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Tragic Magic (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
by Laura Childs

Published: 2009-10-06
Hardcover : 320 pages
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Tragic Magic by Laura Childs is the 7th installment in the bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery series featuring scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand. Asked to convert an old mansion into Medusa Manor, a new haunted house attraction in New Orleans, Carmela is amped and ready to design spooky set ...
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Introduction

Tragic Magic by Laura Childs is the 7th installment in the bestselling Scrapbooking Mystery series featuring scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand. Asked to convert an old mansion into Medusa Manor, a new haunted house attraction in New Orleans, Carmela is amped and ready to design spooky set decorations. But her first evening on the job yields a flaming body hurled from the third-floor tower! If you like a little fright in your life, this fast-paced cozy is the perfect Halloween read! Laura Childs' mysteries have been named to the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1

"That's the place," said Carmela Bertrand. Clambering from her car, she pointed at the enormous three-story mansion that loomed in the darkness like some ghostly fun house tilting recklessly on its foundation. "Medusa Manor." She pushed back a tangle of caramel-colored hair and peered through naked branches with eyes that were the same shifting blue-gray color as the Gulf of Mexico. The sharp outline of turrets, finials, and gables against a faint smudge of pink in the darkening March sky made the old mansion look like it had been rubber stamped on a piece of midnight blue velum from Carmela's scrapbook shop. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

Do you think the title of the book offers a clue to its content?

What is the starting point of the book - the one action that gets the story rolling?

Are there any characters that you identify with? Any characters you particularly like or dislike - and why?

Which characters do you think offer the most comedic interest?

Why do you suppose so many women want to be entrepreneurs like Carmela? And who do many women prefer to own smaller, more manageable businesses?

Do you think the city of New Orleans plays out as a "character" in this book?

Do you think the author has succeeded in creating a "sense of place?"

What is the over-riding theme of the book? Justice, faith, friendship?

Do you see Carmela and Babcock's relationship progressing?

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

A note from the author to Bookmovement members:

If you haven't met Carmela Bertrand yet, star of Tragic Magic and the previous six Scrapbook Mysteries, you're in for a treat! She isn't your basic cozy mystery character - she's a smart, savvy entrepreneur who's been through Hurricane Katrina and lived to tell about it. Although her scrapbook shop, Memory Mine, is still recovering, Carmela proves to be an intelligent, focused, amateur sleuth who doesn't rely on "coincidences" or inept police work to solve crimes. She jumps right into New Orleans society, rubs elbows with the right (and wrong) people, and digs for information. In Tragic Magic, Carmela designs set décor for a haunted house, tours an abandoned asylum, learns about cremation jewelry, and gets stalked in a Garden District cemetery. Not your traditional cozy - in fact, more of a thrillzy, but without the sex or really tough language. If you're looking for a Halloween read, Tragic Magic is definitely your book. Plus you'll love Carmela's New Orleans recipes like sausage gumbo, Southern coffee cookies, and cocoa loco pie. And her deep fried strawberries? Well, you'll just have to read the book!

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  "Tragic Magic"by sazzyJ (see profile) 10/04/09

Have only read the 'summary' but it reads as if it will be a very good book.

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