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30 review for Frill Kill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stella

    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 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 about their awful relationship. This series is written better than the Tea Shop series, but the murderers are still predictable. Still, a fun read - you don't get emotionally attached, so it's easy to put down, but the suspense is enough that you want to finish. Perfect for lunch breaks or free hours.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Another adventure for Carmela and her friend Ava. Carmela finds a body, becomes a fashion model and puts herself in danger to solve the crime. As always, recipes (some of which I may try) and scrapping hints. I tend to blow hot or cold on this series. This entry (#5) was a good one. The mystery was interesting, the murderer was neither typecast or broadcasted (I was surprised) but it made sense. Ava continues to be over the top (it gets worse in future installments, but she was not too bad this t Another adventure for Carmela and her friend Ava. Carmela finds a body, becomes a fashion model and puts herself in danger to solve the crime. As always, recipes (some of which I may try) and scrapping hints. I tend to blow hot or cold on this series. This entry (#5) was a good one. The mystery was interesting, the murderer was neither typecast or broadcasted (I was surprised) but it made sense. Ava continues to be over the top (it gets worse in future installments, but she was not too bad this time) and I don't get the character of Glory at all (Shamus's sister), but in this one, it came in small bits and was easy to overlook and ignore. The book takes place at Halloween, my fav holiday, which was fun, and the victim has teeth marks on her neck. Werewolf? While no one believes a supernatural entity is at work, it lent a different vibe to the story. Certainly the book kept my interest, and I enjoyed the ending.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lain

    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 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 model whose body she stumbles upon. Witnesses and suspects alike turn to her for counsel, suddenly appearing at her door for no clear reason other than to drop some crucial piece of evidence. And anyone who has watched more than an episode or two of CSI or any other crime scene will be horrified by the inaccuracies in the crime scene forensics. By the end of the book, I was laughing at the poor editing, the overuse of exclamation points (!!) and the silliness of the plot. All in all, a ridiculous series that gets more ridiculous with each new title.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katreniah

    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 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 the first book in the series first (I know; I KNOW), but after reading this one to check it out, I'm not really interested and am glad I didn't make the investment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The Halloween Edition!!! I so enjoy this and hope there are LOTS more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Verity W

    I picked this up at the secondhand store because it seemed like a fortuitous coincidence that they had a Halloween-themed cozy crime at this time of year. I really wanted to like it - and the actual mystery part of the book was fine - but the characters and the dialogue didn't really work for me. I was also slightly at a loss to understand a) why the lead keeps her ex-husband around if he's so terrible (and he does come across as truly terrible) b) why the characters intermittantly speak with New I picked this up at the secondhand store because it seemed like a fortuitous coincidence that they had a Halloween-themed cozy crime at this time of year. I really wanted to like it - and the actual mystery part of the book was fine - but the characters and the dialogue didn't really work for me. I was also slightly at a loss to understand a) why the lead keeps her ex-husband around if he's so terrible (and he does come across as truly terrible) b) why the characters intermittantly speak with New Orleans accents c) why the Creole is so randomly scattered through the book d) why on earth the proprietor of a scrapbook shop and a novelty voodoo shop were picked to decorate a high fashion halloween runway show e) how on earth the described decorations were meant to be in any way classy/appropriate f) why people keep telling the heroine info in the case g) why the detective puts up with it. So a lot of questions. My first Laura Childs - as well as my first in this series - I probably won't go hunting for more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    New Orleans scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand, is attending a party at her best friend Ava's Juju Voodoo shop, when she finds the dead body of a young woman in the alley outside the shop. She then hears growling and is knocked over from behind. Ava's new fortune teller, Giovanni, is the first on the scene, supposedly saving Carmela from the unknown attacker, but Giovanni and his brother, Santino, have a past with the now dead woman, and Santino is nowhere to be found. To make matters even m New Orleans scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand, is attending a party at her best friend Ava's Juju Voodoo shop, when she finds the dead body of a young woman in the alley outside the shop. She then hears growling and is knocked over from behind. Ava's new fortune teller, Giovanni, is the first on the scene, supposedly saving Carmela from the unknown attacker, but Giovanni and his brother, Santino, have a past with the now dead woman, and Santino is nowhere to be found. To make matters even more chaotic, it's the week before Halloween and the local news is reporting sightings of werewolves in the French Quarter, which is quite disconcerting, as there were what appeared to be toothmarks around the victim's neck. This is another fun installment in the series in a perfect Halloween setting; a great read for the month of October!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Another exciting adventure of Carmela. Good story. With Halloween barely a week away, things are getting even spookier than usual in New Orleans. A party at Juju Voodoo draws a fabulous throng, and Carmela's friend Ava has hired 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.... It's Giovanni the gypsy who appears to save her -- or was he already the Another exciting adventure of Carmela. Good story. With Halloween barely a week away, things are getting even spookier than usual in New Orleans. A party at Juju Voodoo draws a fabulous throng, and Carmela's friend Ava has hired 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.... It's Giovanni the gypsy who appears to save her -- or was he already there/ He's the police's number one suspect, but Ava is determined to stand by her employee... even if he does have a tricky way of dodging certain questions. Ava and Carmela have plenty of strange leads to follow up, like the horrifying tooth marks around the victim's neck, and the nonhuman hairs found at the scene.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I read one a book from the tea shop series and enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I was home from the library that I realized this one was from the scrapbooking series. I was looking for a Halloween cozy to read for the season. I really liked the book about a murdered model in New Orleans right before Halloween. Ava and Carmela are friends and both own local businesses. They are like Lucy and Ethel with their silly and funny antics. They like to dress up and have some good chats over food and drink. Ne I read one a book from the tea shop series and enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I was home from the library that I realized this one was from the scrapbooking series. I was looking for a Halloween cozy to read for the season. I really liked the book about a murdered model in New Orleans right before Halloween. Ava and Carmela are friends and both own local businesses. They are like Lucy and Ethel with their silly and funny antics. They like to dress up and have some good chats over food and drink. New Orleans lore, fortune telling and threat of a werewolf make the hunt for the murderer interesting, but it’s really the world of fashion that is scary and threatening this season.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Challenges: RRRCs January 2019 - Bubble Bath Day, relax/round on cover/alliteration in title (4); and Create Your Own Readathon/Stacking the Series/Steeped in Books - Primary List/Level 9/Book 5. Set at Halloween time with a loup-garou suspect; just a nice set-back-and-read with the added creative dimension of scrapbooking.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters and story. I will read more of this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Glen

    The perfect cozy for me, mystery genre study. #NOLA

  14. 5 out of 5

    Massanutten Regional Library

    Linda, Elkton patron, June 2019, 5 stars: This was a super book. It takes place in Louisiana. She is a great author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Judi Asdell

    Love the settings for these Scrapbooking mysteries! New Orleans is such a colorful place...the descriptions bring everything visually into focus!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So many twists and turns throughout that keep you guessing who did it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is my first time reading a book by Laura Childs. Frill Kill was an easy read with a surprising ending. She really "paints a picture" in your mind. A delightful story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nytetyger

    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 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 to nothing from his fortune. Why else STAY with a man you cannot stand to be near, whose habit of cheating and drinking to excess makes you incensed, and whose whole family makes you want to vomit? Believe it or not, this ruins the rest of the book, as it comes up at every turn. I'm thinking it is time to put the series down, at least until I hear she finally DOES get the divorce; otherwise it will just annoy me far too much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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 model and trains wolves. But there is more than meets the eye. Carmela and Ava investigate and have to deal with high fashion, fake werewolves, and Carmela's soon to be ex-husband on the way to discovering the killer. This was a decent mystery although some of the storyline was a bit unbelievable, including having Carmela and Ava selected to walk the catwalk at a major show for the local designer. It was an okay story, but again, I prefer the Tea Shop series to this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lori Whitwam

    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 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 down the wrong path. The series is still an interesting glimpse into the various social groups and activities of the residents of the French Quarter, but the characters are no longer fresh, and there is a lack of development in the last couple of titles. I might read the next one in the series, but if it doesn't show some growth and recapture my interest, it will be the last.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barb Edwards

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love mysteries and am a "new" (started 2 years ago) scrapbooker so I picked this up at a garage sale (the best way, other than the library, to try a new author). Disappointing. The police thought it was an animal attack? The coroner couldn't tell the difference between scissors and animal teeth/claws? They didn't know what the mystery hair was? Where are the CSI guys? The murderer was hardly in the story until the end! Some of the dialogue didn't sound at all like people would talk. None of the I love mysteries and am a "new" (started 2 years ago) scrapbooker so I picked this up at a garage sale (the best way, other than the library, to try a new author). Disappointing. The police thought it was an animal attack? The coroner couldn't tell the difference between scissors and animal teeth/claws? They didn't know what the mystery hair was? Where are the CSI guys? The murderer was hardly in the story until the end! Some of the dialogue didn't sound at all like people would talk. None of the scrapbooking tips aren't anything I haven't seen at the little local shop where I attend "scrap and gabs" on Friday evenings. The recipes look interesting. Glad I only spent .25 on this. I read another reviewer who said she liked the first books in this series. Not sure if I should check them out, or not.

  22. 4 out of 5

    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 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 more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    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 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 considered the actual killer, so I learned about it at the time the author wanted me too! Highly recommended - and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    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 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 to find out how the murder happened and who attacked Carmela. Of course there are roadblocks along the way, but none that can be solved.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    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 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 triangle for Carmela, battling her soon-to-be ex-husband, and a hasty news reporter. A great new cozy with great crafty ideas.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    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 Mysterie 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 Mysteries: Nancy's Roadster = Carmela's Sporty Mercedes George and Bess = Ava Ned = Shamus

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    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 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 Mardi Gras.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mascanlon

    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 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 directions and supply lists of the projects.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    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 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 remained the same, are wonderful to read and enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    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 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 that the author included in the back of the book.

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