Make, Take, Murder by Joanna Campbell Slan is the fourth book in the “Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, May 2011

Dumpster diving for her lost paycheck is definitely the low point of Kiki Lowenstein’s day—that is, until she finds a severed leg thrown in with the trash. Who’d toss a body part in the garbage outside the scrapbook crafts store where Kiki works?

Accompanying the grisly “gift” is a creepy computerized voice message, a warning to the store’s “rich and snotty” female shoppers. Kiki soon discovers that the leg belonged to Cindy Gambrowski, a customer with a tyrannical and violent husband—who’s now harassing Kiki. Combing through Cindy’s scrapbook projects for hidden clues, Kiki tries to find the killer. Was it a crime of marital malice, or did someone else beat Cindy’s husband to the punch?

What an explosive story. Finding a human leg while looking for a missing paycheck is not how Kiki wanted to begin her day, but that is what happened one morning. When later it was discovered to be a missing customer who was abused, Kiki didn’t know this would closely touch her as well. I could not put this book down and this story grabbed my attention as Kiki struggles with so many issues that life kept putting in her path and I enjoyed watching her become stronger from it. The mystery was good but what I liked best was the relationship among the characters from Kiki and Chad and Clancy and Dodie and even Sheila. I can’t wait to read the next book in this character driven series that will touch your heart.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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