Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15)
An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15) Details

TitleGlitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15)
Author
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBerkley Books
ISBN-139780451489548
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery #15) Review

  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    A deadly explosion occurs during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Carmela, a scrapbook shop owner, and Ava, her best friend, are at the parade and witness the disaster. Carmela and Ava use their sleuthing skills to investigate and find out if the explosion was an accident or murder. The 15th book in A Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs. I have not read the previous books in this series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery, and plan on A deadly explosion occurs during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Carmela, a scrapbook shop owner, and Ava, her best friend, are at the parade and witness the disaster. Carmela and Ava use their sleuthing skills to investigate and find out if the explosion was an accident or murder. The 15th book in A Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs. I have not read the previous books in this series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery, and plan on reading some of the earlier books in this series. Glitter Bomb starts with a bang, and keeps a fast and fun pace throughout the book. Carmela and Ava are a lively duo that go on quite the adventure to solve this mystery. Since it is set during Mardi Gras, the city is bustling and Carmela and Ava stay busy enjoying the festivities. After the story, a few extras are included:- Scrapbook, stamping, and craft tips from Laura Childs- Favorite New Orleans recipes- Excerpt from Eggs on IceA fun mystery in a dazzling setting. A great read for fans of cozy mysteries. Humorous, delightful, and sparkling.I received a free eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Scrapbook Mystery # 15 begins with a Mardi Gras float that goes BOOM and rains a glitterstorm upon the surrounding crowd which includes Carmella Bertrand and bestie, Ava Gruiex. Through the shimmering haze they see a body sprawled on the ground. Carmella’s ex-husband, Shamus, was on the float, and he’s okay, however; his krewe captain’s last breath was smothered out with his airway blocked by glitter. Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmella’s love, is fast to the scene, questioning witnesses, and orga Scrapbook Mystery # 15 begins with a Mardi Gras float that goes BOOM and rains a glitterstorm upon the surrounding crowd which includes Carmella Bertrand and bestie, Ava Gruiex. Through the shimmering haze they see a body sprawled on the ground. Carmella’s ex-husband, Shamus, was on the float, and he’s okay, however; his krewe captain’s last breath was smothered out with his airway blocked by glitter. Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmella’s love, is fast to the scene, questioning witnesses, and organizing a search for the “Neptune Bomber”. It seems the victim, Hughes Wilder, had made some bad investments with a huge wad of investors’ money, and somebody decided he should pay with his life.Humor-filled scenes with non-stop action make this story a pageturner. Ain’t nobody put a ring on either Carmella or Ava’s fingers so the two bachelorettes continue to party, drink, and enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities while they make their way around the French Quarter snooping, asking questions, and nearly getting themselves blown to smithereens. Ms. Childs and co-author, Ms. Moran, keep the dialogue snappy and the pace fiesty hoping their sleuthing efforts will stamp out one suspect in particular with motive to kill and some detonation skills. The plot in this long-running, fan favorite cozy series sparkles and shines like strands of Mardi Gras beads. The trademark originality from both the writer’s guarantees a genuine keeper for cozy mystery book shelves! Handy Scrapbooking Tips and Delicious Recipes to try follow the story.I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. Thank you.
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  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    January 1, 1970
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery. Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade and are not surprised when they see Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus Meechum on the head float. The head float features King Neptune with gold glitter pluming out from his head over the revelers. All the sudden the float starts acting wonky and then—BOOM! An explosion erupted from King Neptune’s head and gold glitter is everywhere as well as the riders of the float. T Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery. Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade and are not surprised when they see Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus Meechum on the head float. The head float features King Neptune with gold glitter pluming out from his head over the revelers. All the sudden the float starts acting wonky and then—BOOM! An explosion erupted from King Neptune’s head and gold glitter is everywhere as well as the riders of the float. The men start getting up, but one lays unmoving on the ground. Hughes Wilder, the Pluvius Krewe captain, is pronounced dead at the scene and Lt. Edgar Babcock, Carmela’s fiancé (sort of) is on the case (this could be awkward). The next day, Shamus stumbles into Memory Mine seeking Carmela’s help (of course). A bomb had been set in the float right under Hughes Wilder’s seat and Shamus is at the top of the suspect list thanks to an unwise investment. Carmela knows that Shamus does not have the brain power to execute this type of killing. Carmela, with Ava’s eager assistance, begins investigating the other krewe members and investors. They need to proceed carefully, or they could up as confetti on Bourbon Street.Glitter Bomb is part of the delightful A Scrapbooking Mystery series. While Glitter Bomb can be read alone, I highly recommend reading all the books in the series. I have enjoyed watching Carmela develop over the course of the series as she went from divorcee to savvy business owner and sleuth. I still do not know what she saw in Shamus (it is baffling). Carmela is currently engaged to Lt. Edgar Bertrand. I am on the fence about this relationship. I wish he would quit discouraging her investigations. Bertrand should know by now Carmela will always help those in her circle (even Shamus) and she is just plain curious. I love the scrapbooking projects mentioned in the book. There are some creative ideas that I am looking forward to playing with in my studio. I found Glitter Bomb to be well-written with a fast pace. Carmela and Ava are a hoot. I enjoy their witty repartee. Ava and Carmela do not let grass grow under their feet on this investigation. Of course, you can always count on Ava to spice things up. This time Ava promised to house sit for her boyfriend’s parents and committed the pair to appearing in a fashion show. Laura Childs brought the French Quarter during Mardi Gras alive for me with her word imagery. The mystery had several suspects along with a red herring or two and good clues. Cozy mystery sleuths, though, will find it a cinch to identify the guilty party. The ending is exciting, suspenseful, romantic and funny. The last line is amusing which is a great way to end a book. There is a preview of Eggs on Ice at the end along with scrapbooking tips and recipes for New Orleans delicacies. I am giving Glitter Bomb 4.5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). I cannot wait to read Mumbo Jumbo which is the next installment in A Scrapbooking Mystery series.
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  • WTF Are You Reading?
    January 1, 1970
    As a newcomer to the Laura Childs franchise as a whole. Having just been introduced to Theodosia and the gang as a result of receiving book #19 in her A Tea Shop mystery series for review.And loving it!This reviewer was over the moon at the prospect of reviewing Glitter Bomb.So much so in fact, that it totally slipped my notice that it was from an entirely different series. This one being #15 of A Scrapbooking Mystery.Even after the reading began.And...Herein lies the problem.The basic premise, As a newcomer to the Laura Childs franchise as a whole. Having just been introduced to Theodosia and the gang as a result of receiving book #19 in her A Tea Shop mystery series for review.And loving it!This reviewer was over the moon at the prospect of reviewing Glitter Bomb.So much so in fact, that it totally slipped my notice that it was from an entirely different series. This one being #15 of A Scrapbooking Mystery.Even after the reading began.And...Herein lies the problem.The basic premise, as well as a great many of the main character's life details are so similar to those of the afore mentioned Theodosia, that all one would literally have to do would be to exchange a few names and businesses, and maybe a location or two.And whamo!!!Same person!Right down to the hunky boyfriend on the police force.Really Laura!!!Formulaic writing is one thing. But this is...Something else.I don't know.Laziness?An overconfidence in the fact that good writing does, in most cases, trump the need for originally? "If it ain't broke. Don't fix it" syndrome?All of the above, maybe?Needless to say. Somewhere around chapter 3. After I:A. Realized that this book was in fact about Carmella and not Theodosia.B. Gave up hope that my beloved "tea maven" was going to make a very "fairy godmother" like appearance in this book.I began to read the book in earnest, and found it thoroughly entertaining.The death of the hedge fund CEO was creative. The list of characters was diverse and as kooky, backstory wise, as they come.And who can beat New Orleans during Mardi Gras season as a backdrop for anything.The only other detractor to be found within this cutie of a cozy is the fact that the main character's occupation as a scrapbook store owner really does little to give her a natural hub for her interactions.Faux pas aside...This book is a very quick and engaging escape. Though it is book #15, it can easily be read as a standalone.4/5 Stars
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    The Mardi Gras festivities are in full swing. The floats of the Pluvius Parade are progressing down the street when BOOM...the Neptune floats crashesthen explodes scattering glitter throughout the crowd plus the covering face of a man who seems to choke on the glitter. The dead body that resultsfrom the explosion is Hughes Wilder. This man made bad investments at the expensive of a huge amount of investors’ including many of the krewe members.An accidental death or murder???Carmela Bertrand who The Mardi Gras festivities are in full swing. The floats of the Pluvius Parade are progressing down the street when BOOM...the Neptune floats crashesthen explodes scattering glitter throughout the crowd plus the covering face of a man who seems to choke on the glitter. The dead body that resultsfrom the explosion is Hughes Wilder. This man made bad investments at the expensive of a huge amount of investors’ including many of the krewe members.An accidental death or murder???Carmela Bertrand who lives in New Orleans owns and runs a very successful scrapbooking and graphic design shop. Carmela along with her best friend, Ava Gruiex were attending the parade. The float fiasco happened in front of them. Carmela’s, ex-husband was a member of the floats krewe. He comes to Carmela when he becomes a suspect in the murder.Carmela has a tendency to get involved in murderinvestigations. Her fiancé Edgar Babcock who is a homicide detective for the NOPD tells her to stay outof the investigation for her own safety.The story takes the reader into the festive Mardi Grasas we wonder along the streets of New Orleans.You will taste the various New Orlean cuisine, enjoythe costume parties, the music through the authors vivid and fluid description.You will take part in the scrapbook making techniques.The end of the book supplies the reader with recipes,stamping, scrapbooking and craft ideas.The book is filled with suspense, mystery, drama, fastpaced scenes, humor and a touch of romance. Thereis a cast of colorful, vivid, well defined characters whoall have their own secrets.Although this is book # 15 in the Scrapbooking Mystery series, I had no problem following the story or thecharacters as the author mixes the past and presenttogether effortlessly.A Highly Recommended Read.I volunteered to read Glitter Bomb. Thanks to First-To-Read and Penguin for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
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  • Marci
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from First to Read in return for an honest review. I have read many of Laura Childs previous books and have always enjoyed them. This book, Glitter Bomb, was not one of her best. I had not read the last several of the Scrapbooking series and thought I would enjoy this one. From page one I felt like I was reading an adventure with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Bus gang. The language comes off as trite, rude and childish instead of humorous. The romantic interests fell flat and t I received this book from First to Read in return for an honest review. I have read many of Laura Childs previous books and have always enjoyed them. This book, Glitter Bomb, was not one of her best. I had not read the last several of the Scrapbooking series and thought I would enjoy this one. From page one I felt like I was reading an adventure with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Bus gang. The language comes off as trite, rude and childish instead of humorous. The romantic interests fell flat and the heroine and her bff have morphed into being rude, selfish and pushy. The phrase holy *.* came up more in this book than in an episode of the old Batman series. The main situations are also a little beyond belief. Why Ava would feel responsible to step in and save the day for a house tour is beyond me. All in all Carmella bumbles her way through 300 pages asking herself way too many times what am I doing and why am I doing this.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    GLITTER BOMB, the fifteenth book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran provides a rollicking romp through New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras! I love how the authors capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this decadent celebration, making me feel like I was right there in the midst of it all. According to the authors, New Orleans is a town “filled with music, brimming with history, and perfect for foodies.” And they are so right! The actio GLITTER BOMB, the fifteenth book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran provides a rollicking romp through New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras! I love how the authors capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this decadent celebration, making me feel like I was right there in the midst of it all. According to the authors, New Orleans is a town “filled with music, brimming with history, and perfect for foodies.” And they are so right! The action starts right from the beginning when protagonist, Carmela Bertrand, witnesses her ex-husband’s Mardi Gras float explode during a parade, raining gold glitter onto the crowded street. While her ex, Shamus, is not injured, one of his float-mates is killed from the explosion. When it’s discovered that the death wasn’t an accident, Shamus begs Carmela to find the murderer and clear his name since he had a huge reason to want the man dead. Unfortunately Carmela’s fiancé, Detective Edgar Babcock, is none too happy about her helping out her ex and putting herself in danger to do so. But, Carmela does what she knows is the right thing to do even if she doesn’t care for Shamus. Plus she can’t say “no” to her curiosity and the thrill of investigating on her own. Her sidekick and best friend, Ava Gruiex, provides plenty of opportunity for fun dialog and dragging the pair into escapades. The authors have created characters that exude both charm and memorable personalities which adds to the appeal of the story. The plot moves at a consistently fast pace and entertains the reader page and after page, until the last word is read. I also like that there are scrapbooking, craft, and stamping tips at the back of the book along with recipes. I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Ruth Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    It is Mardi Gras. Ava and Carmela are at the first parade and watching King Neptune's float when the unexpected happens. The float appears to be tipping over. There is a lot of confusion and people are taking headers off the float, including, Shamus, Carmela's ex-husband. As both ladies make sure he is alright an explosion of glitter coats the crowd. They work their way to another Krewe member to see if they can help. Life support measure are tried but it is apparent he is dead. So who murdered It is Mardi Gras. Ava and Carmela are at the first parade and watching King Neptune's float when the unexpected happens. The float appears to be tipping over. There is a lot of confusion and people are taking headers off the float, including, Shamus, Carmela's ex-husband. As both ladies make sure he is alright an explosion of glitter coats the crowd. They work their way to another Krewe member to see if they can help. Life support measure are tried but it is apparent he is dead. So who murdered the Hughes Wilder, the CEO of Pontchartain CapitalManagement. He managed a hedge fund which a lot of people lost a huge amount of money. Including Shamus. Of course, he asks Carmela to investigate. read and see what she uncovers. I love this author. Always keeps humor and the events hum along. I won this Arc from Berkley for an honest review and totally enjoyed it. Read it for yourself.
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  • Jan farnworth
    January 1, 1970
    I played catch up to review this one in time before it published.   So i binged read from number 11 but that makes it all the better.  I have loved this series for a long time as it the perfect mix of Nancy Drew from my childhood and my love of scrapbooking.  I love how the author is able to weave amazing details about projects that are taught at memory mine, in with a scary heart wrenching moments of detective work that Carmela gets herself wrapped up in.  I am eager with each book to see how t I played catch up to review this one in time before it published.   So i binged read from number 11 but that makes it all the better.  I have loved this series for a long time as it the perfect mix of Nancy Drew from my childhood and my love of scrapbooking.  I love how the author is able to weave amazing details about projects that are taught at memory mine, in with a scary heart wrenching moments of detective work that Carmela gets herself wrapped up in.  I am eager with each book to see how the lives of the characters change as each mystery is solved.  I also eagerly hope that in the next book Carmela and Babcock finally get married as this one ends with a alligator getting a rich desert.   This is a wonderful series and i also happy to see more from it. 
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the fifteenth in the series but the first for me and I didn't miss a beat jumping right into it. The characters were likable and the setting of New Orleans was really interesting. The murder happened lickety-split, which always appeals to me, and the pacing throughout the book kept me turning pages. The book also gave great tidbits into scrapbooking and came with some delicious looking recipes! My only negative is there seemed to be too many activities going on with an open house, a This book is the fifteenth in the series but the first for me and I didn't miss a beat jumping right into it. The characters were likable and the setting of New Orleans was really interesting. The murder happened lickety-split, which always appeals to me, and the pacing throughout the book kept me turning pages. The book also gave great tidbits into scrapbooking and came with some delicious looking recipes! My only negative is there seemed to be too many activities going on with an open house, a modeling job and a driving race all crammed into just a couple of chapters. Overall though, I think you can't go wrong with a Laura Childs cozy read. Thanks go to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Anna Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Carmela and Ava are back to solve the murder of a krewe member. Shamus is back as well, of course, and the reason Carmela gets involved in the murder. Why she still has anything to do with Shamus I'll never understand. Not to much in regards to the crafts Carmela does at her shop, and Babcock has amazing patience in waiting for Carmela to select a wedding date and her constant interaction with her ex-husband.. I received an eARC from Berkley via NetGalley for an honest review. - Like the mystery Carmela and Ava are back to solve the murder of a krewe member. Shamus is back as well, of course, and the reason Carmela gets involved in the murder. Why she still has anything to do with Shamus I'll never understand. Not to much in regards to the crafts Carmela does at her shop, and Babcock has amazing patience in waiting for Carmela to select a wedding date and her constant interaction with her ex-husband.. I received an eARC from Berkley via NetGalley for an honest review. - Like the mystery but Shamus needs to go.
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  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    January 1, 1970
    Carmela Bertrand lives in New Orleans and owns a successful scrapbooking shop. She's enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities when a float practically explodes right in front of her. Since her ex-husband was one of the krewe, she rushes over to make sure he's okay, then sees that someone else is hurt badly. When the man dies, everyone thinks it was a horrible accident. But when Shamus, her ex, shows up at her shop the next day begging for help, her first instinct is to refuse.Shamus insists that he's Carmela Bertrand lives in New Orleans and owns a successful scrapbooking shop. She's enjoying the Mardi Gras festivities when a float practically explodes right in front of her. Since her ex-husband was one of the krewe, she rushes over to make sure he's okay, then sees that someone else is hurt badly. When the man dies, everyone thinks it was a horrible accident. But when Shamus, her ex, shows up at her shop the next day begging for help, her first instinct is to refuse.Shamus insists that he's on the suspect list - and her fiancé Edgar Babcock, homicide detective for the NOPD, is targeting him as the killer. While she knows Shamus is sleazy, she also knows he's too weak to be a killer and decides to help him. But when she starts investigating, she doesn't count on the many suspects to be closed-mouthed about their hatred of the dead man. Still, she keeps on digging - on the down low, since Babcock has warned her away - but it's not low enough as someone discovers what she's doing and decides that Carmela needs to go away...permanently...I really enjoyed reading this book. While I thought it started with a bang as it were, it stalled for a couple of chapters but then picked up again almost immediately. Carmela is an interesting character; she's smart, strong, a savvy businesswoman, devoted to her friends fiercely, in love with Babcock deeply, annoyed by her ex-husband, and detests Shamus' sister Glory. She's definitely a colorful personality, and I like that.She's also smack-dab in a murder investigation, and doesn't want to be, but she has an innate curiosity that won't let her back out. Unfortunately, it's also that curiosity and her bluntness that, merged together, rub some people the wrong way. Some of the wrong people. And one of them is out to do her in. But with a host of suspects - the victim's wife and various krewe members - it seems every one of them had a reason to want the man dead. He had a hedge fund that somehow went wrong and people lost money...a lot of it. Now she's trying to figure out who decided that a final revenge was the way to get even.Ava is a hoot as a best friend, always on the lookout for a new man in her life, and pretty much dresses as risqué as she can get away with. Carmela realizes she's not going to change her, but does her best to be the voice of reason. Ava just eggs Carmela on to investigate. They're quite a pair together. The situation with Ava house sitting would have made my blood boil and I can tell you that there would have been a few choice words with every single member of Harrison's family when they returned. It wouldn't have been pretty to watch.I did have a couple of moments that made me cringe a little when Carmela was blatantly asking people questions about Wilder (the dead man). For some reason, it seemed terribly invasive and not like she was merely curious. No wonder they clammed up. While I realize this is just her personality (and while I also consider myself to be brutally honest, I try to step back when need be) it still made me skim those pages a little bit. But when the last chapter finally arrived and I got close to the end, everything fell into place just as it was supposed to. Carmela finally got the pay off (just as expected) the killer was discovered, and it came as a complete surprise. There was a hairy moment or two (not a situation I'd like to find myself in at any stretch of the imagination) but everything tied together nicely.There were plenty of twists in the story and it seemed around every corner there was another question that needed to be answered; and lots of red herrings to sift through. While I thought a few of the characters were nasty pieces to deal with, Carmela managed to hold her own with them. She's an admirable woman and I'm happy to see that she's successful, not with a struggling business like so many of the cozy characters. Carmela's got it going on.I'm sorry to say that this is only the second book in this series that I've read by this author; but in my defense I have to add that I have read her other series, and with so many other authors I try to give everyone an even chance, and it really was on my list to begin again. I also will add with this book, I plan on going back and reading every single one from the beginning. This is a series worth following, and worth reading every single book. Highly recommended.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.Carmela is crazy busy at Memory Mine, her scrapbooking and graphic design business. Everything is hopping with all of the Mardi Gras hoopla going on. But she is not all business; in fact, she and her bestie Ava are front and center for the Pluvius parade, known for fabulous floats created by “krewes” that have been together DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.Carmela is crazy busy at Memory Mine, her scrapbooking and graphic design business. Everything is hopping with all of the Mardi Gras hoopla going on. But she is not all business; in fact, she and her bestie Ava are front and center for the Pluvius parade, known for fabulous floats created by “krewes” that have been together for years. This year’s overall theme is “Spirits of the Sea”.As the crowd swells, beads are thrown and bands blare. Everyone is having a great time until one of the floats begins to wobble, then rumble, and then explodes spewing an eruption of glitter and krewe members into the crowd, one of whom is Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus. Carmela and Ava have a front row seat, and are first to get to the man most seriously injured. The EMTs arrive, but to no avail. Hughes Wilder is dead.Was this a tragic accident or murder? Carmela’s sort of fiancé, Detective Edgar Babcock, arrives at the scene to investigate. Carmela’s mind is already churning with a list of likely suspects. Babcock warns her not to get involved, but both of them know it is futile. Carmela can’t resist poking around when someone gets blown up right before her eyes.Ava is Carmela’s willing accomplice, accompanying Carmela to various social events to help her get the skinny on the suspect list they have compiled. They still don’t know who killed Wilder, but there seem to be plenty of people that hated him enough to kill him. The problem is the murderer is on to them. Things really start heating up when someone targets Carmela and Ava. Babcock insists they stop investigating before one of them gets hurt or worse. But will Carmela listen?The characters are interesting and easy to like. They do things that anyone might do in New Orleans, with the exception of amateur sleuthing. Carmela, Babcock, Ava and Shamus are the perfect foundation to balance the various supporting characters.This crafty cozy mystery is full of action, humor and fun in one of America’s most vibrant cities. New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for murder and merriment and this book has both. I stayed in the French Quarter for a fabulous week a few years ago and was delighted to read about the characters visiting familiar places. One of my favorites is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, so I was delighted to read the chapter that featured this historic last resting place of many New Orleans residents.Childs adds scrapbook tips and recipes at the end of the book. The tips are handy if you are new to scrap-booking and the recipes (based upon meals in the book) all look delicious.New York Times Best-Selling author Laura Childs writes several cozy mystery series, including this Scrapbook Mystery Series. Glitter Bomb is the 15th book in the series. It is the first one I’ve read, and it worked perfectly as a stand-alone mystery. But I am adding the rest of the Scrapbook Mystery Series books to my wish list for Christmas.Copyright © 2018 Laura Hartman
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  • R J Mckay
    January 1, 1970
    From the explosive beginning to the perfect ending, Laura Childs delights her readers with another Scrapbook Mystery. It’s Mardi Gras and pals Carmela and Ava are viewing the parade when, right in front of them, one of the floats loses control and explodes. Not only is Carmela’s ex-husband among the injured, although only slightly, there is a member of his krewe that is found dead. Killed by the explosion. Shamus is questioned by New Orleans finest, and they seem to think that he might be involv From the explosive beginning to the perfect ending, Laura Childs delights her readers with another Scrapbook Mystery. It’s Mardi Gras and pals Carmela and Ava are viewing the parade when, right in front of them, one of the floats loses control and explodes. Not only is Carmela’s ex-husband among the injured, although only slightly, there is a member of his krewe that is found dead. Killed by the explosion. Shamus is questioned by New Orleans finest, and they seem to think that he might be involved in the incident. He reached out to Carmela to do a bit of sleuthing on the side and to find anything that will turn the suspicion away from him and toward the real killer. So, as usual, Carmela finds herself involved, mush to the dislike of her current beau. This may be the most sinister case she has found herself in. Carmela has to tread lightly so as not to rouse anyone’s attention. But when there is a killer on the loose, he or she, will stop at nothing to protect themselves…even another murder.This is such a fun series to read. I love the characters and the feel of New Orleans that Miss Childs is able to convey to her readers. I can almost taste the beignets and chicory coffee and smell the Mississippi River. The readers will follow the clues and guess, right along with our sleuth, ‘who dun it’.
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  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    The book takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana during Mardi Gras. Carmela Bertrand is an owner of a scrapbook store that is right in the middle of the action. Carmela and her friend Ava are going to a parade and the float explodes right in front of them. A well known business man was murdered in this explosion. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus is on the float and he knows that she has an inquisitive nature. He also knows that people will talk to her so he sweet talks her into investigating the case h The book takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana during Mardi Gras. Carmela Bertrand is an owner of a scrapbook store that is right in the middle of the action. Carmela and her friend Ava are going to a parade and the float explodes right in front of them. A well known business man was murdered in this explosion. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus is on the float and he knows that she has an inquisitive nature. He also knows that people will talk to her so he sweet talks her into investigating the case herself especially because he does not want to be the main murder suspect anymore. Unfortunately for Carmela her boyfriend (soon to be Fiance) Detective Babcock is the lead investigator on the case and he tells her to stay away from it. At the beginning the disaster looks like it could be an accident but quickly Carmela realizes it was actually a murder. She just can't seem to stay away from the investigation. Trouble even finds her a couple of times. Luckily in the end the murder is solved and everyone is safe. This book is part of a series. I have not read any of the other books and I did not feel lost. I did like the writing style so I will go back and see if I can find the other books and try to read them. I definitely would read any more in the series after it. I received this book from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.
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  • Jerri Cachero
    January 1, 1970
    Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran have outdone themselves with Glitter Bomb! It's my favorite of the Scrapbooking Mysteries! I knew from the first sentence in the book, I was going to love it!Carmela is drawn into an explosive mystery by her troublesome but charming ex -husband, Shamus. When Shamus becomes suspect number one in a murder investigation, Carmela and Ava decide it's a mystery they just might solve. Problem is Carmela's current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock is lead on the case!The Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran have outdone themselves with Glitter Bomb! It's my favorite of the Scrapbooking Mysteries! I knew from the first sentence in the book, I was going to love it!Carmela is drawn into an explosive mystery by her troublesome but charming ex -husband, Shamus. When Shamus becomes suspect number one in a murder investigation, Carmela and Ava decide it's a mystery they just might solve. Problem is Carmela's current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock is lead on the case!The mystery was wonderful - filled with twists and turns that kept you reading and guessing. As always, the lush and rich descriptions of New Orleans, especially at Mardi Gras, made you feel as if you were in NOLA. I loved the witty dialogue between the characters, the humor and the fast pace of the book. From page one, the reader is on an adventure with Carmela and Ava. The scrapbooking projects and the people that visit Carmela's shop, Memory Mine, are also entertaining and fun.There's just something about the Scrapbooking Mystery series that feels like you're catching up with old friends. I can't wait for our next visit!I received an ARC from Penguin Random House for an honest review.
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  • Susan Elizabetha
    January 1, 1970
    Read an advanced reading copy of this book through, Penguin House, First to Read.A fun and easy murder mystery to read in the setting of New Orleans, Louisiana. I immediately like Carmela and Ava as they enjoy working and life in the Big Easy. I learned somethings about the Mardi Gras celebrations, the parade floats and the culture of the city. Carmela and Ava work together to solve the murder of a prominent business owner Hughes Wilder with a cast of an ex-husband, Ava, friends and business con Read an advanced reading copy of this book through, Penguin House, First to Read.A fun and easy murder mystery to read in the setting of New Orleans, Louisiana. I immediately like Carmela and Ava as they enjoy working and life in the Big Easy. I learned somethings about the Mardi Gras celebrations, the parade floats and the culture of the city. Carmela and Ava work together to solve the murder of a prominent business owner Hughes Wilder with a cast of an ex-husband, Ava, friends and business contacts help her find clues and solve the murder mystery. And there are several suspects, including the wife Maribel, Shamus the ex-husband and the local car dealer, Danny Labat. The ending surprised me and that is what makes a great book.I recommend this book, it was great story of murder and mayhem in New Orleans. And a native of New Orleans, owner of Memory Mine and part time sleuth, Carmela. This is the first of this author's books that I have read. I will enjoy reading other mystery novels in this series A Scrapbooking Mystery. And other mystery series written by Laura Childs.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program, but all opinions that follow are my own.Even though GLITTER BOMB is the 15th book in the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery series, this is the first cozy mystery I’ve ever read. In this story, the main characters (Carmela and Ava) are watching floats at a Mardi Gras parade when one suddenly explodes. A man riding on one of the floats suffocates to death from a face full of glitter. An investigation into the man’s death I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program, but all opinions that follow are my own.Even though GLITTER BOMB is the 15th book in the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery series, this is the first cozy mystery I’ve ever read. In this story, the main characters (Carmela and Ava) are watching floats at a Mardi Gras parade when one suddenly explodes. A man riding on one of the floats suffocates to death from a face full of glitter. An investigation into the man’s death led by Carmela and Ava ensues. I usually read intense, dark serious thrillers so this light-hearted mystery was a nice change of pace. It was an easy read and very, very humorous! I laughed a lot while reading the book (e.g., the story starts out with the following: “Lookit! … There’s your butthead of an ex‑husband riding up there on the King Neptune float.”) I'm sure long-time cozy mystery fans will absolutely love this latest installment. The book also features favorite New Orleans recipes at the end, including an interesting one for dog treats!
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  • Paula Ratcliffe
    January 1, 1970
    While Ava and Carmela are enjoying the Mardi Gras float the one carrying Carmela's ex-husband and his krewe explodes and sends the men flying and one of the men dies. The krewe's captain Hughes Wilder winds up really dead and Carmela's ex Shamus is on the hook for the murder and begs Carmela to help him. Carmela can't help herself and the more she investigates the more she begins to wonder if someone else had more to gain by killing Hughes. Hughes has ticked off a lot of people with bad investme While Ava and Carmela are enjoying the Mardi Gras float the one carrying Carmela's ex-husband and his krewe explodes and sends the men flying and one of the men dies. The krewe's captain Hughes Wilder winds up really dead and Carmela's ex Shamus is on the hook for the murder and begs Carmela to help him. Carmela can't help herself and the more she investigates the more she begins to wonder if someone else had more to gain by killing Hughes. Hughes has ticked off a lot of people with bad investments of their money. Then there is Hughes wife who is stepping out with another man could that be who killed Hughes? There are definitely no shortage of possibilities as to who wanted him dead! Who could have planted the bomb and why?I love this series it's so entertaining mixing in New Orleans and mystery. As you read it you can't help feel like your a bestie of Eva and Carmela's and walking around with them trying to get to the bottom of the crime. The girls writing this book have such a great flare for mystery telling. Such fun! It kept me reading until the end!
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    As usual in the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystries, Carmela and Ava are investigating. They are determined to discover who blew up the leading float in the Mardi Gras Parade killing Hughes Wilder, Pluvius Krewe Captain and CEO of Pontchartrain Capital Management.Just to make it interesting the daring duo, during the week-long Mardi Gras festivities, are:- modeling clothes in the Latest Wrinkle Fashion Show- attending Wilder's visitation, funeral and funeral luncheon- house sitting for a mansion t As usual in the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystries, Carmela and Ava are investigating. They are determined to discover who blew up the leading float in the Mardi Gras Parade killing Hughes Wilder, Pluvius Krewe Captain and CEO of Pontchartrain Capital Management.Just to make it interesting the daring duo, during the week-long Mardi Gras festivities, are:- modeling clothes in the Latest Wrinkle Fashion Show- attending Wilder's visitation, funeral and funeral luncheon- house sitting for a mansion that is booked, unknown to them, for the Grand Candlelight TourIn addition, Carmela is running a very busy Memory Mine and is driving in the Mardi Gras Road Rally.So, distractions abound, along with interesting twists and suspects almost too numerous to track. Laura Childs is a skillful storyteller who keeps the action moving and the tension tight. The characters in Carmela Bertrand’s New Orleans are familiar and it's easy to spend time with them. Once again, Ms. Childs delivers an engaging cozy mystery loaded with humor and suspense.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC :)You know a book is going to be good when it starts with an EXPLOSION of glitter! Carmela and her pal Ava are in the crowd of the Mardi Gras parade when one of the floats starts tipping, and then the aforementioned GLITTER BOMB happens. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus is a krewe member, so Carmela and Ava rush to find him to make sure he is okay, and discover another member of the krewe, dead. It turns out Hughes Wilder, the deceased, has made some bad investments wit I received this book as an ARC :)You know a book is going to be good when it starts with an EXPLOSION of glitter! Carmela and her pal Ava are in the crowd of the Mardi Gras parade when one of the floats starts tipping, and then the aforementioned GLITTER BOMB happens. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus is a krewe member, so Carmela and Ava rush to find him to make sure he is okay, and discover another member of the krewe, dead. It turns out Hughes Wilder, the deceased, has made some bad investments with the money of many prominent peoples' money, and Shamus seems to be at the top of the suspect list. He goes to Carmela asking for help, and of course, her and Ava jump at the chance to investigate further (all while running, Memory Mine, Carmela's scrapbooking shop, and participating in all their other social commitments!)This is the second Scrapbooking Mystery I have read, and I love them! They are a nice quick read, with a gorgeous setting (New Orleans at Mardi Gras), and lovable characters. I look forward to reading the others in the series, and any future books!
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  • Nancy Price
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, rounded upI received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.I enjoyed this cozy mystery which was a light, quick read. Childs does a good job of describing the atmosphere of Mardi Gras week in New Orleans and uses an unusual murder method. Her descriptions of the creative projects Carmela tries out in her scrapbooking shop are one of my favorite parts of this series. I have read several of the earlier books in the series, but not all; this one was better than the last couple I re 3.5 stars, rounded upI received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.I enjoyed this cozy mystery which was a light, quick read. Childs does a good job of describing the atmosphere of Mardi Gras week in New Orleans and uses an unusual murder method. Her descriptions of the creative projects Carmela tries out in her scrapbooking shop are one of my favorite parts of this series. I have read several of the earlier books in the series, but not all; this one was better than the last couple I read, but I was surprised to find that Shamus, Carmela's ex-husband, still had such an active part in her life, especially since I have not yet read a number of the books immediately prior to this one. That relationship is long past being entertaining. I prefer Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries to the Scrapbooking Mysteries, probably because I find the Charleston setting more appealing, but I will most likely continue to read both series.
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  • Kate Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a Give-a-Way, and I am so glad I received it! It's an enjoyable and easy read with lots of attention to details about Mardi Gras and New Orleans. Having visited New Orleans (but not at Mardi Gras), Childs' descriptions made things easy to visualize. The characters were likable, unless you weren't supposed to like them, and then they were appropriately unlikable. I am not a scrapbooker, but I am a crafter, so I enjoyed that aspect of the story as well. It's always fun to get new ide This book was a Give-a-Way, and I am so glad I received it! It's an enjoyable and easy read with lots of attention to details about Mardi Gras and New Orleans. Having visited New Orleans (but not at Mardi Gras), Childs' descriptions made things easy to visualize. The characters were likable, unless you weren't supposed to like them, and then they were appropriately unlikable. I am not a scrapbooker, but I am a crafter, so I enjoyed that aspect of the story as well. It's always fun to get new ideas. I figured out the "who" quite a while before the end, but it was fun to see how it all worked out since I didn't get the "why' exactly. In all a fun book. The best part was being introduced to the author, who was totally new to me. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series, and also trying out the Tea Shop Mysteries.
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  • Stephanie Rowsey
    January 1, 1970
    This is an honest review in exchange for an ARC from Net Galley.Glitter Bomb is the first book I have read from the series, A Scrapbooking Mystery. I was instantly drawn to the book because of the festive cover. Set during Mardi Gras, the story takes off within the first few chapters. Clues left throughout the story set the stage for the resolution of the mystery. Through witty dialogue, the authors create characters that are very likable and imaginative. The scrapbooking tips interspersed throu This is an honest review in exchange for an ARC from Net Galley.Glitter Bomb is the first book I have read from the series, A Scrapbooking Mystery. I was instantly drawn to the book because of the festive cover. Set during Mardi Gras, the story takes off within the first few chapters. Clues left throughout the story set the stage for the resolution of the mystery. Through witty dialogue, the authors create characters that are very likable and imaginative. The scrapbooking tips interspersed throughout are fun to read as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading the previous installments, as I wait for #16!
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  • Irene O'Hare
    January 1, 1970
    I got this for free through Penguin's First To Read program. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a dud. I have read one of Childs' mysteries before, in the tea shop series, and thought I'd give her another try but I'm still not a fan. I know the cozy mysteries are meant to be fun but this was over the top. Many of the plot points were outlandish with just this one novel involving a float exploding, a masquerade party, a historic house tour, a road race, a fancy fundraising ball, and a pit of gators. I got this for free through Penguin's First To Read program. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a dud. I have read one of Childs' mysteries before, in the tea shop series, and thought I'd give her another try but I'm still not a fan. I know the cozy mysteries are meant to be fun but this was over the top. Many of the plot points were outlandish with just this one novel involving a float exploding, a masquerade party, a historic house tour, a road race, a fancy fundraising ball, and a pit of gators. I also found her character development a bit lacking. Carmela and Ava both read to me as foolish teenagers when they are supposed to be late 20s/ early 30s.
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  • Susan Beamon
    January 1, 1970
    This is I don't know what number in the series of cozy murders and other crimes set in New Orleans. I have not read any of the others books in this series, although I have read other books by Laura Child. As a book for a long eventless afternoon, it's perfect. The solution to the crime, a rather public blowing up of a Mardi Gras parade float in the middle of the parade, was rather clever. The culprit was not paraded in front of us very much. Other people were pursued with greater intent. Because This is I don't know what number in the series of cozy murders and other crimes set in New Orleans. I have not read any of the others books in this series, although I have read other books by Laura Child. As a book for a long eventless afternoon, it's perfect. The solution to the crime, a rather public blowing up of a Mardi Gras parade float in the middle of the parade, was rather clever. The culprit was not paraded in front of us very much. Other people were pursued with greater intent. Because of that, I was surprised by the arrest. I kind of like that.I received the book from First To Read for this review.
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  • Linda Romer
    January 1, 1970
    Glitter Bomb was a good read. Fun and quirky characters with an interesting murder mystery. This is the first Scrapbooking Mystery I've read. I loved the Mardi Gras setting in New Orleans. Carmela and Ava were a hoot! Whew, what these two woman endured in a week was overwhelming. I was tired from just reading about their wacky antics. And the food, man am I hungry! I need to get me some Beignet's. A smart surprising ending. Looking forward to reading more of this Authors work.I give Glitter Bomb Glitter Bomb was a good read. Fun and quirky characters with an interesting murder mystery. This is the first Scrapbooking Mystery I've read. I loved the Mardi Gras setting in New Orleans. Carmela and Ava were a hoot! Whew, what these two woman endured in a week was overwhelming. I was tired from just reading about their wacky antics. And the food, man am I hungry! I need to get me some Beignet's. A smart surprising ending. Looking forward to reading more of this Authors work.I give Glitter Bomb 4 stars for its fun read.I would recommend this book to Cozy Mystery Fans.
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I picked this title because what’s not to love about a murder during Mardi Gras! Carmela Bertrand is the owner of a scrapbook store and is an amateur investigator. When her ex-husband becomes a murder suspect, he wrangles her into helping to clear his name. She and her best friend face danger and go to a lot of Mardi Gras events during this one. This book was a lot of fun and was a quick read. I highly enjoyed thi I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I picked this title because what’s not to love about a murder during Mardi Gras! Carmela Bertrand is the owner of a scrapbook store and is an amateur investigator. When her ex-husband becomes a murder suspect, he wrangles her into helping to clear his name. She and her best friend face danger and go to a lot of Mardi Gras events during this one. This book was a lot of fun and was a quick read. I highly enjoyed this one and can’t wait for the next one!
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  • anna
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing like a parade to get things started and that is exactly what Laura Childs does in Glitter Bomb. Even if Carmela is found in a series of other tales, this does well by itself. Nothing like a boyfriend and ex-husband to help her find out what really happened. A well-known community and plenty of characters round out this investigative Hodge podge of information to assemble them to the truth. Thank You First to Read for this advance copy.
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