Parchment and Old Lace is the thirteenth offering in the Scrapbooking Mystery series, written by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran. This time out, Carmela is enjoying a dinner with her beau Edgar when it’s interrupted by a scream from a nearby cemetery. Carmela and Edgar find the body of a girl they’d seen just minutes before, Isabelle Black, who stopped to brag about her upcoming wedding. Now she’s lying across an above ground tomb, strangled to death with a piece of vintage lace. Carmela’s pulled into the investigation when Isabelle’s sister Ellie, the tarot card reader at Juju Voodoo, asks her to find the killer.
As with Child’s other series, the characters are well drawn out and the plots intriguing. The author has a gift for not only creating pulse pounding suspense, but for characterization. I look forward to all of Child’s series, and this one is no exception. Four and a half stars – ROCCO LOTEMPIO
The New York Times bestselling author of Gossamer Ghost returns to the Big Easy and the historic Garden District, where scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand discovers a bride-to-be murdered in the legendary Lafayette Cemetery…
Carmela couldn’t imagine a finer evening than dinner at Commander’s Palace with her beau, Detective Edgar Babcock. The food and the company are equally divine—with the exception of Isabelle Black stopping by to brag about her upcoming wedding. Resuming the romance with a walk in the evening air, the couple is interrupted once again—this time by a terrifying scream from inside the cemetery.
Having just seen Isabelle, Carmela and Edgar now find her lying across an aboveground tomb, strangled to death with a piece of vintage lace. Carmela would rather leave the investigating to Edgar, but she can’t say no to Isabelle’s sister Ellie, the tarot card reader at Juju Voodoo, when she asks her to help. As she untangles the enemies of Isabelle’s past, Carmela hopes she can draw out the killer before someone else gets cold feet.
INCLUDES SCRAPBOOKING TIPS