“Faith Hunter is a delightful amateur sleuth and the quirky characters that inhabit the town of Eden are the perfect complement to her overly inquisitive ways.” – Jenn McKinlay, New York Times Bestselling Author of Copy Cap Murder
A Caribbean cruise is the perfect setting for a Roget wedding, and Faith meeting Ted’s family. She also hopes the vacation gets their stalled romance moving, but it doesn’t take long for that dream to capsize. Ted’s daughter hates her. The ex-wife is adored. Odessa Roget is surly. And the banned father of a groom, John Roget, requests Faith’s assistance in bringing down a jewel theft ring masterminded by his ex-wife.
Having had a man she loved accuse her of a crime, Faith won’t let Odessa travel down the same path and agrees to help. Faith sets her course on uncovering the true criminals—which might be a groom’s best friend. The romantic week turns disastrous as a wedding is interrupted, suspicious deaths point to murders, and Ted’s daughter schemes to reunite her parents. Instead of diamonds being a girl’s best friend, Faith finds they’re cruising toward Davy Jones’ Locker.
“Christina’s characters shine, her knowledge of scrapbooking is spot on, and she weaves a mystery that simply cries out to be read in one delicious sitting!” – Pam Hanson, Author of Faith, Fireworks, and Fir
“A fast-paced crafting cozy that will keep you turning pages as you try to figure out which one of the attendees is an identity thief and which one is a murderer.” — Lois Winston, Author of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series (on Embellished to Death)
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, craft and hobby mysteries, small town mysteries, book club recommendations.
Books in the Faith Hunter Scrap This Cozy Mystery Series:
- CROPPED TO DEATH (#1)
- DESIGNED TO DEATH (#2)
- EMBELLISHED TO DEATH (#3)
- FRAMED TO DEATH (#4)
- MASKED TO DEATH (#5)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series brings together Christina Freeburn's love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook room or at a crop. Alas, none of the real-life crops have had a sexy male prosecutor or a handsome police officer attending. Christina served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and church 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Title: Masked to Death - Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery Book 5 Author: Christina Freeburn Publisher: Henery Press Published: 1-24-2017 Pages: 238 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Crafts & Hobbies; Cozy Mysteries ISBN: 9781635111378 ASIN: B01M7UT2CS Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars Ted and Faith are on a Caribbean cruise for the wedding of Ted's brother. It is Faith's chance to meet Ted’s family. Odessa Roget is surly. And the banned father of a groom, John Roget, requests Faith’s assistance in bringing down a jewel theft ring masterminded by his ex-wife. The romantic week turns disastrous as a wedding is interrupted, suspicious deaths point to murders, and Ted’s daughter schemes to reunite her parents. Faith and the other characters have matured and grown over the course of the series. Faith and Ted are on the cruise along with his daughter (who hates Faith) and ex-wife. Both willing to do anything to break Ted and Faith apart. Hopes for a romantic future fall into despair as the murderer strikes moving ever closer to Faith as she searches for a killer. Fast paced and well written. My rating of "Masked to Death" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I was really excited about this book when I first read about it. It sounded great. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed in the actual thing. The mechanics of the book, like grammar, sentence structure, etc. were fine, which is why it gets 2 stars and not just 1. The rest of the book is unfortunately, not nearly as stellar. In fact, I felt it was pretty horrid. Mostly because of the characters, but some of the plot twists also got to me. I try very hard to find positive things to comment on when I review because I know the author worked hard at writing the book. Unfortunately, aside from liking one character and one scene, I really just did not like this book. Now, I admit, I have not read the other books in the series, but I found the characters annoying, shallow, and the only one I really liked was Garrison. I thought Garrison was kind and compassionate, yet he had the ability to stand up for himself, which many of these characters seem to lack. Faith needs a backbone. I understand wanting to please people all the time. I’m guilty of that myself; I struggle with trying to be a people-pleaser everyday, but sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself and live your life. Not the life that everyone else wants for you. It’s possible to do that and not be disrespectful. It’s called boundaries, which Faith seems to be very much lacking. Maybe Ted is a better character in the other books, but his indecision in this one, the coddling of his daughter even when she’s being Royal Brat #1 (applause for brother Bob who finally called his niece on her behavior and warned her she needed to straighten up or she might not be in their wedding after all! Someone had to stand up to her!), and his seeming lack of interest in carving out time just for him and Faith (with one or two exceptions) makes me not like him at all and I want to tell Faith to dump him. Throughout the book there is talk of a mental illness, but we don’t have any idea what type until the end. There are very vague hints, but even knowing people WITH this mental illness, I didn’t guess it (I’m not saying which mental illness because I consider that to be a spoiler). Even at the end, it’s simply thrown at us with no real explanations. Ms. Freeburn misses a terrific opportunity to deal with the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, particularly the one involved. Another thing that was a little bit annoying (tho’ admittedly not as much as the characters were) was that even though this cruise was supposedly taking place during Mardi Gras, aside from the one masked ball, we hear nothing about the holiday. Why make an emphasis to say it’s happening during Mardi Gras and then not actually incorporate more than one Mardi Gras themed event? Why didn’t the cruise ship stop at some of the islands that celebrate Mardi Gras/Carnivale? There are plenty of positive reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, but I just could not see the positives in this book other than Garrison’s character and then Bob standing up to his niece for being such a brat. Maybe you’ll have better luck with it. ** I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions expressed are my own. **
I really enjoyed this book. Having a Caribbean cruise setting was a nice change. The story itself was well written and I was shocked with the ending. The author threw in plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Faith was portrayed as a very patient woman in this story. Her relationship with Ted is put to the test when his young daughter and ex-wife are on the cruise with the family. Ted's daughter Claire was portrayed as a spoiled child, however, I think the author did a good job with her character. I am looking forward to reading more in this series. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.