Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won't have long to enjoy his freedom....
After Jerry Earl's early release, his wife, Margo - a much-married Garden District doyenne - throws an extravagant Get Out of Jail Free Party, complete with a Zydeco band, champagne ice luge, and waiters in ties and tails. The guest list includes many prominent New Orleans socialites, as well as scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her best friend, Ava Gruiex. But sometime during the swirl of partying and drinking, Jerry Earl is brutally murdered - then stuffed inside a clothes dryer. Carmela has earned a reputation around town for solving murders, and when the grieving widow turns to her for help, she can't say no. But Jerry Earl took a lot of people to the cleaners with his underhanded business tactics, so Carmela's going to be hard-pressed to identify which of his enemies was steamed enough to kill him. As she sorts through Jerry Earl's dirty laundry, she needs to collar the killer before another victim is set to tumble dry....
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Great cozy after an unbelievable start
Jerry Earl Leland, both a shady and wealthy New Orleans business man is given a splashy "Get Out of Jail Party" by his wife. He has served only a small portion of his jail time because of greased palms and connections. He gets his just due when he is found dead during the party by none other than our heroine and scrapbook shop owner, Carmela Bertrand.
First, Carmela goes on a hunt for a stain remove for her best friend, Ava’s, blouse. (Would you really do that in someone’s house you were not close friends with?) Then she bumps into the dryer and out falls Jerry. (How realistic is that?) Once past these two things at the beginning of the book, it does become a pretty good cozy mystery. However, this beginning lowers it from a five star book to a four.
Laura Childs does provide us with a fun, fast novel that has plenty of humor, intrigue and suspense on our trip through New Orleans giving us a few twists and turns along the way and a surprise ending.
This is the 11th book in this series, however, it was the 1st book I read and it was a great stand-alone. Look forward to reading more of the series.