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Author Laura Childs is a superb writer and is now joined in writing this series with another of my favorite authors, Terrie Farley Moran! They make a perfect fit for sure. Reading the books, you’d never know two writers were contributing. The quality storytelling in CREPE FACTOR is of a standard that many authors can only hope to achieve.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
CREPE FACTOR is not only a fun, madcap romp through New Orleans and the bayou with memorable characters, the book provides inspiration and tips for scrapbooking along with several delicious recipes.
~Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of MurderThis is a lively read. Carmela and Ava are fun characters, and I loved their scenes together. The dialogue is sharp and quick, and really moves the story along.
~View from the BirdhouseLaura was my first cozy mystery author I read and it was this series I started with. She is who got me hooked on cozy mysteries and why I keep coming back to them.
~A. Holland ReadsCrepe Factor is quirky, fun, and entertaining. It is well written by seasoned authors, and their dual contribution flows seamlessly.
~The Power of WordsThe descriptions of this New Orleans community makes the reader feel like they are right there…I did enjoy the book, well written with a touch of humor.
~CelticLady ReviewsI found this book a delight!…The mystery was lots of fun.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

I have followed this series from the start and when you put both of these authors together , their writing styles go so well together that you get an outstanding read.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This book really pulled you in wanting you to figure out who killed him and why. I loved going on the adventure with them.
~Community Bookstop

This was an entertaining and fun read. It had the right amount of humor in it that made me chuckle at times.
~Melina’s Book Blog

I love the setting of New Orleans. One of America’s most fascinating places. I love the friendship between Ava and Carmela. And I love the scrapbooking store setting.

I enjoyed main characters, Carmella and Ava. They were fun, quirky, and full of adventure. I appreciated that I could come into book fourteen as a new reader and not feel left behind in the series.
~Grace, Gratitude, Life

The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included! 

Character interview

Meet Carmela Bertrand, scrapbook guru, New Orleans habitué,
and main character in Crepe Factor by Laura Childs.

Carmela, welcome to Island Confidential. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a New Orleans girl through and through. A few years ago I opened a little scrapbook shop called Memory Mine in the French Quarter and it took off like a bottle rocket. Now we’ve evolved into creating invitations, memory boxes, rubber stamping, Paperclay earrings, handmade books, altered teacups, and all sorts of fab crafts. What you might not guess is that I was once married to a rich playboy from a fine old New Orleans banking family – the operative word being was. One day, Shamus (my ex) slipped into his boogie shoes and left me flat. It’s a good thing I’m resourceful and not afraid of hard work!

Who’s the character in Crepe Factor that you get along with the best, would you say?

That would be my BFF Ava Gruiex. Ava’s a self-proclaimed hottie-patottie who wears leather pants, a push-up bra, and owns Juju Voodoo in the French Quarter. Mostly she sells love charms made from herbs and plays my partner in crime when I try to solve a murder mystery. Which, for some reason, happens a lot in New Orleans. Hey, what can I say? We’re the Big Easy, home of Mardi Gras, crazy above ground cemeteries, haunted bayous, Cajun spiced food, great architecture, and bad behavior.

Anyone you don’t get along with so well?

I hate to admit this, but my soon-to- be fiancé Detective Edgar Babcock goes bonkers when I get involved in police business. For example, at the Winter Market, the food critic Martin Lash was murdered – skewered with a serving fork. And just because Lash had a fiery argument with my old boyfriend Quigg Brevard, Babcock rushed in and grilled poor Quigg like a pig on a spit. Then, when I decided to get involved (I call it a shadow investigation) to help Quigg, it evolved into a second murder and a wild and wooly romp where Ava and I gobbled fine foods, flaunted fashion, and ran for our lives through the bayou! Fun, huh?

Just between you and me, what do you really think of your author, Laura Childs?

Well, she’s pretty hard working for one thing. I mean, she’s banged out over 40 mysteries in the last fifteen years and most of them hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. So I guess that’s something.

What’s next for you?

Mardi Gras is coming up and that means another raucous adventure where a Mardi Gras float explodes and a fat cat finance guy who’s riding on the float is killed. When my ex-husband Shamus (aka the rat) is accused of murder, he begs me to help him. Needless to say, this evolves into my snooping at parties, in Mardi Gras float dens, and old French Quarter mansions. You can read all about it in Glitter Bomb when it comes out next year.

Gerry Schmitt, who writes under the pen name Laura Childs is now adding two more series that are harder-edged Wednesday February 26, 2014 in Plymouth. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)


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 screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

Laura’s Links:

Webpage – http://www.laurachilds.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/laura.childs.31


Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year.  The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren.

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