Monday, April 25, 2016

Framed to Death by Christina Freeburn - #review #giveaway

Eden has turned into a hotspot of crime, and Faith finds herself smack dab in the middle of the flare-up. When a favor for a friend links Faith to the synthetic marijuana problem invading her town, no good deed goes unpunished becomes the title of her life. The town accuses the police of favoritism toward her, putting a strain between Faith and Ted, and a new officer is determined to prove Faith’s guilt.

When the criminal is outed, Faith’s relief is short-lived. A fire takes out the store—along with the suspected dealer—and she’s now number one on an officer’s suspect list. Faith sets out to prove her own innocence, and her digging sparks the truth to life. Instead of the truth setting the town free, Faith finds out it might destroy Eden, the friends she holds dear, and smother out her own life.



I am so out of the loop.  Synthetic marijuana?  When did that become a thing?  Apparently a synthetic cannabinoid chemical is sprayed onto or soaked into some kind of plant material.  It's bad enough when someone chooses to indulge, but giving it to someone who is unaware of what the stuff actually is...makes me want to holler, "Just Say No!"

Look at the star quarterback for the high school football team.  He had a future so bright, he had to wear shades!  But someone passed him a synthetic marijuana cigarette (which he thought was normal tobacco).  He has an accident on the way home from the pep rally/bonfire and is paralyzed from the waist down...his future in tatters.

And Whitney?  She is one spoiled, entitled, dare I say 'evil' person?  She's not only consuming and/or selling what they call 'Janie', a synthetic marijuana, she's threatening to finger Faith as the source of the drug.  She even takes a picture while running out of the back of the store that makes it look like Faith was handing her 'the bag', and, the piece de resistance, pepper sprayed Faith!  Of course, the picture is going to go viral, so 95% of the town thinks she is a dealer.

So, Brandon smoked this 'Janie', and while he lived, his future was altered beyond repair.  A local shop owner, as well as an insurance investigator were not so lucky.  They were not users, that I could ascertain, but were at least tangentially involved.

Oh dear!  What's a cozy heroine to do when she is the main suspect?  Investigate on her own to clear her name, naturally!  Ms. Freeburn hit the sweet spot of getting enough action in to make the plot believable without becoming like the 'Keystone Cops'.

I've been able to read #3 (Embellished to Death) and #4 (Framed to Death) in the "Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series.  Now I want to go back and pick up #1 and #2  to get the whole story.  However, 'Framed' works equally well as a standalone.  It had been a while since I read 'Embellished', but I had no trouble diving into this story.

If you like scrapbooking or other paper crafts, these books will suit you just fine!  Framed to Death is a fun, easy-to-read mystery with just the right touch of tension and thrills.


The Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery series brings together Christina Freeburn’s love of mysteries, scrapbooking, and West Virginia. When not writing or reading, she can be found in her scrapbook room or at a crop. Alas, none of the real-life crops have had a sexy male prosecutor or a handsome police officer attending.

Christina served in the JAG Corps of the US Army and also worked as a paralegal, librarian, and church secretary. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, children, a dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid or allergic to felines.




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  1. Although I am craft challenged I do like to read about different crafts and adding a mystery to it makes it even better.

  2. Do you prefer paper or digital books?