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Book Review – “Cropped to Death” by Christina Freeburn (Faith Hunter Scrap This #1)

croppedtodeath  Title:  Cropped to Death

Author:  Christina Freeburn

Series:  Faith Hunter Scrap This #1

Publisher:  Henery Press

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):  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.

 

My thoughts:  Happy Saturday!!  Wooooo, I love weekends!!!!!  Ok, anyway back to the review.  If you follow and read my blog at all you will see that I recently was part of blog tour and review for the 2nd book in this series, Designed to Death.  Well I hate reading my cozies or any series books for that matter out of order, so I hopped on Amazon to see if I could get the first book in this series as I was feeling that I was getting too much information and hints in the 2nd book that would ruin it for me.  I was lucky and somehow got the book on special for Kindle for $0.99 (who doesn’t love that!!), but if you are interested it is on Kindle and Nook now for $2.99 – a great deal!!!!

I really am enjoying this series.  The characters overall are fun, interesting, and leave me wanting more.  I for one love that there is another scrapbooking/papercrafting cozy series on the market as I just started making homemade cards in May and am now all into it!

The only issue I had with this book is that I still don’t feel like I know Faith’s backstory working with JAG as much as I want to.  That is part of the reason that I picked up this first book is to find out the story and in my opinion it was really glossed over.  I know it is a simple, cozy mystery but I think this info helps develop Faith’s character more and informs us readers as to the person she is.  I sincerely hope the author plans on really digging deeper into why she left.  Yes, it is laid out why and you get the story, but it just seems to me to be an afterthought . . . hmmmm.  Tell me more!

I suggest these books to cozy lovers, and particularly cozy lovers that enjoy scrapbooking and papercrafting!  The price for the ebooks is fantastic, you can’t go wrong!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

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

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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!

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

Giveaway

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!

 

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And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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