Saturday, October 11, 2014

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: A Crafty Christmas

Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
Title: A Crafty Christmas
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: Oct 13, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By:  Great Escapes Book Tours & the publisher
Book Blurb: Christmas is just around the corner, and the ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop are thrilled when Sheila wins the first place prize in a scrapbooking design contest: a ten-day scrapbook-themed cruise in the Caribbean. Vera and Paige decide to tag along, which should pose the perfect opportunity to learn some new techniques, mingle with fellow croppers, and get in some rest and relaxation before the chaos of Christmas. But when Sheila finds a famous crafter dead, and investigators determine she was poisoned, the luxury cruise veers toward disaster as Sheila becomes the number one suspect – or was she really the intended victim? Just as the croppers begin un-wrapping the truth, a storm strands them at sea, and they’ll find it’s harder than ever to survive the holidays with a killer on deck…

Review: A Crafty Christmas is book four in the Cumberland Creek Mystery series. Sheila wins a scrapbook design contest and is on a 10 day scrapbook cruise with her friends Vera and Paige.

This is the first book of this series that I've read, so it took a little while to get used to Mollie's writing style. There's a lot of shifts in POV between the different characters and that made it a little rough going, but once I got used to everyone, it was quite a fun read.

The mystery starts right from the get go, with Sheila tripping over the dead body of one of the other crafters. But that isn't the only body. Allie's boyfriend ends up dead too and to make matters worse there's another body found after the cruise too and things are looking like Sheila is the number one suspect.

I really liked getting to know all the characters that are part of Sheila's life. I really loved Annie, who is just as much a main character as Sheila, as well as Beatrice.

Mollie's characters are a lot different from the ones in other cozies that I've read. They feel more real and down to earth. Their problems are typical of most women too.

I loved how the clues are dropped as the book progressed, but when you got down to the end, the ending wasn't at all what I expected.

I definitely want to read the other books in this series now.

Rating: 4 flowers

About This Author

Mollie Cox Bryan writes the Cumberland Creek Mysteries, published by Kensington. The first book, Scrapbook of Secrets, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012; the next one Scrapped, was published in January 2013. Death of an Irish Diva is the third in the series. Plans for the series include two more novels and two novellas—the first one Scrappy Summer will be available in summer 2014. She writes, gardens, runs, and scrapbooks in Waynesboro, Va. with her husband and two daughters.

Author Links

Twitter: @molliecoxbryan



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Sue Farrell said...

I love cozies that have a Christmas tie in---I'll have to read this one.

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