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An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Ca An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.


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An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Ca An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela's ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus' float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member's death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder....and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.

30 review for Glitter Bomb

  1. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    A deadly explosion occurs during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Carmela, a scrapbook shop owner, and Ava, her best friend, are at the parade and witness the disaster. Carmela and Ava use their sleuthing skills to investigate and find out if the explosion was an accident or murder. The 15th book in A Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs. I have not read the previous books in this series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery, and plan on A deadly explosion occurs during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Carmela, a scrapbook shop owner, and Ava, her best friend, are at the parade and witness the disaster. Carmela and Ava use their sleuthing skills to investigate and find out if the explosion was an accident or murder. The 15th book in A Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs. I have not read the previous books in this series, but this one was easily read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery, and plan on reading some of the earlier books in this series. Glitter Bomb starts with a bang, and keeps a fast and fun pace throughout the book. Carmela and Ava are a lively duo that go on quite the adventure to solve this mystery. Since it is set during Mardi Gras, the city is bustling and Carmela and Ava stay busy enjoying the festivities. After the story, a few extras are included: - Scrapbook, stamping, and craft tips from Laura Childs - Favorite New Orleans recipes - Excerpt from Eggs on Ice A fun mystery in a dazzling setting. A great read for fans of cozy mysteries. Humorous, delightful, and sparkling. I received a free eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    Scrapbook Mystery # 15 begins with a Mardi Gras float that goes BOOM and rains a glitterstorm upon the surrounding crowd which includes Carmella Bertrand and bestie, Ava Gruiex. Through the shimmering haze they see a body sprawled on the ground. Carmella’s ex-husband, Shamus, was on the float, and he’s okay, however; his krewe captain’s last breath was smothered out with his airway blocked by glitter. Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmella’s love, is fast to the scene, questioning witnesses, and orga Scrapbook Mystery # 15 begins with a Mardi Gras float that goes BOOM and rains a glitterstorm upon the surrounding crowd which includes Carmella Bertrand and bestie, Ava Gruiex. Through the shimmering haze they see a body sprawled on the ground. Carmella’s ex-husband, Shamus, was on the float, and he’s okay, however; his krewe captain’s last breath was smothered out with his airway blocked by glitter. Detective Edgar Babcock, Carmella’s love, is fast to the scene, questioning witnesses, and organizing a search for the “Neptune Bomber”. It seems the victim, Hughes Wilder, had made some bad investments with a huge wad of investors’ money, and somebody decided he should pay with his life. Humor-filled scenes with non-stop action make this story a pageturner. Ain’t nobody put a ring on either Carmella or Ava’s fingers so the two bachelorettes continue to party, drink, and enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities while they make their way around the French Quarter snooping, asking questions, and nearly getting themselves blown to smithereens. Ms. Childs and co-author, Ms. Moran, keep the dialogue snappy and the pace fiesty hoping their sleuthing efforts will stamp out one suspect in particular with motive to kill and some detonation skills. The plot in this long-running, fan favorite cozy series sparkles and shines like strands of Mardi Gras beads. The trademark originality from both the writer’s guarantees a genuine keeper for cozy mystery book shelves! Handy Scrapbooking Tips and Delicious Recipes to try follow the story. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. Thank you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marci

    I received this book from First to Read in return for an honest review. I have read many of Laura Childs previous books and have always enjoyed them. This book, Glitter Bomb, was not one of her best. I had not read the last several of the Scrapbooking series and thought I would enjoy this one. From page one I felt like I was reading an adventure with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Bus gang. The language comes off as trite, rude and childish instead of humorous. The romantic interests fell flat and t I received this book from First to Read in return for an honest review. I have read many of Laura Childs previous books and have always enjoyed them. This book, Glitter Bomb, was not one of her best. I had not read the last several of the Scrapbooking series and thought I would enjoy this one. From page one I felt like I was reading an adventure with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Bus gang. The language comes off as trite, rude and childish instead of humorous. The romantic interests fell flat and the heroine and her bff have morphed into being rude, selfish and pushy. The phrase holy *.* came up more in this book than in an episode of the old Batman series. The main situations are also a little beyond belief. Why Ava would feel responsible to step in and save the day for a house tour is beyond me. All in all Carmella bumbles her way through 300 pages asking herself way too many times what am I doing and why am I doing this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    One of my favorite Mystery authors, Laura Childs, has released a new book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series and I couldn’t be more excited about it! GLTITER BOMB is the fifteenth book in the series and it’s definitely one of my favorites! First things first, I have to talk about my love for this series. This particular one is probably my favorite of her series. I have read and enjoyed her other ones, but there’s something about this style of writing paired with the New Orleans setting that One of my favorite Mystery authors, Laura Childs, has released a new book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series and I couldn’t be more excited about it! GLTITER BOMB is the fifteenth book in the series and it’s definitely one of my favorites! First things first, I have to talk about my love for this series. This particular one is probably my favorite of her series. I have read and enjoyed her other ones, but there’s something about this style of writing paired with the New Orleans setting that I love. It just works. I was never even into scrapbooking before I started reading this series, but now I’m definitely finding the allure. This book has a very interesting mystery involving Mardi Gras, glitter and Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus. You’ll find that a lot of Cozy Mystery series have the heroine’s exs involved and as a romance reader, I find this fascinating. Usually in the books I read, the ex is the bad guy, or someone that isn’t mentioned in a positive light. So I really like that with Mysteries, they become key players. The dynamic between Shamus and Carmela isn’t always fun or bright, but it does add something to the book. Like I said, I really enjoy seeing them talk to each other and I felt like having Shamus involved really made the mystery that much more interesting. In addition to that, I really adore the friendship between Carmela and Ava. They are just so fun to read about and I love that you get to see different sides to Carmela’s character. It just makes this series so much fun. As you can see, I really enjoyed this book. I think if you’re in the mood for a fun and bright Cozy Mystery series, then Laura Childs is an excellent choice. I can always look forward to reading a new Laura Childs book. She never disappoints!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran is the 15th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series. A bomb explodes on the head Mardi Gras float leading to the death of one of the krewe members. Scrapbook shop owner, Carmela and her friend Ava witness the explosion and her exhusband Shamus is one of the riders. I used to enjoy this series when it first came out bit I feel it has deteriorated with the last few books especially since the co-author was added. Carmella has become rude and arro Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran is the 15th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series. A bomb explodes on the head Mardi Gras float leading to the death of one of the krewe members. Scrapbook shop owner, Carmela and her friend Ava witness the explosion and her exhusband Shamus is one of the riders. I used to enjoy this series when it first came out bit I feel it has deteriorated with the last few books especially since the co-author was added. Carmella has become rude and arrogant and meddling and Ava more sillier. Why would you agree to show a house that you were house-sitting without the owner's permission or instructions? Other events were just as unbelievable. Hopefully the future books will be more like the original.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    I have to admit, this brand new shiny book at the library drew me in, even though I hadn't read any previous books in this series, but now I definitely want to start reading the rest of the series. If this book alone is any indication, this seems like a really fun series. I just love the banter and bad puns that go back and forth between besties Carmela and Ava. There were some good laugh out loud moments, even during the showdown. I just love Carmela and her take-no-crap attitude...and her sarc I have to admit, this brand new shiny book at the library drew me in, even though I hadn't read any previous books in this series, but now I definitely want to start reading the rest of the series. If this book alone is any indication, this seems like a really fun series. I just love the banter and bad puns that go back and forth between besties Carmela and Ava. There were some good laugh out loud moments, even during the showdown. I just love Carmela and her take-no-crap attitude...and her sarcasm, lol. I was a little confused at times with all the business dealings going on in the book, but as I read I was understanding it a little better. I never figured out who the killer was, and that was one very cool showdown, wait till you read about it! There's a lot I could comment on, but I don't want to spoil any of the good stuff. I'm just happy I got this initiation into the Scrapbooking series, and now I'm looking forward to reading from the beginning and seeing how the Carmela/Edgar romance got started. They are pretty adorable!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marge

    When did Carmela become an ill mannered, snarky and very unlikable character. Who tells a widow she will be at the funeral "with bells on"? Carmela used to have manners and be a classy woman, not any more. Now she insults people, calls them names and is inappropriate. And when is she going to stop "helping" Shamus. Supposedly in this book he is stupid, a party boy and useless, yet every time he calls Carmela runs. She even leaves a dinner with Ava to run to a bar he is at, whining and complainin When did Carmela become an ill mannered, snarky and very unlikable character. Who tells a widow she will be at the funeral "with bells on"? Carmela used to have manners and be a classy woman, not any more. Now she insults people, calls them names and is inappropriate. And when is she going to stop "helping" Shamus. Supposedly in this book he is stupid, a party boy and useless, yet every time he calls Carmela runs. She even leaves a dinner with Ava to run to a bar he is at, whining and complaining the whole time. The whole voice of these books has changed, maybe its the new co writer. If so cut down on the books you author and get rid of the co writer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    In this installment of the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, murder during Mardi Gras is colorfully explosive and makes for a great read! Author Laura Childs knows how to pack a punch into a mystery. GLITTER BOMB is exciting, fun, and at times, intense. And I’ve noticed a subtle change in the tone of the stories since author Terrie Farley Moran has come on board. It’s a good change. You can’t go wrong with two fabulous authors writing a book together. Over all, GLITTER BOMB was an excellent myst In this installment of the New Orleans Scrapbooking Mysteries, murder during Mardi Gras is colorfully explosive and makes for a great read! Author Laura Childs knows how to pack a punch into a mystery. GLITTER BOMB is exciting, fun, and at times, intense. And I’ve noticed a subtle change in the tone of the stories since author Terrie Farley Moran has come on board. It’s a good change. You can’t go wrong with two fabulous authors writing a book together. Over all, GLITTER BOMB was an excellent mystery with plenty of twists and turns, as well as false leads to keep my inner sleuth guessing all the way to the end. Returning fans of the series are going to love GLITTER BOMB. New readers will enjoy it as well and may become hooked enough to start the series from the beginning. I do offer a profanity warning to cozy mystery purists.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Carmela Bertrand is thrilled to watch the Pluvius Parade during Mardi Gras. It’s a fun time. Her ex-husband, Shamus, is on one of the floats. Suddenly the float explodes. Shamus is fine, but it leaves a member of his krewe dead. It doesn’t take long for the police to decide it is murder and not an accident. The number one suspect is Shamus himself. Shamus begs Carmela to investigate and prove his innocence. She tries to resist because her cop boyfriend, Babcock doesn’t want her interference. Howe Carmela Bertrand is thrilled to watch the Pluvius Parade during Mardi Gras. It’s a fun time. Her ex-husband, Shamus, is on one of the floats. Suddenly the float explodes. Shamus is fine, but it leaves a member of his krewe dead. It doesn’t take long for the police to decide it is murder and not an accident. The number one suspect is Shamus himself. Shamus begs Carmela to investigate and prove his innocence. She tries to resist because her cop boyfriend, Babcock doesn’t want her interference. However, Carmela can’t keep her nose out of it. With the help of her best friend, they try to crack this case and find themselves in the middle of danger. These authors never disappoint me. I find their storytelling to be fun, humorous, exciting and filled with mystery. They have a knack for keeping me guessing until the very end. This book is no exception. This is the 15th book in the Scrapbooking Mystery Series. I haven’t read all of the books yet, but I plan to go back and read the ones I missed. I didn’t feel as if I missed anything. I simply can’t get enough of Carmela and her friends. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but after reading this book, I feel as if I was right there. The authors paint a vivid picture and brings the atmosphere to life. I devoured this book in just a couple of days. The plot moves at a steady pace. The ending took me by surprise. The characters are lively and entertaining. I find myself truly caring what happens to Carmela, even though she makes the riskiest choices. LOL I’m looking forward to my next visit to New Orleans and catching up with Carmela and her crew. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    I'm a longtime fan of Laura Childs, but this book really let me down. I don't have any qualms with the plot, but I feel like the manuscript may not have been carefully looked over and edited. I'm normally not a stickler for grammar/punctuation, but there were a few notable instances of glaring oversights. I love Carmella, but she really got on my nerves (in a bad way) in this book. I found her more annoying than anything, and the fact that she just "happens" to be very talented at everything she I'm a longtime fan of Laura Childs, but this book really let me down. I don't have any qualms with the plot, but I feel like the manuscript may not have been carefully looked over and edited. I'm normally not a stickler for grammar/punctuation, but there were a few notable instances of glaring oversights. I love Carmella, but she really got on my nerves (in a bad way) in this book. I found her more annoying than anything, and the fact that she just "happens" to be very talented at everything she attempts (crafts, graphic design, cooking, car racing, real estate, investing, etc.). Is it so bad that I just want Carmella to just be bad at something so that I can believe in her as a character again? Ava remains a favorite. I'm in love with their friendship. I'll look forward to future Scrapbooking Mysteries, but this one let me down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery. Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade and are not surprised when they see Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus Meechum on the head float. The head float features King Neptune with gold glitter pluming out from his head over the revelers. All the sudden the float starts acting wonky and then—BOOM! An explosion erupted from King Neptune’s head and gold glitter is everywhere as well as the riders of the float. T Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery. Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade and are not surprised when they see Carmela’s ex-husband, Shamus Meechum on the head float. The head float features King Neptune with gold glitter pluming out from his head over the revelers. All the sudden the float starts acting wonky and then—BOOM! An explosion erupted from King Neptune’s head and gold glitter is everywhere as well as the riders of the float. The men start getting up, but one lays unmoving on the ground. Hughes Wilder, the Pluvius Krewe captain, is pronounced dead at the scene and Lt. Edgar Babcock, Carmela’s fiancé (sort of) is on the case (this could be awkward). The next day, Shamus stumbles into Memory Mine seeking Carmela’s help (of course). A bomb had been set in the float right under Hughes Wilder’s seat and Shamus is at the top of the suspect list thanks to an unwise investment. Carmela knows that Shamus does not have the brain power to execute this type of killing. Carmela, with Ava’s eager assistance, begins investigating the other krewe members and investors. They need to proceed carefully, or they could up as confetti on Bourbon Street. Glitter Bomb is part of the delightful A Scrapbooking Mystery series. While Glitter Bomb can be read alone, I highly recommend reading all the books in the series. I have enjoyed watching Carmela develop over the course of the series as she went from divorcee to savvy business owner and sleuth. I still do not know what she saw in Shamus (it is baffling). Carmela is currently engaged to Lt. Edgar Bertrand. I am on the fence about this relationship. I wish he would quit discouraging her investigations. Bertrand should know by now Carmela will always help those in her circle (even Shamus) and she is just plain curious. I love the scrapbooking projects mentioned in the book. There are some creative ideas that I am looking forward to playing with in my studio. I found Glitter Bomb to be well-written with a fast pace. Carmela and Ava are a hoot. I enjoy their witty repartee. Ava and Carmela do not let grass grow under their feet on this investigation. Of course, you can always count on Ava to spice things up. This time Ava promised to house sit for her boyfriend’s parents and committed the pair to appearing in a fashion show. Laura Childs brought the French Quarter during Mardi Gras alive for me with her word imagery. The mystery had several suspects along with a red herring or two and good clues. Cozy mystery sleuths, though, will find it a cinch to identify the guilty party. The ending is exciting, suspenseful, romantic and funny. The last line is amusing which is a great way to end a book. There is a preview of Eggs on Ice at the end along with scrapbooking tips and recipes for New Orleans delicacies. I am giving Glitter Bomb 4.5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). I cannot wait to read Mumbo Jumbo which is the next installment in A Scrapbooking Mystery series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    WTF Are You Reading?

    As a newcomer to the Laura Childs franchise as a whole. Having just been introduced to Theodosia and the gang as a result of receiving book #19 in her A Tea Shop mystery series for review. And loving it! This reviewer was over the moon at the prospect of reviewing Glitter Bomb. So much so in fact, that it totally slipped my notice that it was from an entirely different series. This one being #15 of A Scrapbooking Mystery. Even after the reading began. And... Herein lies the problem. The basic premise, As a newcomer to the Laura Childs franchise as a whole. Having just been introduced to Theodosia and the gang as a result of receiving book #19 in her A Tea Shop mystery series for review. And loving it! This reviewer was over the moon at the prospect of reviewing Glitter Bomb. So much so in fact, that it totally slipped my notice that it was from an entirely different series. This one being #15 of A Scrapbooking Mystery. Even after the reading began. And... Herein lies the problem. The basic premise, as well as a great many of the main character's life details are so similar to those of the afore mentioned Theodosia, that all one would literally have to do would be to exchange a few names and businesses, and maybe a location or two. And whamo!!! Same person! Right down to the hunky boyfriend on the police force. Really Laura!!! Formulaic writing is one thing. But this is... Something else. I don't know. Laziness? An overconfidence in the fact that good writing does, in most cases, trump the need for originally? "If it ain't broke. Don't fix it" syndrome? All of the above, maybe? Needless to say. Somewhere around chapter 3. After I: A. Realized that this book was in fact about Carmella and not Theodosia. B. Gave up hope that my beloved "tea maven" was going to make a very "fairy godmother" like appearance in this book. I began to read the book in earnest, and found it thoroughly entertaining. The death of the hedge fund CEO was creative. The list of characters was diverse and as kooky, backstory wise, as they come. And who can beat New Orleans during Mardi Gras season as a backdrop for anything. The only other detractor to be found within this cutie of a cozy is the fact that the main character's occupation as a scrapbook store owner really does little to give her a natural hub for her interactions. Faux pas aside... This book is a very quick and engaging escape. Though it is book #15, it can easily be read as a standalone. 4/5 Stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The Mardi Gras festivities are in full swing. The floats of the Pluvius Parade are progressing down the street when BOOM...the Neptune floats crashes then explodes scattering glitter throughout the crowd plus the covering face of a man who seems to choke on the glitter. The dead body that results from the explosion is Hughes Wilder. This man made bad investments at the expensive of a huge amount of investors’ including many of the krewe members. An accidental death or murder??? Carmela Bertrand who The Mardi Gras festivities are in full swing. The floats of the Pluvius Parade are progressing down the street when BOOM...the Neptune floats crashes then explodes scattering glitter throughout the crowd plus the covering face of a man who seems to choke on the glitter. The dead body that results from the explosion is Hughes Wilder. This man made bad investments at the expensive of a huge amount of investors’ including many of the krewe members. An accidental death or murder??? Carmela Bertrand who lives in New Orleans owns and runs a very successful scrapbooking and graphic design shop. Carmela along with her best friend, Ava Gruiex were attending the parade. The float fiasco happened in front of them. Carmela’s, ex-husband was a member of the floats krewe. He comes to Carmela when he becomes a suspect in the murder. Carmela has a tendency to get involved in murder investigations. Her fiancé Edgar Babcock who is a homicide detective for the NOPD tells her to stay out of the investigation for her own safety. The story takes the reader into the festive Mardi Gras as we wonder along the streets of New Orleans. You will taste the various New Orlean cuisine, enjoy the costume parties, the music through the authors vivid and fluid description. You will take part in the scrapbook making techniques. The end of the book supplies the reader with recipes, stamping, scrapbooking and craft ideas. The book is filled with suspense, mystery, drama, fast paced scenes, humor and a touch of romance. There is a cast of colorful, vivid, well defined characters who all have their own secrets. Although this is book # 15 in the Scrapbooking Mystery series, I had no problem following the story or the characters as the author mixes the past and present together effortlessly. A Highly Recommended Read. I volunteered to read Glitter Bomb. Thanks to First-To- Read and Penguin for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of the series Carmela and her friend Ava are enjoying the annual Pluvis Parade when a bomb goes off in the float passing by them. The float happens to be the one Carmela's ex Shamus is riding and she watches as him and several others are thrown from it. She jumps in to see if she can help and discovers that one of the riders didn't make it. Who would blow up a float and why? Was the dead man targeted, or was it that specific float? Shamus new the dead man and asks Carmela to he In this next book of the series Carmela and her friend Ava are enjoying the annual Pluvis Parade when a bomb goes off in the float passing by them. The float happens to be the one Carmela's ex Shamus is riding and she watches as him and several others are thrown from it. She jumps in to see if she can help and discovers that one of the riders didn't make it. Who would blow up a float and why? Was the dead man targeted, or was it that specific float? Shamus new the dead man and asks Carmela to help figure out who killed him, you see Shamus had reasons of his own to want the man dead. The man worked with money and lost millions from several different investors. Did one of the people whose money he lost kill him? Could it have been his wife who is having an affair? Was it just an accident and he wasn't the intended victim? Follow along as Carmela and Ava track down suspects, ask questions, and look for clues. Will they be able to find the answers they are looking for before they end up hurt or dead? This is such a fun series that always delivers a great mystery along with a fascinating location. The crafts included are always top notch and the food mentioned makes you want to immediately dive into some Louisiana cuisine.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I received this book as an ARC. I loved it!! I really enjoy this series that takes place in New Orleans, this time right around Mardi Gras. The characters are very likable and the story line is convincing. Well worth reading!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I've read the entire series in this Scrapbooking mysteries and have really enjoyed the sleuthing of Carmela and Ava. I loved the series when it first started but have enjoyed it less with Ms. Farley Moran on board. I feel that Carmela, Ava and the rest of the characters have been turned into caricature of themselves. While I didn't care for Carmela's ex I didn't wonder why the hell she married him until reading Glitter Bomb because he is the dumbest, most spoiled, flirt-with-anything-in-a-skirt I've read the entire series in this Scrapbooking mysteries and have really enjoyed the sleuthing of Carmela and Ava. I loved the series when it first started but have enjoyed it less with Ms. Farley Moran on board. I feel that Carmela, Ava and the rest of the characters have been turned into caricature of themselves. While I didn't care for Carmela's ex I didn't wonder why the hell she married him until reading Glitter Bomb because he is the dumbest, most spoiled, flirt-with-anything-in-a-skirt male that I've read in a long time. But that's not how he was portrayed it first. Was he worthy of Carmela - no, but he was sweet and thoughtful now and then. Now he is just an idiot. And the rest of the characters have also had all of their characteristics exaggerated to a point of just not being enjoyable. Prior to this book I had pictured Jekyll as this cultured, classy guy who cared about people while also being an artist. Now I just seem as this stereo-typed, gay man who - of course - is a DESIGNER. Don't even get me started on Ava! I'm not sure if I will read anymore of this series. I would like to remember the series as it first started out; with smart, savvy business women who also happened to have fun and solve mysteries.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    I was so happy to get read this next installment in one of my favorite series. When I am looking for a good book I know I can always turn to Laura. I was so happy to see Carmela and Babcock are talking more about their engagement. It seems no matter where Carmela and Ava go they seem to find themselves in a heap of trouble. The banter between Shamus and Carmela is fun but at the same time you kind of want to have him leave Carmela alone, but then again the books would not be the same without thi I was so happy to get read this next installment in one of my favorite series. When I am looking for a good book I know I can always turn to Laura. I was so happy to see Carmela and Babcock are talking more about their engagement. It seems no matter where Carmela and Ava go they seem to find themselves in a heap of trouble. The banter between Shamus and Carmela is fun but at the same time you kind of want to have him leave Carmela alone, but then again the books would not be the same without this. This time I had my sights set on the same people that Carmela did as the main suspects but you will have to read the book to see who actually planted the bomb on the float. I am going to be waiting anxiously for the next book in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Irene O'Hare

    I got this for free through Penguin's First To Read program. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a dud. I have read one of Childs' mysteries before, in the tea shop series, and thought I'd give her another try but I'm still not a fan. I know the cozy mysteries are meant to be fun but this was over the top. Many of the plot points were outlandish with just this one novel involving a float exploding, a masquerade party, a historic house tour, a road race, a fancy fundraising ball, and a pit of gators. I got this for free through Penguin's First To Read program. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a dud. I have read one of Childs' mysteries before, in the tea shop series, and thought I'd give her another try but I'm still not a fan. I know the cozy mysteries are meant to be fun but this was over the top. Many of the plot points were outlandish with just this one novel involving a float exploding, a masquerade party, a historic house tour, a road race, a fancy fundraising ball, and a pit of gators. I also found her character development a bit lacking. Carmela and Ava both read to me as foolish teenagers when they are supposed to be late 20s/ early 30s.

  19. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/gl... Glitter Bomb A Scrapbooking Mystery #15 By Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran ISBN13: 9780451489548 Author websites: laurachilds.com and terriefarleymoran.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Car http://openbooksociety.com/article/gl... Glitter Bomb A Scrapbooking Mystery #15 By Laura Childs, Terrie Farley Moran ISBN13: 9780451489548 Author websites: laurachilds.com and terriefarleymoran.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author. It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed. Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder….and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect. Review: Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran are a wonderful writing team. The detail and storyline driven writing of Childs mixes so well with the fun and humorous style of Moran. Glitter Bomb is another hit in this fun cozy series. Laura Childs is a truly prolific writer with her series all being long-running and extremely enjoyable. They definitely have something for everyone. With the addition of Moran, there is a lilt that brings even more entertainment to each book. This installment is the 15th in the “Scrapbooking Mystery” series. Now I am not a scrapbooker, nor crafty at all. Somehow these authors are able to pull me in with action, excitement, humor, and intrigue. And hey, I get a free trip to NOLA every time I read one. I do not think I have ever read a book where the murder was carried out by an exploding Mardi Gras float in a hail of glitter. Well, that is how this one happens. Yes, Glitter Bomb explodes on the page and draws you in and never lets you go. Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is even more shocked when her ex-husband Shamus is on that exploding float. Carmela and her bestie Ava are there to see the horrific event. Shamus lives, but another member on his krewe is dead and gone. Was it just a tragic accident or was it murder. And who was the intended victim? Was it Hughes Wilder, who had some pretty upset enemies or Shamus? The fun of Mardi Gras is the background to this intriguing mystery and the ladies, Carmela and Ava are on the hunt for that fun and also answers to this mystery. Will Detective Babcock, Carmela’s flame, find the answers or will it be up to the ladies to get to the bottom of this “Neptune Bomber” as they are calling the murdered now? I love the New Orleans flavor, color and excitement. These authors really know how to drop you right in the middle of all the entertainment and mystery. I can almost smell the scents, (not all good), see the sights (tons of glitter and color) and feel the need to find out who did this terrible deed. Although Glitter Bomb is the 15th book in this fun series, it can be read as a standalone. I have to admit I have not read all of the books in this series. It is so well written, the characters are so well developed and full of life, the mystery is exciting and full of action and intrigue. You cannot get much better than these two fabulous authors. They send the reader on a jaunt in NOLA that will keep the pages turning and the good times rolling. Another hit for sure for both of them! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  20. 4 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    GLITTER BOMB, the fifteenth book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran provides a rollicking romp through New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras! I love how the authors capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this decadent celebration, making me feel like I was right there in the midst of it all. According to the authors, New Orleans is a town “filled with music, brimming with history, and perfect for foodies.” And they are so right! The actio GLITTER BOMB, the fifteenth book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran provides a rollicking romp through New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras! I love how the authors capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this decadent celebration, making me feel like I was right there in the midst of it all. According to the authors, New Orleans is a town “filled with music, brimming with history, and perfect for foodies.” And they are so right! The action starts right from the beginning when protagonist, Carmela Bertrand, witnesses her ex-husband’s Mardi Gras float explode during a parade, raining gold glitter onto the crowded street. While her ex, Shamus, is not injured, one of his float-mates is killed from the explosion. When it’s discovered that the death wasn’t an accident, Shamus begs Carmela to find the murderer and clear his name since he had a huge reason to want the man dead. Unfortunately Carmela’s fiancé, Detective Edgar Babcock, is none too happy about her helping out her ex and putting herself in danger to do so. But, Carmela does what she knows is the right thing to do even if she doesn’t care for Shamus. Plus she can’t say “no” to her curiosity and the thrill of investigating on her own. Her sidekick and best friend, Ava Gruiex, provides plenty of opportunity for fun dialog and dragging the pair into escapades. The authors have created characters that exude both charm and memorable personalities which adds to the appeal of the story. The plot moves at a consistently fast pace and entertains the reader page and after page, until the last word is read. I also like that there are scrapbooking, craft, and stamping tips at the back of the book along with recipes. I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran The Fifteenth Scrapbooking Mystery Although it's a week before Mardi Gras celebrations and parades have already hit New Orleans and Carmela Bertrand and her bestie Ava are out on the town joining in on the fun. Fun turns to horror when the float with Carmela's ex-husband starts careening wildly and ultimately explodes throwing krewe members into the throng. The lone fatality wasn't the result of an accident, however, it was murder. Carmella's e GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran The Fifteenth Scrapbooking Mystery Although it's a week before Mardi Gras celebrations and parades have already hit New Orleans and Carmela Bertrand and her bestie Ava are out on the town joining in on the fun. Fun turns to horror when the float with Carmela's ex-husband starts careening wildly and ultimately explodes throwing krewe members into the throng. The lone fatality wasn't the result of an accident, however, it was murder. Carmella's ex is now begging her to investigate while her fiance is begging her to keep out of it. Carmella's too curious and has been through too many murder investigations to stop now. But will her involvement end her engagement? Or her life? GLITTER BOMB is a rollicking roller coaster ride through Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Once again Carmela and Ava have more events to join in than there are drunks on Bourbon Street! From fancy balls and candlelight home tours, to road rallies and more, the duo showcases some of the fun ways to enjoy the city and the holiday. I enjoyed how the relationship between Carmela and Babcock is challenged and lingering feelings between Carmela and Shamus are explored. I also appreciated the mystery and the variety of suspects, all acting suitably suspicious! I like how Memory Mine has grown from a scrapbooking store to encompass even more paper arts and now graphic design. Paper arts tips and recipes add to the charm of this fifteenth Scrapbooking mystery. GLITTER BOMB is a fast paced, fun mystery. Grab it and bring some of the excitement of Mardi Gras and murder home! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Ellen

    It is Mardi Gras. Ava and Carmela are at the first parade and watching King Neptune's float when the unexpected happens. The float appears to be tipping over. There is a lot of confusion and people are taking headers off the float, including, Shamus, Carmela's ex-husband. As both ladies make sure he is alright an explosion of glitter coats the crowd. They work their way to another Krewe member to see if they can help. Life support measure are tried but it is apparent he is dead. So who murdered It is Mardi Gras. Ava and Carmela are at the first parade and watching King Neptune's float when the unexpected happens. The float appears to be tipping over. There is a lot of confusion and people are taking headers off the float, including, Shamus, Carmela's ex-husband. As both ladies make sure he is alright an explosion of glitter coats the crowd. They work their way to another Krewe member to see if they can help. Life support measure are tried but it is apparent he is dead. So who murdered the Hughes Wilder, the CEO of Pontchartain CapitalManagement. He managed a hedge fund which a lot of people lost a huge amount of money. Including Shamus. Of course, he asks Carmela to investigate. read and see what she uncovers. I love this author. Always keeps humor and the events hum along. I won this Arc from Berkley for an honest review and totally enjoyed it. Read it for yourself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This book is the fifteenth in the series but the first for me and I didn't miss a beat jumping right into it. The characters were likable and the setting of New Orleans was really interesting. The murder happened lickety-split, which always appeals to me, and the pacing throughout the book kept me turning pages. The book also gave great tidbits into scrapbooking and came with some delicious looking recipes! My only negative is there seemed to be too many activities going on with an open house, a This book is the fifteenth in the series but the first for me and I didn't miss a beat jumping right into it. The characters were likable and the setting of New Orleans was really interesting. The murder happened lickety-split, which always appeals to me, and the pacing throughout the book kept me turning pages. The book also gave great tidbits into scrapbooking and came with some delicious looking recipes! My only negative is there seemed to be too many activities going on with an open house, a modeling job and a driving race all crammed into just a couple of chapters. Overall though, I think you can't go wrong with a Laura Childs cozy read. Thanks go to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    I played catch up to review this one in time before it published.   So i binged read from number 11 but that makes it all the better.  I have loved this series for a long time as it the perfect mix of Nancy Drew from my childhood and my love of scrapbooking.  I love how the author is able to weave amazing details about projects that are taught at memory mine, in with a scary heart wrenching moments of detective work that Carmela gets herself wrapped up in.  I am eager with each book to see how t I played catch up to review this one in time before it published.   So i binged read from number 11 but that makes it all the better.  I have loved this series for a long time as it the perfect mix of Nancy Drew from my childhood and my love of scrapbooking.  I love how the author is able to weave amazing details about projects that are taught at memory mine, in with a scary heart wrenching moments of detective work that Carmela gets herself wrapped up in.  I am eager with each book to see how the lives of the characters change as each mystery is solved.  I also eagerly hope that in the next book Carmela and Babcock finally get married as this one ends with a alligator getting a rich desert.   This is a wonderful series and i also happy to see more from it. 

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Harrington

    This was the first book by Laura Childs for me and she didn’t disappoint. I was given this book to read for an honest review! Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery. Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade when it goes BOOM! The glitter is coming down in a shower and people were thrown off the float. Hughes Wilder unfortunately dies from the float explosion. Carmela and Ava are getting mixed in with the murder investigation again much to the This was the first book by Laura Childs for me and she didn’t disappoint. I was given this book to read for an honest review! Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs is the fifteenth A Scrapbooking Mystery. Carmela Bertrand and Ava Gruiex are watching the Pluvius Parade when it goes BOOM! The glitter is coming down in a shower and people were thrown off the float. Hughes Wilder unfortunately dies from the float explosion. Carmela and Ava are getting mixed in with the murder investigation again much to the dismay of Edgar Babcock who is a homicide detective for the NOPD. I really enjoyed the characters and the location of New Orleans.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Toni (T.C.) LoTempio

    Childs delivers another winner in this popular series. Plenty of thrills and chills as CArmela once again disregards fiancee Babcock's request to stop investigating, but how can she help it when a Mardi Gras float blows up in her face and a dead man falls in front of her? Always fun to watch Carmela and Ava pluck away at suspects, only to have a socco clue deliver the murderer at the last minute and put Carmela in harm's way. My only complaint: for goodness sakes, Edgar and Carmela, get married Childs delivers another winner in this popular series. Plenty of thrills and chills as CArmela once again disregards fiancee Babcock's request to stop investigating, but how can she help it when a Mardi Gras float blows up in her face and a dead man falls in front of her? Always fun to watch Carmela and Ava pluck away at suspects, only to have a socco clue deliver the murderer at the last minute and put Carmela in harm's way. My only complaint: for goodness sakes, Edgar and Carmela, get married already! Marriage isn't going to stop New Orleans favorite Nancy Drew from sleuthing!

  27. 5 out of 5

    REMEMBER UKRAINE NOW ReadingReindeer

    Review: GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran A delightfully heartfelt crafting cozy whose characters are enormously well-delineated, GLITTER BOMB is #15 in the fine A Scrapbooking Mystery Series. Carmela Bertrand owns an expansive and popular New Orleans craft shop and is the unofficial fiance of an NOPD Homicide detective. During a Mardi Gras fancy-dress parade, the King Neptune Float carrying a plethora of wealthy bankers and hedge fund CEO's suddenly crashes and explodes, resul Review: GLITTER BOMB by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran A delightfully heartfelt crafting cozy whose characters are enormously well-delineated, GLITTER BOMB is #15 in the fine A Scrapbooking Mystery Series. Carmela Bertrand owns an expansive and popular New Orleans craft shop and is the unofficial fiance of an NOPD Homicide detective. During a Mardi Gras fancy-dress parade, the King Neptune Float carrying a plethora of wealthy bankers and hedge fund CEO's suddenly crashes and explodes, resulting in one death that is soon proved to be homicide. Carmela's ex is a prime suspect and begs her to become involved in discovering the facts.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    I think that readers of any cozy mystery collection could find a reason to love this book. From the why to the who, this mystery was engaging and fun! I think it sparkled in its own way with details and southern charm. I encourage you to pick this book up or any in the series to have an enjoyable weekend or evening read. ** I read this as the first for me in the series, I think that those that don’t mind reading out of order will enjoy it, I felt as though I had been in this series from the star I think that readers of any cozy mystery collection could find a reason to love this book. From the why to the who, this mystery was engaging and fun! I think it sparkled in its own way with details and southern charm. I encourage you to pick this book up or any in the series to have an enjoyable weekend or evening read. ** I read this as the first for me in the series, I think that those that don’t mind reading out of order will enjoy it, I felt as though I had been in this series from the start and I was meeting old friends.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The main motives behind murder are generally money, revenge, love (gone wrong) and desperation. Where does GLITTER come into it? Allow two of the best mystery writers to collaborate and we find out. When she is not running a business and teaching classes at her scrapbooking store, Carmela Bertrand is doing her best not to upset her hopefully-soon-fiance by investigating a murder where her ex-husband is a prime suspect. There was no love lost for the victim and no lack of motives around the local The main motives behind murder are generally money, revenge, love (gone wrong) and desperation. Where does GLITTER come into it? Allow two of the best mystery writers to collaborate and we find out. When she is not running a business and teaching classes at her scrapbooking store, Carmela Bertrand is doing her best not to upset her hopefully-soon-fiance by investigating a murder where her ex-husband is a prime suspect. There was no love lost for the victim and no lack of motives around the local community. There is really no love left for Carmela's ex, either. but her sense of justice and curiosity make it difficult for her to say no. The action begins with a blast right at the start and the pace does not slow. Told with wit and entertaining twists, as the danger to our favorite heroines builds, you'll never see this ending coming! A fantastic series for any crafty person.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sanderella

    Another fun, fast paced book in the scrapbooking series. I just love Carmela & Ava and the hi-jinks that they get into while trying to solve a murder. Awesome setting (New Orleans), believable characters, murder suspects abound, and yummy food!! What's not to love!? :) Another fun, fast paced book in the scrapbooking series. I just love Carmela & Ava and the hi-jinks that they get into while trying to solve a murder. Awesome setting (New Orleans), believable characters, murder suspects abound, and yummy food!! What's not to love!? :)

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