I stumbled onto this series because it was suggested to me based on other purchases I made in this category and I fell in love with these ladies. The..Show More »y remind me of the “Women’s Murder Club” but based in a small town. Guess the small town makes this a “cozy" series. The characters are real whether in a large or small city. I have become a fan.
The women are strong and interesting, and the mystery is intriguing. If you're looking for interesting characters and a solid mystery that pushes beyond traditional cozies, then you'll enjoy “Scrapbook of Secrets” and the chapters are short for bedtime reading.
The book gets off to a fast start with a stabbing and the murder of a young mother, Maggie Rae. The morning after her death all of her photos, letters, notes and scrapping supplies were found dumped on the curb outside of her home. The scrapbook ladies just could not imagine who or why anyone would do such a thing and took all of the mementos and supplies. As a scrapbooker, I loved the way the author wove the story of Maggie Rae’s life and death into the scrapbooks that were being put together by this group of ladies for the woman’s children and husband. The scrapbooking is NOT the central part of the book but rather a backdrop. As the women work and talk other interesting things come to light that are happening to other people in the community and surrounding area. And who stabbed Bea?
You will quickly get caught up in the story and the diverse lives of the women. Good thing I was listening to it as I worked in the garden or everything would have been put on hold.
I love these ladies with all of their endearing and annoying qualities but the scrapbooking is NOT the central part of the book. It is a backdrop but..Show More », once again, you will quickly get caught up in the story and the diverse lives of the women including a new one, a self-proclaimed witch, Cookie Crandall. The book has the most interesting characters you'll find anywhere and just about the time you have one figured out there's something new to learn about them, especially our Senior Citizen that is not a part of the scrapbook group but rather the mother of one of them. It is truly a page-turner with twists and turns, suspense, intrigue and a little romance.
OMG, I love, love, love Beatrice. I’d want her and Annie Chamovitz as my friends if I were the accused. This, so far, is the best book in the series..Show More »!
Vera Matthews is one of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook group and is the prime suspect in the murder of Emily McGlashen who is her competitor and an Irish Dance instructor. Bea is Vera’s mother and Annie is a fellow scrapbooker and freelance reporter eager to prove her innocent.
This scrapbooking group is a very likable bunch! In the series scrapbooking has been a backdrop and not a big part of the books. In this book the characters' scrapbooking techniques and materials are discussed but it is not overwhelming and you don’t have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy or understand the mystery.
The book is action filled with twists that I didn't expect. Every character has some secret in their past and you have to read the book to find out what those secrets are.
I love a bit of history and ancestry in both a book and scrapbook and just when it seems they've run out of clues, an antique scrapbook points the way to the true killer’s identify.
I am a scrapbooker but have never been on one of these scrapbooking cruises. Wish there was more backdrop on the scrapbooking portion of the cruise b..Show More »ut, as with the other books in the series, scrapbooking is only a backdrop but even less so in this book. Still love these likeable, crafty ladies. I'm enjoying seeing how these friends grow and change with each book.