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Frill Kill (A Scrapbooking Mystery #5)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,106 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
This Halloween, the bestselling mystery author makes New Orleans even spookier than usual. Carmela's friend Ava is having a Halloween bash at her scrapbooking store, and she hires a sexy Tarot reader named Giovanni to work the crowd. What he doesn't foretell is that on her way home Carmela will find the body of a beautiful model behind a Dumpster, and be attacked herself. ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Berkley Hardcover
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Dec 16, 2008 Lain rated it it was ok
I am not sure why I keep reading these books. I guess as a scrapbooker and mystery lover, I feel obligated to do so. But they just keep getting worse and worse. Not only are the characters shallow, they get goofier and goofier each book. Carmela and her best friend, Ava, now have intermittent N'Awlins accents that pop up every so often, then disappear just as suddenly.

This mystery is a lesson in suspension of disbelief. For some reason, Carmela feels the need to investigate the murder of a young
Mar 18, 2016 Stella added it
These books are fun to read, and the setting of New Orleans helps a great deal. I love Ava; Carmella is a little bit too "goody goody," but she's cool enough. As for Babcock --- I would never date him! I don't see what the fuss is about. He's constantly brushing Carmella off, arguing with her, yelling at her for meddling, or just being rude -- then he wants sex. I don't see how the characters think he's this perfect boyfriend. I hope they break up soon, because I don't want to continue reading a ...more
Feb 21, 2009 Katreniah rated it did not like it
This book didn't really work for me. The main characters made me angry, and I couldn't figure out how some of these women managed to spend entire days in a scrapbooking store. The main character has an emotionally abusive ass of a husband (They're estranged, but for some reason, she doesn't just kick him to the curb and shut him out of her life.), and I became annoyed at how the main character dealt with him - so much so that I didn't really care what happened to her. Maybe I should have read th ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Cozy mystery, based around a scrapbooking shop in New Orleans.
Found this paperback in a goodwill in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Liked it enough to go and seek out the rest of the series.
Sep 01, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
The Halloween Edition!!! I so enjoy this and hope there are LOTS more.
Jul 23, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the 5th book in the Scrapbooking series set in New Orleans. This one occurs around Halloween. Carmela's friend Ava has hired a handsome tarot reader for her store. When a model for a local designer ends up dead behind the dumpster and Carmela is attacked in her discovery of the body, Giovanni is the prime suspect. This is complicated by the apparent animal attack to the body which is played up by an annoying TV reporter. Giovanni's brother works in a circus, was a former boyfriend of the ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Nytetyger rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-challenge
Another in the series, but this one seemed to just be "going through the motions"; nothing new really happened to any of the characters, and even more disappointing is how Carmela is still refusing to divorce her husband. At every opportunity she whines about how Shamus is a cheating sneak, and his family are all vipers but boy howdy, must be SOMETHING to the man as she refuses to even THINK about getting a lawyer-- and honestly I'm starting to feel like it is Carmela realizing she will get near ...more
Lori Whitwam
Dec 28, 2007 Lori Whitwam rated it liked it
This is the most recent installment in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series, set in New Orleans and featuring scrapbook store owner Carmela. I originally liked the series more than I do now. The characters started out fairly interesting and engaging, but seem to have stagnated. The plots are still decent, but the ending to this one seemed rather contrived and unsatisfying. The matter of the wounds/murder weapon seemed far-fetched. No way would the police have followed their original suspicions so far ...more
Dharia Scarab
Didn't have a guess on this one, the killed comes out of no where. Damn formula. :(

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 in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read mor
Barb Edwards
Jun 07, 2011 Barb Edwards rated it it was ok
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Oct 08, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it
This was a fun entry in the Scrapbooking Mysteries. Set at Halloween in New Orleans there are ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night galore! Carmela is embroiled in another murder, this one of a model. While she and Ada run around trying to solve the murder there is wolves (or are they werewolves?) run ins with the soon to be ex-husband Shamus, confrontations with local cops and a modeling job at the local designers shop.

I was guessing about the murderer but only fleetingly
Apr 07, 2015 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Lots of over-the-top great descriptions and I enjoyed the odd cover photo, the recipes and scrapbooking hints and tips which add to the overall quality.
I love this series (I admit I haven’t read her Tea Shop series). It set in New Orleans as usual soon after the Hurricane Katrina has left. Things seem to be getting back to normal as far as business is concern. Carmela in her Scrapbooking store and Ava with her Voodoo store.

Ava has a wonderful store party soon before Halloween to help get in the “Spirit”. On her way home Carmela discovers a body and is attacked from behind. Giovanni comes to her rescue.

Soon after Ava and Carmela are on the case
Kim Ehrenhaft
Jun 13, 2014 Kim Ehrenhaft rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2010 Kristen rated it liked it
This is my first new cozy I read this fall by a new author. Although in the middle of the series, it was still good to enjoy it. In this one, Carmela Bertrand gets entangled into a crime, when someone gets murdered in the back alley, and she gets attacked. Nonetheless, it helped her best friend's business bloom along with her own scrapbooking shop. Carmela and her friends try to find out who's framing one of Ava's employers, when they get invested in circus acts and fashion, along with a love tr ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardback
Great read. Interesting and likable characters and enjoyable plot. Recommend for those that enjoy a good cozy mystery.
Oct 06, 2010 Becky rated it it was amazing
Best time to read this is late September thru October as the setting is Halloween in New Orleans.

For once, someone unrelated to Carmela is murdered. However, it does happen in the alley behind her shop. Her friend, Ava, has just hired a new employee who is very profitable for her business. This guy, Giovanni, is one of the prime suspects. Carmela & Ava team up to help clear his and his brother's name.

Since reading the Scrapbooking Mysteries, I have found some parallels to the Nancy Drew Myst
May 18, 2016 SHERRY added it
Fun and mystery with Carmela and Ava in the Big Easy. Extra bonus recipes and scrapbooking tips.
Laura Landis
Mar 06, 2015 Laura Landis rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The series has gotten better with each new book.
Pat Peters
Mar 30, 2015 Pat Peters rated it really liked it
I really like these books. Can really engage with the characters
Mar 12, 2014 Lyne rated it it was ok
Please remind me why I keep reading these! I scrapbook techniques are dated - the mysetery thin and the character laughable.
Danielle Gonzalez
Feb 24, 2015 Danielle Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Is there a werewolf in New Orleans? Some may think so after a model is found dead with what appear to be teeth marks and strange animal hair on her body. This is another interesting mystery for Carmela and her chums to solve. As with all of Childs' books, this is an easy and fun read. Take it for what it is, don't over analyze the writing, and you'll enjoy a fun story. I like the descriptions of New Orleans and the creative projects that Carmela does. I also can't wait to try some of the recipes ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok
Not sure what to think, it wasn't what I expected.
Mar 22, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
I love this author. It's relaxing as a cup of tea, or an afternoon in a scrapbook store,and I love her recipes. :) Any of her characters are very believable, and make you feel like you really know them. The ex who is by turns charming and a pain...just like your friend's ex, the best friend who has a busy love life, the characters are fun, believable, but still allow for an escape from reality. The setting of New Orleans after Katrina, and her mention of changes, and the things that have remaine ...more
Jul 20, 2008 Mascanlon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: crafters and mystery lovers
I surely enjoy the tales of New Orleans and the various scrapes Carmela, the owner of a Scrapbooking store gets herself into. This time its Halloween and mixed in with the usual suspects of werewolfs and ghosts and goblins, Laura Childs offers a couture fashion show with the mood set for the season. A long with a solid plot, interesting characters we get descriptions of some wonderful papaer art projects and recipes to boot. I only wish the author included in the back with the recipes the direct ...more
Aug 21, 2016 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Always a good read in this series.
Susan Webb
Feb 25, 2016 Susan Webb rated it it was amazing
Carmela and Ava are wonderful together!
Oct 07, 2007 Julia rated it liked it
Carmela Bertrand is back in another cozy mystery in New Orleans. Carmela and fellow small business owner Ava stumble into a dead body rather quickly and have to worry if Ava's new tarot card reader Giovanni could have had a hand in this. I appreciate Childs' continued nod to the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. In this, small comments about how life is getting back to normal and business is finally turning around really add some reality to the always fun descriptions of New Orleans other than Ma ...more
Nov 01, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
This mystery was a fun read set in the post Katrina city of New Orleans. Carmela, a scrapbook store owner, is a spunky, soon-to-be divorced woman who finds herself caught in the middle of a pre-Halloween murder. Determined to help out in trying to solve this mystery, Carmela, with her friend, Ava, set out to help solve this murder. This book is filled with suspense, humor, and a touch of flirtations.
Jul 12, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Yes the same as the others. Shamus is a real jerk, but Carmela doesn't divorce him. Ava and Carmela run around the bayou and cemeteries at night. Murder happens right in front of Carmela (or at least pretty close) and because the person accused works in Ava's shop, Carmela feels the need to investigate.

I keep reading them though. I am not sure why when I have a whole list of other books I want to try.
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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.

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