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Product Details

  • Series: A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press; First edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938383060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938383069
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series was a way to combine some of the loves in my life: scrapbooking, mysteries and my new home of West Virginia. The "where" in stories is usually just the setting, but in moving to West Virginia I found that "where" is a life of its own. The mountains, faith, and love of country are a part of the people.

I wanted to write stories incorporating this way of thinking and being. So I wove scrapbooking, this creative hobby where people document their memories and emotions, into the lifestyle of West Virginia. And since I can't seem write something without a crime happening, mystery is the perfect genre to place all my loves together. I love writing about a heroine where the location, and her faith, are a natural part of her life and personality.

I hope you enjoy Faith, and her family, and all the beauty (and murder!) of West Virginia.

About the Author

Christina Freeburn wrote her first book in the ninth grade, mostly during algebra class (which she doesn't recommend). She served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook area among layouts, paper, bling and stuffed Disney characters. Her novel, Cropped to Death, brings together her love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia.

Customer Reviews

I loved the interaction with the main characters.
Patricia A. Arteaga
The author kept me in suspense right up to the end of the book.
sassenach
The plot seemed to be ok, the characters interesting.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terri L. Austin on November 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Back in Eden, West Virginia, home from a stint in the military, Faith Hunter now works at her grandmothers' scrapbook store, Scrap This. After a life-altering event that she now keeps secret from her family, Faith is trying hard to put her life back together. But when Faith's employee, Marilyn, is accused of killing her cheating husband at an art show, Faith is pulled into a mystery and soon begins to realize there's a snake in the town of Eden. As she investigates, Faith is drawn to two men-handsome attorney, Steve, and Detective Roget, the man trying to put Marilyn behind bars. While she fends off her grandmothers' attempts at playing Cupid and threats to her safety, Faith is determined to find out the truth.

I enjoyed this mystery and as a scrapbooker, I found the scrapping details fun and interesting. This is a great beginning to a new mystery series. Fun family dynamics, two handsome men who vie for her affections, Faith's secret, and an interesting mystery kept me turning the pages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on November 20, 2012
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When one of Faith's employees is accused of murdering her husband, a secret past and a promise propels Faith into investigating and she'll have to crop the killer out of the picture if she wants to see another scrapbook. This was a great read that had me reading non-stop from the moment I turned the first page. The author did a good job in keeping me in suspense with plenty of twists and turns and every time I thought I had it figured out, the author changed the direction in which the story was headed. What intrigued me most is Faith's past and how it played in her approached to the clues she uncovered. The writing flowed easily and I liked the cast of characters in this charming whodunit. Christina has written an enjoyable story and I look forward to learning more about Faith and her friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane Vallere on May 15, 2013
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Christina Freeburn's CROPPED TO DEATH is exactly the kind of book to read when you're looking for a fun, crafty mystery. Her protagonist, Faith Hunter, is former JAG and current owner of Scrap This, a scrapbooking store. I've never been a scrapbooker, but the way Freeburn writes about the store made me want to find the nearest paper shop and buy a couple of sheets just incase I decided to start a new hobby.

My favorite part of the book wasn't the mystery or the scrapbooking, it was the fact that the characters felt real. They had pasts, they had secrets, and they weren't perfect--and I liked them more because of the skeletons in their closets. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, especially because I want to see who takes the lead in the love triangle!
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T Reader on December 10, 2012
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I was excited to read this book after reading the summary - author former JAG, interesting placement of a former military character in a craft environment. However, while I sincerely appreciate the author's service to her country, I really didn't like this book.

To summarize the story, Faith Hunter, "former JAG employee", works in her grandmothers' craft store with her friend Marilyn, who is accused of killing her cheating husband.

I had expectations of a strong character in a legal or police thriller. Who wouldn't think that when hearing JAG? Instead, it appears that Faith was some sort of admin in JAG. And while very admirable, the story would have been so much better if Faith had a legal/investigative skillset. Don't tout the JAG angle unless you're going to use it - this was very misleading and very disappointing.

I really hate books where the main character has no reason and no skills to investigate. And this is one of them. What made me stop reading this book after only a few chapters was Marilyn telling Faith (after being furious with Faith for answering police questions honestly) that Faith has to solve the murder because Faith worked in JAG. Really? So, using this leap of logic, would I be qualified to be a doctor because I worked in the hospital cafeteria?

The character Faith is flat, uninteresting, and annoyingly acts like a meek 12-year-old instead of an intelligent grown woman. The character of Marilyn, instead of being wryly funny, is sad and bitter.

There are so many well-written former military women returning home books. Don't waste your time and money on this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leigh on February 3, 2013
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I probably wouldn't have purchased it if I'd checked it out first. I don't like books written in the first person, but that's my issue. It was recommended by a friend so I just click the buy button. It's a basic who done it story with the lead character telling the story. She does so much drama over insignificant issues which doesn't make her very likeable, or compelling. One might have expected her to be a JAG lawyer, or at least an investigator, but apparently she was neither, and her skills as such leave a lot to be desired. She often comes across as a silly little girl having a temper tantrum over nothing. It's a light weight read, maybe good for a long airplane flight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emma Rose Fry on September 18, 2013
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Although the story was OK, I spent my reading time tripping over poor spelling, grammar, syntax, and tense. This book was so badly edited, that I had to slog through it, and that significantly affected my enjoyment of the story. I would not even consider reading a sequel. Please, Ms. Freeburn, invest in an excellent editor.
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More About the Author

Christina has loved books since she can remember. There was nothing better than picking up a story and finding herself in another place and meeting new people. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she's been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel, Parental Source, was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary award nominee. Whether it's a detective story or an inspirational romantic suspense, her stories usually involve some sort of crime where the characters are determined to see those wrongs righted.