Saturday, October 5, 2019


I'm so thrilled to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 16 in the Scrapbooking Mysteries
by Laura Childs
with Terrie Farley Moran

A shocking murder strikes a sour note during Jazz Fest in the latest New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

It's Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens.
As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling's antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon's body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They're shocked beyond belief—and now Mimi, Devon's little pug, is left homeless.

Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer's list?



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All I can say is . . . They’ve done it again! Authors Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran have once again spirited us away to New Orleans for another great mystery. MUMBO GUMBO MURDER is packed cover to cover with excitement, fun, mystery and more, all set in the liveliest, and deadliest city in the USA.

MUMBO GUMBO MURDER is one of the best stories I have read in this series so far. From the murder (with a weapon that made me cringe), to the exciting reveal, I was riveted to my seat. Page after page I was spellbound by the tale that unraveled. I honestly don’t know how the authors do it, but my memory of reading this book comes more as a memory of images on a screen, not words on a page. When I close my eyes, I can still see the scenes. Wow.  

I’ve never been to New Orleans, nor have I ever wanted to go. But each time I read a Scrapbooking Mystery, I feel like I am really missing out, and I may have to change my mind. But if it’s all the same to authors Childs and Moran, I would never go with them. Not the way murder follows those two around! However, once I read the recipes in the back of the book, I’m more than happy to have them cook for me! ;-)

Fans of this series and/or these authors cannot go wrong with, MUMBO GUMBO MURDER. And newbies, you will become returning fans.

About The Authors

laura childs from facebook  
Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:
The Tea Shop Mysteries - set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries - set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

 Recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards, Terrie Farley Moran is the author of the beachside Read 'Em and Eat cozy mystery series; co-author of Laura Childs’ New Orleans scrapbooking mystery series; and has published numerous short stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine and numerous anthologies. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is hanging out with any or all of her seven grandchildren who reside in New York and Florida. 

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Purchase Links: 

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  1. Thank you for your review on "MUMBO GUMBO MURDER" by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran and for being part of the book tour.

    Don't you just love their books AND their covers! Can't wait for the opportunity to read this one.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Lisa!!! Yay! We are so happy that you love MUMBO GUMBO MURDER! Hugs, Terrie and Laura

  3. Thank you for your review. This sounds like a wonderful book.This is such a wonderful cover. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net