t read any previous books in this series, but now I definitely want to start reading the rest of the series If this book alone is any indication, this seems like a really fun series I just love the banter and bad puns that go back and forth between besties Carmela and Ava There were some good laugh out loud moments, even during the showdown I just love Carmela and her take no crap attitudeand her sarcasm, lol I was a little confused at times with all the business dealings going on in the book, but as I read I was understanding it a little better I never figured out who the killer was, and that was one very cool showdown, wait till you read about it There s a lot I could comment on, but I don t want to spoil any of the good stuff I m just happy I got this initiation into the Scrapbooking series, and now I m looking forward to reading from the beginning and seeing how the Carmela Edgar romance got started They are pretty adorable

  6. says:

    In this installment of the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, murder during Mardi Gras is colorfully explosive and makes for a great read Author Laura Childs knows how to pack a punch into a mystery GLITTER BOMB is exciting, fun, and at times, intense And I ve noticed a subtle change in the tone of the stories since author Terrie Farley Moran has come on board It s a good change You can t go wrong with two fabulous authors writing a book together.Over all, GLITTER BOMB was an excellent mystery with plenty of twists and turns, as well as false leads to keep my inner sleuth guessing all the way to the end Returning fans of the series are going to love GLITTER BOMB New readers will enjoy it as well and may become hooked enough to start the series from the beginning.I do offer a profanity warning to cozy mystery purists.

  7. says:

    When did Carmela become an ill mannered, snarky and very unlikable character Who tells a widow she will be at the funeral with bells on Carmela used to have manners and be a classy woman, not any Now she insults people, calls them names and is inappropriate And when is she going to stop helping Shamus Supposedly in this book he is stupid, a party boy and useless, yet every time he calls Carmela runs She even leaves a dinner with Ava to run to a bar he is at, whining and complaining the whole time.The whole voice of these books has changed, maybe its the new co writer If so cut down on the books you author and get rid of the co writer.

  8. says:

    Carmela Bertrand is thrilled to watch the Pluvius Parade during Mardi Gras It s a fun time Her ex husband, Shamus, is on one of the floats Suddenly the float explodes Shamus is fine, but it leaves a member of his krewe dead It doesn t take long for the police to decide it is murder and not an accident The number one suspect is Shamus himself.Shamus begs Carmela to investigate and prove his innocence She tries to resist because her cop boyfriend, Babcock doesn t want her interference However, Carmela can t keep her nose out of it With the help of her best friend, they try to crack this case and find themselves in the middle of danger.These authors never disappoint me I find their storytelling to be fun, humorous, exciting and filled with mystery They have a knack for keeping me guessing until the very end This book is no exception This is the 15th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series I haven t read all of the books yet, but I plan to go back and read the ones I missed I didn t feel as if I missed anything I simply can t get enough of Carmela and her friends I ve never been to New Orleans, but after reading this book, I feel as if I was right there The authors paint a vivid picture and brings the atmosphere to life I devoured this book in just a couple of days The plot moves at a steady pace The ending took me by surprise The characters are lively and entertaining I find myself truly caring what happens to Carmela, even though she makes the riskiest choices LOL I m looking forward to my next visit to New Orleans and catching up with Carmela and her crew.FTC Disclosure I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher I was not required to write a positive review All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. says:

    Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade and are not surprised when they see Carmela s ex husband, Shamus Meechum on the head float The head float features King Neptune with gold glitter pluming out from his head over the revelers All the sudden the float starts acting wonky and then BOOM An explosion erupted from King Neptune s head and gold glitter is everywhere as well as the riders of the float The men start getting up, but one lays unmoving on the ground Hughes Wilder, the Pluvius Krewe captain, is pronounced dead at the scene and Lt Edgar Babcock, Carmela s fianc sort of is on the case this could be awkward The next day, Shamus stumbles into Memory Mine seeking Carmela s help of course A bomb had been set in the float right under Hughes Wilder s seat and Shamus is at the top of the suspect list thanks to an unwise investment Carmela knows that Shamus does not have the brain power to execute this type of killing Carmela, with Ava s eager assistance, begins investigating the other krewe members and investors They need to proceed carefully, or they could up as confetti on Bourbon Street.Glitter Bomb is part of the delightful A Scrapbooking Mystery series While Glitter Bomb can be read alone, I highly recommend reading all the books in the series I have enjoyed watching Carmela develop over the course of the series as she went from divorcee to savvy business owner and sleuth I still do not know what she saw in Shamus it is baffling Carmela is currently engaged to Lt Edgar Bertrand I am on the fence about this relationship I wish he would quit discouraging her investigations Bertrand should know by now Carmela will always help those in her circle even Shamus and she is just plain curious I love the scrapbooking projects mentioned in the book There are some creative ideas that I am looking forward to playing with in my studio I found Glitter Bomb to be well written with a fast pace Carmela and Ava are a hoot I enjoy their witty repartee Ava and Carmela do not let grass grow under their feet on this investigation Of course, you can always count on Ava to spice things up This time Ava promised to house sit for her boyfriend s parents and committed the pair to appearing in a fashion show Laura Childs brought the French Quarter during Mardi Gras alive for me with her word imagery The mystery had several suspects along with a red herring or two and good clues Cozy mystery sleuths, though, will find it a cinch to identify the guilty party The ending is exciting, suspenseful, romantic and funny The last line is amusing which is a great way to end a book There is a preview of Eggs on Ice at the end along with scrapbooking tips and recipes for New Orleans delicacies I am giving Glitter Bomb 4.5 out of 5 stars I loved it I cannot wait to read Mumbo Jumbo which is the next installment in A Scrapbooking Mystery series.

  10. says:

    As a newcomer to the Laura Childs franchise as a whole Having just been introduced to Theodosia and the gang as a result of receiving book 19 in her A Tea Shop mystery series for review.And loving it This reviewer was over the moon at the prospect of reviewing Glitter Bomb.So much so in fact, that it totally slipped my notice that it was from an entirely different series This one being 15 of A Scrapbooking Mystery.Even after the reading began.AndHerein lies the problem.The basic premise, as well as a great many of the main character s life details are so similar to those of the afore mentioned Theodosia, that all one would literally have to do would be to exchange a few names and businesses, and maybe a location or two.And whamo Same person Right down to the hunky boyfriend on the police force.Really Laura Formulaic writing is one thing But this isSomething else.I don t know.Laziness An overconfidence in the fact that good writing does, in most cases, trump the need for originally If it ain t broke Don t fix it syndrome All of the above, maybe Needless to say Somewhere around chapter 3 After I A Realized that this book was in fact about Carmella and not Theodosia.B Gave up hope that my beloved tea maven was going to make a very fairy godmother like appearance in this book.I began to read the book in earnest, and found it thoroughly entertaining.The death of the hedge fund CEO was creative The list of characters was diverse and as kooky, backstory wise, as they come.And who can beat New Orleans during Mardi Gras season as a backdrop for anything.The only other detractor to be found within this cutie of a cozy is the fact that the main character s occupation as a scrapbook store owner really does little to give her a natural hub for her interactions.Faux pas asideThis book is a very quick and engaging escape Though it is book 15, it can easily be read as a standalone.4 5 Stars

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