Monday, October 4, 2010

Mystery, Mayhem, and Halloween

Happy Monday Everybody,

It's October, the fall weather is just coming through (at least here in Texas, anyway) and Laura Childs is releasing a new Scrapbooking Mystery Novel.

I just finished reading it today and I think all of you fans of New Orleans, scrapbooking, Halloween, vampires and/or mystery are in for a treat.

Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava Gruiex, not only are neighborly shop keepers, but partners in solving the mystery in Fiber & Brimstone.

Carmela owns a scrapbooking store called Memory Mine, while Ava is into all things spiritual and paranormal with her shop, Juju Voodoo Shop. Both businesses are in the famous French Quarter. 

If you thought New Orleans was a madhouse during Mardis Gras,  then things definitely heat up with the upcoming Halloween Festivities, amid which Carmela and Ava are the unfortunate finders of a dead body--a man named Brett Fowler. 

Fowler was into all things Mardis Gras, but it seems it wasn't the only thing. Upset investors, who lost money in a scheme led by Fowler, are suspects in his murder. Not to mention Carmela and Ava's own friend, Jekyl, and Fowler's wife, Sissy. Or perhaps it was Sissy's main squeeze, Jimmy Toups? Either way, Carmela is determined to find out.

During the week before Halloween, Carmela wades through endless social engagements, her shop, a detective for a boyfriend who won't tell her anything about the investigation, finishing the puppet for the upcoming parade, finding another dead body at the Ballet Dracula, and being hounded by an annoying ex-husband, his sister, and  followed by a slightly-inept investigator.

All in all, just another day at the office for Carmela and Ava...that is until, they're kidnapped, threatened at gun point, all while trying to figure out where the treasure worth $10,000 might be.

Pretty normal day, right?

If you like New Orleans, good food, Halloween, mysteries and scrapbooking tips, as well as a sprinkling of history thrown in for good measure, you'll enjoy Fiber & Brimstone by Laura Childs.

Be sure to look for it at any of the following book carriers (available tomorrow:  Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010):

Barnes & Noble



Have A Marvelous Monday!


Anonymous said...

Great review, Bethany!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Sounds like a treat! Thanks for the review. :-)

Bethany said...


Thanks so much. :-)

Bethany said...


Is it a trick or is it a treat? You can find out tomorrow by purchasing and reading it :-)

Bethany said...

P.S. Thank you for dropping by :-)

Melissa said...

Love suspense and mystery! Sounds like my kind of book! :) Off to the store I go! LOL

Bethany said...


Wonderful! Laura will be so pleased. Thank you for supporting her, and thank you for dropping by :-)

Laura Childs said...

Thank you so much for the great review!

Bethany said...


Not a problem. Even my husband said after reading the review he might have to read your book! He's up to his ears in things to read right now, but he just might read it sometime in the near future. Thank you for dropping by, I'm delighted you were able to come and see the review and that you liked it. :-)

Babz said...

Sounds like fun! I'll have to read it!

Bethany said...


Thanks for dropping by and supporting Laura :-)