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Skeleton Letters (Scrapbooking Mystery) [Hardcover]

Laura Childs
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243893
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars SCRAPBOOKING AND MURDER MYSTERY 10 Dec 2011
This is the ninth book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs.

Carmela Bertrand is the owner of a little scrapbooking store in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Carmela's business is blooming and she is enjoying her new relationship with Detective Edgar Babcock, who loves her despite the fact that she keeps meddling in his investigations. Only a few weeks after solving the last murder and while Carmela and her best friend and Voodoo store owner Ava are getting ready for the holidays, disaster strikes again. This time, the happy group of skrapbookers lose one of their own, as their friend Byrle Coopersmith is murdered in St. Tristan's Church, trying to defend a precious religious relic. Naturally, Carmela and Ava begin to investigate and once again put themselves in great danger.

This is a well written mystery, with well developed and likable characters, fascinating and gripping plot, great descriptions of New Orleans and fantastic atmosphere. The story is a little sad and shocking at first with Byrle's murder, but that also makes the reader share Carmela's desire to bring her friend's killer to justice and revenge her death. However, I think that raising the subject of the death penalty is a little too controversial for a cosy mystery. Also, it seems that Carmela becomes more aggressive in her investigation as the series progresses and a little too spiteful and vengeful towards her former husband Shamus.

Apart from the great mystery plot, as this is a Scrapbooking Mystery there are a lot of Scrapbooking trivia; information about various techniques and materials, decoration ideas and various crafting ideas, all these weaved into the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another good book from a great author 15 Sep 2013
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Laura Childs writes so many different series its hard to keep up with them.This is another great book in her scrapbooking series combining crime with a great knowledge of scrapbooking. Her characters are all believable and she keeps her characters moving along in each book A good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Nov 2011
By jane kiniry - Published on
I am a big fan of all of Laura Child's mystery books. I enjoyed this book till the last few pages when I discovered that she is continuing a trend that I have noticed in her last few books. She tells a truly entertaining & at times a laugh out loud story. But the conclusion just leaves me hanging. I do not want to spoil this book for other readers. But please Ms. Childs stop introducing characters & story lines that have no tie in to the ending. I feel like you get tired of writing & just say "The End" without a satisfactory exit to the story. Your book endings ,in my opium, need more closure. Why introduce characters & than just ignore them as though they never were part of the story line?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not her best.... 26 Nov 2011
By Bk Lover - Published on
I really love Laura Childs' books, but this one is not one of her best. The story dragged on with various characters and unnecessary plot lines. The main character seemed unusually cranky the entire book and her best friend was extra winey and cheap. I skipped chapters to see who committed the crime so I didn't have to read the entire book. Big disappointment. Hope the next book is better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Childs 21 Jan 2012
By Maggie - Published on
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I have read every single one of her books.. really love them. The series is like eating potato chips.. you just cannot eat/ read just ONE. I like all three of her series styles. can hardly wait for her to write another of each!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Carmela Bland-trand. 22 Dec 2012
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I really love this series. Ava and Jekyll being my favorite characters. But I'm noticing something..Carmela is becoming a very judgemental stick in the mud. Is Carmela in her late 20s or early 60s??? C'mon what 20 something owns a Liz Clairborne suit? Maybe back in the 80s. Wears pearls, navy, cream and camel?? Huh?? Ms Childs maybe basing Carmela on herself or something because she just way old before her time. And also,I just don't care for her snarky comments. If I were Ava I would have slapped her upside the head. I think Ava should be the heroine instead. That said the plot was great. The ending...well, lets just say I really thought I was missing some pages. Only to realize it just ended. Poof! No explanations. Nada. Zilch. If it weren't for Ava and Jekyll and the other colorful characters, except maybe Gabby (June Cleaver no less), I wouldn't bother with these books. Don't spend any money on these either. Go to your library otherwise you'll be greatly pissed. I know I am.
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3.0 out of 5 stars too many loose ends 20 Nov 2012
By Gini - Published on
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I generally love Childs' scrapbooking mysteries as well as her other series. But this one left me with too many unanswered questions. What was the motivation for a total stranger to kill off a minor recurring character? Her explanation didn't make much sense to me. Also, why wasn't the question of where the stolen artifacts were going answered? And what is the point of Rain's character except to give us another person to really dislike & hope she gets killed off in the next book? All in all this was not as satisfying as her previous scrapbooking mysteries. I do love the tips & recipes, though.
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