by Laura Childs
Released: October 6 2009
Series: Scrapbooking Mystery #7
Published by Berkley
“With such a great supporting cast and an excellent mystery plot, TRAGIC MAGIC isn’t one that you want to miss!”
~ Under the Covers
In book seven of the Scrapbooking Mystery series by Laura Childs, the setting is a haunted house so it was actually the perfect read for me to read on Halloween weekend. I didn’t read the blurb before I picked up the book so I thought it was the perfect treat to enjoy and get into the festive spirit. Of course, you don’t only have to read this around Halloween but this one does have a more spooky vibe to it because it deals with a victim who had a penchant for the supernatural.
When Ava and Carmela are frightened when the victim’s body leaps out at them, effectively scaring them to death but what’s even more scarier is the fact that it looks like someone really wanted the victim to die. So now it’s up to Carmela to try and figure out what happened and find this mystery killer.
As you know, I’m a big fan of Laura Childs’ writing, especially with this series because it’s so fun and exciting but this one really stood out to be because all the moving parts of the story are well-developed and well-executed. In addition to the well thought out mystery plot, there’s also a lot going on in Carmela’s personal life. She’s in the midst of her divorce so her soon-to-be-ex Shamus is present in this one. I really like Shamus. I love seeing the exs waltz in and mess things up because I think it’s an interesting dynamic that I don’t get to read often as a Romance reader. Shamus is a ton of fun and I actually hope we see more of him in the next few books despite the fact that they are separating. I think Carmela is very chill with him, which is surprising given their past together.
Of course there is also Babcock, who is Carmela’s new beau in her life. This relationship is still blooming so I like watching it all unfold. As much as I enjoy Shamus, it’s clear that Carmela belongs to Edgar. I’m just hoping to see more of him as well.
With such a great supporting cast and an excellent mystery plot, TRAGIC MAGIC isn’t one that you want to miss!
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