This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary: The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a thrashing man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.
The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.
Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
So, I missed the earlier books when I assume she was married to Shamus and how her relationship with Babcock began.
Because I don’t have that history of seeing her and Babcock fall in love- I just don’t get all the FEEEEEEEEEEELS for them. He’s kind of bossy. Rarely takes her on dates. I understand that he’s a detective and when we see them- he’s in the middle of solving the case of the dead body she just found- but gee whiz- can’t they at least grab a lunch or something once in awhile?
But, I don’t read them for the romance angle. I read for the mystery and because I adore Carmella and Ava (although I still think Babcock could take a break to get his beloved some freaking lunch!)
So, no matter my feelings on Babcock (giving him some shady eyes) Carmella and Ava always, always, ALWAYS make my reading trip to New Orleans worth it!
What I liked:
COVER. Laura Childs always has gorgeous covers.
The mystery. It was a good mystery.
Ava and Carmella. If I ever need partners in crimes in NOLA, I wish these ladies were real- because they would be a HOOT to hang with.
Bottom line: Cute and fun. Enjoyable. And make me want to pack my bags to New Orleans!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
*This book was an October #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T. *
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T