ScrappedScrapped by Mollie Cox Bryan is the second book in the “Cumberland Creek” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, December 2012

The ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop are welcoming an eccentric newbie into their fold. A self-proclaimed witch, Cookie Crandall can whip up a sumptuous vegan meal and rhapsodize about runes and moon phases with equal aplomb. She becomes fast friends with her fellow scrapbookers, including freelance reporter Annie, with whom she shares shallow roots in a community of established family trees. So when Cookie becomes the prime suspect in a series of bizarre murders, the croppers get scrappy and set out to clear her name. Annie starts digging and discovers that the victims each had strange runic patterns carved on their bodies – a piece of evidence that points the police in Cookie’s direction. Even her friends begin to doubt her innocence when they find an ornate, spiritual scrapbook that an alleged beginner like Cookie could never have crafted. As Annie and the croppers search for answers, they’ll uncover a shockingly wicked side of their once quiet town – and a killer on the prowl for another victim.

WOW…I love it when a book pulls me into the story and never lets me go until the last page has been turned and that is what Scrapped did. This was an evenly-paced drama that kept me in suspense and guessing as to what will happen next. The writing style is a bit different from what I’m used to, but it works in delivering a well-written mystery that captured my attention from start to finish. The time spent on character development is an added bonus as the mystery is interspersed with the daily happenings of this eclectic cast of characters which makes for a well-rounded story. Having read the excerpt, I’m looking forward to the next book in this charmingly pleasant series.

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