by: Mollie Cox Bryan              

Publisher: Kensington  

Published: February 7, 2012        

Format: Paperback (304 pages)      

ISBN: 9780758266316            

Series: A Cumberland Creek Mystery               

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

Beatrice Matthews should have one very real pain in her neck, but she does not feel a thing. In fact, if it weren’t for her daughter, Vera, she would  have never known about the knife cutting into her flesh.

Meanwhile, the demise of another Cumberland Creek resident, Maggie Rae Dasher, is all over the news; Beatrice even heard about it at the market.  Speaking of the market, maybe that’s where Beatrice was stabbed? Anyway, according to Betty Hawthorn, they’d found Maggie Rae dead in the night.

Annie is a relative newcomer to Cumberland Creek.  A former investigative journalist turned stay at home mom for two rambunctious boys, she has finally been planted in the town long enough to garner invitations from the longtime locals.  Moreover, today, she’s looking forward to a crop party. The town’s favorite pastime is scrapbooking, something she’d love to do, but Annie never has the time.  She hasn’t even kept up with the kids’ baby books. Determined to get in the know with the croppers, she’s been readying her pictures for weeks for this event, but  Sheila, who is the town’s scrapbook supplier, cancels the crop.  And if that weren’t depressing enough, the news about Maggie Rae’s suicide hits too close to home.

Maggie Rae Dasher was a stay at home mom too.  However, she seemed always to be alone with the young ones, and knowing how hard that could be, Annie hoped to get to know her better.  Not now, sadly.

Nevertheless, too many things failed to add up for Annie and the rest of the croppers.

A suicidal young mom leaving young children behind, and her husband has time to throw away Maggie Rae’s scrapbooks in the trash, just hours after she dies. Then add in the fact that this dead woman, who would’ve been a seriously depressed person, was trying to make plans for her daughter’s future ballet lessons. Nope, something was just not right.

Not to mention, who in Cumberland Creek stabbed Beatrice in the neck? And why?

My Take:

SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS by Mollie Cox Bryan is a slow, cozy mystery with quirky characters that will grow on you, and her characters are just funny too.

For instance, Beatrice Matthews is not the usually stereotypical senior-aged woman, that’s for sure, and her stabbing will catch your attention.  Between her neck problem and the suicide that probably wasn’t, this read will keep you turning pages.

Molly Cox Bryan’s début mystery novel will leave you wanting a sequel and then some. I recommend SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS!  In addition, you’ll read a special preview of the forthcoming “SCRAPBOOK OF SHADOWS”!


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