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Paper, Scissors, Death (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #1)

Paper, Scissors, Death (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #1)

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by Joanna Campbell Slan

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Mousy housewife Kiki Lowenstein has only been good at two things in her life: scrapbooking and raising her eleven-year-old daughter, Anya. Known as the "Scrapbook Queen of St. Louis," Kiki works part-time at a scrapbook shop and shares her passion with others. But life gets sticky when her husband, George, is found naked and dead with a silk scarf stuffed in his


Mousy housewife Kiki Lowenstein has only been good at two things in her life: scrapbooking and raising her eleven-year-old daughter, Anya. Known as the "Scrapbook Queen of St. Louis," Kiki works part-time at a scrapbook shop and shares her passion with others. But life gets sticky when her husband, George, is found naked and dead with a silk scarf stuffed in his mouth. And worse, George's business partner accuses him of having embezzled company money.

Vowing to put all the pieces together, Kiki toughens up and spouts vicious threats when George's former flame brags about their affair at a bridal shower. But when the woman is murdered, Kiki's scissor-sharp words make her a prime suspect. Faced with losing custody of Anya, can Kiki track down the cunning killer, resist the distractingly dashing Detective Detweiler, and reveal the courageous woman she is at heart?

Featured expert scrapbooking tips and techniques!

Includes a coupon for free prints at Snapfish

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
When her husband is murdered, the only things that keep Kiki Lowenstein sane are scrapbooking, her daughter Anya and, of course, her unauthorized investigation. The Lowenstein marriage was far from ideal. Kiki had suspected her husband was unfaithful. But still her world crumbles when he is found naked and dead in a hotel room and handsome St. Louis County Police Detective Chad Detweiler suspects Kiki of murder. Her wealthy mother-in-law, who's never liked her, refuses to pay anything but Anya's private-school fees when Kiki is forced to sell everything to cover her husband's debts to his business partner. So Kiki, the queen of scrapbooking, takes a full-time job to support Anya and their Great Dane at Time in a Bottle, the store where she buys her supplies. Things go further downhill when Kiki's little rental home is robbed and her mother-in-law uses the alleged danger as an excuse to try to take custody of Anya. Her only comfort is that Detweiler has come to believe in her innocence, even though she is briefly suspected of killing her husband's longtime mistress. Kiki must overcome years of low self-esteem if she's to survive her traumatic experience and unmask the murderer. Kiki's debut, a well-turned cozy with loads of scrapbooking tips, will drive many a like-minded reader to indignation on her behalf. Agent: Liz Trupin-Pulli/JET Literary Associates

Product Details

Cengage Gale
Publication date:
Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series , #1
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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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Paper, Scissors, Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paper, Scissors, Death fills the bill as both informative and entertaining. Well plotted, the book holds your interest to the last page where it zaps you with a provocative ending. Kiki Lowenstein's a great, sympathetic heroine surrounded by a plethora of interesting characters, including a cheating husband and a mother-in-law you love to hate. The added bonus of scrapbooking tips rounds out a satisfying endeavor on many levels. Can't wait for Slan's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm no scrapbooker. In fact, I'm not very crafty at all, so I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy a 'Scrap and Craft' mystery. I needn't have worried. Kiki the professional victim drove me a little crazy at first, as I'm more of a 'less hairy' Dodie, myself. But I loved the way Kiki's friends Dodie and Mert quickly signed her up for 'Tough Tamales University, School of Hard Knocks' and toughened her right up. What I'm saying is that I was hooked from the first line to the last. I finished the book this morning, and have spent the rest of the day still thinking about Kiki's life and imagining what will happen next. The characters were real to me, the sense of place was perfect, and the mystery was solid, deftly handled. One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. I love a good book set in St. Louis, and this one was more so than most. It wasn't just the names of the streets and malls: I know those Ladue moms, and I loved how Kiki held her flashlight like she was Albert Pujols at bat when she was going after the intruder in her house. But it's not just local flavor. Slan is a great writer with a real knack for description. When she's depressed, Kiki sees a November sky like mixed concrete. The whole book is full of great little observations like that. And while most of the book is very fast-paced and funny, occasionally Slan slows things down with some fabulous descriptive prose. I assumed that a scrapbooking mystery would *have* to be a cozy, but I'm not sure if this one is or not. It's definitely a traditional mystery, but there's more heft to this novel than most cozies, weighing in at 327-trade-paperback-sized pages, though it's still a very quick read. That's because there's a bit more action and violence than you might find in most cozies. Not too much violence, and definitely no bad language 'Kiki wouldn't stand for it!' but she does find herself in harm's way from time to time. This was a good, fun read. Highly recommended!
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CarterkidCO More than 1 year ago
of twists--not your typical "cozy". You don't have to be a scrapbooker or even know anything about the craft to enjoy the book. The author's voice kept me turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freshkill pile.~Kikistar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read! I will definitely enjoy reading more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just now reading her whole series and I find that it is a very good read
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AyeletHL More than 1 year ago
Got better as the book went along. Will read the rest of the series now.
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PinkChi More than 1 year ago
I read these to take a break from the heavier stuff. This book had too many undeveloped characters that were not neccessary to the plot. I had a hard time keeping up with them all.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first page. Seriously, the first page draws you in and then you hang on for the ride that Kiki goes on. She has a major amount of trouble that comes her way and I felt like Kiki was telling me her story. I couldn't put this book down, had to force myself to go cook dinner for DH. LOL This is a well written book that is clean, no cussing or naughties. I loved Kiki's friends, Dodie and Mert, that they were from 'Tough Tamales University' and showed her that its ok to be tough, it's how you get things done. And that detective can cook for me anytime he wants. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an exciting read. PattiM
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kiki Lowenstein is in her favorite scrapbooking store Time in a Bottle when St. Louis Police Detective Chad Detweiler informs her that her husband George was found dead completely naked in an upscale hotel room. The medical examiner says he died of a heart attack, but Kiki doubts that as George had a physical six months ago with a clean bill of health. She considers investigating but instead has to deal with George¿s angry partner who insists he took $500,000 out of the business.

In order to pay it back and take care of her eleven-year-old daughter Anya and their dog, Kiki sells all their major assets from their upscale home to their car; they move into a rental in a lower class neighborhood. When George¿s mistress is murdered, Detweiler suspects Kiki as the killer especially in light of the fact that she threatened to kill Roxanne at a public social event in which the drunken mistress acted as if she was George¿s wife. George¿s mother wants custody of Anyta and someone breaks into Kiki¿s home stealing her computer while trying to get CD pictures of the now infamous social event. A malicious woman arranges it so that Kiki is thrown into jail for murdering Roxanne leaving Anya with her mother-in-law. Kiki loses custody of Anya and the mother-in-law from hell gets temporary custody so Kiki has to prove she was framed with only Detweiler and her close friends believing she is innocent.
This is an electrifying combination of a family drama within a whodunit. Kiki proves she has deep inner strength that even she did not know she possessed as she goes about what she must do to provide food and shelter for her daughter following the riches to rags scenario and subsequently to regain custody. Detweiler turns from enemy to friend with the possibility of a romantic interest though Kiki calls the shots in their relationship. This adds realism to an engaging cozy as the heroine with no time to breathe let alone grieve sets out to prove her innocence and regain custody of her daughter.
Harriet Klausner