Review: Cropped to Death by Christina Freeburn

Cropped to Death

Cropped to DeathCropped to Death by Christina Freeburn




Former US Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmothers’ scrapbooking store determined to lead an unassuming life after her adventure abroad turned disaster. But her quiet life unravels when her friend is charged with murder – and Faith inadvertently supplied the evidence.

So Faith decides to cut through the scrap and piece together what really happened. With a sexy prosecutor, a determined homicide detective, a handful of sticky suspects and a crop contest gone bad, Faith quickly realizes if she’s not careful, she’ll be the next one cropped.

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all! CROPPED TO DEATH is the first book in the Faith Hunter Scrap This cozy mystery series. Bonus: Includes book club discussion questions.

My Thoughts:

Cozy Mysteries are the perfect fit for a cool evening where I can curl up and just try to figure out who done it!  What really drew me to this book was it had to do with scrapbooking which is one of the other hobbies I enjoy. 

The book has a pretty simple main plot line.  First, the story is based around Faith, a former JAG member, and her grandmothers who own Scrap This, the local scrapbook store, along with their employees.  Marilyn, a Scrap This employee, has found out that her husband has been cheating on her and got this woman pregnant.  At the crop the evening before the big Art Festival, Marilyn is cropping her husband out of all kinds of pictures.  The morning of the festival Marilyn meets Faith on her way into the event complaining about her husband when he walks toward them with the other woman, when he should be at a ball game with his son.  Marilyn makes a very threatening comments about her husband who moments later turns up murdered.  With all that is going on, Marilyn is arrested for his murder, but not before she begs Faith to help her. 

Faith believes that Marilyn had nothing to do with the murder and knows what it feels like to be accused of doing something that you didn’t do.  This is the first we learn a little about Faith’s time with JAG and that she was accused of a crime that her husband committed.  She is hurt and has not told anyone, even her grandmothers about what happened.  Faith beginning to dig around and try to prove that someone else is the murderer.  Detective Ted Roget is the head on this crime and had to tell her numerous times to stay out of it before she gets herself into big trouble. 

The other story line is this book is that Faith’s grandmothers keep throwing Steve, the local prosecuting attorney, at her.  They feel like Faith needs a man in her life and Faith knows it’s happening but is not happy about it.  Steve also keeps trying to tell Faith to stay out it, but Faith keeps pushing forward.  Faith knew that if it was not for one person she would be sitting in jail rather than her now ex-husband. 

On the scrapbook side of things, the store is holding a contest using pictures from the art festival, well what took place of it due to the murder and giving away a fancy machine as the prize.  On the first night of the crop, only two people show up, one of whom is the detective. The front window of the store is broken while they are there are the newspaper gets a hold of the story that they are turning crop night into a singles night which turning out to really help the store.  Once all of the pages are turned in and hung, everyone leaves for the night only to come in the next day to find everything destroyed.  This is where we get down to the real story of who did it.

Overall, this was a fun cozy mystery that had enough detail that it help my attention and to be honest I didn’t know who did it until it was revealed.  I thought I had it figured out a few times along the way but I was wrong.  I enjoyed the writing style and relationships in the story.  The one thing that I wish there had been more of was the background on Faith’s time with JAG.  I think that it would have made it a stronger book.  It is listed very where that she is former JAG but really never get a good feel for it.

My Rating:


3 Penguins, a nice quick and fun read

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Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

Waking Up Married

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

  • ISBN-13: 9781460301463
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Source: Netgalley


From USA TODAY bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly comes WAKING UP MARRIED, a free book in Harlequin’s brand-new contemporary romance collection—Harlequin KISS.

Her first thought: “Who are you?”

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well—a funny, arrogant, sexy …husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible—been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don’t want a divorce.”

My Thoughts:

Waking Up Married was a quick and enjoyable read.  The premise is something that I can totally see happening in our contemporary world as it is today.  Megan wakes up after a crazy night in Vegas to be married to a man that she doesn’t know.  Yet, instead of getting divorce, Connor wants to make this marriage work even though they know very little about each other.  It’s not what Megan expects though, he simply wants a partnership, he needs someone to fulfill that woman spot in his life.  This turns out to be more than he thought it would be.  The relationship warps and the true characters begin to show though as well as their true feeling.  As always there is a twist in the story.

While the characters are not as believable as I would have liked, in a story of this length, I should have expected this.  Despite this they are both likable and the story flows well.  It is a quick, fun and simple read, perfect for a rainy afternoon.

My Rating:

3 Penguin


A Solid 3 Penguin Book

Nothing Outstanding but a good read

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Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry GirlConfessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett


Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…

1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)

My Thoughts:

I felt a bit mislead by the blurb for Confessions of an Angry Girl which portrays Rose as a very angry girl.  I found Rose to be much more of a quiet girl stewing in her grief and lose.  Sure she does things that are not smart but I did not view them much different than any teenage girl trying to find herself.  Rose has a set of circumstances that are much different than most teens, her father dies in a war that he never should have been a part of and her family shut down for these.  Along the way, her best friend decides that she wants to be a cheerleader and Rose feels as though she is left behind which really she is.  Like most teenage girls, her best guy friend is interested in her when she is just not interested in him.  This causes a lot of drama when she kisses Jamie who is the lead cheerleader’s supposed boyfriend. So I guess what I really found in this book was a lot of drama and not a lot of plot.  The story felt like a teenage sitcom and I could never really figure out the point of the story.  

All that being said it was a quick read, but just not of that I connected with.  I can see how some people might love this story.  I am just not all about the crazy drama that happen I felt that it was over the top.  By all mean, if the blurb catches your attention take a chance on this book. 

My Rating:

3 Penguins

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