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New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end. New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end.


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New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end. New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end.

30 review for Bound for Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    I've just finished reading the third in Laura Childs's scrapbooking series set in New Orleans, Louisiana. I don't know about you, but as a Southerner, I get tired of authors who use the circa 1980's television show Designing Women as the basis for their stereotypical views of Southern women and the Southern lifestyle. The South is not populated by wealthy "women who lunch" and spend their time attending charity balls, making scrapbooks of their wonderful families, redecorating the family mansion I've just finished reading the third in Laura Childs's scrapbooking series set in New Orleans, Louisiana. I don't know about you, but as a Southerner, I get tired of authors who use the circa 1980's television show Designing Women as the basis for their stereotypical views of Southern women and the Southern lifestyle. The South is not populated by wealthy "women who lunch" and spend their time attending charity balls, making scrapbooks of their wonderful families, redecorating the family mansion and complaining about tourists and Yankees. We don't all have big hair or nicknames like "Baby", our husbands don't all hunt coon dogs or drive around with rifle racks in their pick-up truck, we don't all have "help" or weekly appointments at the beauty shop. Alternately, those of us who don't are not reduced to living in trailer parks, working in bars, and driving clunkers down dusty back roads to the family shack. As with the previous books in this series, Keepsake Crimes and Photo Finished, this "American cozy" is more travelog cum charactor study than mystery as it stumbles to a conclusion. Following the time honored tradition of authors who write themselves into a corner, Childs slap-dashes a hastily executed ending in deus ex machina fashion. With each book I remember more clearly why I quit reading the Tea Shop mysteries after number 3 or 4. As before, the things I enjoy about this book are the scrapbooking tips, descriptions of food and the pre-Katrina glimpses of New Orleans. I don't know if Childs has written any in the series that take place during or after Katrina, but if she has it will be interesting to see if the tone of the books change.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Considering I have started this series with book three, I found it was easy to get into and the characters were endearing almost immediately. There was a certain character that I don't like or trust (Shamus) and I hope that this ending doesn't ring true for the rest of the series. I particularly liked all the crafting and scrap booking, as well as the delicious Southern charm. Hopefully I will be able to find some more of these, it was hired on a whim from my local library. Four stars! Considering I have started this series with book three, I found it was easy to get into and the characters were endearing almost immediately. There was a certain character that I don't like or trust (Shamus) and I hope that this ending doesn't ring true for the rest of the series. I particularly liked all the crafting and scrap booking, as well as the delicious Southern charm. Hopefully I will be able to find some more of these, it was hired on a whim from my local library. Four stars!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    It's the first time that i have read any books by this author and although this is the third book in a series, i decided to give it a try. I usually read the more gory murder books, but this cozy murder mystery made a welcome change. I rarely write what a story is about as i prefer one to read a book for themselves, but i would recommend giving this book a try, especially if you enjoy cozy murder mysteries. I hope to read the previous two books in this series. It's the first time that i have read any books by this author and although this is the third book in a series, i decided to give it a try. I usually read the more gory murder books, but this cozy murder mystery made a welcome change. I rarely write what a story is about as i prefer one to read a book for themselves, but i would recommend giving this book a try, especially if you enjoy cozy murder mysteries. I hope to read the previous two books in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    An entertaining read in a series I really enjoy. This one, though, I struggled to finish as things didn't always move along nicely. An entertaining read in a series I really enjoy. This one, though, I struggled to finish as things didn't always move along nicely.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lain

    It's hard to sympathize too much with a main character who not only is "pretty verging on stunning," but who has her own business, great friends, and a cute dog, to boot. The only flies in Carmela's ointment seem to be the dead bodies that constantly crop (no pun intended) up. The old "bad twin" card was played here, as was the wandering-around-the-graveyard-in-the-dark trick. A little too predictable, a little too light on realistic character development, and a little too cutesy. And would some It's hard to sympathize too much with a main character who not only is "pretty verging on stunning," but who has her own business, great friends, and a cute dog, to boot. The only flies in Carmela's ointment seem to be the dead bodies that constantly crop (no pun intended) up. The old "bad twin" card was played here, as was the wandering-around-the-graveyard-in-the-dark trick. A little too predictable, a little too light on realistic character development, and a little too cutesy. And would someone please get this woman an editor? "Courier" and Ives is just an embarrassment, as is the misspelling of "zydeco" in a book based in N'Awlins. Don't forget "commaraderie" (is that being on good terms with your punctuation?) and "mother load" (a truckful of maternal-types?). All the same, Laura Childs can write -- no doubt about that. I think she just needs to take a little more time plotting and writing to take this series to the next level.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolynne

    Things I liked: New Orleans setting, Scrapbooking shop milieu, with tips embedded in the story, plus a section at the end with tips and recipes Things I didn't like: Mystery was obvious almost from the start, with ham-footed clues; Scrapbooking tips were not very creative or original; female characters were mostly pretty stereotypical, main character Carmela is just too-too to be relatable: too pretty, too spunky, too talented at her business, too invincible at solving crimes. Oh, and too wishy-w Things I liked: New Orleans setting, Scrapbooking shop milieu, with tips embedded in the story, plus a section at the end with tips and recipes Things I didn't like: Mystery was obvious almost from the start, with ham-footed clues; Scrapbooking tips were not very creative or original; female characters were mostly pretty stereotypical, main character Carmela is just too-too to be relatable: too pretty, too spunky, too talented at her business, too invincible at solving crimes. Oh, and too wishy-washy about her charming (to her) rake of a husband, Seamus. He doesn't charm me. Hmm, that's a much longer list than the things I liked. Would I read another? Yes, but only for the tips and the yummy sounding recipes. Not for the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/12279871 The 3rd in the series. I picked this up because I needed a book set in Louisana for a state challenge. I didn't feel like I needed to read the first two books, and don't intend to start a new series. The heroine, Carmela, was just too, too perfect. And I don't know what it says for her group of friends, that they have nothing better to do than spend all day, every day in a scrapbooking store. I registered a book at BookCrossing.com! http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/12279871 The 3rd in the series. I picked this up because I needed a book set in Louisana for a state challenge. I didn't feel like I needed to read the first two books, and don't intend to start a new series. The heroine, Carmela, was just too, too perfect. And I don't know what it says for her group of friends, that they have nothing better to do than spend all day, every day in a scrapbooking store.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacqy

    I didn't really enjoy one of the characters in this series. It's carmella's husband(ex) Shamus. There is something about his character that just irritates the dickens out of me, so I didn't finish the book.I'll probably not read any more of this series. I love the other series, The Tea Mysteries, by Laura Child. Those I am reading. The storyline to this book is good, if she would just get rid of that one character, I'd be so happy. I didn't really enjoy one of the characters in this series. It's carmella's husband(ex) Shamus. There is something about his character that just irritates the dickens out of me, so I didn't finish the book.I'll probably not read any more of this series. I love the other series, The Tea Mysteries, by Laura Child. Those I am reading. The storyline to this book is good, if she would just get rid of that one character, I'd be so happy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Seely

    Another "cozy mystery". I like these from time to time because I really don't like the books that describe all the details of a brutal murder. Laura Childs has three separate sets of these books and I like all of them. Not much serious thought required to read them. They are funny and since the reader never really knows the murder victim, it doesn't bother me to read them. Another "cozy mystery". I like these from time to time because I really don't like the books that describe all the details of a brutal murder. Laura Childs has three separate sets of these books and I like all of them. Not much serious thought required to read them. They are funny and since the reader never really knows the murder victim, it doesn't bother me to read them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up Overalla pretty good book. The killer was a cheap cop-out, to me, Sheamus was annoying, and Carmela was conceited at times, but overall it was a good book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It was a really quick, enjoyable read. I am settling into this series almost like Ms. Childs' Tea Shop books and plan on moving on to the next one! It was a really quick, enjoyable read. I am settling into this series almost like Ms. Childs' Tea Shop books and plan on moving on to the next one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    ***2.5 Stars*** Do you ever “hate read?” Or is that just me? It’s like hate watching “The Bachelor,” you know you shouldn’t watch, but you keep doing it anyway. That’s how I am with this scrapbooking-themed cozy mystery series by Laura Childs. I know that I’m going to be highly annoyed while reading it, and yet I’m going to read it anyway. Published back in ‘04, “Bound For Murder” is about Carmela, a New Orleans scrapbook store owner, who tries to solve the murder of an acquaintance’s fiancé. Posit ***2.5 Stars*** Do you ever “hate read?” Or is that just me? It’s like hate watching “The Bachelor,” you know you shouldn’t watch, but you keep doing it anyway. That’s how I am with this scrapbooking-themed cozy mystery series by Laura Childs. I know that I’m going to be highly annoyed while reading it, and yet I’m going to read it anyway. Published back in ‘04, “Bound For Murder” is about Carmela, a New Orleans scrapbook store owner, who tries to solve the murder of an acquaintance’s fiancé. Positives first: As with most of Childs’ books, the bones are actually pretty good. It’s pretty standard cozy mystery stuff. At one point, Carmela visits one of New Orleans’ famous cemeteries. And the way Childs described it, it felt so right. The mood, the look, all of it... I was charmed. The Negatives: I think the main issue is that she needs a better editor. It’s just all sorts of messy. She overuses characters’ first names. Sometimes she will overuse their whole names (first and last). There was one page where she said one guy’s whole name three times. He’s the only person in the book with that name. And it’s not a character tick. It’s just weird... As someone who’s lived her entire life 10 minutes outside of New Orleans, it never seems like the author gets it’s right. I mean occasionally she does, like the cemetery, but generally it’s off. It feels like she came to the city for a week and is now pretending to write a book as if she was born here. (The main character is from the NOLA area, it’s not like she’s a newcomer to the town.) She said that the Warehouse District was ONCE called that, but it’s still called that. And she was obsessed with using cellars and basements throughout this book. We do not have cellars and basements here. NOLA is built on top of a swamp and in a bowl. It is not possible for us to have these things. There are buildings that have “basements” which are sort of like unfinished ground floors, but the main house and the front door is on the floor above that. I tried, really I did, to give some grace to the basement thing thinking maybe she was talking about that, but she clearly wasn’t. She would say that it had “earthen walls” and “the snake from the cellar” and it just became a big nope. Sometimes it’s a struggle to like Carmela, the lead in our story. For example, when she asks the dead guy’s fiancé how she is feeling and she says that she’s mad. Carmela responds “quizzically,” saying “You’re mad?” Golly gee Carmela, of course she’s mad, her fiancé was just MURDERED two days before their wedding. We are supposed to like the leads in our cozy mysteries. It’s the messiest in the first third or so of the book. I could actually go on about this book’s ridiculousness, but I’ll refrain. After that it gets significantly less annoying and it becomes much easier to enjoy the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    New Orleans scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is helping at a friend's pre-wedding party when she discovers the groom-to-be's murdered body in the restaurant kitchen. At the bride-to-be's request, Carmela does some investigating of her own into the deceased's past, trying to determine why someone would want to murder someone who appeared to be a very nice person. On the personal front, Carmela is trying to decide if she should push her estranged husband for a divorce. As much as she hates to New Orleans scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is helping at a friend's pre-wedding party when she discovers the groom-to-be's murdered body in the restaurant kitchen. At the bride-to-be's request, Carmela does some investigating of her own into the deceased's past, trying to determine why someone would want to murder someone who appeared to be a very nice person. On the personal front, Carmela is trying to decide if she should push her estranged husband for a divorce. As much as she hates to admit it, she still has feelings for him, but knows from experience that that does not guarantee a happy marriage.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Bomes

    I like this book and the characters and I love the setting New Orleans. I love to hear all about how to scrapbook and the different ways to put photos on a page. I love Carmela because she is a tough, strong woman who only seems to have one weakness Shamus. I really don't want that to be her guy. He might care for her and what not but there are much better men out there but please don't go with the creepy pretentious restaurant guy either. I was hoping for the cop but he seems interested in Ava I like this book and the characters and I love the setting New Orleans. I love to hear all about how to scrapbook and the different ways to put photos on a page. I love Carmela because she is a tough, strong woman who only seems to have one weakness Shamus. I really don't want that to be her guy. He might care for her and what not but there are much better men out there but please don't go with the creepy pretentious restaurant guy either. I was hoping for the cop but he seems interested in Ava Carmela's friend. The story line kind of dragged a little in the middle and I had guessed before the ending what the twist would be but a good book with great cast of characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I liked this book. The series is fun and easy to read, and I enjoy the New Orleans food and culture and scrapbooking references. The thing that kills me though about this series is how Carmela and all her friends are so “lithe” and “skinny” and “sinewy” and Glory (or many other despised characters) is constantly referenced as flabby, large, and fleshy. We get it, Laura Childs: you don’t like fat people.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lani Pleyel

    They keep getting better and better! Being a native of New Orleans Ms. Child's doesn't get facts totally correct of a fair city but she does have a true love of it! She takes poetic license to twist and turn and this mystery was the better so far! I couldn't figure out the killer in this one and love the characters! Nicely done! I wish the next 6 were available on kindle! They keep getting better and better! Being a native of New Orleans Ms. Child's doesn't get facts totally correct of a fair city but she does have a true love of it! She takes poetic license to twist and turn and this mystery was the better so far! I couldn't figure out the killer in this one and love the characters! Nicely done! I wish the next 6 were available on kindle!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Series is definitely growing on me... On to the next!!! New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end. Series is definitely growing on me... On to the next!!! New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand's pre-wedding party is overshadowed when a friend's intended groom is murdered. Asked by the heartbroken bride to look into the case, Carmela must help her friend pick up the pieces while wrapping up a murder that has more than one lethal loose end.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    Oh Lordy, kill me now. Now wait, kill off the "is he or is he not" ex and make us all happy. See my review of the first one of this. I wasn't bright enough to stop there. Yes, there's some plot and I don't care, just get rid of this guy and his horrid family. Oh Lordy, kill me now. Now wait, kill off the "is he or is he not" ex and make us all happy. See my review of the first one of this. I wasn't bright enough to stop there. Yes, there's some plot and I don't care, just get rid of this guy and his horrid family.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley Cornwell

    Another interesting and fast read in this series. I am weary however, of the on/off aspect of the marital status of the main protagonist. I hope resolution comes soon. the good news is that the iffy status of her marriage doesn't interfere with the story. Another interesting and fast read in this series. I am weary however, of the on/off aspect of the marital status of the main protagonist. I hope resolution comes soon. the good news is that the iffy status of her marriage doesn't interfere with the story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grandma Mush

    Definitely going to continue with this series. I enjoyed this more than the first in the series. More info on reasons and clearer storyline.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol Edholm

    This light murder mystery series just gets better and better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I didn't like the ending (or the middle) of this book. Too much going on with what turned out to be inconsequential happenings. And a lot about scrapbooking and other crafts! I didn't like the ending (or the middle) of this book. Too much going on with what turned out to be inconsequential happenings. And a lot about scrapbooking and other crafts!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shirley S. Hovis

    Good book, easy read, good mystery. Very enjoyable

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Wagner

    Carmela and Ava sure get caught in a variety of odd happenings. A friend's intended groom is killed right before the wedding. Who did this and why? Carmela and Ava sure get caught in a variety of odd happenings. A friend's intended groom is killed right before the wedding. Who did this and why?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    The third book in A Scrapbooking Mystery series. Fun cozy mystery set in New Orleans. Light and charming.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    A good read, very enjoyable when you want a quick book you can read in one sitting. Love the scrapbooking tips and recipes at the end of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elke Haas

    Scrapbooking and solving murders.. all in New Orleans, sooo not creepy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This was a pretty good mystery, even if I pretty much solved it 3/4 of the way through. Carmella is fun to follow when solving a mystery even if she has terrible judgment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A wedding is thwarted when the groom is killed at the rehearsal dinner. Carmela takes the bride under her wing and explores the grooms used bookstore, house and friends to uncover an unknown older brother with a counterfeiting past. Not really playing fair with this one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Carmela Bertrand owns a scrapbooking shop in the heart of New Orleans. When she's attending a pre-wedding party for a friend, she finally meets the groom and decides she likes him. But when they're getting ready to do the toast, she seeks out a centerpiece that is supposed to be for the bride's table and a surprise. It's in the office of the owner of the restaurant, Quigg, and she goes to retrieve it. Unfortunately, she not only finds the centerpiece, but the body of the groom - Jamie Redmond. N Carmela Bertrand owns a scrapbooking shop in the heart of New Orleans. When she's attending a pre-wedding party for a friend, she finally meets the groom and decides she likes him. But when they're getting ready to do the toast, she seeks out a centerpiece that is supposed to be for the bride's table and a surprise. It's in the office of the owner of the restaurant, Quigg, and she goes to retrieve it. Unfortunately, she not only finds the centerpiece, but the body of the groom - Jamie Redmond. Now Wren, the intended bride, wants Carmela to investigate and find out who killed Jamie and why. The only clue Carmela has is the initials INE - which Jamie wrote with his own blood before he died. But is it a clue? Or was he trying to identify his killer? With mysterious happenings and Carmela's inquisitive nature, she wants to help Wren, but hopefully she won't put herself in the sights of a murderer first... This is the third book in the series and I have to say that it's definitely improving. We have Carmela's regular customers back, although they play a smaller role in this book, and her estranged rogue of a husband, Shamus, who definitely plays a bigger one. He's itching to get his photographs in a showing with Carmela, and finds a scruffy stray dog that he names Poobah and foists on Carmela because his sister doesn't like dogs and he's staying with her. But then there's the fact that poor Wren is living in an old convent that Jamie bought and is converting into a home, and she doesn't know if she even owns it; and has been working in Jamie's bookstore without pay and now she's being hounded by a giant of a man named Dunbar DesLauriers who's hot to get his hands on it and is pushing her to sell. Carmela wants to know why, and is determined to find out the truth of the matter. Then there's Shamus - who left her to pursue his own interests but doesn't want her involved with anyone else - especially Quigg, even though she's not dating anyone - yet seems to appear at the most inopportune moments. Carmela, for her part, is still in love with him and is on the fence about whether to divorce the scoundrel or not. But the mystery is an interesting one. Who's behind everything and what are they looking for? We really don't find out until toward the end of the book, and while I usually find it a cheat (and I'm not saying why in case there are others who haven't read the book as yet) this didn't bother me this time out, but I wouldn't like to see the author make a habit of it. As it is, the mystery was done very well, and I did like the climax with Carmela and the killer (because we knew all along that she would be confronting the person anyway.) When we discover the identity of the murderer and why it was committed, it's rather sad but yet believable all the same. Evil lies in the hearts of men, and we can never determine who nor why they do the things they do. Recommended.

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