Ready, Scrap, Shoot by Joanna Campbell Slan is the fifth book in the “Kiki Lowenstien Scrap-N-Craft” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, April 2012
With bills piling up and a brassy new partner at her scrapbooking shop, the last thing Kiki Lowenstein needs is a surprise visit from her browbeating mother. But when shots fired into the crowd narrowly miss Kiki at her daughter’s May Day pageant, it’s another mother—St. Louis’s wealthiest matriarch—who winds up dead.
While creating a memorial album for the murdered beer heiress, Kiki becomes bait in a dangerous trap as threats from her old foe mount against her. With help from friends in high and low places, including hunky beau Chad Detweiler, Kiki finds herself facing a grave ultimatum: catch the killer or be cropped out of her own family album.
I knew when I started reading this book that I would be on a ride that I did not want to get off. When a shooting occurs at Anya’s school’s May Day celebration and one woman dies, the question being asked is “was she the intended victim or was it Kiki?” which puts Kiki on guard to protect the ones she loves. WOW…this book is awesome. Not only do we have Kiki dodging an enemy or two or three, but she’s also dealing with the plight of her elderly parent, which was the sub-theme in this character-driven mystery. This heart-stomping, adrenaline-pumping mystery grabbed me immediately from the first page to the dramatic conclusion. This is absolutely the best book yet in this wonderfully charming series and I am so looking forward to the next book in this delightfully charged series. The best part about this series is that you don’t have to be a scrapbooker to enjoy this series.