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Cut, Crop & Die (A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Joanna Campbell Slan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Acclaim for Paper, Scissors, Death, the first
Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery:

An Agatha Award Finalist!

"A well-turned cozy with loads of scrapbooking tips."

"Settle in for a fast-paced adventure . . ."
—Emilie Richards, bestselling author of Beware False Profits

"A wonderful read."
—Crimespree Magazine

Creative Revenge

All it took was one scone. When the hot-tempered (and widely hated) hobbyist Yvonne Gaynor eats a tainted pastry at Kiki's scrapbooking crop party, it triggers an allergy that leads to Yvonne's death. Even worse, the police suspect foul play when they realize that someone tampered with the treats and swiped the victim's allergy medication.

An expert at stealing design ideas, Yvonne had enough enemies to fill a memory album. Soon, the scrapbooking community pins her murder on Kiki's friends and our ace scrapper finds herself dealing with anti-Semitic threats at the shop, a quarrelsome pre-teen daughter at home, a meddlesome mother-in-law, and constant financial pressure. Despite help from the handsome yet annoyingly coy Detective Detweiler, Kiki has her work cut out for her in solving the crime.

Includes innovative scrapbooking tips.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Broad humor bordering on the absurd propels Agatha-finalist Slan's uneven second mystery to feature St. Louis scrapbooker Kiki Lowenstein (after 2008's Paper, Scissors, Death). When one of Kiki's fellow scrappers, Yvonne Gaynor, keels over during a cropping event because of a severe allergic reaction, the police suspect someone sabotaged the epinephrine syringe Yvonne always carried for such an emergency. Despite all warnings, Kiki decides to launch her own murder investigation, which is soon complicated by hate crime attacks against Kiki's employer and other local Jews. On the bright side, three handsome men take an interest in Kiki, while her late husband's mother, Sheila, interferes in her life to her benefit. Filled with scrapbooking lore, this relatively clean cozy contains scenes that will make you either laugh or cringe, like Sheila's sticking penis-shaped vibrators into her lawn to get rid of her mole problem. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Joanna Campbell Slan (Washington, D.C.) is an international authority in the scrapbooking community. She is the author of over ten books on the subject, and her work has appeared in all of the industry's top magazines. In 2004, Slan founded a contest for scrapbookers in the U.K called "The Best of British Scrapbooking," which still runs today. Additionally, Joanna is one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul authors, and in 2007, she co-founded Sisters in Crime's Forensic University of St. Louis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2241 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (June 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002F9NB64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She doesn't write fast enough May 13, 2010
By Kate
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I am a scrapbooker and mystery lover, so this book seemed right down my alley. I read her first book so fast my Kindle was panting from the exertion. The second book is even better, and the entire spa experience was so hilarious, it nearly killed two people (I was reading the segment aloud to my friend Sandie, who was driving at the time, and we both got to laughing so hard the car joined in!) So- here it is, mid-May 2010, and WHERE IS BOOK THREE?!! Someone needs to be lighting a fire under Ms. Slan...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut, Crop & Die August 8, 2009
I am not interested in the scrap booking hobby so I wasn't sure I would like to read this book. I almost purchased it once, then decided against it. I saw a copy at our local library and checked it out. I couldn't but it down after I began readng it. I loved it. I skipped over all the scrap booking hints included, but I am sure they were very helpful to scrapbookers. The story line and characters were great. I'd buy the next book in this series when it comes out.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read September 5, 2011
I read this book before I realized that it was number 2 in a series, but I enjoyed it so much that I will definitely read the rest of the series. I laughed out loud at Kiki's day at the spa, and I didn't guess who the killer was until right before it was revealed in the story. You don't have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy this book, since the scrapbooking tips are between chapters and I just skipped right over those. I can't wait to find out what Kiki does in the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The TItle Pretty Much Says it All July 13, 2012
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Cut, Crop and Die is just how I felt about this ponderous, slow moving, more than I EVER wanted to know about Scrapebooking. UGH!!! Crop the story, Cut off my head and just Die.

I am so disappointed because this had the potential be a great read. But the snail pace of the plot development lead to rolling my eyes into the back of my head and wanting to beat it against the wall. If I hadn't wanted to know who killed the victim, I'd have given it up as a bad chore. All the fill in with the scrapbook stuff just made me nutzy. I read fictional mystery romance for the story not to learn to scrap book, UGH, UGH, Ugh.

I think I must have lost my mind if I paid $9.99 for this story because $.0 would have been too much.

Sorry, that's my last one by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother June 18, 2012
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This book was bad even for a freebie. It reads like something presented by a 7th grader at a Young Author's conference. Don't bother--even for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scrapbooking mystery May 21, 2012
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This book was purchased for my Kindle from Amazon and was a good price....if you like mysteries and scrapbooking you will laugh yourself silly at this book. Not the greatest mystery every written but a light read and fun.Cut, Crop & Die (A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read! May 16, 2012
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Kiki Lowenstein is really having a rough go of things. Her husband's murderer is still out there somewhere. With Yvonne kicking the bucket at the scrapbooking event she and her employer worked so hard to organise, business is now down pretty dreastically at Time in a Bottle ("TinaB to those in the know"). Her 11-year-old daughter Anya has turned into a raging teenage hormone-fueled ball of rage. Her mother-in-law definitely has something up her sleeve (in addition to trying to get rid of the moles that have taken over her front yard). And Detweiler, the detective for whom Kiki's developed a keen interest, has secrets of his own.

My thoughts: I "purchased" this book for a whopping $0.00. Always a good thing, unless the book is dreadful. But this one isn't. It's actually quite good. And yes, there are more in the series (this is actually the 2nd book in the series), and yes, they're on my wish list at Amazon. This is the kind of book that benefits from being offered free, because it's so good that you'll definitely want to go read the others. Slan does a fantastic job of character development. My one quibble is that Kiki, once she's done up right, is drop dead gorgeous. I guess I get a little frustrated with that trope, because how many of us would that really apply to? I dress up nicely and all, but am far from drop dead gorgeous. Nonetheless, I adore Kiki and her friends and her family and definitely her dogs.

Score: A+

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kiki's adventure continues May 2, 2010
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I love this series of books. You will enjoy reading the continuing saga. I actually read this book first, but Joanna did such a good job of peaking my interest I actually purchased the first book and have since read the latest book. Can't wait for the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it - great story line
The characters were realistic and believeable. Quite a few times I found myself laughing at what was happening. I am looking forward to the next book
Published 1 month ago by Judith L. Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars ebook
This is one of over 100 free ebooks I felt compelled to download the first month I had my Kindle. So many books, this one included, sounded so good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK Two in the series
KIKI oh how she finds a mystery too solve (murder) Love Kiki and the other friend characters. Reading her story makes me feel like I am right there with her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marcia Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Since I'm a scrapper, I was intrigued by the scrapbooking theme. I enjoyed the book a lot. It's certainly not *great* fiction, but a very enjoyable "beach read" when you... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sherry Holthe
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative!
Light reading! If you want more in depth mysteries, read Doe Brownfield. Her books are full of investigative knowledge. You'll enjoy them.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Crafty good
Loved it! Great read! Crafting, a loyal pet, romance and a murder,what a combination! Will look for more books by this author.
Published 4 months ago by Mary S. Leenders
4.0 out of 5 stars Scrap the Commercials
I'm not into scrapbooking, but that doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy this story about a bunch of ladies who are. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan Flett Swiderski
4.0 out of 5 stars Eddie
This book reminded me a lot of Earlean Fowler's. It was fast moving, a mystery but not too gross. I will probably try to read others by her.
Published 6 months ago by Edgel Sudul
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
A Kiki Lowenstein mystery and scrapbooking. No need to say more! Really good! Joanna Campbell Slan knows how to write them.
Published 6 months ago by Froggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut, Crop & Die
I wound up starting this series with the second book, Cut, Crop & Die. I didn't know exactly what happened in the first book, but there was just enough backstory included for me to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mychellem
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Joanna Campbell Slan started storytelling - and winning awards for her writing - at an early age. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Joanna grew up in Vincennes, Indiana, and graduated cum laude from Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) where she majored in journalism. Today she's the author of eleven non-fiction books, a mystery series featuring Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky single mom who loves to scrapbook, and a new series featuring Charlotte Brontë's classic heroine Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. Joanna's first novel--Paper, Scissors, Death--was a 2009 Agatha Award finalist. The Kiki Lowenstein series has been praised by the Library Journal as "topically relevant and chock-full of side stories." Publisher's Weekly calls them, "a cut above the usual craft-themed cozy."
RT Book Review has said that Kiki Lowenstein is that she is "our best friend, our next-door neighbor and ourselves with just a touch of the outrageous." Once you've met Joanna, you can guess where the outrageous comes from. Ready, Scrap, Shoot, the fifth book in the Kiki Lowenstein series, has just been released along with short stories featuring Kiki. A sixth book in that popular series has been scheduled. In addition, Joanna is writing a new historical mystery series featuring Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth. Death of a Schoolgirl (August 2012/ Berkley) marks the first entry in The Jane Eyre Chronicles. In her ongoing quest to never see snow again, Joanna lives with her two dogs and her husband on a nearly deserted island--Jupiter Island, Florida.

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