Friday, October 24, 2014

Review - Gossamer Ghost


Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
The 12th Scrapbooking Mystery

Carmela is gearing up for the very busy week that is Halloween week in New Orleans. Tons of parties and spooky events, as well as a store swamped with customers buying all of their Halloween supplies means a very busy Carmela. While walking home she peers into her neighbor's shop, Oddities, only to hear a muffled sound. Was it a scream? A cry for help? Carmela decides to investigate, only to find the dead body of the shop's owner. Feeling sorry for the owner's assistant, as well as being the person to find the body, Carmela feels it only right to look into the man's murder-even against her boyfriend (the police detective)'s wishes. Conducting her own investigation while juggling Halloween events can be difficult, and in this case, deadly!
New Orleans is a city of exuberance. A city that beats to its own drum. A city of parties and excess. At Halloween time that atmosphere is amplified and tourists and locals alike take advantage of all of the special activities.

In Gossamer Ghost Laura Childs shows us New Orleans in all its Halloween glory-from balls to a zombie crawl, to live theatre, to a ghost train, even to murder. Although not inclined to help solve the murder of her neighbor, the eccentric owner of Oddities, Carmela finds herself drawn in to the investigation once more. Carmela found the body and takes the victim's employee and fiance under her wing. How could she not help? Her helping, however, finds her making enemies with several suspects...and someone is more than willing to get her out of the way.

I always enjoy my visits to New Orleans with Carmela and friends and Gossamer Ghost is no exception. Through Laura Childs words I became a part of the story, drawn in to the adventure. Carmela partakes in a flurry of Halloween activities and I was swept away with her, never knowing what was coming next. Adding recipes and paper art tips (who doesn't want to know how to make a pseudo death mask?) Laura Childs gives us another satisfying read.

Scrapbooking and other crafty tips as well as recipes are included.

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