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Paper, Scissors, Death: Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Volume 1) Paperback – September 23, 2008
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Scrapbooker Kiki Lowenstein leads a comfortable, if unexciting, life in St. Louis with her husband, George, and 11-year-old daughter, Anya. George’s sudden death brings that comfortable life to an end. Kiki suspects murder, and equally devastating, she suddenly has no money. Managing to cope, Kiki soon has a job teaching scrapbooking skills, a new small rental home, and a new big dog. Then George’s college girlfriend also turns up dead, and Kiki finds herself a murder suspect. Slan has written a neatly plotted mystery with engaging characters. She has previously written a number of nonfiction books about scrapbooking and stories for the Chicken Soup series. This is her first published attempt at writing fiction, and the dialogue is a bit stilted, and most of the humor seems forced. However, as Kiki matures in the story, Slan’s writing style also becomes much more fluid and natural. Scrapbookers will love the whole idea of forensic scrapbooking and will relish the tips on the craft sprinkled throughout the story. Books combining crafts and mysteries are becoming increasingly popular. Like the scrapbooking series by Laura Childs, this should quickly become a favorite. --Judy Coon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joanna Campbell Slan has been names "one of mystery's rising stars" by RT Book Reviews. She's a national bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books.
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I have difficulty holding print books so I had to wait for the ebook and I loved it. I finished about 6 am! I am a member of KU but this is a reread series so I wanted my own copy.
While Kiki lacks self confidence and security in the beginning; especially after she's abruptly widowed, it's clear you don't mess with her daughter, Anya. Her ongoing battles with George's mother adds to the frustration along with the fact that she has to lean on Sheila when her income dries up and she has no way to support her daughter.
Slan gives us plenty of suspects as she weaves through clues with the help of handsome Detective Detweiler. It was nice to see Kiki grow through the book and never give up on her mission. I look forward to many more mystery books from Ms. Slan
Kiki and Detweiler went to her house after a break-in, leaving Gracie at the store..Detweiler walked to the door, Gracie walking beside him, then Horace pulls up in the drive bringing Gracie home from the store. Oops!
Kiki rolls out of the moving car, lands on her shoulder and slides on the asphalt..road burn and pain ..must have been her left shoulder since she's driving. Then she's shot in her right shoulder, wears a sling....no mention of the agony from all that road burn.