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Paper, Scissors, Death (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft Mystery)

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Mousy housewife Kiki Lowenstein has only been good at two things in her life: scrapbooking and raising her eleven-year-old daughter, Anya. Known as the Scrapbook Queen of St. Louis, Kiki works part-time at a scrapbook shop and shares her passion with others. But life gets sticky when her husband, George, is found naked and dead with a silk scarf stuffed in his mouth. And w ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 439 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Wheeler Publishing (first published September 1st 2008)
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Nancy
Jul 10, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, the lead character, Kiki Lowenstein, came across to me as being too dumb for words. Her husband had a heart attack, or was is murder, under rather questionable circumstances and his business partner swooped in a little too quickly demanding repayment of missing funds,. What woman who has an 11 year old to support would just up and sell everything she owns to pay back a supposed half a million dollar debt. No proof, no paperwork, no anything. Dumb.

Second, if you are being investigated for
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Julie Failla Earhart
Writing is all about writing what you know---or what you are willing to research. Author of at
least eight books about scrapbooking, Joanna Campbell Slan mixes her passion for scrapbooking and her passion for writing, and viola! Paper, Scissors, Death: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery was born.

This first book in what appears to be a series finds the rich-but-down-to-earth Kiki learning that her husband George has died naked in a St. Louis motel room. The reader knows it’s murder and not s
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Kitty
Jun 26, 2011 Kitty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I expected to really enjoy this book, and while I found it a bit disappointing, I think the *series* has potential.

The good: I did feel that the quality of writing was a cut above the usual "crafty cozy mystery". There were some great lines - a few actual laugh-out-loud moments. And I thought the author did a terrific job of incorporating scrapbooking into the story. It didn't feel like an afterthought - clearly the author scraps herself. In fact, the book inspired me to pull out some paper and
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Sarahlynn Lester
May 06, 2011 Sarahlynn Lester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-authors
Have you ever read a book by someone you know? It's a bit dangerous, because there's always the chance that you won't like it. Or, worse, that it will really suck. Then what do you say?

I'm no scrapbooker. In fact, I'm not very crafty at all. I know how to make neat homemade candles and fill jars with delicious recipe mixes. That's as close as I get to "craft" other than, you know, writing.

So when Joanna Campbell Slan, president of the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, announced that
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Sheila
Dec 03, 2015 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tightly written murder mystery where Kiki knows something is not right about her husband's death but it looks like natural causes to the police. She keeps at it until she can get a detective to see it her way.

These are excellent characters and an excellent story. Every time I thought I knew who the murderer was, they got killed or were guilty of some other crime. I did not guess until the end as it was being explained to me. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Sandra
Oct 15, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best cozy mysteries I have read lately - - - until the last line. I resent authors that leave the reader up in the air in hopes of selling their next book.

I wold have rated it 4.5 but 4 is all I can give simply because of the ending.

Read on my Kobo.
Sabrina
May 28, 2015 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-to-finish
So, I actually had already read the second book because I didn't realize this was a series. This one was kind of hard to read because a few of the relationships I had already established were being set up, but by the end I was happy. I think it's super cute how the author integrates the scrapbooking into the mysteries without putting it in a way that would be annoying to a non-scrapbooker. Plus, the little tips and tricks from "Kiki" are great to have. If you're a fan of mysteries and slightly g ...more
Gina
Nov 19, 2013 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the scrapbooking tips at the end of the chapters. I look forward to reading more in this series.
Cathy
Jan 28, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful New Series

This is the first book in the Kiki Lowenstein series. I can't put them down. On book ten now. Great characters. Over time, I am happy to see Kiki get a backbone. Some books are better than others but very glad I have read them all.

Slan's characters are fascinating. And evolving. A little black and white in this first book, but again, well worth getting to know!

Set in and around a scrapbook/craft store - it certainly isn't limited to an audience of crafters. A grat cozy serie
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An Odd1
Nov 21, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Kiki Lowenstein 5'3", brown curls wealthy-blonde for now, fights rich thin mother-in-law Sheila for daughter Anya 11, when husband George has oleander-inspired heart attack. Satisfied with friendship, moral and monetary support, she didn't guess he'd stayed with his teen sweetheart, barren Roxanne. Investigating cop Chad Detweiler is tall strong, and mush for new widow, girl, and their floppy Great Dane rescue pup Gracie. When Kiki jumps from gift box into bee attack, possibly comic is primarily ...more
Melissa
The first in a series about a "wealthy" scrapbooker whose husband is found naked and dead in a hotel room. This sets off a chain of events where Kiki finds herself widowed and devoid of her house and money, while being investigated for another murder. Scrapbooking "ideas" are included throughout the book-not my personal style, but interesting.

"Mousy housewife Kiki Lowenstein has two great loves: scrapbooking and her young daughter, Anya. But her happy family album is ruined when her husband, Geo
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Sara
Aug 05, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I do some scrapbooking, but not much (yet) so I found most of the tips to be helpful. Some of them may be helpful later, when I get more time (and money) for scrapping.

I loved the character of Kiki. I feel as though I am not far off from her - personality wise. I have felt like a doormat most of my life, and, like Kiki, I am making some changes in my attitude towards my own self-worth. When it comes to money - well, after George dies we're in about the same boat financially
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Susan
Dec 02, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paper, Scissors, Death (Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft Mystery #1) by Joanna Campbell Slan is the first full length book I read by this author and it won't be the last! This is one of those books that have you turning page after page wondering what is going to happen next and you just don't want to put it down. What even makes it more interesting is that I am a Scrapbooker so I can relate to it all the more than someone who isn't. This doesn't mean it is for Scrapbookers only because it is not. E ...more
Nancy
Jun 10, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
In this, the first of the "Scrap N Craft" mysteries featuring Kiki Lowenstein, I realized she has a lot in common with Goldy Bear the Caterer from Diane Mott Davidson's mysteries. Both Kiki and Goldy experience hard times while trying to raise a child as a single mom. When we meet them in their first novels, Kiki and Goldy both become the focal point of murder investigations in their respective hometowns of St. Louis, MO and Aspen Meadow, CO. The lead investigators of said murders, Chad Deitweil ...more
Kim
Mar 22, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author. I very much enjoyed it and could hardly put it down. It's perfect for scrapbookers with handy hints and tips as well. The Great Dane adds even more fun!

Quotes:
"We all have lives of value, no matter how different our journeys."

"Scrapbooking allows you to step back and see the big picture."

"Animals bring out the best and worst in people. They don't judge. They only love. The are really clear about who they like and who they don't like. They can't pretend. Pet
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Beth Roberts
Oct 26, 2014 Beth Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loan, 5-stars
I've decided to go ahead and give this book a 5-star rating, although really it's a 4 1/2. I save 5-star ratings for classics in their genres, but I DID enjoy this book very much and so, for a first novel in a themed cozy series, I will go ahead with the 5-star.

As I said, this is a first novel in a series. I don't write summaries, so I won't bore you with the storyline recap. The main character, Kiki Lowenstein, is one I immediately felt empathy for and her misadventures are clearly and very wel
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Chaun
Jul 26, 2011 Chaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I have never scrapbooked, and this book is heavy on scrapbooking hints and even end of chapter tutorials on various aspects of the craft, I half expected not to make it through this one. Not so! I loved it. The story elements aren't anything new - recently widowed (or divorced, etc) Mom needs to make a fresh start, uses her interest in a craft (in this case scrapbooking but substitute writing, wine making, horses, baking, etc) to make a go of it, gets over her head in solving a murder with ...more
Christine
Sep 17, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book more than I expected. Something about the first pages made me feel the author was trying too hard to push her knowledge of the St. Louis setting and it wasn't required info for the plot. Although initially the main character who narrates the story seems naive (or plain dumb?) she does grow on you.

The language used by Slan is richer than the writing in most cozy mysteries. That was very surprising and refreshing.

Interest in scrapbooking not required to enjoy this series.
Carol
Sep 14, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a scrapbooking and paper crafting person and I love cozy mysteries. This series has been a favorite for a couple months now reading in between club books. I am on the fifth one now and loving every one of them and Joanna Campbell Slan's face book page and web site. They are fun with good plots and I would compare her with Janet Evonavich only Joanna's books get the point across without being explicit. Thanks for the goodreads.
Katie Kenig
Jul 17, 2012 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chicklit
I had so much fun with this book.

Have you ever read a book where you're absolutely certain you could be besties with the main character? That's how I feel about Kiki Lowenstein. With my long history of scrapbooking, I can't believe it took me this long to discover that there's a nice cozy set of mysteries wrapped up in the world of scrapbooking!

This book is a treat. It's a fun, sometimes silly romp. There are some characters that will set your temperature steaming, and others, like the adorable
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Linda Vermillion
Being a scrapbooker myself, I was intrigued by a scrapbooking murder. Kiki Lowenstein is rich, married and living a life of leisure in the beginning of the book. That soon changes. Now she is a widow, broke and homeless. Time In A Bottle to the rescue. A store for scrapbookers that she frequented when she had money is now her lifeline to food, clothing and shelter for her and her daughter.
Although there are a few times that she starts to get on my nerves, most of the book keeps your interest. Th
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Alissa
Nov 23, 2008 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2008
I enjoy scrapbooking. I enjoy mysteries. So when this crossed my desk, well it was a no brainer with the subtitle: A Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft mystery.

Kiki lives in a wealthy St. Louis suburb and when her husband is found dead, naked, in a hotel room, she loses her comfortable life and sets out to find her husband’s killer. Hunky detective Chad Lowenstein helps her.

I was pleased with this book - it incorprates some good scrapbooking tips and it was a good mystery. The ending sets up what I h
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Terry
Nov 08, 2010 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kiki Lowenstein might be struggling in the self-confidence department, but her skills in the scrapbooking profession are indisputable. Surprisingly, those talents--coupled with her love of her daughter and her fierce determination---help her solve the case of both her husband's and his mistress' murders. At first I was startled to have scrapbooking tutorials inserted at the end of chapters, but you can ignore them if you wish--or if the craft angle is more important, learn some new skills. This ...more
Grey853
May 27, 2010 Grey853 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
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Sue
Nov 09, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mousy housewife Kiki Lowenstein has two great loves: scrapbooking and her young daughter, Anya. But her happy family album is ruined when her husband, George, is found naked and dead in a hotel room. As Kiki tracks down George's murderer, she discovers his sordid secret life.

Cruel taunts by George's former flame compel Kiki to spout an unwise threat. When the woman is murdered, Kiki's scissor-sharp words make her the prime suspect. She could be creating scrapbook keepsakes for t
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Linda
Oct 30, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I disliked the villains and liked/sympathized with the MC. I'm looking forward to seeing if the romance blossoms and it had a nice little hook to want you to read book two at the end.
Alvera
I really related to Kiki and a lot of her problems, sometimes a bit too painfully. Overall, an enjoyable read with a feisty, loveable suddenly-single-mom heroine. I would definitely read more of this series.
Karen Kenney
Fun read, a bit preachy when describing the scrapbooking info - good conversations and not afraid to poke fun during a murder investigation. I'll read more of the books.
Julie
Jan 22, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book in the series. I especially loved all of the extra little tidbits the author includes on scrapbooking.
Michelle
Dec 26, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a rather unsatisfying read, because I wanted the insanely obnoxious grandmother to get her comeuppance, and she never did. But it was well-written, so I'll try the next one and see if I like it better.
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National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but she grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. In that ...more
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