Monday, February 11, 2013

Cozy Monday Book Review: Cut, Crop & Die

Title: Cut, Crop & Die (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft Mystery #2)
Author: Joanna Campbell Slan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: June 2009
Personal Rating: 3 Stars

About the Book:
All it took was one scone.
Tainted icing triggers a rare allergy, and a hobbyist croaks at a scrapbooking crop sponsored by Time in a Bottle, the store where Kiki Lowenstein works. When it comes out that someone swiped the victim's emergency medication, the scrappers realize they have a murder on their hands, and the entire community jumps to point the finger at Kiki and her coworkers. Suddenly, the one anchor in Kiki's stormy life is on the verge of sinking beneath a ruined reputation.
But who wouldn't want to kill Yvonne Gaynor? The nasty woman had enough enemies to fill a memory album. Once again, Kiki gets sucked into a mystery that should be left to that dreamy detective, Chad Detweiller—who hasn't tried to kiss her yet. With anti-Semitic threats coming in at the store, a quarrelsome teen daughter at home, and constant financial pressure, Kiki needs to keep her cool if she's going to set things right.

My Review:
This cozy was a free Kindle download and being book two of the series, I was a bit worried about being lost on some of the details. It was obvious I had missed book one action and adventure, but did not affect the details I needed for this book.  

This book was fairly a quick read. Sometimes I felt a lull while reading and realized a lot of the story did not revolve around the crime and the solving of the murder. While I enjoyed what went on in the personal life of Kiki, I did feel disconnected from the mystery and rushed when it was actually solved.

I enjoyed Kiki’s character and the theme of scrapbooking for a cozy mystery. Kiki’s mother-in-law was quite hilarious with the mole problem and her wanting to help out in Kiki’s life. The spa trip was a great example. The questionable romantic connection with Kiki and the detective does make me want to continue on to the next book in the series.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and the theme. The book does share some scrapbooking ideas at the end of the chapters and other extras as well. I would recommend this book to readers of cozy mysteries.



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