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—and 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
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