Saturday, January 9, 2010

Show Me 5 Saturday: Tragic Magic by Laura Childs

Alipet813 at That's" a Novel Idea has started a new MEME called Show Me Five Saturday. This meme will give each blogger an opportunity to give a brief description of a book they have read or reviewed during the week. It will work like this: Each Saturday you will post the answer to these questions. The number indicates the number of answers you will provide.

1.Title of the book you read or reviewed this week

Tragic Magic by Laura Childs

2. words to describe the book

Cozy mystery

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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  1. That sounds like a fun cozy mystery. I've never read Laura Childs and might even start with this one.

  2. I think that this sounds like a good series...I always enjoy a good cozy mystery series. I'll have to check this author out...thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Ya gotta love a good cozy, and a great setting. I haven't read any of her books but it sounds good!

  4. I know I have one of her books, but not this one, in my TBR pile. Sometimes ya just need a cozy.

  5. I thought about grabbing one of these a time or two and now I will. I love that the setting is in New Orleans...I like learning about cities new to me!! Plus I love to scrapbook!!

  6. The scrapbooking elements sounds unique!

    And I remembered to link to you first thing this week. I'm just going to assume you are going to do one every week. : )

  7. Another one that sounds good. Anything with magic in the title is a good start to me.

  8. This sounds so good! You always find the best books!! I'll have to start this series. One of these weekends I'll actually remember to do this meme. I always like this one. Thanks for another title to add to my very long list! :)

  9. I like this meme & this mystery sounds pretty good too!


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