Postcards from the Dead (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Cover Artist: Dan Craig
Review by Harriet Klausner
Berkley Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425252758
Date: 02 October 2012
In New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the Loomis krewe parade floats down the historic streets of the French Quarter. Perky KBEZ-TV reporter Kimber Breeze covers the event. Waiting patiently for her turn for an interview (and a photo op) at the fourth floor balcony of the Hotel Tremain is Carmela Bertrand, owner of the Memory Mine scrapbooking store. When she is next in the queue to be interviewed by the TV reporter, who she thinks is too spunky for her journalist tastes, Carmela notices something out of sorts but is too distant to know what is happening. Someone strangled Kimber leaving her body hanging off the balcony with a cord around the reporter's neck.
Carmela is horrified with aftermath of the homicide of Kimber as she did not witness the actual deed or the killer. Carmela has no plans to investigate though she and her best friend Ava Gruiex, the owner of Juju Voodoo, have solved several mysteries. However, her intention of not getting involved with a dangerous whodunit ends when postcards signed by the late Kimber begin arriving at Memory Mine as if a ghost is dropping them off. She and Ava investigate who is sending the postcards from seemingly beyond as the two buddies assume the murderer is targeting the only possible witness to the crime.
The latest scrapbooking amateur sleuth is a super whodunit as the protagonist tries to avoid detecting, but someone refuse to allow her to do so. Thus she has a strong incentive to find the murderer as she and Ava assume the postcard sender is Kimber's killer pretending to be a spirit from beyond the grave intending to frighten her even if Carmela believes a mortal is dropping them off. Carmela and Ava are brave souls who have each other's back as their friendship bond is very strong. When Carmela, encouraged by Ava, concludes she needs to investigate before the culprit comes after her, her BFF refuses to let her make her inquiries alone. They are strong individuals, but make a formidable team as they seek a deadly diabolical unknown adversary.
Readers will enjoy this exciting whodunit as the postcards add tension to a fine buddies’ inquiry while their sleuthing also brings to life New Orleans during the Mardi Gras. Finally there are also scrapbooking tips though that to me is more of a sub-genre requirement. Still readers will appreciate this engaging investigative mystery into the Postcards From The Dead.