Oct 20, 2015

Book Tour: Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs

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Parchment and Old Lace: A Scrapbooking Mystery #13 by Laura Childs, October 2015; Berkley
Source: publisher

(In) the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery…

First chapter, first paragraph:
Commander's Palace wasn't just the most storied restaurant in New Orleans. For Carmela Bertrand it was pure magic. 
Carmela knew this for a fact because she was sitting in their Garden Room at this very minute. And not only was she nibbling soft-shell crab and sipping an awesome Montrachet, but she was staring into the inquisitive blue eyes of her fella du jour, Detective Edgar Babcock.  
I always enjoy this series, the setting and atmosphere of New Orleans and the intrigue. That Lafayette Cemetery comes up often in the mystery series, as I recall, as it's a big tourist draw, and a great setting for strange events to take place in a novel. 

Teaser, page 158:
Carmela pointed into the darkness. "Right there. That's the mausoleum where someone knocked me in the head with the gate. I want to take a closer look."
"Be careful," Ellie said.
Makes me want to visit New Orleans. I may be one of the few who have never been!


  1. I haven't been to New Orleans in a long time, and my husband and I have been considering a return visit. In the meantime, it would be fun to go there through the pages of this book. Sounds like a fun story.
    My Tuesday post features In His Arms.

  2. Nice intro - and I'd love to visit New Orleans one day, too.

  3. Never knew there are scrapbooking cozy mysteries! The New Orleans setting is definitely appealing.

  4. I've never been to New Orleans but I love watching TV shows and reading books that are set there. But i don't think I've come across this series before.

    So thanks for that - oh and of course I love a good mystery :)

  5. I would love to visit New Orleans, what a great setting for a mystery!

    My Teaser

  6. Sounds like a nice easy fun read.

  7. I would love to visit New Orleans someday too. This sounds like a fun series. I love a good cozy mystery now and then. And this one sounds especially perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This must be a good series if you are reading #13! The opening sounds fun. Do enjoy, Harvee.

  9. Enjoy the book, sound like a good one.

  10. I think that my wife would like this book. I will recommend it to her.

    It has been years since I have been to Commander's Palace. It is an extraordinary restaurant!


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