Mumbo Gumbo Murder

Mumbo Gumbo Murder

Large Print - 2020
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"A shocking murder strikes a sour note during Jazz Fest in the latest New Orleans Scrapbooking Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura ChildsIt's Jazz Fest in New Orleans, and the giant puppets from the Beastmaster Puppet Theatre are parading through the French Quarter. Some are very spooky and veiled, others are tall and gangly, like strange aliens. As the parade proceeds, Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava, follow behind, down Royal Street and past the food booths. Suddenly, they hear a terrible crash from Devon Dowling's antiques shop. They rush inside to find Devon collapsed with blood streaming down the side of his face. Has he been shot? Stabbed? 911 is hastily called, and the police and EMTs show up. After the police examine Devon's body, they tell Carmela and Ava that their friend was murdered with an icepick. They're shocked beyond belief--and now Mimi, Devon's little pug, is left homeless. Carmela and Ava are determined to catch the murderer, but the list of suspects is long. How long do they have before they find themselves on the killer's list?"--
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432868116
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT MYSTERY Childs Laura
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
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Additional Contributors: Moran, Terrie Farley - Author


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4.5 stars - MaryAnn said jazzy, New Orleans mystery was really cute. She is a big fan of Child’s mysteries.

***This is book #16 in A Scrapbooking Mystery series.

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Feb 01, 2020

I enjoyed it immensly made me laugh 5 star!!

Oct 14, 2019

I used to enjoy this Murder/Mystery series but the last 2 books, I found myself pretty agitated by the two women who are the lead characters of the story. Carmela has been coming off has a totally indecisive woman (except when she decides that she and she alone can solve a New Orleans murder). I have found myself wondering how on Earth this woman who can't make a single decision without "dithering" about it for hours and/or days, can run a successful business? As I said, this indecisiveness has progressed in the last couple of books. AND she's always been someone who gives into a man's decisions (again except when she decides she is the only one who can solve a murder and then she carelessly and recklessly charges ahead). In this book, the men in her life pretty much say "Jump" and she asks how high, all the while she saying to herself "Jump? Nope, not gonna do it. Nope, high again?" I don't know why the author is turning Carmela from a strong, business owner into a wimp whenever a man is involved, but I'm getting tired of it. And as for Ava....Carmela's friend and partner in crime (and also a business owner). She's always been a little ditsy, but again there has been a progression from ditsy to totally stupid, rude and acting like a 13 year old girl. Really, really got on my nerves in this book! One tiny example, Carmela and Ava attend the funeral of a dear, dear friend (who was murdered) and at the Reception at a high class New Orleans restaurant they go through the line to meet the man's grieving relatives. Just as they get to the man's brother (the chief mourner) Carmela shakes his hand and tells him how sorry she is for his loss. Ava? Well looks at him while she's applying lipstick and then says "How ya doin?" I take it back about what I said above. I don't believe even a 13 year old girl would be that rude and unfeeling. This kind of Juvenile behavior from Ava goes on from the beginning of the book to the end. And, for me, it really, really got annoying! And the mystery? Please, it wasn't hard to figure the mystery out and who the killer was. I am not sure I am going to bother to read the next book in this series. However, I still plan to read the author's how 2 other series....The Tea Shop mysteries and The Cackleberry Club mysteries. I sure hope Laura Childs, the author, doesn't mess those up.


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