Saturday, April 23, 2011
A couple of years ago I found a new series of mysteries that also involved scrapbooking. I came across the first book of the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft mystery series, Paper, Scissors, Death. I really enjoyed reading this book and quickly purchased the second book in the series, Cut, Crop and Die. Not only do I enjoy reading about Kiki and her adventures in the scrapbook store, a couple of my friends also enjoy the series. Last year when the third book, Photo, Snap, Shot came out, I quickly purchased the book and read it right away. I just had to know what was happening to Kiki and her family as soon as possible. I have been anxiously awaiting the fourth book, Make, Take, Murder that was due out this spring. I had the book on my Amazon wish list and was just waiting for the release date of May 1st, when I was delighted to find out that I had won a copy from the author's blog. My autographed copy arrived yesterday, April 22. Of course I had to begin reading right away. I finally set the book down mid morning when I finished the book.
Kiki is dumpster diving for her lost paycheck when all of the sudden she finds a severed leg in the dumpster. After a call to 911, things really start to heat up. There is a threatening message left on the store's answering machine. Kiki is convinced that she doesn't have time to investigate the possible murder of the leg's owner, when the murder women't daughter stops by with some books to help Kiki find the killer. Other smaller plots that are developed through out the story include Kiki's love life, and domestic abuse. With at least three different men pursing Kiki she has a choice to make, Detective Chad Detweiler, Ben Novak, or newcomer Detective Hadcho. Throughout the story Kiki is also learning about domestic abuse that has occurred with some of her friends. She discovers that she doesn't really know her friends and co-workers as well as she thought that she did. In the end Kiki decides to start looking for a way to help those that are caught in domestic abuse. Needless to say, I am now counting down to the next book in the series due to be released Spring of 2012.