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Glitter Bomb By Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Bird, Bath, and Beyond, a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Carmela and Ava are ready to sell tons of merchandise in their shops (scrapbooking and voodoo) and dance the nights away as Fat Tuesday nears. Party time includes parades with the fabulous floats manned by the competitive krewes.

When one of those floats crashes and explodes, krewe members, including Shamus, Carmela’s ex-husband, are thrown into the street, resulting in one fatality. Hugh Wilder, CEO of a hedge fund, is the victim. After major losses, a number of clients would love to get their revenge. There’s also a reporter who lost his job and a hardly mourning wife.mystery book cover

Shamus is a suspect because he invested, and lost, sixteen million dollars for the family bank. He begs Carmela to come to his rescue and get her detective boyfriend to stop quizzing him about motive and opportunity.

Carmela’s life is chaotic. Business is brisk as customers decide on last minute invitations, place cards, and decorations. Her social life is booked solid. Babcock, her boyfriend, near fiancé (just lacking a ring and a wedding date), really wants her to stop asking questions to clear Shamus. Is it just curiosity or does Carmela still have feelings for her ex?

This is the fifteenth book in the popular series. Carmela and Babcock are a good match, but he’ll have to reconcile himself to her need to investigate. I hope by the next book, they’ll have set a date. Ava continues to be the biggest flirt in New Orleans. The parties are over the top, the food beyond compare, and the city, rich in history. Carmela does take risks that are potentially life-threatening. It will be interesting to see if marriage tones down her impulses.

Childs also writes two other series—the Tea Shop mysteries featuring Theodosia, Drayton, and Haley, with nineteen books so far. Seven Cackleberry books make up the third. Writing under her own name, Gerry Schmitt, she’s also penned two thrillers, both excellent reads but far from cozy.

At the back of the book, find scrapbook, stamping, and craft tips from Childs, recipes for oven chicken jambalaya, bayou crab chowder, crawfish beignets, mango shrimp in endive, surprise biscuits, peach pie, spoon bread, microwave fudge, and dog treats. There’s an excerpt from Eggs on Ice, the next Cackleberry Club book, launching in December, available for pre-order now. Broken Bone China and Mumbo Jumbo Murder will be the next tea shop and scrapbooking mysteries.

To enter to win a copy of Glitter Bomb, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “glitter,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 17, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kara Marks November 10, 2018 at 2:13pm

Another book I’m just dying to read. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


2 Debbie Price November 10, 2018 at 4:10pm

Thank you for a chance to win this.


3 Emily Goehner
Twitter: @EMpTyG66
November 10, 2018 at 8:52pm

I love the Laura Childs Tea Shop mysteries. This sounds like it is just as good. Thanks for the chance to win.


4 Renee Wiswell
Twitter: @Mmousemania
November 10, 2018 at 9:20pm

Love the cover, so colorful. I enjoy reading all of her series, always well written.


5 Terrie Farley Moran November 11, 2018 at 10:03am

Laura Childs and I thank KRL and Sandra Murphy for such a lovely and detailed review. Good luck to everyone who enters to win a copy of Glitter Bomb. xoxo Terrie Moran


6 Sandra Murphy November 12, 2018 at 6:29pm

I apologize for not mentioning your Read ‘Em and Eat books. I’ve enjoyed Bridgy and Sassy and their friends – and adventures! I want more!


7 Rose Hutton November 11, 2018 at 12:17pm

Live the cover of this book. Would love to read it. Hope to win.


8 Sharon Whaley November 11, 2018 at 12:33pm

This is on my tbr list


9 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
November 11, 2018 at 1:16pm

The scrapbooking series is my favorite. Best location and wonderful characters. Thanks for the chance. The cover is awesome. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


10 Felicia Graley November 11, 2018 at 2:41pm

Would love to read!


11 Faith Creech November 11, 2018 at 3:24pm

Thanks for the review. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win.


12 Jess D November 11, 2018 at 5:00pm

Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com


13 DOWARD WILSON November 11, 2018 at 6:26pm

Love this series & authors.


14 sandy hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
November 11, 2018 at 7:41pm

Thanks for Giveaway!!


15 Carl November 12, 2018 at 11:33am

I must make a trip to New Orleans one day. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Glitter Bomb to tide me over in the meantime! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


16 Ruthann Mcy November 13, 2018 at 6:19am

I would love to win this. I am a big fan of Carmella and Ava. I also love the description of New Orleans. Makes us feel likevwe are there


17 sandy hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
November 13, 2018 at 7:39pm

Want to win this one!!! Have to spend my money on others right now.


18 Karen B November 14, 2018 at 3:22am

A favorite series by a favorite author = must enter! Thank you!


19 Robin L. Coxon November 14, 2018 at 3:50am

What an enticing cover. It would definitely catch my eye on any bookshelf or web page. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.


20 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
November 14, 2018 at 4:56am

57I love the cover!! Would love to win this one! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


21 Taylor R. Williams November 14, 2018 at 9:32pm

great cover – thanks for the chance to win


22 Tanya November 16, 2018 at 5:52pm

Thanks for the chance to win!


23 Renee Guill
Twitter: @toturnthepage
November 24, 2018 at 6:33pm

Oh how have I missed these? I am dreaming of retiring to New Orleans. Would love to read this. Thanks for giving us a chance to win a copy.


24 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 26, 2018 at 10:04am

We have a winner!


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