Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

Cozy Mystery

ARC (available in hardcover)

Berkley Prime Crime

Release Date:
October, 2013

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 spills out of  a clothes dryer and lands by Carmela's feet. As her past has shown, she has a knack for being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. This time is no exception. Just ask the local police, especially her detective boyfriend.

Since Carmela has so much experience in solving murders, Jerry Earl’s wife begs her to find his killer.  She has no choice but to put herself in the middle of the investigation, once again.

Carmela quickly learns that Jerry Earl was not very well-liked by everyone and the suspect list keeps increasing by the minute. When another dead body turns up, she knows she can waste no time in finding the killer - especially since she's the one to discover all these dead bodies. With some help from Ava, they give the police some unwanted help before anyone else gets hurt or worse.

I’ve only read a couple of books in this series and I really need to catch up with it. I love Carmela. She’s such a fun character, full of life and spark. I’m so rooting for her to be with Babcock. She stands up for herself and is a very strong character. Ava is another character who I think is wonderfully written. She is flighty and sassy.  Readers will adore both of them. They remind me so much of Thelma and Louise or even Lucy and Ethel. LOL

I read this book in a few short days. It is fast-paced and well-written.  The story went in several different directions until we were given a madcap ending that fit the book very well.  The author also includes scrapbooking tips and recipes.

Like I said, I need to catch up on this series (it’s #11 of the “A Scrapbooking Mystery” series) and I will definitely be going for the author’s other two series soon.

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

For reading challenge:

2013 Where Are You Reading Challenge? (Louisiana)

BOOK GIVEAWAY (International) !!!!

How would you like to win a copy of Gilt Trip for your very own? Thanks to author Laura Childs, I have two autographed books to giveaway to two lucky winners. 

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The giveaway begins on October 2nd (midnight est) and ends on October 10th (midnight est).

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  1. This book sounds captivating and very special. Thanks for this chance. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Sounds like a good read.


  3. I love the series and own a dozen of this authors books (she has 3 series going on). I'd love to add this one to my collection.

  4. sounds like a good read and for me a new author - something I am always looking out for

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

  5. This sounds like a great series. I haven't read any of the books yet, but can't wait to start.

  6. I would love to win this book. You are the reason I got into reading cozy mysteries. Thank you

  7. Love Laura Childs books! Looking forward to this "installment" in this series!

  8. A corpse in a clothes dryer gets my imagination going in all the wrong directions---like couldn't that be a little smelly?

  9. Thanks for this great giveaway, Yvonne! I will add it to my list.

  10. I am a big fan of both Laura's scrapbooking and tea shop mysteries! Would love to win Gilt Trip! I have really like how she had Carmela and the shop react to things like Katrina.

  11. Book sounds fantastic. Looking forward to reading it.
    Barbara Thompson

  12. This really looks good! I love a good cozy mystery, though I don't recall reading Laura Child before. This could be the one to start with!

  13. This sounds like another great book by Laura, thank you for the chance to win a copy of it.


  14. I do love a cozy mystery. This promises to be such a great read.

  15. congrats & continued success to Laura!!!!!

  16. This sounds like a fun "cozy"! Thank you for hosting this, Yvonne.

  17. Sounds fun. Also like the cover so much.

  18. I've never read any of her books. I'd love to start with this one. It sounds really good!

  19. Sounds like a really fun and interesting read.

  20. This sounds like a series I would enjoy!

  21. I have not read a book by the author yet and I would like to know does she does her own research or have someone else do it.


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