Crime & Clutter (Friday Afternoon Club Mystery Series)

Crime & Clutter (Friday Afternoon Club Mystery Series)

by Cyndy Salzmann
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Crime & Clutter (Friday Afternoon Club Mystery Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so enjoyed reading Cyndy¿s cozy mystery, CRIME & CLUTTER, the second in the series. The first one was really a great read, and this one was even better. She did a great job of bringing the sixties to life. Denny and Ali¿s story was compelling¿though at first, I didn¿t want to leave the present day setting with the Friday Afternoon Club friends. But once I was introduced to Denny and Ali, I HAD to see what was happening in the commune! The writing was creative, sprinkled with Salzmann¿s sense of humor, and lovely phrases like ¿fragile tendrils of dust¿ that made me wish I¿d written them myself. Add in an abundance of tantalizing recipes and you have a treasure that is delicious in every way.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
The 60s are my absolute favorite decade. I love the culture of that time period especially the music. I would have killed to be alive when the Beatles were popular. So when I heard about the premise for this story, I was excited to read it. And I was not disappointed. This story will give Baby Boomers and fans of the decade a time capsule of the events that happened. From the Beatnik years to the Summer of Love, the story reminds you of Forrest Gump as you happen to be in all the important events of the time. I really liked the articles that would appear at the beginning of the flashback chapters. They helped to make he story seem more real and place you during that time period. I thought it was interesting that the 60s was picked because, even though I think of it as history, in the literary world it is still modern time period. I really liked the chapters set during the Democratic National Convention. It's an even that gets skimmed over during high school history class so I was pleased to read about it from the protester point of view. The story of Mary Alice and her father was sad to read, having to learn to forgive. Very touching and moving. And then there are the recipes. My gosh, I could have gained a pound just from reading them. They all sound soooo good. I can't wait to try out some of them. They all look really easy to make with nothing too fancy so that anyone can cook them. So don't read this book on an empty stomach because after a few pages I guarantee you'll be raiding your fridge! The only complaint I have about the book is that with only one POV telling the story and so many women in the group, I feel like I haven't gotten to know some of the characters that well yet. Hopefully that will change in the upcoming books. Can't wait for them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious and heart-warming book detailing the adventures of the six members of the Friday Afternoon Club as they help one of their members de-clutter her life and her heart when she inherits an old VW van and many memorabilia from her dad's life in the 60's Revolution. It is a story of the importance of friends, family and forgiveness. Each chapter opens with some great recipes ranging from down-home cooking to recipes used in hippie communes. Captivating characters, a surprise ending and lots of heart-squeezing emotion in between, make this a great read! Hope you will buy this book for your summer reading enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd read Dying to Decorate and expected this to be fun but I didn't expect such a page turner. It's not what you think of as a fast paced thriller at all but the way it's written jumping from very interesting history to very interesting present, I just read and kept reading until I was through the whole thing in one evening. I loved this book. I am also now STARVING for those recipes Cyndy has in the book but that's secondary to an absolutely great, fun read.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Crime & Clutter has a totally unique plot, just like Dying to Decorate, the author's first book in the series. It's not often that I find a novel that entertained me as much as this one, yet also had the ability to also keep my attention on both ends. I enjoyed the portions of the story about the hippie experience from the 60's, but really got into reading about the current time as well. And the deep theme of forgiveness in this story will really tug on your heart. Very well done. Salzmann is great with tongue-in-cheek thoughts and humor. She can get you laughing about what seem like the most mundane things, but she shows you them in a humorous light. In short, I couldn't stop reading this book. It's full of life, has 'flavor' and depth, and I savored every page. The recipes were also pretty tasty-sounding. I'm sure my husband, who is the cook in our family, will want to try some of them. I also appreciated delving into the mindset of the 60s and how that influenced our culture at the time. My husband remembered being in Haight-Asbury at the same time as one of the real-life events that occurred in the story. The author sprinkled just enough history and lingo from that era into her novel to really bring it to life. It was so fun to read, I might even devour it again. If nothing else, it's incredibly practical because the recipes alone make it a keeper. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an unexpected find! Who would have thought an author could combine a mystery with the historical 1960s, recipes, a friendship club and Christ--and do it so successfully? I loved this book, and its predecessor, Dying to Decorate! In fact, I read them both in a single weekend. They were so fun and creative that I just couldn't put them down. And the recipes were fantastic! My hubby already told me that Cyndy's recipe for lemonade is the only one I should bother serving from now on! I highly recommend this book. It's a keeper!
harstan More than 1 year ago
This week the six members of the Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) escape from their families meeting at Lizzie¿s house. At the gathering, Maxine the cop asks Mary Alice what she was doing at Storage Unlimited. She explains that her father, who abandoned her as a baby, had his stuff shipped to her so she rented storage space. --- Her friends accompany Mary Alice when she goes to open her storage facility. Inside she finds a 1963 Volkswagen minibus. Looking at the memorabilia by the car, a series of flashbacks tells the story of the brief marriage between her parents. Following the clues at the storage facility, the crew heads to a commune with no bathroom facility and the residents hung around getting high. Letters tell her more about how her dad went to the Chicago Democratic Party Convention where he became a fugitive on the lam from the police forcing him to abandon the child he wanted to cherish with love. --- The mystery of what happened to Mary Alice¿s father is explained in CRIME AND CLUTTER in such a way Denny is the prime character of the story line. He was disillusioned by society and then disappointed with his efforts to foster change that cost him so much he held precious, his Mary Alice and her offspring. The group does more than share recipes (there is plenty of that too) as they support one another with coping with life¿s curveballs. The FAC is fans will want more tales of this fascinating group of moms weekly escaping. --- Harriet Klausner