Dumpster diving for her lost paycheck is definitely the low point of Kiki Lowenstein's day—that is, until she finds a severed leg thrown in with the trash. Who'd toss a body part in the garbage outside the scrapbook crafts store where Kiki works?Read more...
Dumpster diving for her lost paycheck is definitely the low point of Kiki Lowenstein's day—that is, until she finds a severed leg thrown in with the trash. Who'd toss a body part in the garbage outside the scrapbook crafts store where Kiki works?
Accompanying the grisly "gift" is a creepy computerized voice message, a warning to the store's "rich and snotty" female shoppers. Kiki soon discovers that the leg belonged to Cindy Gambrowski, a customer with a tyrannical and violent husband—who's now harassing Kiki. Combing through Cindy's scrapbook projects for hidden clues, Kiki tries to find the killer. Was it a crime of marital malice, or did someone else beat Cindy's husband to the punch?
Includes holiday-themed projects and recipes
“The characters are so well developed that each installment leaves the reader yearning for the next." —Kirkus Reviews
"This author's craft mysteries are topically relevant and chock-full of side stories. Compare with Clare O'Donohue's Someday Quilts series for women's empowerment topics."—Library Journal
"There are chuckle-out-loud moments as well as wonderful scrapbooking tips and recipes scattered throughout the book."—RT Book Reviews
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-03-07
- Reviewer: Staff
At the start of Slan's enjoyable fourth scrapbooking mystery (after 2010's Photo, Snap, Shot), Kiki Lowenstein, part owner of the craft shop Time in a Bottle, in St. Louis, Mo., is fishing in a Dumpster for a lost paycheck when she finds a severed human leg—which turns out to belong to a crafting regular, Cindy Grabowski, who's gone missing. Investigating the murder is Det. Chad Detweiler, an unhappily married cop with serious hots for Kiki and whom Kiki yoyos between loving and loathing. But all romance takes a backseat to the search for the killer, who Kiki is determined to prove is the victim's abusive husband. Holiday season is in full swing as Kiki juggles Hanukkah and Christmas traditions while trying to solve more than one crime. Interspersed are great crafting tips and tasty recipes, though you have to wonder about Kiki's adolescent swings between love interests. (May)