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CUT, CROP, & DIE by Joanna Campbell Slan

CUT, CROP, & DIE

By Joanna Campbell Slan

Pub Date: June 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7387-1251-2
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn

A professional scrapbooker revs up her love life and solves a murder.

Kiki Lowenstein barely escaped death in her first adventure (Paper, Scissors, Death, 2008). Now her life is calmer. Her friendship with Detective Detweiler is leaning toward the romantic; she loves her job at the scrapbooking supply store Time in a Bottle; and her formerly censorious mother-in-law Sheila is making nice. The only fly in the ointment is her beloved daughter Anya, who’s sinking into teen moodiness. Life goes downhill fast when Kiki’s rival Yvonne Gaynor goes into anaphylactic shock and dies at a scrapbooking event Kiki and her boss Dodie Goldfader arranged. The police find that Yvonne’s scone was doctored with aspirin and her Epi-Pen was mysteriously empty. When Dodie reports nasty phone calls and anti-Semitic attacks on her store, Kiki resolves to investigate despite Detweiler’s disapproval. Meanwhile, Sheila treats Kiki to a day at a spa and a fabulous outfit to wear at a party. But her joy turns to despair when she meets Detweiler there with the wife he’s supposed to have divorced. With help from the hunky brother of her pal Mert, who’s just out of jail, Kiki starts digging into Yvonne’s life and soon turns up some nasty secrets that may have led to her death.

Kiki’s second outing is a nicely crafted cozy full of amusing moments, real-life insecurities and scrapbooking tips.