Every time Carmela gets involved in a murder in New Orleans, she promises her detective fiance Edgar Babcock this will be the last time she will meddle. In Mumbo Gumbo Murder by Laura Childs and Terrie Farley Moran, the murder victim practically lands at Carmela's feet and it is her friend antique dealer Devon Dowling. (Mumbo Gumbo Murder will be released by Berkley/Penguin Random House on October 1.)
When the plate glass window of Devon's shop is shattered and Carmela manages to get inside the shop, a shower of bright sparks explodes in front of her. As the smoke clears, she finds Devon's body in a pool of blood. Shocked by the brutality of the murder, Carmela and Ava cannot step aside.
There are all kinds of suspects including Devon's new assistant, the highly nervous TJ - Trevor Jackson. Also, based on the fragments of priceless Chinese vases and other items smashed to bits on the floor, Carmela thinks it might have been a robbery gone bad.
As soon as Babcock arrives, he is ready to banish Carmela and Ava from the site, but he listens as she explains what she saw and heard. Chairs, tables and priceless antiques were strewn around the shop as if there had been a fight. Devon's little dog Mimi was huddled in the back room barking wildly.
But Carmela raises Edgar's ire even more by "partnering" with Quigg Brevard in a Wine and Paint shop. Even though Carmela is engaged to Babcock, he still sees red whenever Quigg is around.
As usual Carmela and Ava cannot rest until they track down the killer. They put themselves in jeopardy several times before they finally solve the case.
Another exciting caper through New Orleans's French Quarter and beyond.
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley