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Skeleton Letters (A Scrapbooking Mystery #9)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  860 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs sends her scrappy sleuths into New Orleans' French Quarter.

Is nothing sacred? The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expected to bear witness to in St. Tristan's Church was a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle lies lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastien-and a mysterious hooded
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Set in New Orleans, this cozy mystery is perfect for fans just getting into the genre or are looking for an easy read. Initially, I started this book in audio and while it was okay, I think I much preferred reading the book instead.

When Carmela and Ava catch the end of a murder happening in a church, they are forced to give their statements and try to remember their dear friend in the way she was meant to be remembered instead of how she was killed. But of course Carmela won’t give up that eas
Vicky Marie
May 22, 2015 Vicky Marie rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was pretty bad. The writing wasn't good, mainly because the author did her best to avoid using the word 'said.' When are people going to learn that said isn't a terrible word? Better to be repetitive than use verbs like 'gulped.' The protagonist was an obnoxious twit who thought she was qualified to solve the murder just because she was there when it happened. She was also the kind of sleuth who points the blame at anyone with questionable character or a dark past. "He's an outcast? Then ...more
Luna Raven
Aug 07, 2012 Luna Raven rated it it was ok
I did it to myself. I have been swearing I would break up with this author the last the books and I think she finally broke me.

Carmela has gone from an intelligent, strong female entrepreneur to being a weak, vapid, whiney twit.

When Carmela and Ava witness a struggle in a church, they don't yell or run into the fray, they stand and watch in shock. They assume they bad guy is someone with a record or a man who gives his restaurant a weird name.

Also, in New Orleans, doesn't everybody have some ki
Jun 26, 2012 Lindig rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, unfinished
I've read a few others in this series and was never overwhelmed, but this one takes the cake. I think writers should be very very careful in dialogue when using anything other than "said." On page 9 "So we need to do everything in our power," Carmilla gulped, "to find whoever did this." This is after we've had some "shrilling" and some "grunting." Very annoying. At the beginning of Ch.3, Carmela and Ava "slipped into" the shop. Why? Doesn't Carmela own it? Can't they just walk in? There's much ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Debbie marked it as to-read
Shelves: done
It's a fun little read when you're traveling.
Under the Covers Book Blog
Oct 24, 2016 Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it

Set in New Orleans, this cozy mystery is perfect for fans just getting into the genre or are looking for an easy read. Initially, I started this book in audio and while it was okay, I think I much preferred reading the book instead.

When Carmela and Ava catch the end of a murder happening in a church, they are forced to give their statements and try to remember their dear friend in the way she was meant to be remembered instead of how she was killed. But of course Carmela won’t give up that eas

Nov 07, 2011 Sandie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: scrapbookers, people who love cozies, people who live in New Orleans
Recommended to Sandie by: have been following series since beginning
Carmela Bertrand is a busy woman of almost 30 who runs her own scrapbooking shop, MEMORY MINE in the French Quarter of New Orleans. In this ninth entry in Laura Childs’ mystery series, the trouble begins when Carmela accompanies her friend Ava, who volunteers on the Angel Auxiliary, to place a hand-lettered sign inside St. Tristan’s Church. Choir practice had just ended when Carmela and Ava watch in horror as a brown hooded figure struggles with their scrapbooking friend Byrle. The brown figure ...more
Oct 30, 2016 Madelyn rated it liked it
Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava are witnesses to a crime committed in St. Tristan's Church. The victim was a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle. It is an entertaining whodunit.
Karen Hufman
Oct 01, 2016 Karen Hufman rated it liked it
Definitely wasn't my favorite in the series. I always loved reading about the antics of Carmela and Ava but this time the characters seemed like they were stuck up and out-of-touch with the common person. There is a point in the story when they have to go to a soup kitchen and all they do is complain. The talk about how the building is ugly, the food is bland (at least Carmela doctors it up), Ava spends all of 15 dishing out food and then Carmela needs to take over. They just don't sound like ...more
Rianna Rowsell
Not her best, but still enjoyable. Reading the food descriptions made me hungry, and it's taken some restraint not to add any more recipes to my already ridiculous collection. The mystery was a little flat, and the craft descriptions almost annoyed me in their busyness, but it was a light and easy read.
Book of Secrets ☕
Nov 04, 2011 Book of Secrets ☕ rated it liked it
SKELETON LETTERS is the ninth book in Laura Childs' A Scrapbooking Mystery series. The book started out strong by setting up an intriguing mystery. Carmela Bertrand, the owner of a scrapbooking shop, and her best friend Ava witness the murder of their friend Bryle by someone hidden under a monk's robe inside St. Tristan's Church. The murderer also stole a priceless religious artifact uncovered in an archeological dig on church grounds. Because Bryle was their friend, Carmela and Ava start doing ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge

Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine Scrapbooking Shop and her best friend, Ava Gruiex, owner of Juju Voodoo Shop, are both volunteering at St. Tristan's church one morning when they hear a blood-curdling scream and then spot a woman wrestling with a figure dressed in a brown robe complete with cowl. Carmela and Ava are not sure what is going on until the brown robed figure smashes a statue down on the head of the woman and then takes off.

Carmela and Ava are almost dumbstruck but quickly stir
Sep 03, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Memory Mine scrapbooking shop owner, Carmella Bertrand, and BFF and owner of JuJu Voodoo, Ava Gruiex, visit St. Tristan's Church in New Orleans' French Quarter where Ava serves on a committee. The friends hear a noise followed by a scream and a crash. A hooded figure pushed a statue onto Byrle Coopersmith killing her and stealing an ancient crucifix. She was a regular attendee at Carmella's scrapbooking classes. The culprit escaped and neither woman got a good look at the perpetrator.

Laura Child
Nov 26, 2012 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy, childs
This review is from: Skeleton Letters (A Scrapbooking Mystery) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have read every one of Laura Childs Tea shop mysteries and enjoyed them all very much. So I finally decided to try one of her scrapbooking mysteries. This is my first one in that series.

I found "Skeleton Letters" to get off to a good start with a horrifying murder taking place before Carmela's and Ava's very eyes within the darkness of St. Tristan's church. The murderer appeared to be cloaked in a dark brown
Julie P
Jan 13, 2012 Julie P rated it really liked it
Well, Carmela, it's good to have you back. Your appearance in this book was certainly a welcome reminder of why I started reading this series in the first place. Not only do you begin with the crime in the first chapter, thus ridding us of any long, expository renderings of your fascinating day-to-day activities (including meals), but you also keep things moving at a brisk pace. So thank you for that. And you've brought in your regular cast of characters, but kept the focus on you and your ...more
Kelly Bragg
Jul 19, 2013 Kelly Bragg rated it liked it
The description of this book was:
"When a fellow scrapbooker is bludgeoned with a religious statue in St. Tristan's Church, a stolen relic may hold the key to catching the culprit...
The last thing Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava expect to bear witness to in St. Tristan's Church is a crime. But now a beloved member of their scrapbooking circle is lying lifeless next to a smashed statue of St. Sebastian—and a mysterious hooded figure has absconded with an antique crucifix. With so many touris
May 01, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skeleton Letters is one of the books in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs. Carmela and her friend Ava are taking some charity information into St. Tristan's church. There is a disturbance in another area of the church. When Carmela and Ava go over to see what happened - they find Byrle Coopersmith - a scrapbooking member and friend. She had been hit on the head and killed with the St. Sebastian statue. A hooded monk is seen running from the church and a crucifix owned by Pere ...more
June Ahern
Jul 12, 2015 June Ahern rated it liked it
I gave this a 3 star because in spite of that which I didn't care for in the novel, it was entertaining enough to wheedle away my sunny days on the patio lounge. My first read of Laura Childs Carmela Bertrand mysteries. Silly characters, full of time to do artsy stuff and make a good living while eating high calorie and drinking wine through the sleuthing. I swear I gain weight reading these female authors mysteries where food seems as important as solving the mystery. I haven't yet read a male ...more
Lisa Carter
I like this series but this is not one of the better scrapbooking titles. Carmela and her sidekick seemed snarky and snippy throughout the book. Their patronizing comments regarding the homeless and attitude regarding New Orleans' crime rate were borderline offensive. If Edgar is going to be the love interest, give him more air time. Ava is beyond over the top and is on the verge of pulling Carmela into her self-absorbed Lestat little world. I think Carmela's ...more
Angela Holland
Nov 24, 2013 Angela Holland rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Laura Childs' books especially the scrapbooking ones. This was a fun book to read. If you have not read the rest of this series you can read it as a stand alone book. As always Carmela and Ava find themselves right smack in the middle of a murder scene. Carmela lets her curiosity get the best of her the best of her as she tries to find out who murdered their friend. Along the way you learn some fun scrapbooking ideas and tips that she helps her friends and customers with as she ...more
A fun and entertaining look back into the world of scrapper Carmela and friends. The mystery is pretty good and well integrated into the overall life the the heroine and her friends, but it never gets too dark, despite two people getting killed. The secondary characters are numerous and interesting and it was nice that Babcock is still Carmela's squeeze. I just wish we'd gotten to see a little more of him. My only big complaint is that after the big build up...the whole book of looking for the ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 20, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
Carmela and her best friend, Ava experience the worst crime yet, the murder of their Scrap-booking friend/customer, Bryle. Not only do they see the crime being committed from across the church, but, now their own lives are in danger from looking into things at the behest of their other treasured friends/clients, Baby and Tandy.

I always find myself truly involved with Ms. Child's writing. Her descriptive talents draw you into the scene and time flies past as you feel you are one of the inner circ
R J Mckay
Jun 18, 2013 R J Mckay rated it liked it
Murder, mayham, and scrap booking...what more could you ask for? The latest installment of the "Scrapbook Series" has Carmela Bertrand and side kick Ava witnessing the murder of a friend at St. Tristan's church. Carmela, owner of a scrap book shop, and part time sleuth, is asked to snoop around and see what she can find out about the situation. Detective Edgar Babcock is not to happy to see his girl friend involved, but nothing will stop headstrong Carmela from finding out who is behind the ...more
I liked this book better than the previous one in the series. I like the descriptions of crafts and food. It would be nice if the heroine was a little more realistic and didn't immediately have the perfect crafting idea or time to cook, or maybe sometimes things just wouldn't work out - that would be more like my reality anyway!

The descriptions of New Orleans are very interesting, the focus on shoes and fashion not my cup of tea, and the murderer a little obvious, but still, it entertained me f
Apr 13, 2015 Val rated it really liked it
This series of books are amazing, especially for scrapbookers. The book includes good scrapbooking tips and New Orleans recipes.

Carmela and her friend Ava once again become involved in a murder case. A woman is murdered in St. Tristan's church right before their eyes and a valuable crucifix goes missing. Unfortunately, the murderer is dressed in a monk's outfit and the face is covered. The victim turns out to be a regular customer in Carmela's shop and she is determined to find the murderer even
Apr 15, 2013 Tamara rated it really liked it
Carmela and Ava see a friend in a fight for her life over an artifact. Even though Babcock tells Carmela to not get involved- she is & gets even more involved. Does Carmela save the day and find the killer? You betcha!

Some red herrings, a few nice side-plots, and fun times with Carmela and Ava. Good times, good book.

My reviews: Traveling With T
Bonnie Drummond
Jul 10, 2016 Bonnie Drummond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One more exciting book from Laura Childs; Skeleton Letters book#9 from the series A Scrapbooking Mystery will have you looking forward to the next page as you get into the mystery. You'll sit on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next to our Scrapbooking Detective and her best friend. If you haven't read any of the Scrapbooking Mystery Series from Laura Childs then go get one of her books you won't regret it.
Jana Kerr
Oct 24, 2015 Jana Kerr rated it really liked it
This series of books are what I would call light reading. But I am a scrapbooker and love mysteries, so I picked one up and have enjoyed all that I've read. They are set in New Orleans, and have a cast of characters I like - mostly lovable, several quirky, and some despicable ones thrown in. If you are looking for a light, fun, mystery give this series a try. (All include scrapbooking ideas and recipes.)
Jennifer Gelert
Mar 11, 2014 Jennifer Gelert rated it really liked it
Once again Laura manages to give you the culprit you don't expect. In trying to find her friend's killer Camelia has a slew of suspects. She and Ave get threatened and run off to a cabin in the swamp. There they are shot at but someone I did not even suspect! That is why I love Laura's books! Whether it is Theo in Charleston running her tea shop and solving crimes or Camelia in New Orleans having scrap book classes and chasing killers, you never know to the last few pages her the killer is.
May 09, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This mystery is one of the best of the series. In one of New Orleans' oldest churches, a church volenteer was murdered trying to save an antique crucifix and Ava and the main character, Carmella are witness to it. The lady that was murdered was a dear friend of Carmella's scrapbooking circle so Carmella feels that she must help investigate even though her boyfriend, Det. Babcock wishes she would get involved. There are plenty of suspects and nasty characters to keep your interest.
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Laura Childs is a pseudonym for Gerry Schmitt and she is the best-selling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, the Scrapbook Mysteries, and the Cackleberry Club Mysteries.

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
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