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Book Review: “Embellished to Death” by Christina Freeburn (Faith Hunter Scrap This #3)





Title:  Embellished to Death

Author:  Christina Freeburn

Series:  Faith Hunter Scrap This #3

Synopsis (from bn.com):

When Faith Hunter agrees to help PI Bob Roget find an identity thief at a local scrapbook retreat, her friendly croppers’ weekend quickly morphs into a dangerous one. As croppers share their own memories, a killer collects them for her new identity, and doesn’t appreciate Faith in the picture.

Faith struggles to balance her professional, detecting and personal lives as threats and secrets keep her off-balance. Things turn deadly when a woman is killed and Faith is blackmailed. Truth and lies collide when Faith discovers croppers aren’t the only ones embellishing, and the results might end her life.


My thoughts:  I was very lucky to get to read the first 2 books in this great cozy mystery series:  Cropped to Death and Designed to Death so was no doubt very happy to be included in the blog tour to get the chance to read the latest addition, Embellished to Death!!

The first thing to love about this series is of course the theme, namely scrapbooking!  I am not necessarily a scrapbooker but I am an avid cardmaker and so love just reading about all the equipment and processes, it is like being in my craft studio having fun!

The second thing to love about this series is the wonderful characters.  Faith and her crew are just fun, wonderful characters!

Overall this is just a great cozy mystery series.  Do yourself a favor and start reading it if you haven’t!  If you like crafting, scrapbooking, cardmaking, reading, great characters, and cozy mysteries . . . I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!!

And remember,

Books Are Life,




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Book Review and Giveaway – “Designed to Death” by Christina Freeburn (Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery #2)


DesignedToDeath_COVER_2   Title:  Designed to Death

Author:  Christina Freeburn

Series:  A Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery #2

Publisher:  Henery Press

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Faith Hunter planned the perfect event at her grandmother’s shop, Scrap This, featuring local scrapbooker and Life Artist Diva, Belinda Watson. But the extravaganza goes up in a cloud of glitter when Belinda and her cousin, Darlene, brawl over scraplifted designs. Faith attempts to break it up, but only makes things worse. Then when Belinda turns up dead behind the Scrap This store, Faith’s involvement goes viral.

As accusations against her turn vicious, Faith sets out to prove her nemesis, Darlene, committed the crime, only to realize they are both innocent. Now they must team up or the murderer’s plan will come together seamlessly with the frenemies sharing a jail cell-or worse, a funeral.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! DESIGNED TO DEATH is the second book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This mystery series. Be sure to check out the first crafty mystery, CROPPED TO DEATH. Bonus: includes scrapbooking tips.

My thoughts:

Can we say YAY!! for another scrapbooking/papercrafting cozy mystery series!  Some of the other scrapbook/papercraft mystery series that I follow have just lost their edge to me so I am very excited to have found this series!  Wooooo!

I really enjoyed this book.  Now I am the type who hates to read their series out of order, so in the middle of reading this book I didn’t want to miss anything from the first book in the series – Cropped to Death – so I quick downloaded it to my iPad (Kindle app $0.99, hello fantastic deal)!  So I read  both books simultaneously, the first one while I was working out on the elliptical and the second one the rest of the time!

I find this a charming, engaging series.  The characters are fun, energetic and I want to know more about them.

This may sound strange, but another thing I really love about this series is that much of the action of the story actually takes place in the scrapbook store, Scrap This!  I have found in some of my other cozy series as they go along that the characters are almost never in the location that made the book a cozy to begin with.  If I am reading a cozy mystery I want to be in the location, in this case the scrapbook store, and get a vivid picture in my mind of what that place is like . . . LOVE!  This is the exact reason I read cozies so I can dream about that place and what I think it looks like.  Call me strange, but . . .

As a papercrafter/cardmaker myself, I really got a kick out of reading about all of the supplies that I myself use . . . papers, Copic markers, layouts, YAY!

I look forward to reading more in this series .. . after all I want to see what Faith gets into next!!!

Since this book is about scrapbooking/papercrafting, I thought it would be fun to include a picture of my own little card studio as I like to refer to it . . . ok, its my dining room, but it is my creative space.  And yes I can see why Faith’s space is always a mess, I’m right there with her!


Go out and get this book, you will not be sorry!


The author has graciously agreed to give away one copy of the book to a number of blogs.  The winner gets their choice of book format – Kindle, Nook, or print.  To enter the giveaway, please simply comment on this post with your email address and book format choice (following my blog is always nice too :), but certainly not required).  I will randomly select the winner on September 20.  I will contact the winner by email to obtain their address which I will then pass along to the tour host to get you your book.

Happy reading!



And remember,

Books Are Life,



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