Scrapbook of Secrets by Mollie Cox Bryan
(A Cumberland Creek Mystery)

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Having traded in her career as a successful investigative journalist for the life of a stay-at-home mom in picturesque Cumberland Creek, Virginia, Annie can't help but feel that something's missing. But she finds solace in a local "crop circle" of scrapbookers united by chore-shy husbands, demanding children, and occasional fantasies of their former single lives. And when the quiet idyll of their small town is shattered by a young mother's suicide, they band together to find out what went wrong. . .

Annie resurrects her reporting skills and discovers that Maggie Rae was a closet scrapbooker who left behind more than a few secrets--and perhaps a few enemies. As they sift through Maggie Rae's mysteriously discarded scrapbooks, Annie and her "crop" sisters begin to suspect that her suicide may have been murder. It seems that something sinister is lurking beneath the town's beguilingly calm façade--like a killer with unfinished business. . .

"A scrapbook of zany small town life with characters you'll want to visit again and again in each new novel." --Emilie Richards, author of Sunset Bridge

"Imagine the housewives of Wisteria Lane sipping tea, scrapbooking, and solving murders, and you have this gem of a debut." --Lois Winston, author of Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun

"Intriguing characters, eerie happenings. . .kept me guessing 'til the end." --Clare O'Donohue

Includes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!

 

About Mollie Cox Bryan

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Mollie Cox Bryan is an award-winning writer, essayist, and columnist. She has written for GRIT magazine, Relish magazine, Taste of the South magazine, NPR's "Kitchen Window," the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Sun-Times, and parenting magazines across the country. The author of Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant Cookbook, she is also a family life columnist for the Daily News Leader in Staunton, Virginia. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Waynesboro, Virginia.THE AUTHOR SCOOPWhat was your first job? I worked at a little country restaurant/truck stop called "Mary's" in Raccoon Township. I scooped ice cream and made donuts, which I loved because I could make the icing any color I wanted and decorate it creatively. Eventually I was fired for my inefficiency-I used too many nuts and sprinkles.Do you eat your vegetables? I am a vegetarian and can't think of a vegetable that I don't like.Who would you cast as yourself in a movie of your life? Myself-Kerri Russell Mrs. Rowe-Maggie GyllenhaalAre you "six degrees of separation" away from anyone famous? My grandfather's cousin was Jean Harlow.What did you want to be when you grew up? I've always been a writer, but I have had some other ambitions, like dancing and acting. One time, when I was 14 or 15, the circus came to town and I decided I wanted to join as an acrobat. I even got the application, and filled it out, but because I was under age, I needed my mother's legal consent. Of course, that did not happen.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Kensington Books. 303 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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