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Motif for Murder Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Pub; Lrg edition (January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585478881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585478880
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 15.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Childs's fourth scrapbooking mystery (after 2004's Bound for Murder), her first in hardcover, offers plenty of action even if it doesn't take full advantage of its setting, post-Katrina New Orleans. Just when series heroine Carmela Bertrand decides that reuniting with Shamus Meechum, her bad-boy ex-husband, might be a mistake, Shamus is kidnapped. Carmela rushes across the alley to seek help from Shamus's elderly uncle Henry, only to find Henry murdered. Det. Edgar Babcock isn't thrilled to have another case involving the meddling Carmela, and his irritation increases when Carmela and her best friend, Ava, rescue Shamus from the kidnappers themselves. Once Shamus is safe, he reverts to his old ways, adding to Carmela's woes. Mix in the usual scrapbooking and craft tips, and you have another engaging read from this reliable cozy author. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cackleberry Club, Tea Shop, and Scrapbooking mysteries. In her past life she was a Clio Award–winning advertising writer and CEO of her own marketing firm. She lives in Plymouth, Minnesota.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Interesting new view of the Characters Sept. 10 2006
By Coppertop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Another installment in her Scrapbooking mystery series from Laura Childs. I had thoroughly enjoyed the first three and was a bit worried that this series wouldn't continue (it's set in New Orleans...she started up again after Hurricane Katrina, though, with proper mention to the diaster).

This book doesn't spend as much time in Memory Mine (her store) and gives us a much more indepth look at Shamus' character. I'm still not sure if I like the ending...you'll have to read it and see what you think. I'm also not sure what my opinion of Shamus is anymore, either. We'll all have to wait and see where Childs' goes with the Shamus/Carmela link.

This mystery is really all Carmela and her friend, Ava. The book begins with the kidnapping of Shamus and the murder of Shamus' uncle, Henry Meechum. Glory throws her usual little tantrum (I really hate that woman) and Carmela is off on her own. Shamus is rescued pretty quickly and he wants Carmela to help him solve Henry's murder, but while Carmela keeps at it, Shamus keeps going off on other things and getting distracted. While I wasn't able to guess the murderer, I did figure out pretty early where the clue was going to be once Carmela figured it out.

Although I liked this book, I really think this is the weakest so far. I definitely enjoyed the other books more. Childs really tantalizes us with Shamus and Carmela getting a little "happily ever after" at the beginning and then pulls it out from under us (yes, I admit, I like happy endings).

If you are just coming to this series, I would recommend starting with Keepsake Crimes, the first in the series, and not this one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Post-Katrina New Orleans Dec 18 2006
By Karen Potts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Carmela, owner of a New Orleans scrapbooking store, is trying to get her business back together as well as her relationship with her ex-husband, Shamus. Things change quickly when Shamus is kidnapped and his Uncle Henry is murdered. Of course the New Orleans police cannot be trusted to solve the mystery, so Carmela launches her own investigation. She and her friend Ava talk to several possible suspects in an attempt to find out who had a reason to resort to kidnapping and murder. The best thing about this book is the setting, and there are quite a few interesting references to different aspects of New Orleans. On the down side, there are several spelling mistakes in the book which is always a distraction. Also the plot is not very compelling and the characters are quite one-dimensional. I found myself not very interested in whether Carmela and Shamus continue their on-again-off-again relationship or not.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Still good Oct. 1 2006
By Teresa M. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the new installment. I too was concerned about the series continuing after Katrina and was glad that it did. This story was not as strong as the others, but I feel the original story was written before Katrina and needed "tweeking" after the hurrican. I am glad that we are seeing the "true" side of Shamus. I do not him with Carmela and hope this is over. My only problem with the book was the editing. The first sentence of the first page had a mistake, one I had to look at several times to relize it was the book and not me. This followed throughout the book. At times it was frustrating to read and I had to put it down and come back. But as far as the story, it was good. Hope the series continues and goes back to roots of Carmala and her store and friends, minus Shamus as a love interest. Carmala needs a REAL MAN!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Scrapbooking Mystery Jan. 4 2007
By Kathryn Olmstead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really like all her books but this one was recameaded by our yahoo group. It not only has scrapbooking but alot about altered books. How to etc. That is why our altered book group thought we would like to read it. It is a very good read even for people who are not into scrapbooking or altered books. They might even get interested in doing so after reading this book. Good mystery.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wanted: Experienced Editor July 31 2008
By Lois Lain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I keep reading these, hoping they'll get better... after all, they are about scrapbooking! But unfortunately I keep getting disappointed. If the editing errors ("summersault??")and sentence fragments don't get you, the ridiculous plot will.

The biggest letdown? Laura Childs is a pretty good writer. Her prose flows and the descriptions are fun and colorful. I suggest she get a better editor, one who actually does his or her job.


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