Cut, Crop and Die (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #2)

Cut, Crop and Die (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #2)

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by Joanna Campbell Slan

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Acclaim for Paper, Scissors, Death, the first
Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery:

An Agatha Award Finalist!

"A well-turned cozy with loads of scrapbooking tips."

"Settle in for a fast-paced adventure . . ."
—Emilie Richards, bestselling author of


Acclaim for Paper, Scissors, Death, the first
Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery:

An Agatha Award Finalist!

"A well-turned cozy with loads of scrapbooking tips."

"Settle in for a fast-paced adventure . . ."
—Emilie Richards, bestselling author of Beware False Profits

"A wonderful read."
—Crimespree Magazine

Creative Revenge

All it took was one scone. When the hot-tempered (and widely hated) hobbyist Yvonne Gaynor eats a tainted pastry at Kiki's scrapbooking crop party, it triggers an allergy that leads to Yvonne's death. Even worse, the police suspect foul play when they realize that someone tampered with the treats and swiped the victim's allergy medication.

An expert at stealing design ideas, Yvonne had enough enemies to fill a memory album. Soon, the scrapbooking community pins her murder on Kiki's friends and our ace scrapper finds herself dealing with anti-Semitic threats at the shop, a quarrelsome pre-teen daughter at home, a meddlesome mother-in-law, and constant financial pressure. Despite help from the handsome yet annoyingly coy Detective Detweiler, Kiki has her work cut out for her in solving the crime.

Includes innovative scrapbooking tips.


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Broad humor bordering on the absurd propels Agatha-finalist Slan's uneven second mystery to feature St. Louis scrapbooker Kiki Lowenstein (after 2008's Paper, Scissors, Death). When one of Kiki's fellow scrappers, Yvonne Gaynor, keels over during a cropping event because of a severe allergic reaction, the police suspect someone sabotaged the epinephrine syringe Yvonne always carried for such an emergency. Despite all warnings, Kiki decides to launch her own murder investigation, which is soon complicated by hate crime attacks against Kiki's employer and other local Jews. On the bright side, three handsome men take an interest in Kiki, while her late husband's mother, Sheila, interferes in her life to her benefit. Filled with scrapbooking lore, this relatively clean cozy contains scenes that will make you either laugh or cringe, like Sheila's sticking penis-shaped vibrators into her lawn to get rid of her mole problem. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
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.

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A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery , #2
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Meet the Author

Joanna Campbell Slan (Washington, D.C.) is an international authority in the scrapbooking community. She is the author of over ten books on the subject, and her work has appeared in all of the industry's top magazines. In 2004, Slan founded a contest for scrapbookers in the U.K called "The Best of British Scrapbooking," which still runs today. Additionally, Joanna is one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul authors, and in 2007, she co-founded Sisters in Crime's Forensic University of St. Louis.

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Cut, Crop and Die 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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This book was a one i could not put down. Even my daughter read this and loved it also. Thanks jcs keep on writing.
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Kira Hazen More than 1 year ago
quirky, different and refreshing.
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Queen-Mary More than 1 year ago
This review is for those who love cozy mysteries -- Connelly and Deaver fans, luv ya, but this is not for you unless you enjoy the cross over like I do. The story is a bit slow in the beginning, but once it takes off, Ms. Slan's characters take on dimension piece by piece and the reader really feels as if she is coming to know each character exactly as one comes to know a friend -- that piece by piece way. The characteras have foibles, make mistakes; some are lovable, some less so, but each is completely credible. The subplots do have a strong presence and frankly, some of them were more interesting that the "main" plot, the murder itself. Ms. Slan does make more than one pass at the impact of the murder on the victim's family. This is something I'd personally like to see more of -- murder should not be entertainment for its own sake; I think most of us fully appreciate that but very few books take on that difficult question of the harm done to the survivors. There is also romance in the book -- our protagonist was widowed in the first of the series and has her various men issues -- she does have a daughter though. Funny how there are so few happily married with children amateur sleuths there are! So those of you who enjoy a little romance with your mystery, this book is for you! THe best scene by far in the entire book is the protagonist's visit to the spa -- it's worth the price of the book! What I didn't like so much -- start of the book was a little tough to slog through but a friend wanted my opinion so I kept going; not a big fan of romance; motive for murder could have been more developed -- scrapbookers (maybe all papercrafters) will get it right away, knitters may not (unless they also scrapbook). I am looking forward to the next in the series to see how some of the subplots work themselves out. Really excellent characters.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We're newcomers to the metro St. Louis area, so Joanna's books appeal for commentary on the area, people, places and culture as well as for the scrapbooking background (I'm a passionate scrapper!). The second in her Kiki series is as intriguing as the first, and even more hilarious...maybe I simply "get" the jokes about the area better. This isn't classic literature, it isn't Agatha Christie or JD Robb mystery, but it's a completely delightful mystery novel that - like the first - leaves me wanting more.
TinkerbellAR More than 1 year ago
Kiki has a wonderfully fun story to tell. The scrapbook drama that follows is hilarious. Since I scrapbook and live in St Louis, the references are very cute. Both books would be a wonderful gift for any crafter or scrapbook-aholic you know!
Scrapbooking-mom More than 1 year ago
"Cut, Crop, & Die" is a must-read. A sequel to "Paper, Scissors, Death", this book has everything you could want... a perfect blend of mystery, drama, romance, and even scrapbooking! You'll love the main character, Kiki Lowenstein, and her complicated life. I became so involved in this book that I couldn't put it down. Book #3 in this series cannot come soon enough. Don't miss out on a great read. I highly recommend "Cut, Crop, & Die" and look forward to more wonderful books from author Joanna Campbell Slan!