Published by Berkley on October 4th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
I received this book for free from Great Escapes Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace...
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... INCLUDES SCRAPBOOKING TIPS
Carmela Bertrand is peacefully browsing the New Orleans winter market with her best friend Ava. Their time is interrupted when they come across an argument with Carmela’s former beau Quigg and food reviewer Martin Lash. A short time later Martin Lash falls dead at Carmela’s feet with a chef’s fork in his throat. Suspicion immediately falls on Quigg, Carmela’s current boyfriend Babcock would like nothing more than to put Quigg in Jail. Quigg asks Carmela to do some investigating and clear his name. This causes her relationship with Babcock to get a little shaky. She must find the killer before it ends her relationship.
In an Oyster Shell – This book was hard to get into at first but ended with an interesting mystery that had me engrossed.
The Pearls – I loved the setting of New Orleans. The descriptions were vibrant of shops, people, and food. It felt as if you were right there. I especially liked all the attention paid to food. I learned some new recipes that I would love to try like Egg Sardu.
There was a slight love triangle. Quigg the old boyfriend is trying to win Carmela back. Carmela is trying to keep her relationship with Babcock from falling apart. It added an interesting element to the story.
The mystery was fun. It was imaginative and though I guessed part of the mystery right there was something so unexpected as well. It ended up being a really good story.
The Sand – The book was hard to get into. It was missing a lot of backstories that I assume you get in the other books. So it doesn’t work too well as a stand-alone.
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