*Traveling With T won this book from a giveaway that Always With A Book hosted in 2013.
Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom…
After Jerry Earl’s early release, his wife, Margo—a much-married Garden District doyenne—throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. The guest list includes many prominent New Orleans socialites, as well as scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava Gruiex. But sometime during the swirl of partying and drinking, Jerry Earl is brutally murdered—then stuffed inside a clothes dryer.
Carmela has earned a reputation around town for solving murders, and when the grieving widow turns to her for help, she can’t say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela’s going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl’s dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry…
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I am a recent fan of Laura Childs. My brother bought me a book of hers (FIBER AND BRIMSTONE) and from then on, I’ve been reading the new ones and hope to start with the backlist soon. Being a fan of scrapbooking and New Orleans, Laura Childs SCRAPBOOKING SERIES always hits the spot.
GILT TRIP- while I did miss Carmella’s boyfriend being around more in this book- the fabulous duo of Ava and Carmella never fail to impress. Those 2 gals are something else- funny and enjoyable.
The mystery was pretty enjoyable- and while I had a couple of thoughts on who the killer was-I did not figure it out (but it should also be noted that with Laura books- I just soak up the enjoyment of the storyline and the New Orleans ambience).
Like cozy mystery books? Give Laura Childs a try!
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T