Cropped to Death: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery

Cropped to Death: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery

by Christina Freeburn
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Cropped to Death: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery by Christina Freeburn

Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers' scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder, and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence.

So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she's not careful, she'll be the next one cropped.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all! Cropped to Death is the first book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This humorous mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015851007
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 11/16/2012
Series: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 179,541
File size: 777 KB

About the Author

Christina Freeburn wrote her first book in the ninth grade, mostly during algebra class (which she doesn't recommend). She served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook area among layouts, paper, bling and stuffed Disney characters. Her novel, Cropped to Death, brings together her love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia.

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Cropped to Death: Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scrapbooking, art shows, cheating husband, pregnant mistress, murder, interesting characters...all the ingredients for a enjoyable quick cozy who-dun-it. Looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Faith finds herself in next...
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
When one of Faith’s employees is accused of murdering her husband, a secret past and a promise propels Faith into investigating and she’ll have to crop the killer out of the picture if she wants to see another scrapbook. This was a great read that had me reading non-stop from the moment I turned the first page. The author did a good job in keeping me in suspense with plenty of twists and turns and every time I thought I had it figured out, the author changed the direction in which the story was headed. What intrigued me most is Faith’s past and how it played in her approached to the clues she uncovered. The writing flowed easily and I liked the cast of characters in this charming whodunit. Christina has written an enjoyable story and I look forward to learning more about Faith and her friends.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Faith Hunter has a past. Her dismissal from the Army is a bit unclear, it is something she wants to keep to herself. Her grandmothers think she needs a new man in her life and they have no problem pushing and nudging one specific man her way. She is happy managing their scrapbooking shop, Scrap This, and taking things easy for now. She is excited about a local Art Fair her grandmothers have organized. The shop has a booth and is running a couple of contests so she hopes it will draw some new customers. Trouble arises before the fair barely starts. Then it turns major when someone is murdered and Faith’s friend, Marilyn is the prime suspect. It’s a sticky mess and Faith feels she needs to try to paste the clues together to help. It was kinda her fault that Marilyn was arrested. I really like that characters in this story. Faith is trying so hard to keep her secret and protect her heart. Her grandmothers, Hope and Cheryl, just want her to be happy. Steve Davis, the easy on the eyes prosecutor, is the man Hope and Cheryl would like to see their granddaughter matched with but hunky Homicide Detective Roget may have some designs on her himself. The dialogue between the characters is well written. The scrapbook theme is fun and sparked my creative juices. The mystery itself was very intriguing and while I knew who the culprit couldn’t be I truly didn’t know who did it until right along with Faith. The ending was full of suspense. The author blends a good dose of humor throughout the book too. This little snippet made me giggle. “We should unlock the door,” Cheryl said. “Are you sure?” Hope asked. “It looks like someone said George Clooney was here giving out his phone number.” This story was a great introduction to this series. All the cozy elements are present, great characters, a charming small town, and a murder with plenty of suspects. I plan to read the rest of the books available in this series very soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and interesting story line.  Kept you wanting to find out who did what :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting characters and story line. Really enjoyed the scrapbooking setting. Disappointed in the large amount of editing errors.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not wait for this book to end. It was all about scrap booking and supplies with a little bit of mystery thrown in. A lot of it made absolutely no common sense. Her best friend is accused of murder and she never went to visit her in jail. No explanation as to why not. People kept coming in to the book and leaving just as fast. It ended very abruptly with no conclusion. If you are into scrap booking you may still enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. Enjoyed it very much
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally annoying that there were so many grammatical and spelling errors. Proofread before publishing people!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Main character totally unbelievable. She supposedly had a military background and worked in JAG, yet in this book she seemed to cry, tear up, or cower in fear every few pages. She wouldn't have made it through the first few weeks at any service academy with the constant water works. The fact that the plot seemed to hinge on pictures taken at a craft fair that could id the killer, yet the police didn't think to check people's cameras or cell phones for that info? Really? Pictures of the event are placed in the shop window for all to see, yet no one thought to check them for info. Sad to say, don't waste your time with this work of fiction. Instead of mystery it should be listed as a fantasy since it is so unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I don't consider love triangles to be relaxing reading, it was a good mystery. And the ending line was so funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This on was a fast read, but didnt end. Is there a book 2?
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite Cropped to Death by Christina Freeburn creates a cozy mystery that left me itching to learn the art of scrapbooking!  The author transports the reader to the tiny town of Eden, WV where everything comes down to family. No one gave it a second thought when Faith Hunter left her career in JAG, the US Army's special forces group, to return home to help her grandmothers Hope and Cheryl run their scrapbooking store called Scrap This. Something happened though, that sent Faith home to the hills of WV, and she is determined to keep that something a secret! When Marilyn Kane, a store employee and friend, is accused of murdering her cheating husband, she asks Faith to help prove her innocence. After all, it was Faith's statement to the police that sort of pointed the finger at Marilyn. As Faith tries to figure out Who-dun-It, she realizes that the secrets she has guarded might come to light, but soon exposed secrets are the least of her worries, because her snooping just might cause her to be the next victim! I love well written cozy mysteries, and when they are set in my home state of WV they then become a must read for me. With Cropped to Death, we know from the beginning that we are dealing with a cheating husband, and soon he winds up dead. Thing is, in addition to the murder we get hints of Faith's past that left me wondering what secrets she was holding. The hunky next-door neighbor Steve is an assistant prosecuting attorney, and Faith's grandmothers have high hopes that he and Faith might strike up a relationship. In addition to the slow embers that are threatening to spark between Faith and Steve, the interactions between Detective Roget and Faith kept me guessing about a relationship between the two. Hope and Cheryl, the two grandmothers, were often funny, and they along with several other supporting characters really added depth to the story.  I loved the small town feel of the story,and the shop was a great setting for meeting some of the townsfolk. I loved the scrapbooking aspects of the story, and it really seemed as if the author knew quite a bit about the hobby. Overall, a very well written story where the plot flows well, the characters are really likeable, and a mystery that isn't easy to solve made this a great little cozy read, one that left me anxious to read the next book in the series!
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A cute mystery set in West Virginia. It's filled with interesting characters and has the beginnings of a nice romance in it for the protagonist. A fine debut mystery-I'm looking forward to reading other books in this series. The only problem I had was Faith letting her friends taking advantage of her, hopefully she'll start standing up to them in the other books.
tagh More than 1 year ago
Wow, "Cropped to Death" is a great book to read; it is intriguing with alot of great twists & turns in it. "Cropped to Death" start out in Scrap This (name of their craft store), where Faith & her two grandmother's run the store. They had an art show to attend, where they had a booth. One of the ladies (Marilyn) who work at Scrap This, see her husband with his pregnant mistress. Few minutes later, Marilyn husband is found dead. Everyone, assumes that she did it, all except Faith. Faith, started looking into it; The police don't want her nosey around in the investigation. But Faith, keep on trying to find out who did it. All of sudden Faith, start getting phone threats & breaking her front window. So, Faith knew she was getting closer to finding out who did it. To find out who kill Marilyn husband, go get a copy of "Cropped to Death" by Christina Freeburn. When you start reading, I promise that you, will not want to put it down until the last page. You will not be disappointed "Cropped to Death", I give it four and half stars.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Reading Cropped to Death might make you want to get the scrapbooks out. I enjoyed reading about Faith Hunter trying to help her friend. This is a mystery that keeps you guessing right till the ending. It is also a clean read. The plot idea is simple. Marilyn found her husband had been cheating on her and got the other woman pregnant. She started to crop his picture out of all the family photos. She was also threatening him. He is murdered and police think she did. Marilyn was arrested and asked Faith to prove her innocence. Faith only worked in the office of Jag. Typing in the office. Faith was arrested once for something her husband did. She has kept her past a secret, even her grandmothers. Detective Ted Roget warns her to stay out of his case. He really is about ready to arrest her a few times. He keeps telling her time after a time. Faith grandmother's keep throwing neighbor and prosecuting attorney Steve at her. They like him for her. Steve keeps telling her to let the police do their job. Faith believes Marilyn is innocent and she wants to help her. The scrapbook shop is hurting for business too. I would like to see another Faith Hunter Scrap this Mystery novel. It was fun, suspenseful and lots of scrapbooking talking on top of the mystery. Plus I want to see what happens next in Faith's life. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars. I have read 6 previous Henry Press mysteries & have really enjoyed them with this being the exception. The story was just flat. The characters were one demensional & the killer was apparent early on in the book. It was quite boring that I skipped many pages at a time.