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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Oct. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425224252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425224250
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Memory Mine shop owner Carmela Bertrand finds herself caught up in New Orleans Halloween mayhem in Childs's sprightly fifth scrapbooking mystery (after 2006's Motif for Murder). In an alley behind her friend Ava Grieux's Juju Voodoo Shop, Carmela discovers the body of fashion model Amber Lalique, who was in the shop only moments earlier. The cops suspect Giovanni, Ava's sexy new tarot card reader, whose brother, Santino, is Amber's ex-boyfriend. Carmela and Ava become determined to uncover the truth and throw themselves headlong into danger, filling in as models for the big Halloween night unveiling of Moda Chadron's newest fashion creations, snooping around New Orleans and even venturing into the creepy bayou. Childs rounds out the story with several scrapbooking and crafting tips plus a passel of mouth-watering Louisiana recipes. (Oct.)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fifth Scrapbooking Mystery Nov. 18 2007
By Karen Potts - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Halloween season is upon the French Quarter in New Orleans and Carmela attends a party at her friend Ava's voodoo shop. As if things aren't scarey enough, Carmela discovers a dead body in the alley near her friend's shop. One of Ava's employees is accused of the murder, but Ava and Carmela are convinced that he is innocent. Their "unofficial" investigation begins, and they find several suspects, while going through some frightening experiencs. This is another enjoyable entry in the Scrapbooking Mystery series. I do hope that author Laura Childs will find a way to get rid of Shamus, Carmela's soon-to-be-ex-husband, in future books,as he is an annoying character who does not enhance the series.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Childs...a super storyteller! Oct. 19 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
With Halloween barely a week away, New Orleans is getting even spookier than usual. Carmela's friend Ava throws a party at her shop, Juju Voodoo, complete with a sexy tarot reader named Giovanni. The only thing he doesn't foretell is that on her way home from the party, Carmela will find the body of a beautiful model named Amber behind a dumpster--right before being knocked unconscious herself.

Giovanni, the tarot reader, appears to have saved her--or was he already there? He turns into the police's number one suspect, but Carmela and Ava both stand by him, even with his tendency to dodge certain questions. There's plenty of evidence to keep Carmela busy, though. Horrible tooth marks are found around the victims neck, along with some nonhuman hairs found at the scene. Police can't seem to figure out what kind of animal the hairs came from or what could have bitten the victims' throat like that.

There are plenty of theories over who's responsible--a French Quarter stalker, a jealous lover, even a werewolf--and Carmela is left wandering who she can trust. Carmela must figure who or WHAT the killer is before she has strange tooth marks of her own!

Laura Childs has done it again! Frill Kill is the fifth installment in Childs' popular scrapbooking series. I enjoyed this book so much I skipped a few meals just to finish it! Frill Kill also includes several handy scrapbooking tips and some yummy New Orleans recipes. I can't wait for Childs' next book!

Childs is a consummate tea drinker, scrapbooker and dog lover.

Armchair Interviews says: Laura Childs is the bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries and the Scrapbooking Mysteries series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of the fun series with a comparable amount of murder and mayhem June 7 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Continuation of the fun series with a comparable amount of murder and mayhem. However, this book didn't have any scrapbooking projects- just a few basic tips- which was very disappointing. It had too many recipes, which is not what I'm looking for.
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW ORLEANS, SCRAPBOOKING, FOOD, AND A MYSTERY Jan. 23 2011
By Mary Seiber - Published on
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Frill Kill is the most recent installment in the hectic life of Carmella and her friends. The draw for me in this series is the Historical and Geographical setting of the New Orleans area. I have visited there prior to Katrina, and have a friend who grew up there and frequently visits. While I wish that Ms. Childs had included an episode that actually covered the hurricane, I am glad that she chose to continue the series. I am thinking that scrapbooking can only go so far as an industry, and that perhaps she needs to have her main character expand her shop to include something more lasting in popularity. It seems that she is edging toward interior design in the past few books. It would be a nice fit.

I recently loaned an earlier book (motif for murder) to my friend who grew up in New Orleans. She immediately focused on the scrapbooking aspect, which surprised me. I hope she is not turned off by the voodoo shop aspect represented by Carmella's friend, Ava who owns the fictitious Ju ju voodoo. Since Voodoo does not figure prominently, I don't think she will. Another friend who saw my copy of Motif, liked the recipes, which made me notice them more. So lately I have been looking for recipes. I forgot to check to see if there are recipes in this book. I am almost finished and am still guess about who actually killed the victim, but more interested in what happens between Carmella and her estranged husband. And eagerly waiting the next installment.
5.0 out of 5 stars IF IT IS LAURA CHILDS I am reading it. She is that good! Jan. 25 2016
By Trudawn - Published on
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Frill Kill is another book by Laura Childs that has won me over. Not hard to do if you have read her Charleston Tea Shop Mysteries. What better place for a misty, merkey mystery than the French Quarter. Carmela is the lead character with a wonderful scrap booking shop and Ava, her dear friend, who owns the neighborhood Voo Doo shop. What a duo.... And let us not forget the doggy duo who live with Camela. Really enjoy dogs in my mystery books. Ms. Childs characters are well fleshed out and a crew of friends and avid scrapbookers are on hand to assist when Halloween becomes a backdrop for murder. Love the chances Carmela takes and usually with Ava on board. New Orleans is the best setting for these murders, darkness, and wonderful food. These people are "connected" to the heritage district and those amazing old homes. Love all the books I have been able to get. Some of Laura Childs books are not "kindleized" yet and reading the paperbacks are hard for me at this time, but I did order many of them anyway.

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