(A Cumberland Creek Mystery) (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)
Halloween means spooky scrapbooks for the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop, but what’s been happening around town is truly frightening. First a dead woman is found in the freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace, and the next day a second woman is found murdered by the river. Reporter Annie Chamovitz learns the victims were sisters and is certain their deaths are linked. Most bizarre of all, both women were found clutching scrapbook pages.
As their Saturday night crop quickly becomes an opportunity to puzzle out the murders, the ladies begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies–or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the crafty croppers must cut and paste the clues to unmask a deadly killer.
Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!
It is Halloween in Cumberland Creek and murder is on the rise.Annie will have a great story to report if she doesn't become the next victim. I have been a fan of this series and for me this book was a fantastic read. She pulls you in to the story from the beginning as you revisit friends and keeps you captivated until the very last page. Pick this one up just in time for Halloween for fright night reading.
Thanks Shelley for inviting me to tell your readers a bit about the newest book in my Cumberland Creek series—SCRAPBOOK OF THE DEAD.
This fifth book in my series offers up the same characters as in my other four books—a group of diverse women who get together to scrapbook, eat, drink, gossip, and solve murders. They sleuth as a group, but the main investigator is Annie Chamovitz, an ex-investigative reporter, now freelance, and a mom of two growing boys. She is the one in the group who has the most reason to be at murder scenes and has the most access to law officials and legal databases.
In this book, Annie is considering retiring from reporting, but she is caught up in one last case—the case of the Martelino sisters, who have both been found dead within 24 hours of one another, clutching scrapbook pages. Not only are they are they holding pages, but the bodies are also, um, embellished. (Freaky, right? What can I say? Grin.) One sister is in the walk-in freezer at Pamela’s Pie Palace and the other near the river. Annie is certain the sisters’ murders are linked. Her investigation leads her into a thriving, but tension-filled immigrant community in Cumberland Creek, and soon she has a number of suspects in mind.
As with all of my Cumberland Creek books, we get glimpses into the lives of all of the scrapbooking sleuths and the Saturday night crop becomes an opportunity for them puzzle out the murders. The scrapbookers begin to wonder if Pamela is hiding more than her secret recipes for delicious pies--or if the crimes are related to the startling discovery that there are gangs in Cumberland Creek. As All Hallows Eve approaches, the strangeness multiplies—even as they get closer to solving the case.
About The Author –
In addition to the Cumberland Creek mystery series, Mollie Cox Bryan wrote the regional bestseller Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies and Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley . An award-winning journalist and poet, she currently blogs, cooks, and scrapbooks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Scrapbook of Secrets was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel.
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