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    Scrapbooking and Murder in Cumberland Creek

    I enjoy this series and all the different characters. This cozy mystery makes a great Halloween read. Two women are found dead in Cumberland Creek and the ladies decide to try and solve the crime. There are a lot of characters and a lot happening. This series does not have to be read in order but it does help esp with keeping all the characters straight. The mystery is good and the solution makes sense. The author also does a good job with the scrapbook background and having the ladies solve the crime without seeming to be busy bodies. My only small complaint is that there is a lot of food and baking in this book and some of the food sounded so good I was hoping for recipes at the end. If you scrapbook there are scrapbook hints at the back. Enjoy this book and the entire series. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
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    Fifth book in series!

    Scrapbook of the Dead by Mollie Cox Bryan is the fifth book in A Cumberland Creek Mystery series. Annie Chamovitz is a freelance reporter working on her last story as a freelance reporter in Cumberland Creek, Virginia. Randy Swanson found a dead body in the freezer of Pamela’s Pie Palace owned by Pamela Kraft. The young woman is Marina Martelino. She was found with a scrapbook page in her hand. Marina worked at Pamela’s Pie Palace as a baker. The next day her sister, Esmerelda is found dead. She also had a scrapbook page in her hand. Who wanted these two women (sisters) dead and why? Both girls are from Mexico. The two women came to America through an agency as do many of Pamela’s kitchen employees. Annie, DeeAnn, Sheila, Vera, Cookie, Karen and the scrapbook group set out to solve the crime. Annie is surprised to find out that there is a large Mexican population in Cumberland Creek. She has not noticed it before this case (it’s a small town. How could she not notice? She is a reporter.) Will the scrapbooking group be able to solve the crime before the killer strikes again? I have read previous books in the series, but this is the first one in over a year. I found it to be very confusing and hard to read. It jumps around from Annie to Sheila to Karen then Vera. It is hard to keep it straight. There are just too many people in the book (you have the main characters as well as their families). I wish just one person like Annie was the main character and a couple of side people or friends. The scenes changed quickly which added to the confusion. One minute you are with Annie and then Karen and then someone else. There is too much going on in the book. Besides the murder, we have Annie doing her last story, Karen dating someone that the group does not like or approve of, scrapbooking (I liked this part), Sheila’s not happy with her job, DeeAnn’s back injury and pill addiction, Cookie’s amnesia, and Emma Drummond agoraphobia. I just think that too much was packed into one story (because there are too many characters). I did like the scrapbooking and card making tips as well as information on digital scrapbooking. Overall, the book does have a lovely setting (Cumberland Creek, Virginia), interesting characters (just too many), and an interesting murder mystery. The author provides some twists along the way to solving the murder. I liked that the mystery was more complicated and not easy to solve. I give Scrapbook of the Dead 3.75 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Scrapbook of the Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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