by Laura Childs
with Terry Farley Moran
Author Laura Childs is a superb writer and is now joined in writing this series with another of my favorite authors, Terrie Farley Moran! They make a perfect fit for sure. Reading the books, you’d never know two writers were contributing. The quality storytelling in CREPE FACTOR is of a standard that many authors can only hope to achieve.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
CREPE FACTOR is not only a fun, madcap romp through New Orleans and the bayou with memorable characters, the book provides inspiration and tips for scrapbooking along with several delicious recipes.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder
This is a lively read. Carmela and Ava are fun characters, and I loved their scenes together. The dialogue is sharp and quick, and really moves the story along.
~View from the Birdhouse
Laura was my first cozy mystery author I read and it was this series I started with. She is who got me hooked on cozy mysteries and why I keep coming back to them.
~A. Holland Reads
Crepe Factor is quirky, fun, and entertaining. It is well written by seasoned authors, and their dual contribution flows seamlessly.
~The Power of Words
The descriptions of this New Orleans community makes the reader feel like they are right there…I did enjoy the book, well written with a touch of humor.
I found this book a delight!…The mystery was lots of fun.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library
I have followed this series from the start and when you put both of these authors together , their writing styles go so well together that you get an outstanding read.
~Shelley’s Book Case
This book really pulled you in wanting you to figure out who killed him and why. I loved going on the adventure with them.
This was an entertaining and fun read. It had the right amount of humor in it that made me chuckle at times.
~Melina’s Book Blog
I love the setting of New Orleans. One of America’s most fascinating places. I love the friendship between Ava and Carmela. And I love the scrapbooking store setting.
I enjoyed main characters, Carmella and Ava. They were fun, quirky, and full of adventure. I appreciated that I could come into book fourteen as a new reader and not feel left behind in the series.
~Grace, Gratitude, Life
I loved everything about this book. I even got a surprise-to-me ending. It certainly kept me on my toes. Bring on the next book in the series, please!
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
It is a fun and entertaining mystery that I enjoyed from beginning to end. The pacing of the story is smooth and even, the plot tight, clever and intricate, and the story itself, so very intensely riveting.
(A Scrapbooking Mystery)
14th in Series
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKY37I
The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.
The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.
Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…
Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!
My Thoughts: I loved this book, but that’s no surprise. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve ever read by these two women. Ava and Carmela are two of my favorite cozy mystery characters. Childs and Moran have created an fun and engaging mystery filled with plenty of twists/turns and of course scrapbooking ideas.
Carmela is a spunky character with a heart of gold. She and her delight best friend Ava remind me a modern day Lucy and Ethel, though perhaps not in such a slapstick way. Reading about their adventures is always a delight.
This is the 14th book in the series, but you can easily read this book without having read the others. But, since I have read the others, I think you will want to go back and read them all.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free Netgalley from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About The Authors
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.
Webpage – http://www.laurachilds.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31
Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.
Be sure to visit the tour page for a chance to win a print copy of this book. And don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour.
October 3 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 3 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW
October 3 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
October 4 – A Holland Reads – REVIEW
October 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
October 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – REVIEW
October 5 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
October 6 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW
October 6 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT
October 7 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW
October 7 – The Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT
October 8 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
October 8 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
October 9 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
October 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
October 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 11 – MysteriesEtc – REVIEW
October 11 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
October 12 – Grace. Gratitude. Life. by Marie McNary – REVIEW
October 12 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST
October 13 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – REVIEW
October 13 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT
October 14 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
October 14 – deal sharing aunt – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
October 15 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 16 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
October 16 – Booklady’s. Booknotes – REVIEW