I’m excited to be participating in the Great Escapes Blog Tour introducing GLITTER BOMB, the fifteenth book in the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran! This new release provides a rollicking romp through New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras! I love how the authors capture the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this decadent celebration, making me feel like I was right there in the midst of it all. According to the authors, New Orleans is a town “filled with music, brimming with history, and perfect for foodies.” And they are so right!
The action starts right from the beginning when protagonist, Carmela Bertrand, witnesses her ex-husband’s Mardi Gras float explode during a parade, raining gold glitter onto the crowded street. While her ex, Shamus, is not injured, one of his float-mates is killed from the explosion. When it’s discovered that the death wasn’t an accident, Shamus begs Carmela to find the murderer and clear his name since he had a huge reason to want the man dead. Unfortunately Carmela’s fiancé, Detective Edgar Babcock, is none too happy about her helping out her ex and putting herself in danger to do so. But, Carmela does what she knows is the right thing to do even if she doesn’t care for Shamus. Plus she can’t say “no” to her curiosity and the thrill of investigating on her own.
Her sidekick and best friend, Ava Gruiex, provides plenty of opportunity for fun dialog and dragging the pair into escapades. The authors have created characters that exude both charm and memorable personalities which adds to the appeal of the story. The plot moves at a consistently fast pace and entertains the reader page and after page, until the last word is read.
I also like that there are scrapbooking, craft, and stamping tips at the back of the book along with recipes. Ms. Childs has graciously allowed me to share her recipe for Lazy Girl Peach Pie. I’m always drawn to any dessert that has fruit (fruit is healthy!) and easy is always good! Lazy Girl Peach Pie is part cobbler, part pie and oh so delicious. A few pantry and refrigerator staple ingredients are quickly layered into a baking dish. And then magic happens in the oven as the ingredients meld together creating a moist filling that’s a bit crunchy on top while the cinnamon complements the luscious peaches. A scoop of vanilla ice cream atop a warm piece of pie is all you need to garnish this comforting dessert.
An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.
It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans and scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is excited to be attending the Pluvius Parade along with her best friend Ava. Carmela’s ex-husband Shamus rides by the duo on his float at the head of the parade, when suddenly the revelry turns to disaster. Shamus’ float crashes and explodes, and although Shamus escapes unhurt, a member of his krewe is killed.
Carmela and Ava plunge into an investigation of the krewe-member’s death, but as they dig deeper it starts to look less like an accident and more like a murder….and Shamus seems less like a victim, and more like a suspect.
A special thanks to Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran for providing two print copies of GLITTER BOMB! Contest ends October 14, 2018 at 11:59 pm PST and is limited to U.S. residents only. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below the recipe to enter. The contest is administered by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and the winner will be announced on this page as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 cup SELF-RISING flour*
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 (15-ounce) can peaches
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
Melt butter in 8-inch glass or pyrex pan.
Combine flour, sugar, and milk and pour this mixture over the butter.
Reserving juice, spread peaches over the batter.
Now pour reserved peach juice over mixture.
Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar and sprinkle half of mixture evenly over the top.**
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until brown. Half way through baking, sprinkle the remaining cinnamon mixture over the top.
Wonderful with ice cream!
*Or substitute 1 cup all-purpose flour mixed with 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
**I found that if you sprinkle the mixture all at once before baking, it sinks into the middle. It works better dividing and sprinkling half after the top has had a chance to set while baking.
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