Gossamer Ghost

Gossamer Ghost Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble rousing costumed craziness and she can t wait to get the party started But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead Carm

  • Title: Gossamer Ghost
  • Author: Laura Childs
  • ISBN: 9780425266663
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble rousing, costumed craziness and she can t wait to get the party started But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real life danse macabre An evening s work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up herCarmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble rousing, costumed craziness and she can t wait to get the party started But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real life danse macabre An evening s work deciding on the class schedule for her scrapbooking shop has put Carmela in the mood to kick up her heels But after some strange noises draw her into Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, Carmela s night is abruptly put on hold when a bloody body falls out of a curio cabinet and into her arms.While shop owner Marcus Joubert was known for being an eccentric with a penchant for eclectic merchandise, Carmela never thought he was the kind of man who could inspire the passion required to kill But when Marcus s assistant and fianc e Mavis reveals that a priceless death mask was also stolen, it becomes clear that murder wasn t the culprit s sole intention.Carmela can t resist the urge to investigate the growing mystery, but as the list of suspects increases, she realizes it ll take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there s another night of murderous mischief

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    1. 4 stelle e mezzaÈ sempre un piacere tornare a New Orleans da Carmela e amici. Anche se trovo che a volte è un po' troppo sopra le righe, soprattutto Ava, l'amica del cuore. Bella la storia gialla, con tanti possibili colpevoli veramente odiosi, tanto che spero abbiamo in futuro quello che si meritano. Il vero colpevole mi era subito risultato sospetto in quanto lo sentivo falso e non per veri e propri indizi contro di lui.

    2. Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs is the 12th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series. Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand hears strange noises from the antique shop next door, Oddities and investigates only to find owner Marcus Joubert dead and a valuable Napolean Death Mask missing. It was nice to catch up with Carmela and her friends once again. She does seem to take too many silly risks and takes on too much of the investigation on her own though, and did not solve the case but rather only fo [...]

    3. Originally posted on Smitten by Books BlogFor fans of: Leslie MeierWhen New Orleans scrapbook-store owner Carmela Bertrand finds Marcus Joubert dead in his shabby old antiques shop, she assumes he’s the victim of a random act of violence; it’s not like the man stocked anything worth killing for. But when she learns that Joubert recently came into possession of one only four masks cast of Napoleon at the time of his death, and that the mask has now gone missing, she starts to wonder if the an [...]

    4. When it comes to mystery, author Laura Childs is a master storyteller. GOSSAMER GHOST, book twelve in the Scrapbooking Mysteries is a perfect installment to a wonderful series. With an exceptional plot packed full of mystery and intrigue, plus the infectious personality of main character Carmela Bertrand, Ms. Childs has crafted a book impossible to put down. The setting of New Orleans during Halloween was a perfect backdrop for this story. Ms. Childs managed to really creep me out during the dis [...]

    5. Laura Childs always writes a good mystery in all of her series. This one is just as good. Carmela, the main character is leaving her scrapbook store Memory Mine when she hears odd noises coming from the neighboring antique shop called the Oddities. Since she had a key for emergencies, she goes in and looking around. She trips on the edge of a carpet and grabs a nearby curio cabinet, rocking it and causing the door to open and dislodging a body right into her arms. It is the owner of the shop, Ma [...]

    6. this book kind of lagged in the middle. I looooved all of the Halloween details - I'm usually complaining that there isn't enough Halloween, but this time, there was a ton of Halloween and almost no mystery. the characters were constantly doing things that seemed unreal and unbelievable, from breaking into some wealthy guy's house (not wealthy enough for a security system) to showing up at a funeral in a red motorcycle jacket and acting surprised that you're the only one not wearing black. the v [...]

    7. All I can say, is if you enjoy a good mystery, then read this series. You won't be disappointed. I have only read two, and out of order and still was able to understand the connection between characters. Just read for yourself.

    8. Cozy mystery fans, scrap-booking fans and even fans of voodoo will enjoy Laura Childs latest book. Book twelve in the Scrap-booking mystery series, Gossamer Ghost finds heroine Carmela and her sidekick Ava in the middle of mystery with the Day of the Dead right around the corner. The New Orleans setting at Halloween is the perfect backdrop for a diabolical murder and some stolen property. Fans of the series will love Carmela's antics and relish in her latest adventure in the "Big Easy!"What I li [...]

    9. Why this book is terrible: If I were to use a marker to highlight every sentence that serves exclusively to remind me that this book is set in New Orleans, I would run out of ink within two chapters. Real people, no matter where they live, do not eat that many po boys and red beans. Even if they did, I would not want to read about all their meals. People who really live in tourist towns do not sit around talking about how much they love the influx of tourists at certain seasons. People who work [...]

    10. Very light - helium like. How can these women party every night, own small craft shops, never worry about payroll, bills, or rent. The eat in a glutinous manned, only exercise when running from bad guys (usually in high heels), feel free to break and enter suspects homes, have any time to solve a murder?Also, regarding the boyfriend/cop - he looks good, dresses in designer clothes, hires limos, puts up with a girlfriend who ignores him or flaunts laws, how dumb is he? And, where does he get his [...]

    11. If you like cozy mysteries, you can’t go wrong with Laura Childs and her various series. Gossamer Ghost, part of the Scrapbook series, is set in New Orleans. Carmela, the main character hears a noise in the shop next door and ends up getting involved with solving the murder of the shopkeeper. Childs follows a formula for all of her mysteries – there’s the primary protagonist and their friends, they own a business and there are recipes and resources at the end of the book. Quick reading and [...]

    12. Carmella finds her neighboring shop owner dead. It throws her for a loop, which seems a bit odd given how often she has encountered dead bodies before. It is Halloween week in the Big Easy. The book is more about all the events she and Ava attend than solving the murder. I was a bit surprised by who the villain turned out to be.

    13. What could be better than Halloween in New Orleans?? Solving a murder with scrapbook shop owner Carmela and her Voodoo shop owner friend Ava, that's what!! This 12th book in the scrapbook mystery series didn't disappoint this reader. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could almost believe that I was back in NOLA, eating beignets and gumbo.

    14. Ick. The reader has a good voice but inserts a long pause at every comma. It makes the sentences disjointed. Worse: I have no interest in reading a book about a woman who doesn't even have the sense to call 911, and flees a crime scene on top of it. Nope. This woman was trying my patience before I even got halfway through the first cd. I'm calling it quits.

    15. Suspend your disbelief, if not all your critical faculties, if you want to enjoy this overblown romp of romanticized New Orleans, scrapbooking, and Halloween.I don't think a Scarlet O'Hara ballroom gown is a good choice for burglarizing a somehow unguarded mansion filled with art treasures. But why let that stand in the way of nonstop action?There are even recipes.

    16. I'm being a bit generous. Should be 2.5?! Maybe. For an American cosy it's not too bad. Almost readable in fact. A bit sassy a bit funny Lots of silly stuff of course Ridiculous plot lines. But not awful. Interesting location in New Orleans. Fun to read about the hallowe'en festivities. The murder is by the by and the murderer pretty obvious from the get go.

    17. Did not care for this story at all. Way too much descriptions of the on and on adventures of Carmela and Ava. Not a fan of Ne Orleans, voodoo, Halloween and vampires which probably the main reason for my comments.

    18. I usually prefer Child's tea shop mysteries, but this was better than I remember the last Scrapbook story being. I'll probably read another one.

    19. Mehese may be getting a little too far fetched. I'll see about the next one but if it is as annoying as this one I might bid farewell to Carmela.

    20. Carmella and Ava are up to it again. It s Halloween week in Nola and in between balls party and zombie crawls there is another murder to solve. Love this series

    21. Carmela is one of those protagonists who appeal to me even while they sometimes make me gnash my teeth. In an earlier book, she plucked my last nerve with her reckless snoopiness but I continued to follow her adventures and became a bit more accustomed to her ways somewhere along the line. So, yes, she’s snoopy when she thinks something might be wrong in Marcus’ shop but I just rode along with all her excuses and thought nothing of it. And, don’t you know it, her nosiness turns out to be j [...]

    22. Review originally posted: Traveling With TTraveling With T received this copy from the author for review consideration.Gossamer GhostIt’s Halloween in the great city of New Orleans and Carmela is looking forward to kicking up her heels all week long! She knows her side-kick Ava will be up for some spooky fun and she’s also looking forward to spending time with her hunky squeeze- Edgar. After a late night at her shop planning the scrapbooking class schedule, Carmela begins to gather up suppli [...]

    23. Gossamer Ghost by Laura ChildsThe 12th Scrapbooking MysteryCarmela is gearing up for the very busy week that is Halloween week in New Orleans. Tons of parties and spooky events, as well as a store swamped with customers buying all of their Halloween supplies means a very busy Carmela. While walking home she peers into her neighbor's shop, Oddities, only to hear a muffled sound. Was it a scream? A cry for help? Carmela decides to investigate, only to find the dead body of the shop's owner. Feelin [...]

    24. Halloween is a great time to visit New Orleans, especially if you’re visiting Carmela Bertrand, the protagonist in author Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking Mystery series.In GOSSAMER GHOST, the latest installment in the series, things are just gearing up for Halloween in the French Quarter. With all the events scheduled the one thing Carmela doesn’t need is to find her shop neighbor Marcus Joubert murdered.It seems Marcus had a rare Napoleon death mask that has gone missing. The questions begin [...]

    25. The book was, as all Childs' books are, fun but predictable (and, at times, annoying). I was very disappointed in the victim. I liked him enough; didn't think he deserved to be killed off. I was also unhappy with the characters' reactions to the shop Oddities -- there's nothing wrong with a shop like that! We have them over this way, and they're fun and unique. But no, you would think Oddities was some sort of satanic hellhouse. And considering the setting - New Orleans - the distress of the cha [...]

    26. In comparison to the last awful offering ('Gilt Trip'), this seemed so good I nearly gave it 5 stars. Nearly! I thought maybe Laura Childs was losing her touch, but this is back to her normal style and quality, so I'm thinking now that it was the co-author of 'Gilt Trip' who lowered the quality so much. Did she do the editing and make it worse, or say she'd edit it but not get round to it?I find Laura Childs's choice of vocabulary odd or overdone at times, and she has a habit of putting full sto [...]

    27. First, regarding the cover: it's the same as the hardcover & Kindle editions.This is the 12th in the Scrapbooking Mystery series starting Carmella & Ava. You might think these are getting stale after so many with the same main characters but you would be wrong. Ms. Childs still entertains with her stories set in New Orleans. In this story Carmella has found another body, this time the man who runs the business next to hers. And because it was someone she knew, and his employee begged him [...]

    28. Memory Mine scrapbooking shop owner, Carmella Bertrand, and Ava Gruiex, owner of JuJu Voodoo are BFFs but nothing alike. Ava is the friend everyone needs in their life. You're never sure about what is going to come out of their mouth, or what hilarious nonsense she will come up with next and both she and Carmella are faithful friends to each other.In this episode/book it is Ava and Jekyll and other colorful characters that add the humor. Oh, the “get ups” they and Carmella come up with… It [...]

    29. Gossamer Ghost by the talented Laura Childs is the 12th book in the scrap-booking Mysteries. The books are set in New Orleans, and Carmela our main character owns, of course, a scrap-booking shop, shy Gabby works for Carmela. Ava, Carmela's best friend owns a voodoo shop. Det. Edgar Babcock is Carmela's gentleman friend. After the owner of the shop next door is found murdered, Carmela is once again drawn into the investigation, against Babcock's wishes. Among ghosts, vampires, zombies and ghost [...]

    30. Carmela Bertrand is all set to celebrate Halloween with the many events that make this one of the most popular holidays in New Orleans. With a week full of activities planned, Carmela discovers a murder in the shop next door to her own scrapbook store. Known for her investigative instincts, she is approached by the dead man's fiancee to help solve the murder. The crime quickly becomes one of robbery as well, when it is discovered that a valuable death mask of Napoleon was stolen from the shop th [...]

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