Monday, September 23, 2013

Cozy Monday Review ~ Designed to Death by Christina Freeburn

We’re stopping at Eden, West Virginia today at Scrap This. Today there’s a special event and class being given by the new diva featured in Making Legacies magazine a large scrapbooking favorite. The new diva just happens to be town local, Belinda. Scrap This is located in a shopping complex that many are recently referring to as "gossip row" so I’m sure we’ll get to learn all sorts of things. We can stop for a cup of coffee at Home Brewed or Today's Special at Beulah's restaurant so no need to pack a lunch.

Our lovely host is assistant store manager and new sleuth Faith Hunter. Before the class can even get started, a cat fight breaks out between Belinda, her mother Hazel and her cousin Darlene. Having to shut the event down early, Faith  and her grandmothers begin looking for ways to mend their reputation and solve the crime.

Title: Designed to Death
Series: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery #2
Author: Christina Freeburn
Publish Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Henery Press
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Characters: The characters in this story had some flair. Especially Hazel and Belinda, from their clothing to their behavior, definitely made me chuckle. And then to add Darlene into the mix and know she was a cousin, again more chuckles. Another character favorite was Sierra. Sierra works at Scrap This and while she wasn’t a main character, she has small boys who end up aiding Faith in the end. Little does Sierra know, her boys’ nicknames are the Hooligans.
Location and Setting: There was not a lot of description of the town itself, but it did mention the weather. October in West Viriginia can still be warm and perfect for golfing or cooling off and maybe headed into skiing weather. I liked the setting of the story at the strip mall. To me the setting was more modern and there was not a main street perse as you would find in a smaller “older” town.
Crime: Faith isn’t sleuthing alone in this one. But wait until you learn who her partner in crime is, I’m pretty sure you’ll be shocked.

Romance: This was a fun element in the story. While the romance was very mild, the entire play and hope of romance was quite hilarious. From Steve to Ted and others, Faith isn’t quite sure what she wants to do.

After a little rough start, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think it may have been that I didn’t read book one. I highly suggest reading this series in order. Definitely a cozy that any scrapbooker or crafter would enjoy.

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Author Bio: 
Since I can remember, books have been one of my loves. There was nothing better than picking up a story and finding myself in a new place and greeting new friends or becoming reacquainted with old ones. In the ninth grade, a friend and I decided to write a teenage romance together. My friend lost interest but it was the start of a lifelong passion for me. I served as a legal specialist with J.A.G. of the US Army and have also worked as a paralegal, a librarian, and a church secretary. Previously, I had three mystery novels published. My first novel, Parental Source, was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee.

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