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Cut, Crop & Die (A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery) Paperback – June 8, 2009
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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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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.
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.
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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.