Oct 192016

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I am so happy to have Terrie Farley Moran Farley back for a visit!
Her new book written with Laura Childs, Crepe Factor was released on October 4!

guest postterrie farley moranA few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Bouchercon, the largest mystery conference in the world. To add to my joy, Bouchercon 2016 was held in New Orleans, home of Carmela Bertrand, owner of the Memory Mine Scrapbooking Shop and her Best Friend Forever Ava Gruiex.

Cozy lovers that you are, I’m sure everyone is familiar with Carmela and Ava from the totally fun and always mysterious Scrapbooking Series by Laura Childs. I am shining my buttons when I say that I have been honored to assist in writing two recent books in the series, Parchment and Old Lace, as well as the newly released Crepe Factor.

I have to be honest. I half expected Carmela to be standing at the gate when I arrived at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. I could almost see her struggling to restrain Boo and Poobah while they strained at their leashes trying to give me big, sloppy kisses. And I could hardly wait to see what kind of sexy, crazy outfit Ava would be wearing.

Alas, that was a fantasy unfulfilled.

governor-nichollsStill, I decided to satisfy my imagination by walking in Carmela’s footprints all over the Big Easy. My very first stop when I ventured out of my hotel was Governor Nicholls Street—home of Memory Mine, which is right on the cover of Crepe Factor. I brought you all a picture of the corner so you could see how the shop fits right in with the neighborhood.

And then I roamed around the French Quarter imagining Carmela and Ava scrambling from here to there, sometimes doing errands but often investigating a murder, no matter how many times Carmela’s handsome beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, warns them off.

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Everyone posts pictures of the French Quarter at night but I want you to see the daytime look of the French Quarter. This is how Carmela and Ava see it in their everyday life.


And I can’t leave without showing you this terrific picture (thanks to author Robert Mangeot!) of Jackson Square with St. Louis Cathedral rising majestically in the background. And in this close up of the Cathedral, I can imagine Carmela walking through those doors to meet Babcock for a romantic holiday concert.






Now while you are reading Crepe Factor, you can see the streets just the way Carmela does. Oh and I have a message from Carmela and Ava:

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll!


Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
14th in Series
Setting – Louisiana
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery(October 4, 2016)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425266700


The Winter Market in the French Quarter is in full swing, but murder isn’t taking a holiday in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Parchment and Old Lace…

The holidays are a busy time for scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand—but not so hectic that she doesn’t have time to enjoy browsing the booths at the Winter Market with her best friend Ava. The last thing the ladies expect to see is a lurching man stabbed by a serving fork, dying in front of them.

The victim is loathed restaurant critic Martin Lash, who posted his scathing reviews on the Glutton for Punishment website. And the prime suspect is New Orleans restauranteur Quigg Brevard—who was seen giving the critic a tongue-lashing minutes before someone stuck a fork in him. An old flame of Carmela, Quigg asks for her help, which does not please her current beau, Detective Edgar Babcock, to say the least.

Before her relationship is the next victim, Carmela needs to find a murderer who had no reservations about punishing the culinary curmudgeon…

Scrapbooking tips and recipes included!

About The Author

Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. followed by Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death released in July of this year. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren. She also has written Parchment and Old Lace and Crepe Factor with Laura Childs.

Terrie’s Links: Facebook     Blog     Goodreads

Written with Laura Childs


Thanks to the publisher I have 2 hardcover copies to give away!
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  30 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Terry Farley Moran – Co-Writer of Crepe Factor with Laura Childs – #GuestPost / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery”

  1. Enjoyed your comments very much & the photos were awesome. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. Thank you for having such a nice giveaway and a chance to win. It looks like a really good book!

  3. I was also at Bouchercon and loved New Orleans. Congratulations on this new book set in this wonderful city!

  4. I haven’t read any of your books yet. But i would love to. This series sounds like some good reads.

  5. I read the first book in this series and it was awesome!

  6. Sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  7. Hello! I am so happy that everyone is enjoying my “tour” of Carmela and Ava’s New Orleans. Good luck to all on the giveaway. Terrie

  8. Love this article–so fun!

  9. I so want to travel to New Orleans—I’ll have to do it by reading your book I think.

  10. Thanks for this delightful giveaway.

  11. Love this series and New Orleans!

  12. Look forward to reading! Thanks so much!

  13. Enjoy reading her books.

  14. Enjoy her books.

  15. I enjoyed getting to visit Carmela and Ava’s New Orleans! Those are wonderful pictures!

  16. Sounds like a great read.

  17. I love the photos , -and this is one of my favorite series ! kathambre@yahoo.com

  18. Loved the photos and the review I would love to read and review this book as it sounds so good!

  19. Enjoyed your description of New Orleans and the French Quarter. I’ve been there several times and can’t wait to visit again. Really looking forward to reading “Crepe Factor”, New Orleans is a great setting for a murder mystery. Thanks for the chance.

  20. Hi Terrie. You continue to amaze me with each new book you write. I’ve never been to New Orleans but someday hope to visit this mystical city. The architecture and food speak of many years of history and culture.

  21. Thanks for the daytime pictures of the French Quarter. Almost hard to believe it’s the same place that’s in the nighttime pictures.

  22. Really great series my favorite, New Orleans is an awesome setting! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

  23. Love the series, NOLA, and the pictures!

  24. Love the pics! I have always wanted to visit New Orleans in real life!

  25. Great pictures. Really bring the location to life.

  26. I really enjoy this series!

  27. Love the cover and it sounds like a good book!

  28. I have been a fan of Laura Child’s books for a long time. I’d like to read these also.

  29. I’ve read and enjoyed Laura’s Tea Shop mysteries, but haven’t tried this series. That blurb has me curious!

  30. Sounds like an a wonderful mystery.

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