Monday, January 23, 2012

Ready, Scrap,Shoot:A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap -n-Craft Mystery, by Joanna Campbell Slan


Midnight Ink, ISBN 9780738727474, April 2012

Kiki Lowenstein has enough problems without an open-ended visit from her hypercritical mother. Her late husband's former partner--and killer--is determined to get her, too. Dodie, the principal owner of the scrapbooking shop where she is a minority owner, is not only acting distant and cool, but has taken on another partner without so much as telling her beforehand, much less consulting her.

And her new boyfriend's ex-wife, who through him out before Kiki and Det started dating, now blames Kiki as the "home-wrecker" who destroyed her happy life.

So she really, really doesn't need together time with her mother right now. It doesn't get better when Edwina Fitzgerald, one of the leading boosters of the private school Kiki's daughter attends, is shot dead at the school's annual May Day celebration. It gets a little worse when Kiki's mother's "dear friend," Claudia Turrow, shows up unannounced and just moves in with Kiki's mother--who is staying, with Kiki and her daughter Anya, at the home of Kiki's mother-in-law, Sheila Lowenstein.

Trying to figure out who killed Edwina, trying to protect herself from both Bill her husband's killer and Brenda, Det's ex-wife, and coping with the stressful situation at work, Kiki is already near the breaking point when she realizes her mother's "friend" isn't just annoying but likely a thief trying to cheat her mother out of what little of value she has. It's the intricate relationships that keep the plot lively and make this book a great read for a winter afternoon.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.