Review of Scrapbook Of The Dead

Synopsis:

Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what’s been happening around town is truly frightening. First a dead woman is found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, and the next day a second woman is 23360000found murdered by the river. Reporter Annie Chamovitz learns the victims were sisters and is certain their deaths are linked. Most bizarre of all, both women were found clutching scrapbook pages.

As their Saturday night crop quickly becomes an opportunity to puzzle out the murders, the ladies begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies–or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the crafty croppers must cut and paste the clues to unmask a deadly killer.

Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker! (Goodreads)

Review:

Annie Chamovitz is a reporter who happens to be at the scene of a murder.  When a body is discovered in the freezer of Pamela’s Pie Palace, Annie is there.  With her investigative personality, she knows she has to look into the murder.  And when a second body is discovered, she knows that there is not only a story waiting to be written, there is also a threat to her town.   She and her scrapbooking friends begin to put the pieces together to try and get the exact picture of the murderer. One clue that they have is the scrapbook pages that are found at the murder scenes.  How can they fit all the clues together to find the solution and see justice done?

This is the first book that I have read in the series, even though this is the fifth book in The Cumberland Series.  I think this put me at a disadvantage when reading the book.  I did not feel like I got to the know the characters very well and I think there are too many characters introduced in the book.  I just felt like I could not relate with them.  Sometimes I am able to pick up a book in the middle of a series and I do not have this problem, but for whatever reason, I struggled a bit with the characters.

I think this book is well plotted and I did like the mystery.  There are many twists and turns along the way, enough to keep the characters and readers on their toes.  I did not figure the mystery out until it is revealed at the end, and I like when that happens.  The author is very talented at creating suspense and tension with just the written word.

I also enjoyed reading about scrapbooking and the tips and hints that are given in the book.  The section that included the terms is very helpful.  I have done scrapbooking in the past and this book gave me some great things to try.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and if you enjoy scrapbooking, that is an added bonus. But I would recommend reading this series in order.  I plan to get the other books and doing just that.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  

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