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Jerry Earl Leland, both a shady and wealthy New Orleans business man is given a splashy "Get Out of Jail Party" by his wife. He has served only a small portion of his jail time because of greased palms and connections. He gets his just due when he is found dead during the party by none other than our heroine and scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand.
First, Carmela goes on a hunt for a stain remove for her best friend, Ava’s, blouse. (Would you really do that in someone’s house you were not close friends with?) Then she bumps into the dryer and out falls Jerry. (How realistic is that?) Once past these two things at the beginning of the book, it does become a pretty good cozy mystery. However, this beginning lowers it from a five star book to a four.
Laura Childs does provide us with a fun, fast novel that has plenty of humor, intrigue and suspense on our trip through New Orleans giving us a few twists and turns along the way and a surprise ending.
This is the 11th book in this series, however, it was the 1st book I read and it was a great stand-alone. Look forward to reading more of the series.