Apologies for the late posting....I read the book in good time but the artwork took longer than intended......sigh
This month we move to New Orleans in the company of Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking store and the heroine of "Postcards From The Dead" by Laura Childs.
This is #10 in the series so I was amongst old friends again. It's what the Americans call a "cozy".... there is murder and mayhem but the tone is light.
It is Mardi Gras and as the parade moves through the French Quarter Carmela is waiting to be interviewed for TV by Kimber Breeze. The interview never takes place as Carmela finds Kimber dead, hanging from the balcony of the Hotel Tremain. Shortly after her death postcards start arriving supposedly written by the victim.
And so the story starts.....Carmela can't resist trying to solve the murder despite being warned off by her policeman boyfriend. She is helped by her friend Ava, owner of Juju Voodoo, the premier voodoo shop in New Orleans.
The story rattles along at a brisk pace and, as usual, the action is interspersed with scrapbooking tips and recipes.....any food eaten is described lovingly and in great detail.....this is not a book to read if you're on a diet!!
The atmosphere of New Orleans is captured perfectly.....the descriptions make me want to visit the city.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and liked the fact that I was surprised by "whodunnit".....I hate it when I figure out the murderer early on in a book.
It is thanks to this series of books that I'm a scrapbooker. The first couple I read the scenes in "Memory Mine" didn't make much sense to me ....then I discovered our local craft centre and the rest, as they say, is history.
So, what artwork have I produced? I've done a double page collage...about chocolate......
I can imagine the head scratching that this announcement will have caused....but it's quite simple...
Every time Ava and her shop were mentioned I had the words to "That Old Black Magic" (as sung by Frank Sinatra) running through my head....this led to memories of Black Magic chocolates. They used to be my favourite boxed chocolates...until they stopped making the cherry ones.....boo, hiss!
Next month we're off to Canada!