Sunday, October 27, 2013

Motif for Murder

My goal is to read 100 books by the end of 2013.  I just finished book 74.

Motif for Murder by Laura Childs
Book 4 of the Scrapbooking Mystery series

Summary (via Goodreads):
In the terrible wake of Hurricane Katrina, scrapbooking shop owner Carmela Bertrand has her hands full getting Memory Mine back in business - and her relationship with her ex-husband Shamus back on its feet.  But the reconciliation is shattered when Shamus is kidnapped from their home.  And when Carmela hurries to tell Shamus's Uncle Henry, she finds him sitting in his library - with a bullet through his forehead.
As a memorial to Uncle Henry, Carmela puts together a sentimental scrapbook of memories and keepsakes.  What she doesn't realize is that her book holds a clue that could identify the fiend behind the kidnapping and killing.  And when the murderer finds out she may be on to him, he's going to try to close the book on Carmela once and for all.

My Opinion:
I understand that with "amateur sleuth" mysteries, the reader must suspend disbelief as the main character puts together clues the professionals missed and comes out of very dangerous situations relatively unscathed.  However, this book reealllly tested the limits (can't say more to avoid spoilers).  For example, if you rescue someone from kidnappers and must flee the scene at 120 mph because they're chasing you, you shouldn't stop at a diner down the road, sit down for biscuits and gravy, and let the person you just rescued step outside the diner to make phone calls. *face palm*
It isn't a terrible book but since light mysteries are a huge genre with so many options, continuing this series won't be high on my priority list.

Quote from the Book:
"I've been eating and drinking for three solid hours, and if I have to run one more step I swear I'm going to either burp, belch, or hurl!  And you don't want to be in the line of fire for any of them."

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