1.Title of the book you read or reviewed this week
Tragic Magic by Laura Childs
2. words to describe the book
3. Setting or characters you met in the book
Carmela Bertrand: owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop and sometime amateur sleuth, sets out to find the murderer of her friend Melody at the request of Melody's husband Garth.Melody Mayfeldt: has been converting an old abandoned house into Medusa Manor, a haunted house attraction, for the horror convention soon to be held in New Orleans. Seems like she converted someone into a deadly enemy.
Ava Grieux: Carmela's best friend and sleuth partner who owns the JuJu Voodoo shop. Ava is one spunky lady with a big imagination and her own unique sense of style who adds a lot of spice and humor to the story.
4. things you liked or disliked about the book
I really liked the mystical feel of the New Orleans setting with all the great descriptions of the different districts and customs.
The twists in the mystery and all the possible suspects and great motives kept me guessing all the way to the end.
Sub plots of Carmela's soon to be ex- husband Shamus, and Edgar her police officer current beau.
The many imaginative and descriptive scrapbooking elements sprinkled throughout the story really added to the book's dimension.
5. stars or less rating
Note: Tragic Magic is part of the scrapbooking series but can be read as a stand alone mystery. Laura Childs, one of my absolute favorite cozy writers, also writes the tea shop mysteries and the Cackleberry Club mysteries. Links to review of Oolong Dead and Eggs in Purgatory. The second book in the Cackleberry Club series is Eggs Benedict Arnold and that will be featured in a Show Me 5 later this month.
Disclosure: a copy of this book was borrowed from the county library system.
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