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Gilt Trip (A Scrapbooking Mystery #11)

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Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom…

After Jerry Earl’s early release, his wife, Margo—a much-married Garden District doyenne—throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a
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Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Berkley
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Michelle Walburn
I love the setting of New Orleans and as a scrapbooker I appreciate that the main character is a scrapbook store owner. Combine that with a murder mystery and you have this series of books. In this particular book, Carmela is once again dragged into a murder investigation by a customer, whom she helped design party invitations. My reason for not rating this higher is for 3 main reasons. First, the murder happens so quickly in the book you really don't have time to get into the story. Secondly, t ...more
Anne
Nov 27, 2013 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
OK I probably should stop reading this series. I don't enjoy it anymore. The heroine may be intuitive about finding clues to solve murder but she is utterly stupid about throwing herself in the path of the killer. I read because I like the boyfriend and the little romance, but he was out of town until the end of this book. Boo. So I skimmed the book mostly. Some of the characters are over the top. And Shamus - can I just punch him now?
Marge
Jan 10, 2014 Marge rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every book is the same. Carmela goes to a society party, gets bored and demands to go home. There is a murder, Carmela goes to the funeral, investigates, pays very little attention to her shop. I used to likes this series, now its nothing but a rerun.
Michael Brown
Our scrapbook diva is once again over her head - stumbling around jumping to conclusions and getting in trouble because she is too nosey for her own good. This might be last in this series for me. The formula is the same again and again with little to bring me back.
Debbie Lester
Oct 25, 2013 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't have to be a scrapbooking fan to fall in love with Laura Childs' Scrapbooking mystery series. Just out, Gilt Trip is the eleventh book in a series that is only getting better with time. Childs enchants readers with her knowledge of New Orleans and it's eerie appeal. The heroine for this series, Carmela Bertrand was recently named as Best Amateur Sleuth by the Romantic Times Book Review and it's easy to see why, in this mapcap mystery that begins with a "Get Out of Jail Free" party and ...more
Tricia Conner
Normally I enjoy following Carmela Bertrand on her adventures. This time it felt like Carmella was a renegade Nancy Drew. Carmella did not use logic like she normally does to solve a case.

Overall, the story felt choppy. Characters did not seem to be well flushed out. Carmella's friends were on the fringes of the story, as was her shop and crafting. Normally there is a a description of Carmella's car. Not this time. Didn't her beloved car from Shamus get wrecked? What is she driving now?

The catch
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Diana
Oct 14, 2013 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the past I enjoyed this series and I still like the characters, but this book had some over the top parts. Due to having a cowriter?
Patrizia
Oct 23, 2016 Patrizia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle e mezzo
Sono affezionata a questa serie perché è la prima appartenente al genere cozy mystery che ho letto. E mi piace molto questa autrice, quindi centellino tutti i suoi libri. Infine, mi piacciono i suggerimenti di papercraft sparsi in questo come negli altri libri.
Per quanto riguarda questo mystery confesso che avevo puntato su un altro colpevole... E questo è un "plus" nella mia valutazione, visto che ormai sono raramente sorpresa con una soluzione diversa da quella da me pensata.
Debbie
Sep 24, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"Gilt Trip" is a cozy mystery. It's the eleventh book in the series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this one didn't spoil the previous mysteries.

The heroine felt entitled to know whatever the police did. I had a problem with her ethics as she let a theft go unpunished at the end rather than make an effort to see her "helpers" were paid what they felt was owed to them. She operated more on suspicion than on clues and often jumped to conclusions. She didn't
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Sharon Chance
Oct 27, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
In "Gilt Trip," her 11th book in her Scrapbooking Mystery series, author Laura Childs once again brings her readers plenty of thrills and chills in the Big Easy, New Orleans.

Her feisty and smart character, Carmela Bertrand is again pulled into investigating an unusual murder that involves one of her customers of the scrapbooking shop she is so well-known for. But this time around, her steady beau, Detective Edgar Babcock is out of town, so Carmela is working with a new cop, Bobby Gallant, who i
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Kate Eileen Shannon
It is so nice to sit down with a book that you know before you open it is going to be a traditional cozy with characters you already know. It was wonderful to be back in New Orleans with Carmela and Ava. The book starts with a party, complete with a champagne luge. The party ends with the guest of honor dead, banging around in a clothes dryer – found by Carmela of course. Jerry Earl Leland has no shortage of enemies. When his widow asks Carmela to find out who the murderer is she investigates in ...more
Kaijsa
Dec 30, 2013 Kaijsa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more enjoyable audiobook than some and came in handy on the plane home for Christmas. I thought the narrator was good with voices, but had terrible pronunciation skills, which took me out of it a bit. The story itself was standard fare for this series, which means I enjoyed it, but found it a bit predictable. I like Carmela and Ava enough to offset some silliness.
Harvee
Oct 13, 2014 Harvee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the craft tips, the food, New Orleans setting, atmosphere, the zany characters, and the unique murder plot.

Full review: http://bookdilettante.blogspot.com/20...
Bertina
Oct 11, 2016 Bertina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read
Nancy Narma
Feb 24, 2015 Nancy Narma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“All That Glitters May Not Be Gold”

In this 11th novel of Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking Mystery Series, we find blond, blue-eyed, entrepreneur and closet paper addict, Carmela Bertrand and her BFF, dark-haired shopping buddy, French Quarter neighbor, and proprietress of the “Juju Voodoo Shop”, Ava Guiex reluctantly working their way through the crowd as guests at a New Orleans Garden District party. They are the invitees of Margo Leland who is the hostess of a “Get Out of Jail Fee” , no holds barred
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Tamara
Jul 22, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it
Review originally posted:Traveling With T




Traveling With T won this book from a giveaway that Always With A Book hosted in 2013.

Gilt Trip

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Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom…

After Jerry Earl’s early release, his wife, Margo—a much-married Garden District doyenne—throws an extravagant Get Out of Jai
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Yvonne
Dec 28, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand, and her very best friend, Ava, are invited to a “Get Out of Jail Free Party” in honor of Jerry Earl Leland. Jerry Earl is a wealthy Louisiana businessman who served only part of his jail sentence for a white-collar crime. His wife wants to celebrate with all of the other wealthy people of New Orleans with a big splashy party. However, things don't go exactly as planned.

As Carmela and Ava are enjoying themselves, things take a terrible turn when Jerry Earl
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Carol Gibson
Sep 14, 2016 Carol Gibson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This cozy mystery is set in New Orleans and I enjoy the way the author makes you feel as if you are in the city especially the famous French Corner. Laura Childs is tells a good yarn and she easily incorporates the food of New Orleans seamlessly into the story. The theme of these cozies is scrapbooking and that for me falls short. It is why I only give the book three stars.

Carmela and her friend Ava are fun enough but the rest of the regulars lack the pizazz of the regulars in her Tea House mys
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Aurian Booklover
When Margo Leland manages to get her husband Jerry Earl out of jail early (bribery and such works well), she throws him a Get Out Of Jail Free-party. Carmela Bertrand has designed the invitations, and was invited as well. Both she and her best friend and neighbour Ava love to party and see how the rich of New Orleans live. But when Ava spills some of the delicious food on her silk shirt, Carmela tries to find the kitchen to get something to clean it. Instead she finds the laundry room, and Jerry ...more
 Gigi Ann
Oct 06, 2013 Gigi Ann rated it really liked it
Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom…

After Jerry Earl’s early release, his wife, Margo—a much-married Garden District doyenne—throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. The guest list includes many prominent New Orleans socialites,
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Suspense Magazine
Jul 23, 2014 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Orleans folks use any excuse for a party. So when Louisiana businessman Jerry Lee Leland is released from prison after serving only a fraction of his sentence—thanks to some well-placed bribes—his wife Margo decides to throw him an extravagant “Get Out Of Jail Free” party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in white tie and tails. Among the prominent New Orleans socialites on the guest list is scrapbook shop owner Carmella Bertrand and her BFF, Ava Gruiex. When Ava ...more
Cherry
Nov 20, 2014 Cherry rated it did not like it
This series, along with a couple of others, is my literary junk food. The books don't have too much in the way of substance but are very readable. Maybe I've read too many, or maybe I shouldn't read two in a row, because this was hard to finish and I found it harder than usual to get past the errors and weird grammatical style of the author.

It had the same structure as all the other Scrapbooking Mysteries. Ava struts around and calls Carmela 'cher': check. They go to lots of parties: check. Carm
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Fred
Oct 06, 2014 Fred rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gilt Trip is the eleventh book in the A Scrapbooking Mystery series.

Carmela has recently made invitations for Margo Lelands Welcome Home Party for Margo's husband, who has been incarcerated. Margo has invited Carmela and Ava to the party. During the party Ava spills some food on her blouse and Carmela goes off in search of something for Ava to use to get rid of the stain. But what Carmela does find is Margo's husband Jerry Earl, dead, and stuffed in a clothes dryer. Then when Margo asks Carmela
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Bonnie
Sep 03, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jerry Earl Leland, both a shady and wealthy New Orleans business man is given a splashy "Get Out of Jail Party" by his wife. He has served only a small portion of his jail time because of greased palms and connections. He gets his just due when he is found dead during the party by none other than our heroine and scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand.

First, Carmela goes on a hunt for a stain remove for her best friend, Ava’s, blouse. (Would you really do that in someone’s house you were not clo
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Angela Holland
Jul 18, 2015 Angela Holland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
What did I like about this story?
As with all of Laura's scrapbooking mysteries I like that they are centered about Carmela's scrapbook store. I like to hear about what Carmela is creating while at the same time trying to solve the mystery. After reading this whole series you kind of feel like you are friends with the characters. Another I like is the setting of the book. One day I will go to New Orleans and see all the places that they are talking about. In this story I had a completely differen
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Dharia Scarab
Holy crap, the main character actually found and followed some good leads and managed to solve the mystery before a killer grabbed her.

Hate to say it, but the fact that this book appears to have a co-writer may be the source of the better written mystery.


Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague
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Judy
Nov 24, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book as have all of the Scrapbooking Series but I really missed the "visits" when Baby and Tandy would show up at the store to work on a project. Because I have read all of the series, I really enjoy when the regulars are in the story. In this story Baby & Tandy show up for a very quick visit to the shop and Baby appears at a charity ball. Gabby takes her turn running the store when Carmela is out sleuthing. I always like it when Shamus appears.
One thin that I did find a bit
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Ricki
Jan 14, 2014 Ricki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of books. I read a lot of mysteries. I read a lot of cozy mysteries, so when I say a particular author one of my favorite authors, that's saying something. Laura Childs has got to be one of my favorite cozy writers. Having written three cozy mystery series': The Scrapbooking Mysteries, The Tea Shoppe mysteries and the Cackleberry Club mysteries, Childs is not a stranger to the cozy sub-genre. Her books are well researched and full of the nuances and phrasing that makes each setting ...more
Andrea Stoeckel
Apr 06, 2015 Andrea Stoeckel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Celebrations abound as Jerry Earl Leland, newly sprung white collar criminal, gets released after serving only a tiny amount of his sentance....and then is found during his " get out of jail free" party, dead, by you guessed it, Carmela Betrand, own of Memory Mine Scrapbook andCraft store.

Besides Jerry's bizzare death, this story incorporates shale oil sands, gold, jailhouse gangs, and more shady dealings than Carmela and her best bud Ava can figure out. Add to it, the final nail in her connecti
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Andrea
Jan 13, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gilt Trip was a pretty standard book for Laura. It was fine. It gave me a New Orleans fix which is fun. The usual characters abound. Nice grisly murder...eww. But it is a bit far fetch to think that Carmela would be allowed to do any investigation and even more that the police would talk to her after the initial interview at all. I understand in a cozy, that our heroine must solve the murder, but authors need to explore new ways of getting their character involved that seem logical. Carmela woul ...more
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