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Ready, Scrap, Shoot (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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With bills piling up and a brassy new partner at her scrapbooking shop, the last thing Kiki Lowenstein needs is a surprise visit from her browbeating mother. But when shots fired into the crowd narrowly miss Kiki at her daughter’s May Day pageant, it’s another mother—St. Louis’s wealthiest matriarch—who winds up dead.

While creating a memorial album for the murdered beer heiress, Kiki becomes bait in a dangerous trap as threats from her old foe mount against her. With help from ...

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Ready, Scrap, Shoot (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series #5)

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Overview

With bills piling up and a brassy new partner at her scrapbooking shop, the last thing Kiki Lowenstein needs is a surprise visit from her browbeating mother. But when shots fired into the crowd narrowly miss Kiki at her daughter’s May Day pageant, it’s another mother—St. Louis’s wealthiest matriarch—who winds up dead.

While creating a memorial album for the murdered beer heiress, Kiki becomes bait in a dangerous trap as threats from her old foe mount against her. With help from friends in high and low places, including hunky beau Chad Detweiler, Kiki finds herself facing a grave ultimatum: catch the killer or be cropped out of her own family album.

Praise:
"Enjoyable first-person account of a single mom . . . Crafters will enjoy the project instructions peppered throughout."—Booklist

"Slan’s scrapbook mysteries are most valuable for the well-developed characters and the issues they raise."—Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Agatha-finalist Slan’s well-crafted fifth scrap-n-craft mystery (after 2011’s Make, Take, Murder) finds single mom Kiki Lowenstein at a breaking point—her shrew of a mother has paid her a surprise visit; her job at the scrapbook store Time in a Bottle is becoming tense; her boyfriend’s ex-wife is stalking her; and to top it off, during a celebration at her daughter’s school, a sniper fatally shoots one of St. Louis’s wealthiest women. The police think Kiki was the sniper’s real target, especially since her husband’s killer is still on the loose, threatening her and her loved ones. Kiki must struggle to stay sane as well as alive as she once again turns sleuth. The book’s focus on the complex nature of mother/daughter relationships and caring for aging parents will resonate with many. Subtle humor, with a few laugh-out-loud moments, balances the darker episodes. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Folio Literary Management.(Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
A single mother struggling to support her daughter becomes a target for murder. Kiki Lowenstein is barely keeping her life together. A partner in a craft store, she feels that her creative talents are under-appreciated, especially when the senior partner sells another share to a rigid German woman. Her narcissistic mother comes to visit convinced that Kiki is hiding assets that would help support her; her cop boyfriend, Chad Detweiler, still isn't divorced; and now Kiki is pregnant. The only bright spots in her life are her lovely daughter Anya and her mother-in-law Sheila, who, now that she's grudgingly come to respect Kiki, pays for all the extras for Anya. When they attend a May Day celebration at Anya's posh private school, a St. Louis society matron is killed and her son wounded. Both Chad and Sheila's fiancé, Police Chief Robbie Holmes, wonder if Kiki was the real target, since her murdered husband's former partner is still certain that Kiki's holding back money that should be his. As Kiki works on a memorial scrapbook for the Fitzgerald family, she struggles to figure out whether she's targeted for death. All the while, her mother's mania is increasing, and Detweiler's wife is verbally attacking her in public. Can things get any worse? Slan's scrapbook mysteries (Make, Take, Murder, 2011, etc.) are most valuable for the well-developed characters and the issues they raise, in this case the hardships of caring for elderly parents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738728124
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 201,115
  • File size: 2 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    I knew that when I start read the latest book in this series, th

    I knew that when I start read the latest book in this series, that I would be on a ride that I don’t want to come off. When a shooting occurs at Anya’s school’s May Day celebration and one woman dies, the question being asked is “was she the intended victim or was it Kiki?” which puts Kiki on guard to protect the ones she loves. WOW…this book is awesome. Not only do we have Kiki dodging an enemy or two or three, but she’s also dealing with the plight of her elderly parent, which was the sub-theme in this character-driven mystery. This heart-stomping, adrenaline-pumping mystery grabbed me immediately from the first page to the dramatic conclusion. This is absolutely the best book yet in this wonderfully charming series and I am so looking forward to the next book in this delightfully charged series.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    For scrapbookers Only!

    While this book reads quickly and easily, I can't help but feel that the author feels sorry for herself alot of the time. The information about the problem her mother had was helpful but think the author could have brightened up this book a bit.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Excellent start of a new series

    I am a cozy reader - I find I really enjoy the cozy mystery genre - but that means that I can be pretty judgmental about the books I really like, and I really liked this one.
    I found the characters believable, and charming. No one was without their warts, but it was obvious that the author loves them regardless. The plot was well thought out, and the mystery part of the story wasn't so obvious that I figured it out by page three.

    I would recommend this as a new series to anyone who likes this genre of mystery.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Review of Ready, Scrap, Shoot (A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft M

    Review of Ready, Scrap, Shoot (A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery) by Joanna Campbell Slan

    I was the lucky winner on Joanna Campbell Slan’s Facebook page of her book that is due out April 8, 2012.

    I have read all of the previous Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mysteries and had been impatiently waiting to read this new one, I was beyond excited that I won a copy before it was available to buy!

    Joanna’s new book did not disappoint. I couldn’t wait to turn the page and find out what happens. The characters are colorful and come to life on the pages. Joanna makes it easy to become immersed in the lives of the characters and relate to what is happening in their lives. Joanna also includes scrapbook tips and recipes in the books.

    I won’t give any details to the book, as I don’t want to ruin it for you. But I highly recommend this book. And if you haven’t read the previous ones, you should start there; it will give you a good insight to who the characters are.

    Here is a list of Joanna’s other Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mysteries; so you don’t miss any!
    Paper, Scissors, Death
    Cut, Crop & Die
    Photo, Snap, Shot
    Make, Take, Murder

    All I can say is, “Hurry up Joanna, I can’t wait to read the next one!”

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    Posted May 16, 2012

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