Review: Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs

Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs (A Scrapbooking mystery #1)

Book cover for Keepsake Crimes by Laura Childs
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Book description from GoodReads:

New Orleans scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand delights her customers with the sophisticated looks she achieves with their scrapbooks.  But among her client’s keepsakes she finds a tip of her own-about a murder…

My review – 4/5 Stars (originally posted on GoodReads on 12/16/16) 

The part I enjoyed the most in this book were the details about New Orleans (the locale, mardi gras, cemeteries, some of the neighborhoods, the food, etc.).

Having only done minimal scrapbooking in the past, I had hoped to find the scrapbooking part of this book more inspiring. But it just didn’t inspire me. Maybe it will in retrospect, later when I think back on it, after the holiday season is passed. There were a lot of creative ideas.

The mystery was pretty fun, but I didn’t have the person who “dunnit” on my radar until way too late. But I think that was partially because a key fact came up way late (for me) in the book. I haven’t decided if I just missed earlier clues or how I feel about that.

I liked the characters but didn’t love any of them. None of them made me wish I could visit them if (if they were real, of course) and when I finally make it New Orleans (like I hope I do some day).

I will try the next in the series after the holidays are over. Having been feeling a bit under the weather and a bit distracted, both may very well have caused a bit more disconnect with the story that I may have felt otherwise – which I understand, and which is why I gave the book 4 stars rather than 3, since I’d probably rate this 3.5 if that was an option.

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