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

at first I thought it was going to be a similar read like Caraval, so my expectations were really high, maybe that disappointed me just a little, but still it was a nice read with twist and turns.

Good cozy mystery. Interesting characters and entertaining who done it!

This was not one of my favorites. Right from the start I had a bit of a rough time getting into the story because of the language associated with floats and Mardi Gras. I found it to be a bit distracting. Then there was the issue of the ex. Honestly, it just didn't ring true. Just felt a little off to me. I got about a third of the way into the book but I just couldn't get invested in the story. These kinds of mysteries are some of my favorite reads, but this one was just a miss for me, and I didn't end up finishing it. If I came across this book at the library, or another one in this series, I would definitely pick it up and give it a try. Perhaps I just wasn't in the frame of mind at the time to appreciate it.

This book was a Hallmark Mystery Movie meets scrapbooking with a large dose of New Orleans charm. The mystery was engaging, who doesn’t want to know who exploded a glitter bomb? Along the way there are red herrings galore to keep things interesting, a love interest that isn’t the focus of the novel just a nice part of the characters’s life, and a friend who is loyal. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a cozy mystery that keeps things interesting throughout. I can’t wait to read more books in this series and more by Laura Childs in general.

This was one of those books from the synopsis that I was really looking forward to reading but after several attempts I just couldn't get into it. Thank you First to Read for giving me the chance to read an advanced copy of Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs.

I had a difficult time getting through this book. I had high hopes because the preview of the book reminded me of the Stephanie Plum series, which I love. It just seemed odd that scrapbookers would be so invested in solving a murder. Perhaps I need to read some of the other Scrapbooking Mysteries to understand the characters better.

I enjoyed this mystery. With the backdrop of New Orleans and the explosion of a float during the Marci Gras parade, Carmela an Eva take the reader on twists and turns in this simple but enjoyable mystery. Thanks to First to Read for the privilege to preview it. I will look to read others in this series.

A new and interesting entry in this series. New Orleans ambiance is described in a real good way and you feel the carnival. Likeable characters and good description, and a good plot with some twists in the middle, which makes this book a fast and entertaining reading.

I enjoyed this book. It was a good cozy mystery and I liked getting to know New Orleans a little better through the story. It has a few surprise twists and it’s a good story to get lost in for a while.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This is my first introduction to the Scrapbooking Mystery series. I really enjoyed the characters and the details about New Orleans. This was a quick and enjoyable read. I will definitely be looking into the other books in the series.

In this next book of the series Carmela and her friend Ava are enjoying the annual Pluvis Parade when a bomb goes off in the float passing by them. The float happens to be the one Carmela's ex Shamus is riding and she watches as him and several others are thrown from it. She jumps in to see if she can help and discovers that one of the riders didn't make it. Who would blow up a float and why? Was the dead man targeted, or was it that specific float? Shamus new the dead man and asks Carmela to help figure out who killed him, you see Shamus had reasons of his own to want the man dead. The man worked with money and lost millions from several different investors. Did one of the people whose money he lost kill him? Could it have been his wife who is having an affair? Was it just an accident and he wasn't the intended victim? Follow along as Carmela and Ava track down suspects, ask questions, and look for clues. Will they be able to find the answers they are looking for before they end up hurt or dead? This is such a fun series that always delivers a great mystery along with a fascinating location. The crafts included are always top notch and the food mentioned makes you want to immediately dive into some Louisiana cuisine.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. I mean, who wouldn't like a story set during Mardi Gras! Although I find it hard to believe someone would help their ex (maybe I'm just jaded), it definitely had enough twists and turns to keep me interested. I haven't previously read this series by Laura Child but now I think I have to go back and catch up.

This was my first time reading a book from the Scrapbook mystery series. I found this book to be a quick read with likeable characters. I love New Orleans and have been there multiple times and I thought the author did a great job describing the city. It makes me want to go back again sometime soon. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, then I would suggest giving this one a try.

I received this book through the First to Read program. I love Laura Childs Tea Shop mysteries but had not read the New Orleans Scrapbooking mystery series. The characters are just as likable and the mystery just as twisty as the Tea Shop books. Her writing style makes you feel like you are walking through the streets of New Orleans on the trail of a killer with Carmela. Glitter Bomb is a page turner and I will keep an eye out for the next in this exciting series.

I appreciate the opportunity to read an ARC of this book from First to Read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very informative about the Mardi Gra. A good mystery with a lot of suspects and an unusual crime. I would recommend this book to other readers. Time well spent.

Glitter Bomb has all of the intrigue you would expect from a murder mystery, with the exciting addition of New Orleans sites and characters. It’s an easy read without being too fluffy, and has enough descriptive detail to really make the reader have a vivid picture of the characters. There’s also just the right amount of humor - mostly directed at people who need to have fun poked at them to help move the storyline along. The ending was tricky without being overly complicated, which tied up loose ends nicely. In all, it was a fun book!

Definitely a cozy mystery. I enjoyed the character development and the movement of the plot. I was surprised by the revelation of the antagonist and definitely didn't see it coming. There were some plot points I felt were left undone and I would have liked more clarification as to who exactly left the note for her to meet them at the weird apartment. I was disappointed the engagement ring was eaten by the alligator. I would recommend this book to others and probably read more by Laura Childs.

This was another entertaining book in the series with MCs that are likeable though predictable. The mystery in this case -- as in many others in this series --takes place during Mardi Gras, and was actually very clever. The series does a good job capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans in many respects, which makes it a must-read for cozy readers who love the city. However, I do wish that the author(s) would make some effort to capture the cultural and racial diversity of the city. It is honestly racially insensitive and inaccurate to set a novel in New Orleans with only one extremely minor African-American character!

I played catch up to review this one in time before it published.   So i binged read from number 11 but that makes it all the better.  I have loved this series for a long time as it the perfect mix of Nancy Drew from my childhood and my love of scrapbooking.  I love how the author is able to weave amazing details about projects that are taught at memory mine, in with a scary heart wrenching moments of detective work that Carmela gets herself wrapped up in.  I am eager with each book to see how the lives of the characters change as each mystery is solved.  I also eagerly hope that in the next book Carmela and Babcock finally get married as this one ends with a alligator getting a rich desert.   This is a wonderful series and i also happy to see more from it.

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 that Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus Meechum hitched a ride 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 fiancé (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.

This is I don't know what number in the series of cozy murders and other crimes set in New Orleans. I have not read any of the others books in this series, although I have read other books by Laura Child. As a book for a long eventless afternoon, it's perfect. The solution to the crime, a rather public blowing up of a Mardi Gras parade float in the middle of the parade, was rather clever. The culprit was not paraded in front of us very much. Other people were pursued with greater intent. Because of that, I was surprised by the arrest. I kind of like that. I received the book from First To Read for this review.

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. And... Herein 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 is... Something 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 aside... This book is a very quick and engaging escape. Though it is book #15, it can easily be read as a standalone. 4/5 Stars

From the explosive beginning to the perfect ending, Laura Childs delights her readers with another Scrapbook Mystery. It’s Mardi Gras and pals Carmela and Ava are viewing the parade when, right in front of them, one of the floats loses control and explodes. Not only is Carmela’s ex-husband among the injured, although only slightly, there is a member of his krewe that is found dead. Killed by the explosion. Shamus is questioned by New Orleans finest, and they seem to think that he might be involved in the incident. He reached out to Carmela to do a bit of sleuthing on the side and to find anything that will turn the suspicion away from him and toward the real killer. So, as usual, Carmela finds herself involved, mush to the dislike of her current beau. This may be the most sinister case she has found herself in. Carmela has to tread lightly so as not to rouse anyone’s attention. But when there is a killer on the loose, he or she, will stop at nothing to protect themselves…even another murder. This is such a fun series to read. I love the characters and the feel of New Orleans that Miss Childs is able to convey to her readers. I can almost taste the beignets and chicory coffee and smell the Mississippi River. The readers will follow the clues and guess, right along with our sleuth, ‘who dun it’.

This was a fun mystery set in New Orleans that kept me guessing til the very end. There were lots of different suspects and I had a favorite but I knew that it could be anyone. I loved the friendship between Carmella and Ava. They got into all sorts of trouble together and it was always entertaining when they were on the page together. I didn't really like the romance in the book but that could be because this is the first book I have read in this series so I've missed out on a lot. It did take me a little bit to get to use to the way the characters in this book talk but once I did I really enjoyed the way it brought New Orleans to life. Also, the scrapbooking ideas in this book were fun. I also loved getting to learn about different techniques and paper choices. Overall, this was a fun read with memorable characters and I definitely would not hesitate to check out more from this author.

I would like to thank Penguin's First To Read program for my advanced copy! Carmella Bertrand and her BFF Ava Gruex are witnesses to the explosive murder of Hughes Wilder when a Mari Gras float is destroyed by a bomb. As celebrations continue throughout New Orleans, Caremella and Ava are trying to solve the mystery and the list of suspects is long. We meet Carmella's ex-husband Shamus, her current boyfriend Detective Babcock as well as various suspects to the crime. This book is fun and quick to read. This is a great cozy mystery that kept me engrossed throughout. I will be looking for more books by this author!

I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program, but all opinions that follow are my own. Even though GLITTER BOMB is the 15th book in the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery series, this is the first cozy mystery I’ve ever read. In this story, the main characters (Carmela and Ava) are watching floats at a Mardi Gras parade when one suddenly explodes. A man riding on one of the floats suffocates to death from a face full of glitter. An investigation into the man’s death led by Carmela and Ava ensues. I usually read intense, dark serious thrillers so this light-hearted mystery was a nice change of pace. It was an easy read and very, very humorous! I laughed a lot while reading the book (e.g., the story starts out with the following: “Lookit! … There’s your butthead of an ex-husband riding up there on the King Neptune float.”) I'm sure long-time cozy mystery fans will absolutely love this latest installment. The book also features favorite New Orleans recipes at the end, including an interesting one for dog treats!

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review. Carmela is crazy busy at Memory Mine, her scrapbooking and graphic design business. Everything is hopping with all of the Mardi Gras hoopla going on. But she is not all business; in fact, she and her bestie Ava are front and center for the Pluvius parade, known for fabulous floats created by “krewes” that have been together for years. This year’s overall theme is “Spirits of the Sea”. As the crowd swells, beads are thrown and bands blare. Everyone is having a great time until one of the floats begins to wobble, then rumble, and then explodes spewing an eruption of glitter and krewe members into the crowd, one of whom is Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus. Carmela and Ava have a front row seat, and are first to get to the man most seriously injured. The EMTs arrive, but to no avail. Hughes Wilder is dead. Was this a tragic accident or murder? Carmela’s sort of fiancé, Detective Edgar Babcock, arrives at the scene to investigate. Carmela’s mind is already churning with a list of likely suspects. Babcock warns her not to get involved, but both of them know it is futile. Carmela can’t resist poking around when someone gets blown up right before her eyes. Ava is Carmela’s willing accomplice, accompanying Carmela to various social events to help her get the skinny on the suspect list they have compiled. They still don’t know who killed Wilder, but there seem to be plenty of people that hated him enough to kill him. The problem is the murderer is on to them. Things really start heating up when someone targets Carmela and Ava. Babcock insists they stop investigating before one of them gets hurt or worse. But will Carmela listen? The characters are interesting and easy to like. They do things that anyone might do in New Orleans, with the exception of amateur sleuthing. Carmela, Babcock, Ava and Shamus are the perfect foundation to balance the various supporting characters. This crafty cozy mystery is full of action, humor and fun in one of America’s most vibrant cities. New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for murder and merriment and this book has both. I stayed in the French Quarter for a fabulous week a few years ago and was delighted to read about the characters visiting familiar places. One of my favorites is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, so I was delighted to read the chapter that featured this historic last resting place of many New Orleans residents. Childs adds scrapbook tips and recipes at the end of the book. The tips are handy if you are new to scrap-booking and the recipes (based upon meals in the book) all look delicious. New York Times Best-Selling author Laura Childs writes several cozy mystery series, including this Scrapbook Mystery Series. Glitter Bomb is the 15th book in the series. It is the first one I’ve read, and it worked perfectly as a stand-alone mystery. But I am adding the rest of the Scrapbook Mystery Series books to my wish list for Christmas. Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman

Much like many other cozy mysteries, there’s an underlying love story. I wasn’t really a fan of the writing. I love to read cozy mysteries with my daughter. She loved this book, but I felt like there was just too much going on to even be plausible.

The Mardi Gras festivities are in full swing. The floats of the Pluvius Parade are progressing down the street when BOOM...the Neptune floats crashes then explodes scattering glitter throughout the crowd plus the covering face of a man who seems to choke on the glitter. The dead body that results from the explosion is Hughes Wilder. This man made bad investments at the expensive of a huge amount of investors’ including many of the krewe members. An accidental death or murder??? Carmela Bertrand who lives in New Orleans owns and runs a very successful scrapbooking and graphic design shop. Carmela along with her best friend, Ava Gruiex were attending the parade. The float fiasco happened in front of them. Carmela’s, ex-husband was a member of the floats krewe. He comes to Carmela when he becomes a suspect in the murder. Carmela has a tendency to get involved in murder investigations. Her fiancé Edgar Babcock who is a homicide detective for the NOPD tells her to stay out of the investigation for her own safety. The story takes the reader into the festive Mardi Gras as we wonder along the streets of New Orleans. You will taste the various New Orlean cuisine, enjoy the costume parties, the music through the authors vivid and fluid description. You will take part in the scrapbook making techniques. The end of the book supplies the reader with recipes, stamping, scrapbooking and craft ideas. The book is filled with suspense, mystery, drama, fast paced scenes, humor and a touch of romance. There is a cast of colorful, vivid, well defined characters who all have their own secrets. Although this is book # 15 in the Scrapbooking Mystery series, I had no problem following the story or the characters as the author mixes the past and present together effortlessly. A Highly Recommended Read. I volunteered to read Glitter Bomb. Thanks to First-To- Read and Penguin for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

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!

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I picked this title because what’s not to love about a murder during Mardi Gras! Carmela Bertrand is the owner of a scrapbook store and is an amateur investigator. When her ex-husband becomes a murder suspect, he wrangles her into helping to clear his name. She and her best friend face danger and go to a lot of Mardi Gras events during this one. This book was a lot of fun and was a quick read. I highly enjoyed this one and can’t wait for the next one!

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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