Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

Glitter Bomb

Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

Shamus’ float at a parade explodes, and someone is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the death, which starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder.

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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 killed.

Carmela 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 more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.


Advance Galley Reviews

The book takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana during Mardi Gras. Carmela Bertrand is an owner of a scrapbook store that is right in the middle of the action. Carmela and her friend Ava are going to a parade and the float explodes right in front of them. A well known business man was murdered in this explosion. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus is on the float and he knows that she has an inquisitive nature. He also knows that people will talk to her so he sweet talks her into investigating the case herself especially because he does not want to be the main murder suspect anymore. Unfortunately for Carmela her boyfriend (soon to be Fiance) Detective Babcock is the lead investigator on the case and he tells her to stay away from it. At the beginning the disaster looks like it could be an accident but quickly Carmela realizes it was actually a murder. She just can't seem to stay away from the investigation. Trouble even finds her a couple of times. Luckily in the end the murder is solved and everyone is safe. This book is part of a series. I have not read any of the other books and I did not feel lost. I did like the writing style so I will go back and see if I can find the other books and try to read them. I definitely would read any more in the series after it. I received this book from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

Glitter Bomb was a good read. Fun and quirky characters with an interesting murder mystery. This is the first Scrapbooking Mystery I've read. I loved the Mardi Gras setting in New Orleans. Carmela and Ava were a hoot! Whew, what these two woman endured in a week was overwhelming. I was tired from just reading about their wacky antics. And the food, man am I hungry! I need to get me some Beignet's. A smart surprising ending. Looking forward to reading more of this Authors work. I give Glitter Bomb 4 stars for its fun read. I would recommend this book to Cozy Mystery Fans.

A mystery in a fun setting! Now I want to go back to New Orleans. Hopefully all will be calm there :) Thanks for the opportunity!

Nothing like a parade to get things started and that is exactly what Laura Childs does in Glitter Bomb. Even if Carmela is found in a series of other tales, this does well by itself. Nothing like a boyfriend and ex-husband to help her find out what really happened. A well-known community and plenty of characters round out this investigative Hodge podge of information to assemble them to the truth. Thank You First to Read for this advance copy.

I received an advance copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. It's hard coming into a long-running series as a new reader to the series. I don't know if the characters were completely flat because I missed all the character-building previously in the series or if they have always been that way. As it was, I didn't really like any of the characters, and their relationships with each other were also utterly unlikable. The mystery element was okay, though I've read better. Actually that pretty well sums up my review of the entire book: Okay, but I've read better.

Unfortunately, I had troubles downloading the book. I could not read it :(

Great mystery series, characters well developed and there are twists and turns right to the end. Not to mention some great scrapbooking tips as well! Thoroughly delightful! Highly recommend this book!

Glitter Bomb is the first book I have read from the series, A Scrapbooking Mystery. I was instantly drawn to the book because of the festive cover. Set during Mardi Gras, the story takes off within the first few chapters. Clues left throughout the story set the stage for the resolution of the mystery. Through witty dialogue, the authors create characters that are very likable and imaginative. The scrapbooking tips interspersed throughout are fun to read as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading the previous installments, as I wait for #16!

Another fine adventure in New Orleans with Carmella and Ava. It was fun learning about the events in and around Mardi Gras, as well as following the two main characters get into more situations than they bargained for. The circumstances around the murder and the number of subjects that could have had a motive left me searching in all corners. The actual murderer came as a complete surprise. It was a fun easy read that was very enjoyable.

A fun and easy murder mystery to read in the setting of New Orleans, Louisiana. I immediately like Carmela and Ava as they enjoy working and life in the Big Easy. I learned somethings about the Mardi Gras celebrations, the parade floats and the culture of the city. Carmela and Ava work together to solve the murder of a prominent business owner Hughes Wilder with a cast of an ex-husband, Ava, friends and business contacts help her find clues and solve the murder mystery. And there are several suspects, including the wife Maribel, Shamus the ex-husband and the local car dealer, Danny Labat. The ending surprised me and that is what makes a great book. I recommend this book, it was great story of murder and mayhem in New Orleans. And a native of New Orleans, owner of Memory Mine and part time sleuth, Carmela. This is the first of this author's books that I have read. I will enjoy reading other mystery novels in this series A Scrapbooking Mystery. And other mystery series written by Laura Childs.

This is your typical cozy mystery with a few twists thrown in. I enjoyed the book for the most part but was surprised when Carmela agreed to look into the death of Hughes Wilder. She obviously doesn't like her ex -husband (for good reason) so I found it strange she would try to help him. I haven't read the other books in this series so maybe I'm missing something in their relationship that would explain it. Otherwise, it was a good read. If you like cozy mysteries, try this series and this author.

As usual in the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystries, Carmela and Ava are investigating. They are determined to discover who blew up the leading float in the Mardi Gras Parade killing Hughes Wilder, Pluvius Krewe Captain and CEO of Pontchartrain Capital Management. Just to make it interesting the daring duo, during the week-long Mardi Gras festivities, are: - modeling clothes in the Latest Wrinkle Fashion Show - attending Wilder's visitation, funeral and funeral luncheon - house sitting for a mansion that is booked, unknown to them, for the Grand Candlelight Tour In addition, Carmela is running a very busy Memory Mine and is driving in the Mardi Gras Road Rally. So, distractions abound, along with interesting twists and suspects almost too numerous to track. Laura Childs is a skillful storyteller who keeps the action moving and the tension tight. The characters in Carmela Bertrand’s New Orleans are familiar and it's easy to spend time with them. Once again, Ms. Childs delivers an engaging cozy mystery loaded with humor and suspense.

This was an okay mystery. I've never read a book by this author before, so I thought I'd give it a go. I found that I wasn't as excited to read it as I usually am when I get a new mystery to read. The characters are very likable and well-developed, and I did like Carmela a lot. I just felt like maybe too much was going on in the story and there were maybe too many characters involved. I was surprised by who the killer was though, so that's always a plus in a mystery book. I may try reading other books by this author, but I'm not sure.

Carmela Bertrand lives in New Orleans and owns a successful scrapbooking shop. She's enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities when a float practically explodes right in front of her. Since her ex-husband was one of the krewe, she rushes over to make sure he's okay, then sees that someone else is hurt badly. When the man dies, everyone thinks it was a horrible accident. But when Shamus, her ex, shows up at her shop the next day begging for help, her first instinct is to refuse. Shamus insists that he's on the suspect list - and her fiance´ Edgar Babcock, homicide detective for the NOPD, is targeting him as the killer. While she knows Shamus is sleazy, she also knows he's too weak to be a killer and decides to help him. But when she starts investigating, she doesn't count on the many suspects to be closed-mouthed about their hatred of the dead man. Still, she keeps on digging - on the down low, since Babcock has warned her away - but it's not low enough as someone discovers what she's doing and decides that Carmela needs to go away...permanently... I really enjoyed reading this book. While I thought it started with a bang as it were, it stalled for a couple of chapters but then picked up again almost immediately. Carmela is an interesting character; she's smart, strong, a savvy businesswoman, devoted to her friends fiercely, in love with Babcock deeply, annoyed by her ex-husband, and detests Shamus' sister Glory. She's definitely a colorful personality, and I like that. She's also smack-dab in a murder investigation, and doesn't want to be, but she has an innate curiosity that won't let her back out. Unfortunately, it's also that curiosity and her bluntness that, merged together, rub some people the wrong way. Some of the wrong people. And one of them is out to do her in. But with a host of suspects - the victim's wife and various krewe members - it seems every one of them had a reason to want the man dead. He had a hedge fund that somehow went wrong and people lost money...a lot of it. Now she's trying to figure out who decided that a final revenge was the way to get even. Ava is a hoot as a best friend, always on the lookout for a new man in her life, and pretty much dresses as risque´ as she can get away with. Carmela realizes she's not going to change her, but does her best to be the voice of reason. Ava just eggs Carmela on to investigate. They're quite a pair together. The situation with Ava house sitting would have made my blood boil and I can tell you that there would have been a few choice words with every single member of Harrison's family when they returned. It wouldn't have been pretty to watch. I did have a couple of moments that made me cringe a little when Carmela was blatantly asking people questions about Wilder (the dead man). For some reason, it seemed terribly invasive and not like she was merely curious. No wonder they clammed up. While I realize this is just her personality (and while I also consider myself to be brutally honest, I try to step back when need be) it still made me skim those pages a little bit. But when the last chapter finally arrived and I got close to the end, everything fell into place just as it was supposed to. Carmela finally got the pay off (just as expected) the killer was discovered, and it came as a complete surprise. There was a hairy moment or two (not a situation I'd like to find myself in at any stretch of the imagination) but everything tied together nicely. There were plenty of twists in the story and it seemed around every corner there was another question that needed to be answered; and lots of red herrings to sift through. While I thought a few of the characters were nasty pieces to deal with, Carmela managed to hold her own with them. She's an admirable woman and I'm happy to see that she's successful, not with a struggling business like so many of the cozy characters. Carmela's got it going on. I'm sorry to say that this is only the second book in this series that I've read by this author; but in my defense I have to add that I have read her other series, and with so many other authors I try to give everyone an even chance, and it really was on my list to begin again. I also will add with this book, I plan on going back and reading every single one from the beginning. This is a series worth following, and worth reading every single book. Highly recommended.

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 Ice A 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.

My first Laura Childs and definitely won't be my last. It is Mardi Gras and we start out with a BANG...and a dead body. Amateur sleuth Carmela gets asked to look into and do her own investigating. While running her scrapbooking business she enlistes her bff, Ava, to help compile a list of suspects. Lots of twist and turns in this cozy murder Mystery.

This is the first book I have read by Laura Childs. It was definitely a fast paced book that was easy to read. There were many characters which made it hard to follow the plot. It is a great summer read.

Unfortunately, it was a bit of a dud. I have read one of Childs' mysteries before, in the tea shop series, and thought I'd give her another try but I'm still not a fan. I know the cozy mysteries are meant to be fun but this was over the top. Many of the plot points were outlandish with just this one novel involving a float exploding, a masquerade party, a historic house tour, a road race, a fancy fundraising ball, and a pit of gators. I also found her character development a bit lacking. Carmela and Ava both read to me as foolish teenagers when they are supposed to be late 20s/ early 30s.

This book is the fifteenth in the series but the first for me and I didn't miss a beat jumping right into it. The characters were likable and the setting of New Orleans was really interesting. The murder happened lickety-split, which always appeals to me, and the pacing throughout the book kept me turning pages. The book also gave great tidbits into scrapbooking and came with some delicious looking recipes! My only negative is there seemed to be too many activities going on with an open house, a modeling job and a driving race all crammed into just a couple of chapters. Overall though, I think you can't go wrong with a Laura Childs cozy read.

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 more 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.

This is the 1st of this series I have read. Although I didn't know all the backstory, I didn't feel like I missed anything there. This was a typical cozy mystery with the expected friendships, love interest and entanglements. The story moved along at a good pace. It kept me interested to the end.

I enjoy Laura Childs books very much. I have read many of her books in all her series. Glitter Bomb was an enjoyable visit with old friends. But - yes, there is a "but" - Carmela is getting just a mite unbelievable as a character. Oh my goodness, all the activities she is invited to and is so darn amazing at doing. Modeling, racing, graphic design, scrapbooking, home decorating. It was just too much. Plus she was running her business, going to all these parties, and canoodling with her honey. Oh, yes, and solving that pesky murder for her annoying ex-husband. Thank you for the opportunity to review Glitter Bomb. It was enjoyable, yet annoying at the same time. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I always,always enjoy visiting with Carmela and Ava. This book was no exception.i was surprised to read Carmela lending her ex (Shamus) a hand. Ms. Childs keeps your interest with this series. If you are a cozy mystery lover. Read the series. Good book !

This was the first book I’ve read by this author. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The action started right in the beginning. I guess I will add another series to my list of books to read because I want to read more. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

I would love to write a review, however, I am unable to open my copy. When I click on the link I get an error message that says the page I want does not exist. It would be so great if these books could be accessed with one click and an option to open with Kindle or Digital, or whatever works. One click and no hassle. I love reading the books. Trying to open them is always a challenge. This one seems impossible. Can you fix it?

This was my first cozy mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The rapport between Carmela and Ava was really fun. Ava is the ride or die friend we all wish we had. I also loved the vivid descriptions of NOLA's landmarks, delicious foods, and many alcoholic temptations. A thoroughly enjoyable read; thanks for giving me early access!

Glitter Bomb 2.5 stars I have been reading Laura Child since she started the Tea Shop Mysteries. I love her earlier Scrapbook Mysteries, but I find the last few harder to read. I like Carmela a lot in the earlier books. But I am starting to dislike her character. Carmela and her friend Ava are watching one of the Mardi Gras parades when a float that her ex husband is riding in is out of control. There is an explosion and someone on the float falls out and dies. Suddenly, her ex is a suspect and he comes begging for help. Her current fiancé Detective Babcock wants Carmela to keep out of it and stay safe. I guess what irritates me is the interaction between Carmela and her ex, Shamus. They divorced because he cheated on her, but the dialogue between them seems to be a combination of contempt and pity on Carmela's part. So she is asking questions all over the place and is in danger multiple times. In the end the killer is discovered and caught. I will have to see what the next book in the series will be about, this may be the last one for me.

 


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