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Cut, Paste, Kill: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery (Lomax & Biggs #4)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  425 ratings  ·  76 reviews
When Eleanor Bellingham-Crump---asocialite responsible for the death of a ten-year-old boy---turns up murdered on the floor of a Hollywood hotel bathroom, Lomax and Biggs are confronted with a crime of artistic brutality. Along with the scissors sticking out of Eleanor’s lifeless body, the two detectives find a meticulous scrapbook documenting a motive for vengeance in lur ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Sarah Adamson
This is the 4th book in the series but the first I have read. This was awesome! It was a super fun read where I just had to keep reading!
Two LAPD cops, with fascinating backgrounds and families, are charged to deal with an unusual homicide - the killing of a murderer who got off without a charge. This leads to a great story of adventure, family love and mystery with some wonderful twists.
It got 4 stars instead of 5 just because I am very aware that people with mental health issues are not alwa
Giovanni Gelati
Hello!! I am going to say this right off the bat: If you enjoy or love character driven fiction, a little humor in your reading (okay maybe I should say smart aleck responses and sardonic humor), a good, fun, mystery and a nice detective novel, then I have just the author for you. I didn’t know the author existed until one of the nice local librarians pointed him out to me. I know most of them (the librarians) a long time; they try to direct me to neat stuff on occasion when I look forlorn and c ...more
Cut,paste,kill refers not to computer cutting and pasting but rather to scrapbooking. For a change, we have a female serial killer on our hands, one who has meticulously documented the crimes of the murder victim. A real life Dexter, perhaps? Either way, it's not a good situation for either Biggs or Lomax and their boss wants answers. This case definitely turns out to be different from anything the boys have seen before. The bright shining star turns out to be the sudden guardianship that Lomax ...more
Lomax and Biggs are back! In this, the most recent installment involving the wisecracking detectives from LAPD Homicide, we're all forced to confront a kind of unpleasant reality: if a total scumbag gets murdered, does anyone care? What if you're the person whose job it is to solve the murder and arrest the killer?

The ball gets rolling with the murder of Eleanor Bellingham-Crump, wife of an English diplomat who should have thanked every power that exists for diplomatic immunity, as that's the on
A murder mystery can have a good story line but it is sometimes difficult to mix murder and humor.Karp does it pretty well but one of his main detectives, Terry Biggs is little too glib at times. But the pace is fast and the mystery is interesting and I found myself caught up in the solving of a series of avenging murders.
The wife of an English diplomat killed a 10 year boy crossing the street after he got off his school bus. Eleanor Bellingham-Crump was rip-roaring drunk and never should hav
Elizabeth A.
"Man, I know our job is to protect and serve, but sometimes I wish we could just let nature thin out the herd." - Terry Biggs

LAPD Detective Terry Biggs can be forgiven for not being overly enthusiastic about the prospect of locking up the killer he and partner Detective Mike Lomax find themselves tracking in Cut, Paste, Kill, the fourth entry in author Marshall Karp's consistently excellent Lomax & Biggs series. After all, the victim at the crime scene they respond to at the book's opening t
Julie Davis
#74 - 2010.

Light and enjoyable mystery and clearly meant to be so. It was a quick read, which I did in one evening, and as such was enjoyable entertainment. However, even so, it was too facile. I know we're not going for indepth character development in a book like this, but still, Mike's relationship with the little girl took off so fast that it never felt real. Also, as bizarre as the solution was, I still got there ahead of the detectives. Really? That was either telegraphed very broadly or n
Jessica Heim
I'm so disappointed that I didn't like this book since the reviews on Goodreads are all so high. The only thing I can think of is that, because this is the fourth book in the Lomax and Biggs mystery series, maybe I had to read the other books to understand the charm. But I just didn't feel it. The entire book felt rushed to me, filled with dialogue with next to no description. I couldn't even start to care about a character before their scene was over and I wouldn't see them again for 50 pages. ...more
Steve Tripp
Probably more like 3.5 stars. Probably the funniest/cleverest book int he series in terms of the witty dialogue and banter butt the way the plot turned and wrapped up was just a little too bizarre for my liking. Still.. these books are just good fun to read.
NOOOOOOOOO! Don't do it Marshall! Don't do one of the top most cliche, annoying, ruin-the-whole-story mystery solutions of all time!! (And it's not "It was all a dream", which should narrow it down.)

I liked this book, (LOVED The Rabbit Factory !) as a light and fluffy mystery comedy. It was fun, and enjoyable. The Semi-Justice stuff was funny, and I think the book was at its best with Big Jim and Terry in the throes of their Hollywood dreams. But I simply cannot forgive (view spoiler)
Kay Claxton

I love the team if Lomax and Biggs. I like the humor along with the gory details. I hope there are many more in this series!
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Greg Van Vorhis
This one could have ended more quickly. There was a side-plot that apparently serves to set up the next one or two or three books in this series, but otherwise, it really serves no purpose to this particular story line.

I am noticing a lot of names similar to characters in Stephen King books, as well. This isn't the first Lomax and Biggs story that has had similar names. Just parts of names...not entire names. I wouldn't have even mentioned it if I had only noticed one similar name, but the count
Very good, very funny, want to read another one.
It's too bad there hasn't been any word on a Lomax + Biggs book 5 yet.
Shelly Lawter
My favorite detective team returns for a fourth great mystery. The mysteries in this series just keep getting better and better, and this one delivers excellent twists and turns to keep you guessing. Karp's trademark wit is present, of course, with several laugh-out-loud moments. Mike Lomax continues to be the heart and soul of the series, though, and his personal situation and conflicting emotions keep the stories focused on human emotions and life in general. I strongly recommend not only this ...more
Nothing super special but contained likable characters and was an easy read. Might try more from this series.
Marshall Karp just keeps getting better and better. The LAPD detective duo of Lomax and Biggs complement each other the same way as Abbott and Costello, Rowan and Martin, and Martin and Lewis. While the jokes are fast and furious so is the body count. This team might be funny but they are also smart detectives who eventually figure out the goofy homocides they investigate. For mystery buffs who enjoy a good laugh along the way the book is a must.
This is the fourth book in the Lomax & Biggs series, and so far none of the sequels have managed to match or surpass the first book, The Rabbit Factory. As always they are entertaining and funny at times, and the mysteries certainly keep you on your toes (was NOT expecting that ending!). I still love the characters, especially Mike, but I'm still looking for something that matches the first book!
Author of The Rabbit Factory and the same detectives. This is murder where the victims really deserve to die and the killer keeps a scrapbook record of their crimes. Love the humour and banter of the main detectives but this story became a bit far fetched with one or two too many twists and turns. Still well worth a read, just the reason why it's not five stars.
A scrapbooker is killing persons who appear to have gotten away with crimes in a vigilante manner. Each murder victim has an elaborate artful scrapbook left at the scene. The victims are each found with sharp scissors plunged into their bodies. Great energy as Lomax and Biggs attempt to end the trail of bodies.
Diane Henders
I'll gobble up anything Marshall Karp writes. What a talent! I'm quite sure Karp is the only writer in the world who can write about murder and psychosis and still leave me uplifted and smiling at the end. Oh, and give me belly laughs along the way. Cut, Paste, Kill is (like all Karp's books) not to be missed.
I waited to read this book because I know book 5 isn't out yet, hopefully soon! Love the series... One question, did I miss the explanation why Tavo (victim number 1) was never prosecuted? Seems silly, but that part bothered me.... Also, I read TBS was considering a TV series? Any word? That would be AWSOME!
The weakest of the series of 4, but still a very good read...Karp's Lomax & Biggs series is on par with Wambaugh's Hollywood Division series...Lomax & Biggs with their usual flair and humor race to catch a serial vigilante killer of Hollywood types that have avoided justice...quick, fun read!!!
Ryan James
Once again, Marshall Karp entertains while providing an excellent who dunnit with lots of twists. This time, the book had an exceptional twist not only taking me by surprise, which he often does, but adding a touch of extra genius to it.

Karp is a great read. I wish him a long writing life.
I'm really enjoying these Lomax & Biggs mysteries more and more with each new book. I'm bummed that this is the last one. I hope Karp writes another one soon! Adding 7-year-old Sohpie to this one was a nice touch; I like how well she and Big Jim got along.
Now, I’ve heard that scrapbooking weekends can get pretty wild and crazy—but author Marshall Karp takes cropping to a whole new sinister level in Cut, Paste, Kill.

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Matthew Cousens
I love this series. This is one of the few plots where I didn't see what was coming at the end. I'm sorry to reach the last book in the plot line, and I hope more are to come some day. Funny, quick reading. Like a TV show on paper, only better.
I love this guy's writing style and books. This one doesn't disappoint. You can read this one independent of his other books, but I'd start with The Rabbit Factory (I think that's the first one) so you can get to know the characters.
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