Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway-Crepe Factor by Laura Childs

About the book (provided by Great Escapes Tours)
The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace
The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.
The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.
Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…
Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!
And I thought
Charming and delightful.  Just the cover speaks charming to me. 
I was drawn into the little shop and fictitious events and shops of the French Quarter in New Orleans.  I wanted to go for a visit!

This is only the second opportunity I have had the chance to read the books by Laura Childs.  

I really enjoyed Pekoe Most Poison from the Tea Shop Mysteries Series.  

I knew that Crepe Factory would be just as good.  And it was!

The characters in this series are charming, delightful and quirky.
Even though it is #14 in the series I wasn't lost or left confused with the story.

Each of the characters are introduced into the story smoothly making Crepe Factor a very enjoyable read. 

Much to the chagrin of Carmela's current boyfriend Babcock (the police detective) Carmela the main character gets caught up in trying to clear her ex-boyfriend Quigley's name when he becomes the primary suspect in a murder.  

The reader is taken on a tour of the quaint restaurants and events associated with the holiday season as she parties with her best friend Ava.  And while they enjoy the festivities they do a little sleuthing.  

Since the victim isn't a very friendly guy there is no shortage 
of suspects. 

Eventually with the help of some goofy Cajun characters all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and the real killer(s) are revealed and Quigley is exonerated.  

Babcock finally shares his real feelings with Carmela and all ends well.  At least until the next crime.   

I enjoyed Crepe Factory and give it my hard to get 5 stars rating.

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escape Tours.
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  1. I love this series! Every book I read was like taking a trip to New Orleans! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Laura Childs and I are grateful for your lovely review of Crepe Factor. Thanks so much.