Scrapbook of Secrets (Cumberland Creek Series #1)

Scrapbook of Secrets (Cumberland Creek Series #1)

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by Mollie Cox Bryan
     
 

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Having traded in her career as a successful investigative journalist for the life of a stay-at-home mom in picturesque Cumberland Creek, Virginia, Annie can't help but feel that something's missing. But she finds solace in a local "crop circle" of scrapbookers united by chore-shy husbands, demanding children, and occasional fantasies of their former single lives. And

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Having traded in her career as a successful investigative journalist for the life of a stay-at-home mom in picturesque Cumberland Creek, Virginia, Annie can't help but feel that something's missing. But she finds solace in a local "crop circle" of scrapbookers united by chore-shy husbands, demanding children, and occasional fantasies of their former single lives. And when the quiet idyll of their small town is shattered by a young mother's suicide, they band together to find out what went wrong. . .

Annie resurrects her reporting skills and discovers that Maggie Rae was a closet scrapbooker who left behind more than a few secrets--and perhaps a few enemies. As they sift through Maggie Rae's mysteriously discarded scrapbooks, Annie and her "crop" sisters begin to suspect that her suicide may have been murder. It seems that something sinister is lurking beneath the town's beguilingly calm façade--like a killer with unfinished business. . .

"A scrapbook of zany small town life with characters you'll want to visit again and again in each new novel." --Emilie Richards, author of Sunset Bridge

"Imagine the housewives of Wisteria Lane sipping tea, scrapbooking, and solving murders, and you have this gem of a debut." --Lois Winston, author of Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun

"Intriguing characters, eerie happenings. . .kept me guessing 'til the end." --Clare O'Donohue

Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758277640
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
Cumberland Creek Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
96,578
File size:
900 KB

Meet the Author

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. This year, she's launching a new series: Cora Crafts Mysteries. The first book is DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES out in August 2016. She also penned MRS. ROWE'S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES and MRS. ROWE'S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK; A LIFETIME OF RECIPES FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY . She also is the author of a Kindle book HONEY, I'M SORRY I KILLED YOUR AQUASAURS (AND OTHER SHORT ESSAYS ON THE PARENTING LIFE.)

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Scrapbook of Secrets 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
wynwords More than 1 year ago
I like scrap booking, and I like funny mysteries so I decided to give this one a try. And really, who can resist any novel that begins with “For Vera, all of the day’s madness began when she saw the knife handle poking out of her mother’s neck.” (Never fear, her mother is a force to be reckoned with all throughout the novel). As a matter of fact, most of the novel revolves around Vera, her mother, and a newcomer to the area, Annie. I really identified with Annie, trying to balance being a wife and mother along with a need for some professional (writing) release. Although the novel is set up so that you think the author is extremely unsubtle about who did it— it was a surprise when the whodunit was revealed. And all the clues were there! I give this one a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
CozyCrazy More than 1 year ago
What an interesting cozy! I really get how the woman support each other, but still have these times when they're slogging through chores, and raising kids, and that time to gather with friends seems like a golden light at the end of the tunnel. I was moved by how they felt shock and semi-guilt (why didn't I reach out more? some were maybe thinking) when a neighbor kills herself. And I was really moved when they decided to make scrapbooks for the dead woman's children. There are layers to the small town that get explored. The good, the bad, and the "We love our small town and just want to ignore that ugly over there" --I really related to this as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book during a trip last year and couldn't put it down!  The characters were well-developed and  interesting.  Being from a small town, I could completely relate to the mannerisms of the townspeople and the group of friends in the book.  I've also recently read the second book in this series and it was just as good as the first.  Pick it up and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not impress me at all. The characters were largely unlikeable, plus there were too many of them, most of whom were irrelevant. There were also long paragraphs of exposition of what the different characters were thinking/feeling about all kinds of stuff that I also couldn't bring myself to care about. All in all, I wish I'd saved my money.
DOF More than 1 year ago
Great take on the changing landscape of small towns. Cumberland Creek is inhabited by interesting characters dealing with typical, and not so typical small town life (unless murder/suicides and elderly women being stabbed in the neck in broad daylight, are typical of your small town). Enjoyed the character and plot development so much that I blame the author for my stiff neck from continuous reading! Can't wait to read the second book in the series to see what else unfolds in Cumberland Creek . . . and of course get more of Beatrice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been enjoying "cozy" mysteries for many years now and am insulted (mad at myself too!) that I would spend money on such a poor story. You never really figured out who the main character was - if there was one. A murder and a "crop group" just didn't quite come together like it was supposed to for me anyway. I finally quit at page 150 and flipped to the end to find out who the killer was. Ho Hum. End of story. Some new writers are good, some are not so good, this one was not.
HappyScrapperLW More than 1 year ago
Cute story - being an avid scrapbooker I was intrigued by the title. Good mystery, serious but yet had just the right amount of humor. Looking forward to reading other books by this author. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who scrapbooks and loves mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book and I'm looking forward to the next one, and I don't even scrapbook. It surprised me, kept me interested, and made me laugh. I'm glad I took the chance and bought it!
iPodReader More than 1 year ago
No heavy lifting here. A newcomer from the big city gets pulled into a rural scrapbooking group, then finds herself drawn into the mystery of an apparent suicide. Competently written, engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never saw the end coming! This book keeps you guessing until the very end as to "who done it"! The characters are very diverse and so well written you can almost see them. I can't wait to read more!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line and characters were believable, thought provoking and kept my interest until the end. Then it seemed like the author quit writing just to meet a deadline or word quota. It does have a sexual infidelity plotline and uses profanity in all conversation which may offend some readers.
nana-bBM More than 1 year ago
Scrapbook of Secrets was a very good book. A Mystery that kept me captivated until the very end. Can't wait to get the next book in the series.
BibliophileExtraordinaire More than 1 year ago
I know that this book got some not-so-good reviews, but I enjoyed it. I was expecting a "fluffy little mystery" (which I also enjoy) but decided to give it a try since it was a Daily Find. The plot was good, and I was pleasantly surprised when the characters had very realistic thoughts, life questions, and problems. I don't mean it was dark or a downer. The characters just seemed to come to life for me. I would read more by her. The scrapbooking hints were quite helpful, too! Thanks for a good read.
HandsHeal2 More than 1 year ago
Interesting combination of practical and mystical with a dash of psychology and a dollop of scrapbooking. These characters seem like comfortable friends who have come to visit and tell a story. Not your typical "cozy". Delightful read.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Cumberland Creek, Virginia—on its surface, a small town like many others, with its charm, friendliness, and sense of safety, but also with some of the drawbacks familiar to newcomers. Annie and Mike moved to this village with their young sons for all the advantages of small-town life but Annie has found it a bit difficult to be accepted because she is an outsider. Add to that her frustrations at having left an investigative journalism career behind and the normal day-to-day feelings of being trapped with the children and Annie is wondering if this move has really been a good idea. An invitation to join a scrapbooking party may just be her mental and emotional salvation. Unfortunately, the party is canceled at the last moment because the mother of a member of the circle needs emergency surgery to remove the knife someone stuck in her neck. Soon after, reports begin to circulate about the suicide of a young woman who left a husband and four young children. Everyone assumes Maggie Rae was driven to such a desperate and final act of shooting herself by problems in her marriage and her emotional isolation. Then, Annie, Vera and Sheila discover piles of scrapbooking materials dumped on the curb at Maggie Rae’s home the next day, surely the act of a callous husband who doesn’t care. The ladies “rescue” the scrapbooks and decide to complete them for her children and to commemorate her life and, as they do and her secrets begin to come to light, they begin to question whether Maggie Rae did, indeed, take her own life. It doesn’t take long for the police to come to the same conclusion. With more than one potential suspect, how will the real killer be caught and will there be more victims before then? Is there a connection between Maggie Rae’s death and Beatrice’s stabbing? Scrapbook of Secrets is the debut mystery of author Mollie Cox Bryan and I found it to be charming and entertaining with an edge many cozies don’t have. Suicide is not often a topic of this subgenre and the reasons behind the crimes are also unusual. That makes this a refreshing entry into the heavily populated crafts-related mystery field and, although there are some plot failures including a rather important one regarding the handling of evidence, none are so overwhelming as to interfere with a reader’s appreciation of the story. I enjoyed it very much, especially the characters and the picturesque setting, and will look forward to the next installment in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my interest and I fell in love with the characters. I thought it was well written and am looking forward to more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love loved this book! I just couldn't put it down , love the characters! Looking forward to the next book by this talented created author, mollie! Hope to meet you one day, your are my new favorite author, keep writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read.
chaser12 More than 1 year ago
enjoyed reading about the ladies doing the scrapebooking. they are all interesting and funny. and beatrice is so cool. the mystery was different couldnt wait to find out. cant wait for next book.
wellred1 More than 1 year ago
Muat find more by this author - fun read!
grammsCD More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery. The characters are realistic, and personable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. You wont be able to put it down. I know i couldnt
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed By~JoAnne Review Copy Provided By~ARC by Publisher This book took me awhile to warm up to and even when it was finished I really had to think whether I liked it or not. It had promise but really never got there and was choppy in places. There were too many characters and murder suspects which made it hard to feel a connection. Annie, one of the main characters who had lived in Cumberland Creek only for a year after relocating with her family from Maryland, became the "star" of the show. On the night she was going to her first scrapbooking party, it was cancelled due to a stabbing. But off she went to the hospital to wait with the others since all the scrapbookers would be there giving moral support to Vera, the daughter of the stabbing victim and also one of the scrapbookers. Annie flawlessly became not only part of the group, as if she always was, but also the leader at times. She also took a lot of chances that being a mom of two young children, plus new to the area seemed unlikely. She was also the only non-Christian of the group and they played up the religious aspect as well - not always in a nice way. The detective in charge of the investigations - there were a few mysteries going on at once - also fed her a lot of information which seemed surprising since she was resurrecting her journalism career by writing some articles about it as a freelancer. All in all I didn't find this a "cozy" mystery at all. There wasn't a romance and there wasn't any laughter or tears from me. I felt the story ended abruptly but we will continue to be exposed to the lives of the characters since it's the start of a new series. The book had a two chapter excerpt from it which tried to hook me from the opening pages. I will try to give the next book by Bryan a chance, but if the storytelling doesn't improve I won't go past book two. Favorite Quote: "By the way, did they fin out who stabbed you, dear?" Beatrice's stomach sank. She'd never get over it - being intentionally hurt by someone in her community. Who would do such a thing? "No, but it happened the same day as Maggie Rae's murder. And the brilliant Cumberland Creek police think there's a link," she replied.
JenontheEdge More than 1 year ago
.. because once you start reading, you're not going to want to put "Scrapbook of Secrets" down! From page 1, you'll be utterly engrossed by the story and wanting to find out what's going to happen next. And the cast of characters is charming and funny -- you'll wish they were your friends in real life. I can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago