On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I had every book in this series except the first one, this one, either on my shelf or on my kindle. I always try to read series books in order. Last week I decided I had waited long enough to start this series so I bought this book and I am upset that I waited so long.
Cropped to Death
(A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – West Virginia
Henery Press (November 20, 2012)
Paperback: 290 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00A8RBYO6
Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence. So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.
Faith Hunter has a past. Her dismissal from the Army is a bit unclear, it is something she wants to keep to herself. Her grandmothers think she needs a new man in her life and they have no problem pushing and nudging one specific man her way. She is happy managing their scrapbooking shop, Scrap This, and taking things easy for now.
She is excited about a local Art Fair her grandmothers have organized. The shop has a booth and is running a couple of contests so she hopes it will draw some new customers.
Trouble arises before the fair barely starts. Then it turns major when someone is murdered and Faith’s friend, Marilyn is the prime suspect. It’s a sticky mess and Faith feels she needs to try to paste the clues together to help. It was kinda her fault that Marilyn was arrested.
I really like that characters in this story. Faith is trying so hard to keep her secret and protect her heart. Her grandmothers, Hope and Cheryl, just want her to be happy. Steve Davis, the easy on the eyes prosecutor, is the man Hope and Cheryl would like to see their granddaughter matched with but hunky Homicide Detective Roget may have some designs on her himself. The dialogue between the characters is well written.
The scrapbook theme is fun and sparked my creative juices.
The mystery itself was very intriguing and while I knew who the culprit couldn’t be I truly didn’t know who did it until right along with Faith. The ending was full of suspense.
The author blends a good dose of humor throughout the book too. This little snippet made me giggle.
“We should unlock the door,” Cheryl said. “Are you sure?” Hope asked. “It looks like someone said George Clooney was here giving out his phone number.”
This story was a great introduction to this series. All the cozy elements are present, great characters, a charming small town, and a murder with plenty of suspects. I plan to read the rest of the books available in this series very soon.
Check out Christina Freeburn’s webpage to find out more about her and her books here.
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