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Product Details

  • Series: Cumberland Creek
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Original edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758266316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758266316
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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VERDICT This debut crafty cozy pushes its own envelope with themes of erotica and open marriage. Although Bryan's story suffers from too many red herrings, she introduces some dandy characters that will spin off well as the series unfolds.

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"Mollie Bryan's charming debut is a scrapbook of zany small town life with characters you'll want to visit again and again in each new novel." --Emilie Richards, SUNSET BRIDGE, 2011; MINISTRY IS MURDER SERIES, SHENANDOAH ALBUM SERIES; HAPPINESS KEY SERIES.

"Imagine the housewives of Wisteria Lane sipping tea, scrapbooking, and solving murders, and you have this gem of a debut by Mollie Cox Bryan."-- Lois Winston,  ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN.

"A font of ingenuity...superb entertainment."--Mystery Scene Magazine

 "I seriously underestimated the book I was about to read...it examines a variety of the secrets that people hold. Exploring how the characters and society deals with these secrets provides the reader with an extremely thought provoking book." The Examiner

"An old fashioned mystery with some very modern twists. The intriguing characters, eerie happenings, and scrapbook of secrets kept me guessing 'til the end. It's both warm and chilling, soothing and sinister. I can't wait for the next installment!" -Clare O'Donohue, SOMEDAY QUILTS MYSTERY SERIES.

"Cozy fans are going to love this fast-paced Cumberland Creek Mystery due to strong characterizations that bring a sense of place to the entertaining storyline... Mollie Cox Bryan provides an engaging regional whodunit. This new series look to be spectacular." --Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette

More About the Author

Mollie Cox Bryan is a cookbook author with a penchant for murder. She is also the author of the Cumberland Creek Mysteries: SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS (nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012)SCRAPPED, and the forthcoming DEATH OF AN IRISH DIVA. She is also the author of MRS. ROWE'S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES and MRS. ROWE'S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK; A LIFETIME OF RECIPES FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY . She also is the author of a Kindle book HONEY, I'M SORRY I KILLED YOUR AQUASAURS (AND OTHER SHORT ESSAYS ON THE PARENTING LIFE.)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on February 16, 2012
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Comfortable with a steady-pace is how I would describe this charming tale of intrigue. Annie's investigative instincts rise when she suspects that her neighbor's suicide may in fact be a murder. The murder banded the friends together to form a cohesive group that uncovered the clues to reveal a killer. This was a great story with a nicely-crafted plot that I could not put down with the many twists and turns in this well-developed mystery, that kept me guessing until the end. The spunkiness of the characters, the small town-atmosphere and the sense of a friendly community added to my reading pleasure. This is a great start to what I hope will be a long run with the women of Cumberland Creek in this enjoyably inviting series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katie H on May 11, 2012
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Loved it! This is probably the best cozy mystery I have ever read--even if the mystery part is lite. Most cozies are light hearted beach reads that are well superficial. This one has a large cast of characters that are well rounded with different meaty social issues (the type other cozies avoid). These character are real and excellently developed. The first couple chapters come off a little disjointed as you switch back and forth through the characters, but once I got to know each of the characters I couldn't decide who I liked more. The other difference in this cozie is the scrapbooking is actually necessary to the plot. It isn't an add in how-to at the end of each chapter. It is how the mystery is developed and solved. Can't wait to see if this remains the same in the next book--which I'll be buying as soon as it is released.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin Bryan on February 19, 2012
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Mollie Cox Bryan's new "Scrapbook" series will definitely be one that I will look forward to reading. The first book, just out early this month, lays groundwork with a set of characters that I can relate to easily. My favorites are Beatrice and Annie - women who ring very true to me. The mystery wrapped me in quickly and characters kept me engaged and laughing. Great book - I recommend it to anyone who loves a mystery - not just the scrapbookers!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen on February 16, 2012
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Loved this book! Fabulous characters, setting and plot! Bea is my favorite character in this new series, I laughed out loud several times when she was featured!
I can't wait for the next book in this series!

Ellen Stanton
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evie on May 5, 2012
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Cumberland Creek, Virginia is home to some interesting people. Beatrice, for one, finds herself with a knife lodged in her neck after she leaves the grocery store. Her daughter Vera, who gave up a dance career in New York City, returned to her childhood home of Cumberland Creek and now owns a successful dance studio. Vera and her friends are scrapbookers. Annie, her husband and children are newcomers to Cumberland Creek. Fitting in doesn't come easily so Annie accepts an invitation to a "crop" which is a gathering of scrapbookers. Maggie Rae, perhaps the most puzzling resident of all, is found dead. Was it suicide or murder? Annie and her new friends find boxes of Maggie Rae's pictures and mementos at the curb the night of her death. They decide to take the boxes and what they find in them leads to shocking discoveries.
Scrapbook of Secrets by Mollie Cox Bryan is filled with vivid and complex characters. The reader is both drawn to them and frustrated by them. At the same time, it is easy to relate to them. Vera's marriage to Bill is devoid of passion but is seemingly solid. The turn the relationship takes is unexpected. Annie was once an investigative journalist, who is now a stay at home mother and she struggles to find meaning in her new life. The study of Maggie Rae and family could keep psychiatrists busy for years. The novel is filled with subplots and keeps the reader totally engaged.

In summation- I would consider living in Cumberland Creek. I highly recommend reading this book. It touches upon many sensitive issues and the author skillfully presents them. I received this book free of charge through LibraryThing Member Giveaways and I give this review of my own free will.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Murphy Law on February 7, 2012
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A group of smart women sitting around sharing warm pumpkin bread and solving murders -- what's not to like? The seemingly bland small home town hides secrets, just like a small, tired neighbor who perhaps didn't commit suicide after all. When the Cumberland Crop women discover scrapbooks and journals tossed to the curb things just don't seem right. Snatching away these neglected treasures they discover the diaries of their neighbor--and a lot of secrets. The results change lives and lead Annie the journalist into the "hollers" where mennonites, white-supremacists, and other unpleasant secrets lie in wait.

Loved every page--couldn't put it down and I kept guessing where the series was going to go as each character was introduced. Hmm, is that doctor going to be a love interest? Hmmm, is that detective going to turn out to be a total ass or is he going to come around and then HE'S going to become a love interest? Miz Mollie keeps us guessing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on April 2, 2012
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Reviewed By~JoAnne
Review Copy Provided By~ ARC by Publisher

This book took me awhile to warm up to and even when it was finished I really had to think whether I liked it or not. It had promise but really never got there and was choppy in places. There were too many characters and murder suspects which made it hard to feel a connection.

Annie, one of the main characters who had lived in Cumberland Creek only for a year after relocating with her family from Maryland, became the "star" of the show. On the night she was going to her first scrapbooking party, it was cancelled due to a stabbing. But off she went to the hospital to wait with the others since all the scrapbookers would be there giving moral support to Vera, the daughter of the stabbing victim and also one of the scrapbookers. Annie flawlessly became not only part of the group, as if she always was, but also the leader at times. She also took a lot of chances that being a mom of two young children, plus new to the area seemed unlikely. She was also the only non-Christian of the group and they played up the religious aspect as well - not always in a nice way. The detective in charge of the investigations - there were a few mysteries going on at once - also fed her a lot of information which seemed surprising since she was resurrecting her journalism career by writing some articles about it as a freelancer.

All in all I didn't find this a "cozy" mystery at all. There wasn't a romance and there wasn't any laughter or tears from me. I felt the story ended abruptly but we will continue to be exposed to the lives of the characters since it's the start of a new series. The book had a two chapter excerpt from it which tried to hook me from the opening pages.
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