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I stumbled onto this series because it was suggested to me based on other purchases I made in this category and I fell in love with these ladies. They remind me of the “Women’s Murder Club” but based in a small town. Guess the small town makes this a “cozy" series. The characters are real whether in a large or small city. I have become a fan.
The women are strong and interesting, and the mystery is intriguing. If you're looking for interesting characters and a solid mystery that pushes beyond traditional cozies, then you'll enjoy “Scrapbook of Secrets” and the chapters are short for bedtime reading.
The book gets off to a fast start with a stabbing and the murder of a young mother, Maggie Rae. The morning after her death all of her photos, letters, notes and scrapping supplies were found dumped on the curb outside of her home. The scrapbook ladies just could not imagine who or why anyone would do such a thing and took all of the mementos and supplies. As a scrapbooker, I loved the way the author wove the story of Maggie Rae’s life and death into the scrapbooks that were being put together by this group of ladies for the woman’s children and husband. The scrapbooking is NOT the central part of the book but rather a backdrop. As the women work and talk other interesting things come to light that are happening to other people in the community and surrounding area. And who stabbed Bea?
You will quickly get caught up in the story and the diverse lives of the women. Good thing I was listening to it as I worked in the garden or everything would have been put on hold.
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