Small-town Virginia scrapbookers are involved in a double murder.
It’s been five years since reporter Annie Chamovitz was invited to join a scrapbooking group in Cumberland Creek. Since then the group has been involved in solving a number of murders (A Crafty Christmas, 2014, etc.), and the rather insular town has changed quite a bit with an influx of Hispanic workers and the acceptance of Annie’s friend Paige’s gay son, Randy, into the group. When Randy discovers the frosty body of one of those Mexican workers, complete with a scrapbook page, in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, Annie knows she’s on the trail of a story. Then the young girl’s sister is also found dead with a scrapbook page, and the group hunkers down to do some serious detecting. In the process, they learn a great deal they did not know about their town, beginning with the possible presence of a gang in the new apartment complex housing Mexican workers. Pamela’s been hiring employees through an agency that sponsors their entries, finds them jobs, and pays them very little—an agency that may be involved in both human trafficking and drug running. The ladies in the group have varied jobs and problems, but they all fancy themselves amateur sleuths and, despite warnings from the police, put themselves in danger searching for a determined killer.
This latest entry in the plethora of crafty cozies features several interesting characters and enough suspects to keep you guessing. And, of course, there’s the scrapbook lore.