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Posted April 4, 2014
As a fan of scrapbooking and cozy mysteries, I purchased Designed to Death and Cropped to Death. Unfortunately, these books didn't offer much in the way of interesting mystery or scrapbooking tips. The character development is lacking, even in the main character. She says & does the same boring things over & over while constantly hinting at the past, but doing little to develop that story. The present has two male characters who could make the story interesting, but they aren't developed either. For a good scrapbooking/cozy mystery series I would recommend Laura Childs' series. It is much better written with scrapbooking tips included.
These books were also very poorly edited. Christina Freeburn deserves better from an editor.
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Posted September 9, 2013
I have now read 2 Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery books and have enjoyed both. Faith can get into a lot of trouble doing nothing.
This is a cozy mystery novel. It kept who the bad person was till almost the end. It had some twists I was not expecting.
the plot was believable. It had lots of humor, love triangle sort of, gossip, lots of scrapbooking ideas and information. Kept my attention and I hated that I could not finish last night but I did this morning.
Faith Hunter has a lot of secrets about what she did when she was away from her hometown about her marriage. She was hurt and afraid to get back into the dating scene. She is attracted to two guys. Both are good guys. One is Ted a police detective. The other is Steve a Prosecutor.
Steve lives in same area as Faith and her two grandmothers. They all live in same condo complex. Faith's grandmothers keep throwing her at Steve. Steve has some secrets too. He is interested in Faith.
Ted is a homicide detective and he is one person that knows about Faith's past. He tries to keep Faith out of his way he is afraid she will get into trouble. He cares about Faith too.
Faith gets into a fight in her grandmothers scrapbooking store. She is trying to stop two cousins Belinda and Darlene from fighting.
That night Belinda is killed behind the shop. Faith and Steve find the body.
There are a couple of things that I still wonder about in the story. But it good be I missed the answers. One scene I found really funny is both grandmas ground her for a month.
Their are lots of relationships mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins or grandmothers and granddaughter. Some seemed healthy and some not so much. I really do like Faith and her Grandmothers relationship to each other. Both sets of grandparents stepped into raise her after her parents died. They lived next store to each other and best friends.
I look forward to reading more Faith Hunter Scrap this books.
I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
09/10/2013 PUB Henery Press 288 pages ISBN 9781938383526
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Posted August 25, 2013
Christina Freeburn's scrapbook cozies are definitely worth a read! Designed to Death is the second book in the series, and follows up on Faith Hunter and her job as manager at her grandmothers' scrapbook shop. Faith is once again drawn into a murder, which has taken place on the store's doorstep. It seems that no matter how Faith tries, she just can't keep her nose out of the investigation. Now, it seems, is also the time for Faith to make a decision on the men in her life. Will she decide to start seeing Steve, her hunky neighbor, or will it be detective Ted Roget? Either way, she can't lose!
I loved the fast pace of this book, I never had a chance to get bored while I was reading it. I am looking forward to her next scrapbook adventure Embellished to Death, which will be out in April 2014.
Posted August 25, 2013
* I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I found this to be a fine sequel to Cropped to Death. I'm glad that Faith showed a little more spunk in this book and I love her grandmothers. I also liked the development of a romance between Faith and Steve and the mystery kept me entertained.