Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs

Postcards from the Dead (Scrapbooking Series #10)Postcards from the Dead by Laura Childs

    • ISBN-13: 9780425252758
    • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
    • Publication date: 10/2/2012
    • Pages: 336
    • Series: Scrapbooking Mystery Series , #10
    • Source: Purchased


New Orleans is in the throes of another fantastic Mardi Gras celebration when the party gets crashed by a murderer. Now a scrapbooking sleuth is going to have to stop the partying to catch the killer… 

There’s a parade rolling through the historic French Quarter, with gigantic floats, silver beads, and dizzying lights—and Kimber Breeze of KBEZ-TV is broadcasting live from a small balcony on the fourth floor of the Hotel Tremain, interviewing locals and capturing the spectacle down below. Her next subject will be Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop. Carmela has never been a fan of Kimber, but she isn’t about to turn down the chance of good publicity for her shop. 

But before Carmela’s shop gets its five minutes of fame, a killer slips onto the balcony and strangles Kimber with a cord, leaving her body dangling above the parade. Carmela is horrified, but she quickly discovers the nightmare isn’t over. Because someone is now leaving strange postcards at Carmela’s shop—signed by the dead Kimber. Now Carmela and her friend Ava will have to risk their own necks to find out who’s posing as a ghost—and to expose a killer…  

My Thoughts:

Postcards from the Dead is the 10th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series.  While I have not read all of the books in this series, I have read a good chunk of they and find that of all the cozy mystery series I have read, this is by far my favorite.  I think in part this is because I scrapbook as my second hobby so I find the fact that Carmela owns Memory Mine, a scrapbooking store, to make a great setting.   There is always some project going on and it is something new and interesting that I have never heard of.  In Postcards from the Dead it is cigar purses.  What a cool project.

The book starts during Marti Gras just days before Fat Tuesday.  New Orleans is full of people, parties, parades and so much more.  Carmela has found herself at a party, that she doesn’t really want to be at, but she knows that it will be great for her business.  The local television station is interviewing local business owners.  She would rather do anything that talk to Kimber, the station star, but she knows that with the economy following Hurricane Katrina she had to take every opportunity to advertise for her business.  While talking with one of the camera men, also a friend, something goes weird.  When she goes out to the balcony, she find Kimber murdered, hanging over the balcony with a cord around her neck.  

Carmela’s boyfriend happens to be the investigator for Kimber’s murder.  He makes it very clear that Carmela should stay out of the investigation  something  that she has failed to do in the past.  Like always things start well but then things start rolling around in her mind and she finds herself looking into things even though she knows that she shouldn’t.  That’s when the postcards start arrive, all signed from the dead Kimber asking why she didn’t save her.  Next, her apartment is smoke bombed.  Someone is trying to scare Carmela into minding her own business.  The problem is it just pushes her further and her list of suspects keeps getting longer and longer. 

I love that there is the very strong story line for the murder itself but there there are many subplots as well.  There is Carmela’s business and how it fits into the community that is explored book to book.  There is Carmela’s life, her friends, ex-husband, current relationship and so much more that gets looked at and provides a story that is full of life.  Laura Childs is great at creating a world that I would want to be a part of.  The descriptions of the places, people and parties is done so well.  

It was a light enjoyable story.  One that is perfect for a cold winter night.  

My Rating:

4 Penguin

A 4 penguin read

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