Gilt trip

Laura Childs

Book - 2013

"Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won't have long to enjoy his freedom... After Jerry Earl's early release, his wife, Margo--a much-married Garden District doyenne--throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. The guest list includes many prominent Ne...w Orleans socialites, as well as scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava Gruiex. But sometime during the swirl of partying and drinking, Jerry Earl is brutally murdered--then stuffed inside a clothes dryer. Carmela has earned a reputation around town for solving murders, and when the grieving widow turns to her for help, she can't say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela's going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl's dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry.."--

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Scrapbooking mystery
Mystery fiction
New York : Berkley Hardcover 2013.
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Main Author
Laura Childs (-)
Other Authors
Diana Orgain (-)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Chutzpah and coincidence play large roles in Childs's 11th Scrapbooking mystery (after 2012's Postcards from the Dead), co-authored with Orgain (Formula for Murder). This Big Easy romp starts with a glitzy party for Jerry Earl Leland, welcomed home from prison by his high-maintenance wife, Margo. After Carmela discovers Jerry's corpse stuffed in a clothes dryer, she accepts Margo's plea to investigate. Then she promises long-suffering policeman Bobby Gallant she won't interfere even while plotting her next move behind his back. With the assistance of her man-hungry friend, Ava Gruiex, and her knowledge of local movers and shakers, the impetuous Carmela gallops off in the wrong direction, frequently asking herself why she let herself get involved. A second murder raises the stakes. Unfortunately, it's never clear what the motive was nor why the murders were committed in such an outre fashion. The scrapbooking tips are a bonus, and the recipes sound delicious. Agent: Samuel Pinkus, Philologus Procurator, Inc. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.