Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom…
After Jerry Earl’s early release, his wife, Margo—a much-married Garden District doyenne—throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. The guest list includes many prominent New Orleans socialites, as well as scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava Gruiex. But sometime during the swirl of partying and drinking, Jerry Earl is brutally murdered—then stuffed inside a clothes dryer.
Carmela has earned a reputation around town for solving murders, and when the grieving widow turns to her for help, she can’t say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela’s going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl’s dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry…
Recently I was asked if I’d like to check out the new book Gilt Trip by Laura Childs. Now I’ve never read this series and to be honest I was hesitant – but I think I’ve made a terrible mistake in not starting these books sooner! Right from the first page I felt drawn into this story, and I really liked the characters. Better yet? I’ve never read this series before and yet I could pick up right from here. Enough information was given to help me along (or refresh a reader’s memory if it had been a while!) which I appreciated. I really like the quality of this writer’s voice and I am enjoying the rich world of New Orleans that she is painting.
If my recent posts haven’t been a clue – I’ve been pretty darn busy around here!! I’ve not yet finished this book – but I am really loving it and am into the second half. The story telling is amazing and the sense of place (New Orleans) is so vivid I can almost taste those beignets! I was concerned when I first picked this book up that I would find the scrapbooking aspect cheesy or dated. Now teaching a class on how to make “shaker boxes” does feels rather dated (I recall making teaching a class on those around 2003 when they were all the rage…) but overall I really got the sense that Carmela is a paper crafter and lover of all things memory keeping at heart. She didn’t seem like a caricature of a scrapbooker or someone I’d roll my eyes at. The character comes across as genuine, interesting, and she’s definitely a character I want to spend more time with. Carmela likes making shadow boxes, scrapbook layouts, cards, you name it! That, combined with the mystery, intrigue, and cast of colorful characters has me spending my precious few minutes of my lunch break each day picking this story back up and reading. If you like cozy mysteries and want to test out a series featuring a scrapbook store owner, then I think you might want to check this out.
What could be better? I’ve got a signed copy of Gilt Trip to give away to one of you lovely readers!! Simply leave a comment here on my blog (if you’re reading via email hop over to my blog and comment on this post!) for your chance to win. I will draw one winner next Monday and post the name here on this post as well as contacting the winner via email. This is open to ANY person, any place, so long as it is legal to do so wherever you may reside.
Good luck – and happy reading!
59 thoughts on “Gilt Trip: Give-away”
What a nice happy! I like Laura Childs. Finding time to read???hmmm… a Christmas wish I will make.
I love to read and would love to get my hands on one of her books. Thanks
What a great way to spend Christmas with a book in your hands. I love Laura Childs’ books so would love the opportunity to receive one.
Oh yeah….curled up by the fire place ….this would be Marvelous !!
Thanks for the chance May !
Like everyone so far, I LOVE Laura Childs and I thank you for the opportunity to win!!! Happy Turkey Day.
One of my favorite authors. I love both her series. what a great Christmas gift. Thanks so much for the chance to win. Fingers crossed!
LOVE mysteries! Haven’t heard of her and would love to try.
Sounds like an interesting read!
Wow May sounds like a fun book to read! Just the ticket for reading by the fireplace during the cold and damp days in Virginia!
Thanks for a chance to win a signed copy!
Cool! Looks like the perfect book to curl up with during the holidays.
Thanks for the chance to win!
Sounds intriguing! Thanks for the opportunity!
I haven’t heard of this author before, but am always looking for good reads so will have to look her up. Thanks for your book reviews – I now have a list of new authors to try.
Sounds like a fun read! Thanks, May, for giving us a chance to win it. Fingers crossed….
Love Laura Childs books, Will have to check the library and see if they have this new one.
Would love to win the book, Thanks for the chance.
May, I am so pleased that you have discovered Laura’s series. I’ve enjoyed each one that I’ve read and would love an opportunity to read this newest one.
just love these books, it would be great to be able to read her new books, thanks for the opportunity
Please pick me
I love Laura Child’s books- both the Scrapbooking in New Orleans and tea shop ones in Charleston. My passions are scrapping and tea plus I live in SC.
What a lovely chance to win. I have read earlier books in this series and liked them a lot. THX for hosting this prize!
I have read most all of what Laura has written starting with the tea series, the breakfast club ones & the scrapbooking ones. I do like they are total entertainment!
Thanks for the chance to win
I am an avid reader of Laura Child’s series, especially the scrapbook and tea ones. I look forward to each new one, and would love this:), but if not, I will be checking the store. Thanks for the chance, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
What a sweet give away. Giving the gift of a book is like giving a vacation. The person is transported. I have not yet tried this series and would love to. I enjoy the emails I get and your blog, so keep it up. Thanks
Love reading and scrap booking so would love to win !!
I love mysteries! And as a memory keeper this sounds super fun. What a gift! Of course, I would love to win it, but if not I will definitely look for this series. Happy December everyone!
I am already a fan of the series and love nothing more than to spread my love of crafting by reading a fun mystery novel with a scrapbook theme! Thanks for the chance to win1
Like you, I never heard of this author but enjoy reading mysteries. This sounds like a fun romp through sleuthing, scrapbooking/memory keeping and oh yeah, love New Orleans and have spent many a morning at Cafe du Monde. Thank you!
What a great book to read over Christmas while on break (one of the benefits of being a teacher). I don’t take the time to read for pleasure – so this sounds like a perfect starting place!
Love her whole series (and she has a tea room one, too) and always wait anxiously for the new one. So fun that you get to give one away!
I have read all the books from this series. I just finished Post Cards from the Dead a few days ago. I really enjoy reading about what Carmela & Ava are up to. I’ve tried some of the recipes in the books too & they were pretty good. Obviously, I would love to win a copy of her latest book. Thanks for the chance.
This sounds like some very interesting reading. Would love a chance to win a copy, otherwise I’ll be on the lookout for it at the library.
This sounds like an awesome series! I would love to win!
I love reading this series. Would love to win this book as it is one I have not read yet. I love not only the many paper crafting tips and ideas but also some of the recipes that are usually included in the book are to die for. Especially for someone who has moved from the area and has a hankering ever once in awhile for the cuisine from the area. Thanks for the chance to win.
I love this series. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. Your blog is great!
I have read a few of these books and they were good. I would love to win another one to read. Thanks for the chance.
This sounds like a fun read and I have already read a few of the series so am a big fan! Thanks for the chance to win!
Wow this sounds awesome!!! I haven’t had a good book to read in quite sometime and this would be the perfect one to get me back on the reading horse so to say! Thanks so much for the chance!
I love these kind of mysteries and read them all the time. I’m not familiar with this author, though. I’d love to read this one!
Thanks for the recommendations!!
I really enjoy Laura Childs’ books, and snapped this one up right away. It wasn’t my favorite of the series — the ending seemed a bit odd to me, but I’d really suggest going back and reading the earlier ones! My favorite is her tea series, but both that one and the scrapbook series have fun and interesting characters, and fantastic settings which the author really shows off.
Wow…this could be a book club recommendation. I’d love to read it…I am an avid paper crafter!
Patti C from COS
The scrapbook mystery series is wonderful! Reading them always inspires me, thank you for the chance to own an autographed copy.
What a fun giveaway! I read another book in this series and really liked it!
Love a good book and I haven’t read any of this author’s. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway! Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!!
I love reading, and this book looks good too!
Sounds like an interesting book. Love to read on a cold rainy day.
Love this series! Mystery PLUS scrapbooking – nothing beats it in my book! Would LOVE a signed copy!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!
I love mysteries, and a mystery combined with scrapbooking? Great! Thanks for the recommendation and the chance to win.
Thanks for the chance to win and I’ll look for her books at the library.
Looks like a fun read! Thanks for the chance.
You have me intrigued, May! I’d love to read the book – the mystery, the scrappy-goodness, the charm of LA – it all sounds lovely, all the way around : ) Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I’m always on the lookout for a good book
I have read almost all of the books in this series. She always includes scrapbooking ideas in the books too. I would love to win this newest book!
I love a good mystery! Thanks for the chance to win.
Never read the book series, but all the hype has me curious. Thanks for sharing the opportunity to win.
It’s been too long of a time since I’ve been in a book – sounds fun!
I’ve enjoyed this series so far, and look forward to reading this new one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
I LOVE these books! THanks for the chance to win!
Thank you for giving us a chance to win this book! I have never read any of the books by Laura Child, but I plan to download them to my Nook and get busy.
Dying to start reading her books. Thank you for the review.
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