Thursday, October 6, 2016

Crepe Factor - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery #14) by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran (Amazon)

Rating: Good
Source: Blog Tour

Description:  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 thrashing 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...

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is probably one of the first cozy series I read and I really loved it.  I'm excited to check back in and see what I've missed!

My Impression:  This Scrapbooking mystery series is probably one of the first cozy series I ever read and I remember searching through all the local bookstores - new and used- hoping to find the newest one.  But somewhere over the years the series fell off my radar and I think the last book I read was #4.  I was so pleased to have the chance to read the newest release though I was curious if I'd be able to keep up with who everyone was in the story and how Memory Mine, Carmela's scrapbook store would be updated.
I found this book a delight!  I had no problem keeping up with the characters which was good because other than Carmela I remembered very little about them.  I think anyone would be able to jump right into the series with this book without any problems.  There are definitely backstories but who everyone is is clearly explained and flows well with the story.  And the scrapbook store is just as gorgeous as I remember.  Since scrapbooking seems to be more digital now I was worried it would feel a little dated but all it really did was make me want to go and collect gorgeous papers and make luminaries and cards.  And can someone please teach that bookbinding class that Carmela was teaching?  It sounded like so much fun!
I really liked Carmela and her friend Ava.  They're so different but I really did believe they were friends.  I loved how this book really felt like it takes place in New Orleans.  So often a great setting is only just mentioned but it really felt like Carmela was in New Orleans and taking part in New Orleans society.  Of course the parts about the food (and there were lots!) were my favorite parts.  I do question how Carmela and Ava manage to run their separate stores when they're spending so much time investigating but there was enough scrapbook talk from Carmela that it didn't bother me.
The mystery was lots of fun.  It's hard to find someone who didn't want to kill the victim and I really didn't have an idea of who the actual killer was until towards the end.  Why Carmela is most clearly an amateur detective her nosiness didn't annoy me like it sometimes does and I really enjoyed being along for the ride.  I also loved the occasional mentions of Carmela ordering tea from a little shop in Charleston in what is clearly a mention of one of Childs other series.  It made me smile every time and made me want to go back and check out that series again as well!

I'm glad I revisited this old favorite and the next one will definitely be on my TBR list!

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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely!  I'm looking forward to catching up on this series and I have another book in her Cackleberry Club series that I'm excited to start.

Would I Recommend this Book?: Definitely!  If you enjoy a cozy (and especially a craft-y cozy) this is a series you should definitely try.  You can also jump in anywhere in the series which is an added bonus.

13 comments:

  1. This looks fun. I think it's interesting too that it's co- written, I've read one of Terrie Moran's books. Speaking of which, that's a series I should get revisit! Love the setting and it's nice when the identity of the killer remains a secret til the end.

    Glutton for Punishment- love that name for a website!

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    1. Hi Greg, so glad you enjoyed one of the Read 'Em and Eat books. I am sure you will love the scrapbooking series as well. Terrie

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  2. Sounds enticing and I could see how scrapbooking would win big time! I intend to read a few cozy mysteries next year although want to get into the book ones and quilting ones.

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  3. Ooh! She is the one who wrote the tea mysteries which I've seen in the new fiction section but I like to read from book one. I'll move her up.

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  4. Thanks for a terrific review. And I hope that your readers will give Crepe Factor a try. Terrie

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  5. Really enjoy this series. Can't wait to read "Crepe Factor". Written by two great authors.

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  6. I love this series, and both authors are big favorites. I hope to be lucky on this super giveaway opportunity. Thanks to all!

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  7. I've read one book by both Ms. Childs and Ms. Farley Moran. I used to do old-school scrapbooking (not digital) and it was so much fun. Glad to hear that someone can jump in without having read the previous ones and still enjoy. Thanks!

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  8. I've thoroughly enjoyed this series.
    I'm a card maker but that's related enough
    to scrapbooking that I love her tips and
    ideas.
    thanks

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  9. So nice to revisit a series and find you still love it and the characters.

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  10. Fun that is is co-written, I read a few series that are. I love the setting and I'm glad it was a good cozy for you :)

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  11. I have never given this series a try, but it does sound found. The most recent cozy I listened to included a victim who had not been well liked either. :-)

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