Daily Archives: October 8, 2015

Another Day in the Life with Carmela Bertrand by Laura Childs

Parchment and Old LaceOccupation: Proprietor of Memory Mine Scrapbook Shop

It’s autumn again in New Orleans. Which means it’s time to light up the pumpkins and grab a shroud for this very spooky time of year.

And here’s the thing, even though my best friend Ava owns a voodoo shop, I really don’t go looking for trouble. It just seems to find me. Just the other night, after a delightful dinner at Commander’s Palace with my very hunky boyfriend Edgar Babcock, I was pulled into a murder.

Shrieks from the nearby Lafayette Cemetery had us running in to help even though the fog was trickling between tombstones and the wind was moaning in the trees. What did we find? A murdered bride-to-be. A bride-to-be who was also the sister of Ava’s fortune teller, Ellie Black.

So here I am, pulled into a nasty crime, trying to snoop out a dangerous killer. And every step of the way I find myself threatened by a truly dysfunctional group of very nasty suspects. As luck would have it, however, there happen to be a few clues – some snippets of antique lace and pieces of parchment paper. Was someone making a scrapbook? Or do these clues lead somewhere else? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. And, believe me, it isn’t easy when you feel like you’ve been plunged into a classic Gothic mystery. Yes, this crime has all the elements – spooky New Orleans cemetery, bonkers mother-in-law, creaking Garden District mansions, and lots of twists and turns.

Good thing I’ve got my BFF Ava to help out. She’s a crazy Southern gal and former beauty queen who’s basically unhinged. She wears outrageous outfits (like leather and leopard), does Botox, and bats her fake eyelashes at any guy who comes within ten feet of her.

But that’s another story. Right now I’ve got to get cracking and investigate something called a Mourning Cloak Show at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Can you believe it? They have a display of mourning clothes from the late eighteen hundreds. I wonder if I’ll stumble onto something? I wonder if the antique lace we found at the murder scene will match some of their lace?

And afterwards, Ava wants to drag me back to the cemetery for a séance – to see if we can contact our poor murdered bride-to-be. Holy cats. The way things are going, I wonder if I’ll come out of this alive!


You can read more about Carmela in Parchment and Old Lace, the 13th book in the “Scrapbooking” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Keepsake Crimes.

Parchment and Old Lace Book Description

In this cozy-thriller, scrapbook maven Carmela Bertrand tries to track down the killer of a young bride-to-be who’s been brutally murdered in a New Orleans cemetery. Could it be the conflicted groom, stalker attorney, jealous bridesmaid, or crazy mother-in-law to be? As Carmela sorts through this dysfunctional group of suspects, a snippets of antique lace and parchment become critical clues. It all comes to a head at a raucous casino party and ends with a frantic chase through an abandoned theme park. From New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Parchment and Old Lace delivers a gripping, realistic mystery that also includes scrapbook tips and recipes for Pecan Pie Muffins, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Big Easy Butter Chicken.

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About the author
Gerry SLaura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty-five mysteries, including the Scrapbooking Mysteries, Tea Shop Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries, as well as the soon to be released Afton Tangler Thriller series. She is the former CEO of her own marketing firm, has won dozens of TV and radio awards, and produced two reality TV shows. She and her professor husband enjoy travel and their two Shar-Pei dogs. Visit Laura at www.laurachilds.com.