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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)
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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; First Edition edition (June 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738712515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738712512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By D. Gindoy on September 5, 2011
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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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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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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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Any/all of the Kiki Lowenstein series provide great read and lots of good mystery. Even if one is not a crafter, the series provides good descriptions of scrapbooking. Always lots of surprises and unexpected situations in this book. The author ALWAYS provides good mysteries and great entertainment.
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I'm not into scrapbooking, but that doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy this story about a bunch of ladies who are. When a less-than-popular gal keels over at a big scrapbooking event, there's no lack of suspects. Along with the whodunit mystery, this book contains other interesting side stories and welcome doses of humor. My favorite involves a rich socialite's ongoing battle with a bunch of lawn-ruining moles. (Think Bill Murray in "Caddyshack"... only in high heels and a Chanel suit...)

The only thing I didn't like was the scrapbooking how-tos included at the end of numerous chapters. I think it would have been better to lump all of that stuff together into a "helpful addendum" at the end of the book. Interrupting the story to provide information smacked of commercial breaks to me, and reading them would have temporarily broken the connection with the story. Not that I read them, but I think avid scrapbookers might have appreciated a "story first- instructions later" kinda format, as well.

Bottom line? A terrific tale. If you don't want to read the story-break instructions, don't. It worked for me.
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