Picture Perfect Corpse (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #6)

Picture Perfect Corpse (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #6)

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by Joanna Campbell Slan
     
 

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Police detective Chad Detweiler is overjoyed to learn he’s having a baby with Kiki Lowenstein. But when his estranged wife, Brenda, is found shot to death with bullets from his revolver, the proud papa-to-be finds himself up the creek without a lawyer. Meanwhile, Kiki and Dodie Goldfader are in for a surprise when an unidentified young woman bursts into their

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Police detective Chad Detweiler is overjoyed to learn he’s having a baby with Kiki Lowenstein. But when his estranged wife, Brenda, is found shot to death with bullets from his revolver, the proud papa-to-be finds himself up the creek without a lawyer. Meanwhile, Kiki and Dodie Goldfader are in for a surprise when an unidentified young woman bursts into their craft store claiming to have killed Dodie’s son. Embarking on a memorial scrapbook project as a ruse to unravel the facts, Kiki can’t stop herself from wondering if the man she loves is tangled up in murder.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Slan’s entertaining sixth scrap-n-craft mystery (after 2012’s Ready, Scrap, Shoot) opens with a bang: St. Louis, Mo., scrapbooker Kiki Lowenstein has just fatally shot Bill Ballard, who masterminded her husband’s murder, to save the life of her mother-in-law, Sheila Lowenstein. Meanwhile, pregnant Kiki’s ecstatic boyfriend, Det. Chad Detweiler, has just learned that he’s going to be a father. Unfortunately, the shooting incident, which involved Chad’s estranged wife, Brenda, has repercussions. When Brenda is murdered in Illinois, the evidence leads the police straight to Chad, but his fellow St. Louis officers can’t cross jurisdictional lines to help. And as she recovers from injuries she suffered in the shooting, Kiki looks into the truth about the death of her boss’s son years earlier. Also, something serious is bothering her daughter, Anya. Multiple plotlines keep the story moving briskly. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management. (May)
Library Journal
She survives a shooting and that's just for openers. It's a wild week for pregnant Kiki, whose life reads more "thriller" than "crafter" in her sixth outing (after Ready, Scrap, Shoot).
Kirkus Reviews
When your life is totally trashed, it's time to stand up and take charge. Kiki Lowenstein has just shot and killed the man who murdered her husband. He had already wounded her and a friend and was strangling her mother-in-law at the time, but still, she feels guilty. Kiki's own head wound was minor and her unborn baby unharmed. Her longtime boyfriend, Chad Detweiler, indicates that he's finally ready to divorce his drug-addicted wife, Brenda, and marry her. Then fresh disasters strike. Brenda is found shot dead, and Detweiler is arrested. Brenda's well-connected father, who holds the debt on the Detweiler family farm, is determined to get his son-in-law convicted of murder. All the while, Kiki's friend Dodie, her senior partner in their crafts shop, is dying of cancer. Kiki is stuck with her uncaring, self-absorbed mother, and her daughter Anya is obviously hiding something. A friend at the shop helps her retain a shark of a lawyer for Chad who works pro bono but insists that Kiki stay out of the investigation. Still, the intrepid sleuth not only comes up with a few good leads, but finds time to investigate the accidental death of Dodie's son after one of his high school friends blurts out that she caused his death. Accused of whining by one of her friends, Kiki realizes that it's up to her to get her life back while she still has one. Fans of this scrapbooking series (Ready, Scrap, Shoot, 2012, etc.) won't be surprised that sorely beset Kiki doesn't shine as a detective this time. But they'll be drawn to her ongoing personal struggles and her take on social problems, in this case self-mutilation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738735382
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Publication date:
05/08/2013
Series:
Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series , #6
Pages:
327
Sales rank:
1,146,399
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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Picture Perfect Corpse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
I love this series, if not for the lead protagonist, Kiki Lowenstein, but also for the social issues that are deeply woven into wonderfully crafted storyline. In the latest drama, Chad is accused of killing his soon-to-be ex-wife when his gun casings are found near her body. Kiki believing in his innocence stands by him while both she and a hot shot lawyer searches for answers. I also liked that finally Kiki stood up for herself as well. In addition to that, Kiki has to deal with losing her beloved friend/boss, her upcoming pregnancy and a situation between Anya and her best friend which all comes to a head in a climatic finale, that I did not see coming. This is a great read with characters you can’t help but love that takes you on a journey that will warm the cockles of your heart and leave you eager for the next book in this delightfully charming and character-driven series.
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