Crafty Murder Mystery Book Club

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I never thought I would be a participating member of a book club. I’ve never been much of a book reader, I’m more a magazine person – short and sweet. But when one of my co-workers suggested we start a book club at the store focusing on scrapbooking, I was all for it. I’ve been a member now since its beginning a couple years ago and I must say it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve read quite a few books – who knew there would be so many choices!

These books are actually known as ‘cozy mysteries’ when you go searching for them on the net and they cover any and all hobbies from scrapbooking, card making, home improvement, decoupage to gardening and more. One thing I appreciate about them is that they are quick, easy reads so I can finish them each month in time for club. Some are better than others but it has been entertaining.

During club we get together to discuss the book’s characters, projects that might be in the book or recipes. Believe it or not some of these books offer up some great-sounding recipes that many of us have tried. We also bring something paper-craft related to work on or a scrapbook layout that follows some theme or message from the book. We meet at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month during the school year at Scrap Tales in Brighton. If you’re in the area drop in and join us. For September’s meeting we’re reading “Photo Snap Shot” by Joanna Campbell Slan; it’s the third book in the series.

Old money and tradition are the hallmarks of the St. Louis prep school that Kiki Lowenstein’s daughter Anya attends. But the elite academy is stamped with scandal when Anya finds the dead body of teacher Sissy Gilchrist in its elegant theatre. Even worse, Anya might have seen the killer.
Pegged as a shameless flirt and a lousy teacher, Sissy would’ve made everyone’s “least popular” scrapbook page. Especially for those who were seeing red over Sissy’s mixed-race romance with a colleague. Fearing her daughter is in danger, Kiki sifts through the school community’s many shocking secrets to pin down the murderer, while doing all she can to avoid starring in her own memorial album.

We have all been entertained following the adventures of Kiki Lowenstein and the writing is better than some of the other cozy mysteries we’ve read. If you can’t join us check out a cozy mystery for your favorite hobby – there’s plenty out there to choose from!