By Carmela Bertrand from the Scrapbooking Mystery Series
I am so excited to be visiting Killer Characters.
My name is Carmela Bertrand I own the Memory Mine Scrapbooking shop on Governor Nicholls Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Let me tell you that New Orleans is a dynamic place to live and work. The atmosphere is always crackling with the vitality of a town filled with social events small and large, all contributing to keeping us a tightly woven community. One of my favorite events is the Winter Market. I always consider it the official start of the holiday season. Restaurateurs and other venders set up along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and offer samples of food, liquor and other wares putting everyone in a festive mood.
Still, it isn’t always “easy” to live in the Big Easy. When my BFF Ava Gruiex and I were strolling through the Winter Market, we witnessed an ugly scene. Quigg Brevard, a restaurant owner I briefly dated some time ago, was bellowing at a man, really threatening him. Turns out the man, Martin Lash, was a reviewer who gave a scathing review to Quigg’s pride and joy restaurant, Mumbo Gumbo.
We tried not to let the fight upset our mood but things got much, much worse. A few minutes later while Ava and I were looking for treasure at a fancy clothing display booth, the very same Martin Lash came stumbling around the boutique tent with a huge kitchen fork stuck in his neck. He dropped right at our feet, dead as a stone.
Well the last thing I needed was to have my long time beau Detective Edgar Babcock find me at the scene. But there I was when he pulled up and within a few minutes he discovered that Quigg Brevard was there as well. Let’s just say, Babcock isn’t always as cool as he pretends to be when it comes to my being anywhere near Quigg or anywhere near one of his murder cases.
To give everyone a chance to learn more about the events that follow, we are giving away a copy of CrepeFactor to one lucky commenter below. Just give a shout out to New Orleans. You like it or you love it or you want to visit for the first or the twentieth time. Tell us anything but don’t forget to include your email addy in this format: name(AT)server(DOT) com to avoid the spam bots. Giveaway closes at midnight Friday, October 21st.