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So the story is okay -- I think. I had a hard time getting past how awful the narration is. Why, oh why, oh why, would you get a Valley Girl to read a New Orleans story? (FYI, "New Orleans" has 2 syllables, not 3.) I can excuse anyone from "outside" for not knowing how to procounce "Tchoupitoulas" (it's "chop-uh-two-liss", by the way), but "crawfish"? Excuse me. No matter how you spell it, it's "craw-rhymes-with-claw", not "cray-rhymes-with-clay".
Other than that, nice little story, some fairly decent local color. Main character is a little too goody-goody, the sidekick is a little tedius, but the snotty society dame is fun, and I really do know an 80-something woman named "Baby".
Won't listen to another Laura Childs unless they change narrators.
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Memory Mine scrapbooking shop owner, Carmella Bertrand, and BFF and owner of JuJu Voodoo, Ava Gruiex, visit St. Tristan's Church in New Orleans' French Quarter where Ava serves on a committee. The friends hear a noise followed by a scream and a crash. A hooded figure pushed a statue onto Byrle Coopersmith killing her and stealing an ancient crucifix. She was a regular attendee at Carmella's scrapbooking classes. The culprit escaped and neither woman got a good look at the perpetrator.
Laura Childs has written an intriguing book about friendship, murder, and suspense. Carmela and Ava always seem to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Despite warnings from NOPD Detective Edgar Babcock/Carmela’s boyfriend, to let the police handle things, Carmela and Ava get involved as usual.
The cozy mystery has its characters doing craft stuff, while eating high calorie food and drinking wine without a care or gaining an ounce. Wish I could do that. The characters are funny, but totally unbelievable as real women. The crime was interesting, but Detective Babcok, in real life, would never allow these ladies to get involvement in homicide cases. The series is entertaining and funny much like “Murder She Wrote” with Lucy and Ethel from “I Love Lucy” as the main characters.
I kinda, sorta figured out who the murderer was about half way through but was not positive until toward the end.
This is a fun series that I have read out of order and still enjoyed as stand-alone books. NOT great mysteries but good COZY mysteries. Plus, there are craft and scrapbook ideas at the end as well as New Orleans recipes.