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Postcards from the Dead (A Scrapbooking Mystery #10)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  733 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
New Orleans is in the throes of another fantastic Mardi Gras celebration when the party gets crashed by a murderer. Now a scrapbooking sleuth is going to have to stop the partying to catch the killer…

There’s a parade rolling through the historic French Quarter, with gigantic floats, silver beads, and dizzying lights—and Kimber Breeze of KBEZ-TV is broadcasting live from a
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley
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Jan 11, 2013 Eli rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, audio, 2013
A few notes on the audio version...marble-mouthed narrator combined with strangely timed & unnecessary pauses. I thought it would be white noise as I worked, but it didn’t work.

This is the 2nd of the series I’ve read and perhaps not knowing the back story has colored my opinion of the story & the characters, but the story is weak & I do not like Carmela. She lacks most qualities heroines tend to have, except for impetuousness and lack of consideration for others.

I characterized the
Dec 31, 2012 Marge rated it did not like it
I have read this entire series and enjoyed it. This one let me down. The characters do the same exact thing in every book. Go to a funeral, go to a party at Baby's, drive out of town to a scary location, confront Glory, roll over for Shamus etc.

The selling of the garden district house will continue for books, just like the divorce did. Carmela and Babcock only talk about the case. They have limited time together, never go on a date and when they do meet for a drink Carmela pumps him for info on
Nov 23, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-reads
Once again, Carmela, the owner of a scrapbook shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and her very annoying friend, Ava, investigate a murder. I couldn't decide what bothered me most about this book. Was it the way Carmela leaves poor, long-suffering Gabby to run the scrapbook shop? Or the frequent mention that Carmela was still under 30? Maybe it was how modest Carmela is in terms of dress when compared to Ava? The really inane way Carmela handles her investigation at the end of the book? Ho ...more
Brenda at MyShelf
Oct 28, 2012 Brenda at MyShelf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy, american
I live through Carmela and Ava... New Orleans, French Quarter, Mardi Gras, parties, dress-up crafts, and mayhem... The ladies give Detective Babcock, a run for his badge as they play detectives on their own...

I'm not a scrapbooker and it doesn't matter, I enjoy following this series...

Oct 09, 2012 Mason rated it it was amazing
New Orleans and Mardi Gras have long since been the setting for murder mysteries, but author Laura Childs puts a different spin on the concept with amateur sleuth Carmela Bertrand and POSTCARDS FROM THE DEAD.

Carmela, owner of Memory Mine Scrapbooking, is awaiting her turn in the camera spotlight when something goes terrible wrong. KBEZ-TV reporter Kimber Breeze is conducting interviews on the fourth floor balcony of a hotel in the French Quarter overlooking the Mardi Gras parade below.

Just as sh
Julie P
Feb 01, 2013 Julie P rated it liked it
Alright, this book was better than some of the previous ones, but suspense? Zilch. There was more mystery and anticipation with the creepy postcards than there was with Carmela solving the actual murder. All-in-all, there was about one entire page towards the end where I thought Carmela might be in danger, but in her cozy mystery damsel in distress style, all was saved. We get it, Carmela, it helps when everyone loves you and you're pretty. We do go to a lot of parties in this book, and we do ge ...more
Danielle Gonzalez
Apr 17, 2015 Danielle Gonzalez rated it really liked it
This story involved the murder of Kimber Breeze, the obnoxious reporter mentioned in earlier stories. Kimber is conducting interviews on the small 4th story balcony of a hotel. As Carmela is waiting for her interview, she senses something is not right, and goes out on the balcony to find Kimber dead hanging from the railing. Shortly following, Carmela starts to receive cryptic postcards signed by Kimber. As usual, there is a long list of suspects, but Carmela chips away at the names and finally ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Jennie rated it it was ok
Ugh. I like murder mysteries. I also enjoy scrapbooking. I think this is the tenth or so book in a series, but it's the first one I've read, and I had no desire to read any of the others. The story dragged, the romance between the protagonist and one of the wasn't there and not realistic at all. Additionally, while reading, I was disappointed with the dated scrapbooking material. The author must have written the book in 2006, because that's when the techniques she described in deta ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Stella rated it liked it
Like ALL of Childs' books, this one is a light, fun read -- but it's certainly not high literature. Take it for what it is: a cozy mystery. And not a well-written one, at that! I enjoy the characters, particularly Ava and Jeckyl, but there are annoying aspects - sudden slang that gets randomly dropped in once or twice per book, the word "gulp" said aloud (who says that?!), bad grammar, TOTALLY PREDICTIBLE KILLERS, etc. You can spot a Laura Childs' killer from their first entrance. It's just fun ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I read this very quickly, almost skimming. The whole cast of Carmela's friends and the NOLA aspects are quirky and I'm bored with them. I didn't care about the victim or who killed her. I am more interested in Carmela's relationship with Babcock. Since it is not a romance series, but mystery, I doubt it will ever be satisfying to me.
Apr 13, 2015 Val rated it really liked it
Kimber Breeze is broadcasting from a 4th floor balcony of a hotel on the parade rolling through the French Quarter in New Orleans.
Carmela, a non-fan of Kimber's is putting her personal opinions aside, to get 5 mins publicity for her shop on air when Kimber interviews various locals. While she is waiting her turn, a killer strangles Kimber and leaves her hanging from the balcony above the parade. How it was done is a complete mystery. Carmela and her friend Ava are on the case but when Carmela s
Aug 31, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Not my favorite in this series. Sadly, I think I am losing interest in this author's series. The last tea mystery had me struggling to finish, and this scrapbooking mystery felt the same way.
Oct 16, 2012 della rated it really liked it
Another great Carmela and Ava adventure. Can't wait for the next one!
Nov 14, 2012 Cindy rated it did not like it
Eh. Too much scrapbook crap. Too much Mardi Gras.
Nov 10, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it
Fun read . . .better then some of her other books.
Oct 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I enjoy her novels and this was no expection.
May 01, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kimber Breeze of the local television station is murdered in the Bonaparte Suite of the Hotel Tremain. She is/was broadcasting live for Mardi Gras from the suite when she disappears for just a minute. Carmela starts to look for Kimber and finds her caught in the broadcast cable dangling over the wrought iron balcony. Carmela starts to receive strange postcards after the murder. Carmela, Ava, Detective Babcock and the rest of the gang investigate. They try and solve who murdered Kimber. There are ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
I keep getting drawn back into these books even though the heroine is nosy and gets herself into messes that could be avoided by just telling the police what is going on but NO. Carmella is a witness when a television reporter is hung from a balcony during Mardi Gras. Then she begins to receive postcards purportedly from the dead woman. Of cours she does not share this with the police and feels she knows how to solve things better than they and thus gets into trouble. It somehow is a pretty good ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it
It's Mardi Gras and the city of New Orleans is hopping with excitement as the celebrations begin. Carmela is eager to drum up some extra business for her scrapbook store, Memory Mine. She reluctantly agrees to do a quick live interview during the festivities with her least favorite local reporter. Everyone is in for quite a shock when the reporter is found fatally hanging off of the balcony right before the broadcast. Carmela deals with a mysterious masked clown, postcards from the deceased and ...more
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Oct 26, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, louisiana
Postcards from the Dead, by Laura Childs, evokes memories of New Orleans with her scrapbooking series that takes place in the French Quarter.

Carmela Bertrand finds herself packed into an elegant, but aging, suite in a New Orleans French Quarter hotel. She is the owner of Memory Mine, a scrapbooking shop located on a nearby street. There is an excited buzz among all the people crowded into this room, because the countdown for Mardi Gras is on and the denizens of New Orleans are all shaking off th
Jan 05, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, january-2013
Postcards from the Dead is the 10th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series. While I have not read all of the books in this series, I have read a good chunk of they and find that of all the cozy mystery series I have read, this is by far my favorite. I think in part this is because I scrapbook as my second hobby so I find the fact that Carmela owns Memory Mine, a scrapbooking store, to make a great setting. There is always some project going on and it is something new and interesting that I have ...more
Aurian Booklover
Oct 28, 2013 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
I am such a big fan of Laura Childs’ work, she was one of the first cozy mystery authors I started to read, and her books never disappoint me. She is a master at painting the scene, the atmosphere, and of course her characters. This series is placed in New Orleans, and the city itself is a big secondary character. I love it.

Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans, and KBEZ-TV is broadcasting live. Carmela Bertrand is waiting to be interviewed for the program in the ballroom of Hotel Tremain,
Cathy Cole
Jul 23, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
First Line: A dazzling night filled with gigantic floats, silver beads, dizzying lights, fire-twirling flambeaus, and a crowd that was fueled by too much Dixie Beer and Southern Comfort.

It is Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, one of the busiest times of year for Carmela Bertrand and her scrapbooking shop, Memory Mine. Since business still hasn't completely recovered from Hurricane Katrina, Carmela reluctantly agrees to do a puff piece on live television with her least favorite reporter, KBEZ-TV'
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 05, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This was a compelling mystery for me. The murder was compelling in that the victim was an annoying creature from several novels back. The characters were compelling in that we enjoy our favorites and are introduced to some down-right creepy creatures. The sub-mystery was as exciting as the murder and then the recipes which I swear I could smell and taste in my mind compelled me to make out a grocery list.

Scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava are awaiting Carmela's turn
Jan 20, 2014 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Good mystery. I love reading about Carmela, Ava, and their crazy adventures. I only gave it 3 stars for a couple of reasons.

One: there are several editing errors. A silly as this sounds, I hate to read a paragraph describing a scene/outfit/whatever, and the very next paragraph it's different. Ex: Ava's wearing leather pants in the car and then she's wearing a skirt?

Second: the time frame. Every single book is based at the beginning of Mardi Gras. As fun as this may seem, I don't think every sin
May 04, 2015 Joyce rated it liked it
This was a quick read with little substance. Once again Carmela Bertrand solves another murder. She is the owner of Memory Mine a, scrapbooking
shop in the French Quarter. She receives postcards signed by the late reporter after her death and must find the person who murdered Kimber before she was to be interviewed by her and found her hanging from a balcony. All this goes on with Ava at her side. A light and fun mystery with recipes. Enjoy!
Jennifer Gelert
Sep 01, 2015 Jennifer Gelert rated it really liked it
Another great book by Laura. A murder takes place during Mardi Gras. Carmela, our heroine, comes upon the dead body. While trying to quietly solve the murder (against the wishes of her boyfriend, police Detective Babcock). She begins receiving vintage postcards of grave yards with notes from the deceased and a smoke bomb was thrown in her apartment. As always she manages to save the day, while giving some great scrapbook tips and cook up some great meals
Oct 24, 2015 Janakerr 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.)
Jan 21, 2016 Laurie rated it liked it
An entertaining cozy mystery. The pace of the the story picks up after several chapters and each character has interesting aspects that fuels the suspense. Recommended for readers who enjoy mystery and suspense without violence and gore.
-Laurie Kozlowski | Book Escape Reviews |
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Scrapbooking Mystery (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Photo Finished (A Scrapbooking Mystery, #2)
  • Bound for Murder (A Scrapbooking Mystery, #3)
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