Scrapbook Mystery Novel Giveaway!

Hey, mah favorite scrapbook peeps, I have some exciting news … I have FIVE copies of a new scrapbooking mystery novel to give away!!! It’s a hardcover version of “Cut, Paste, Kill” by Marshall Karp (retails for $26.99).

Here’s a description of the book from the publisher:


In CUT, PASTE, KILL, Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs are two hip LAPD detectives who discover socialite Eleanor Bellingham-Crump dead on the floor of a hotel bathroom. Next to Eleanor’s lifeless body, the killer has left an intricate scrapbook documenting a motive of vengeance in lurid detail. As more bodies are found, each one connected to a scrapbook left at the scene, Lomax and Biggs must decode the meaning behind the scrapbooks before the avenger has time to cut and paste the story for another kill.

CUT, PASTE, KILL is laugh-out-loud funny, with perfect dialogue and zinging last lines. Joseph Finder, bestselling thriller writer, describes Marshall Karp as the “Woody Allen of the murder mystery—smart, fast-paced, clever, and really, really funny.”


For some early reviews (three 5-star customer reviews as of when I posted this!), you can check out AMAZON.COM. By the by, you can purchase the book from Amazon if you don’t win a copy … hint, hint. Right now, the hardcover is selling for $17.15 new and a Kindle edition for $12.99.

I think this portion of a review posted to Amazon sums it up perfectly:

The bottom line is that this is perfect summer reading — ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a holiday beach read. If you want a great “entertain me!” murder mystery, I don’t think you can do better than Cut, Paste, Kill. Highly recommended… at least for people who like to giggle.

This book was just released June 8, 2010 so you’ll be the first on your block to own it, LOL! I’ve been reading my copy and absolutely enjoying it. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, full of one-liners and fun relationships between the main characters. Yeah, it’s a murder mystery, but a lighthearted one :)

I’ve read scrapbooking mystery novels in the past (those by LAURA CHILDS and JOANNA CAMPBELL SLAN) and this one is a bit different. Instead of it reading as a mystery written by a scrapbooker, it’s more like a “regular” mystery novel that has scrapbooking as a plot device. It’s told through the eyes of two LAPD detectives, not through the lens of a scrapbooker. So, even if you’re not big into scrapbooking but just like reading mystery novels, you’ll enjoy this.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post telling me why you want the book. I’m paying for the postage out of my own pocket, so PLEASE only enter if you’ll really read the book or know someone who will. If you have any friends who would be interested, please have them come enter!

Deadline is Friday, June 25, 2010* at midnight PST. Open to US residents only. One entry per person. FIVE winners will be chosen via

* Deadline changed as of 6/22/10

Good luck and happy reading!

FTC Disclosure. ST MARTINS PRESS provided me with 6 free books. I received no monetary compensation. They are providing the books to the winners of this giveaway.

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83 Comments on Scrapbook Mystery Novel Giveaway!

  1. Candy
    June 21, 2010 at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

    Hawaiian reader here. Favorite genre is mystery and favorite topic is scrapbooking. Would love to win. Aloha

  2. Karri
    June 21, 2010 at 2:08 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve never read a “scrapbooking” book before but this one sounds like a fun read!

  3. bonnierose
    June 21, 2010 at 4:12 am (4 years ago)

    Oh I am such a big reader and since we’re taking a beach vacation with my daughters this summer to Tybee Island, this would be perfect! I’d love to win this, sit on the beach, and turn the pages! THks Erika for the chance to win!

  4. Michele
    June 21, 2010 at 4:38 am (4 years ago)

    Wow! never heard of this! It would be an interesting reading! Thank for a chance at this giveaway!

  5. Jayne
    June 21, 2010 at 4:56 am (4 years ago)

    Although I am a voracious reader, I have never read a scrapbook-type novel. Love a good mystery!

  6. Tania k
    June 21, 2010 at 5:32 am (4 years ago)

    Scrapbooking book…sure!

  7. Michelle R.
    June 21, 2010 at 6:31 am (4 years ago)

    Would love to win this book. I have read the books by Laura Childs, but this sounds exciting!!

  8. tracy
    June 21, 2010 at 6:54 am (4 years ago)

    I have never read one of these books. I am an avid reader :)
    I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, now those books are LOL. I am going on the hunt for this book you mentioned even if I don’t win it.
    This book sounds good to me.

  9. Cindy Andrews
    June 21, 2010 at 7:30 am (4 years ago)

    I love murder mysteries and to read one centered around a scrapbook would be a real treat!

  10. Nicole
    June 21, 2010 at 7:55 am (4 years ago)

    I sell books to earn a living but I scrap to stay sane. This book sounds like a way I can do both! Can’t wait to read it!

  11. Erica Hettwer
    June 21, 2010 at 8:19 am (4 years ago)

    I’m in desperate need of a new read! :)

  12. Tris
    June 21, 2010 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

    I haven’t heard of Marshall Karp before! I have the Laura Childs books but this this looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  13. Donna O'Bryan
    June 21, 2010 at 8:21 am (4 years ago)

    I love mysteries and I love scrapbooks. What could be better than reading this book?

  14. Angie
    June 21, 2010 at 8:23 am (4 years ago)

    I’m an avid reader and I love a good mystery!

  15. Kath
    June 21, 2010 at 8:32 am (4 years ago)

    I want to win this sooo bad!!! I have read all the Laura Childs sb mysteries, and now that you’ve named another author, will have to check her out. LOVE to read, LOVE mysteries, and LOVE scrapbooking – all my stuff together in one package! Thanks so much for the chance to win, as well as the info on how to get the books if we don’t win!

  16. Denise Kott
    June 21, 2010 at 8:42 am (4 years ago)

    I have heard wonderful things about all the scrapbooking novels, but I have not had the chance to read one yet. I am an avid reader and scrapbooker, WHAT A GREAT COMBO!!!! and as Kath mentioned above, how do we get one of these books if we don’t win?

  17. Jean
    June 21, 2010 at 8:48 am (4 years ago)

    I love to read-I have read all the scrapping mysteries I could find and would certainly like to try a new one this summer. Thanks.

  18. Karen Moore
    June 21, 2010 at 8:50 am (4 years ago)

    As someone who collects every novel she can find about scrapbooking, I would LOVE to win a copy of this new book! What an intriguing twist to have it written as a “clue” in all the murders. Oh yes, I not only would read it, but devour it as soon as it arrived!!! I’m crossing my fingers that my name gets drawn!


  19. Reel Girl
    June 21, 2010 at 9:16 am (4 years ago)

    I am an avid reader and am currently compiling my summer reading list! I would love to win a copy of this book — I would even pay it forward and pass on the book to my other scrapping/reading friends when I am finished!

    This sounds like a perfect summer beach read!


  20. Jill H
    June 21, 2010 at 9:22 am (4 years ago)

    This sounds like a great book and I am always looking for a new author to try. Thanks.

  21. Harley Williams
    June 21, 2010 at 9:23 am (4 years ago)

    Ooh, I would love to win! Mysteries are my favorite books to read, and it can’t really get any better than a Scrapbook mystery!

  22. lenainwonderland
    June 21, 2010 at 9:53 am (4 years ago)

    I love mysteries and I love easy summer reads…add my favorite hobby to it and it may just be a perfect book =)

  23. Gabrielle
    June 21, 2010 at 9:54 am (4 years ago)

    I just love Joanna Campbell Slan! I’ve read the first of her mysteries, and would love to get a copy of this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Jingle
    June 21, 2010 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    I love craft-centered mysteries! Actually, I love culinary mysteries, too. I just love to read fun mysteries that have to do with stuff I LOVE! I would totally read this book! Laura Child’s are some of my favorites! Although, I have to say that Waking Up In The Land of Glitter was amazing!

  25. Chris Harris
    June 21, 2010 at 10:40 am (4 years ago)

    I love to read and love mysteries. I would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Jenn Sloane
    June 21, 2010 at 10:53 am (4 years ago)

    After reading the review that you have on your blog, I am so intrigued to read this book. I have been trying to find a good and easy read to have with me in the car when I am running errands with the hubby or on our road-trips and this would be perfect.

  27. Shelley
    June 21, 2010 at 11:27 am (4 years ago)

    Two of my fave things!!! Scrapbooking and mystery novels! I’ve never read a scrapbook novel though, for fear it would be cheesey. But told through the eyes of the dectectives, I bet it’s great! I’d love to give it a try. :)

  28. Becky
    June 21, 2010 at 11:37 am (4 years ago)

    I cut my reading teeth on mysteries and spy novels. I would be more than happy to pay my own postage! Sounds like a great and funny book!

  29. Susan
    June 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  30. Jenny-Lynn Gilbert
    June 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm (4 years ago)

    I love scrapbooking AND mysteries and I finally have some time to read grown up books now that school is out!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  31. Karen ( KMG)
    June 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the generous giveaway. I need to read a good mystery so I can practice being a detective to find out who took Debs smilies!

  32. abbygracevintage
    June 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I need books that keep my interest, and this one sounds like an attention-grabber. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Deborah
    June 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds interesting for sure :)

  34. Suzanne
    June 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I would LOVE this book…and need something new to read. and if I win, I will pass it around to all my Scrapping buddies when I am done, so many will benefit!!

  35. Susan / PaperCrafter's Corner
    June 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm (4 years ago)

    I love, “lurve” to read! And have always enjoyed mysteries. I can’t imagine combining two of my favorite pastimes together: A good fiction read about scrapbooking, my favorite hobby? Wow!

  36. Kristan
    June 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm (4 years ago)

    I love a good mystery!! And what better way to combine two loves! Happy Summer!

  37. Sandy Fagan
    June 21, 2010 at 8:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I read 3-4 books a week, many of them mysteries, and have read several of the Laura Childs scrapbooking novels. I would LOVE to win this book – and rest assured, it will be read!

  38. Amanda
    June 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I would LOVE to read this book, sounds hilarious. And then after I’m done I would loan it to my friend who got me into the Stephanie Plum series.

  39. Caroyln
    June 22, 2010 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

    I just love Scrapbook mysteries. It would be fabulous to have this one for the summer. Thanks for the give-away.

  40. Anna S
    June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am (4 years ago)

    Wow, 2 of my favorite hobbies combined. I love reading mysteries and I love scrapbooking, err guess I should say I love collecting scrapbooking supplies more than using them. If I happen to win, after I read this, I would pass it on to someone else and hope they would do the same.

  41. Karen Bierdeman
    June 22, 2010 at 11:46 am (4 years ago)

    I have really enjoyed Joanna Slan’s scrapbooking mysteries and would love to read a new author!

  42. Jessica Farris
    June 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I love to scrapbook , I love to read (currently reading Janet Evanovich so it was cool to see JP comment about her and this book) and would love to read it! Would also be willing to pass it on to another reader when I was finished!

  43. Vicki Morris
    June 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm (4 years ago)

    I love to read and that book sounds like a must have for me. I have always enjoyed the Scrapbooking Mysteries by Laura Childs and this one sounds really good. I’d definately pass it along after I was done reading it. Have lots of friends who like to read alot too.

  44. Deanna G
    June 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm (4 years ago)

    2 of my favorite things: scrapbooking & mysteries, sounds great!

  45. Lori R
    June 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks great! I love reading novels aobut my hobbies.
    LOri R

    June 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I love that you wrote a book about screapbooking and a mystery in one 2 of my favorite things!! hope I can win a copy.

  47. Pat
    June 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Love mysteries and add scrapbooking to it. Fun for sure!

  48. Dana
    June 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a fun read for the summer!!

  49. Marty
    June 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm (4 years ago)

    I love mysteries and scrapbooking so combining the two sounds heavenly. I also need a new book for our beach vacation. Thanks for the giveaway.

  50. Vicki Wilson
    June 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Love scrapbooking and mysteries. Never read a scrapbook mystery but would love to. I’ve noted all the authors you mentioned. Thanks so much

  51. Debbie Jones
    June 22, 2010 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Am always looking for new authors to try – thanks for the info!

  52. Tamara Dunkin
    June 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm (4 years ago)

    in the past 6 weeks i’ve read a significant number of books b/c i’ve been on limited activity and bed rest related to my pregnancy. while i’m no longer on bed rest, i am still taking it easy and i’m still reading a lot. and once this baby is born (hopefully in a week!) i’ll have HOURS and HOURS of nursing time ahead of me… especially in the middle of the night. with my first son, i read a LOT while nursing. i’m hoping to do that again with this child (my 3rd)! thanks for the fun giveaway! (and you know to mail them via the special book rate, right? that should cut shipping costs quite a bit!)

  53. Stephanie
    June 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm (4 years ago)

    It sounds interesting.

  54. June
    June 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve wanted this book for ages…Planning on doing some much needed R&R at the camper and this would be perfect…Thanks for the chance to win…

  55. MaryBeth
    June 23, 2010 at 2:26 am (4 years ago)

    This is the perfect book for summer. I’d love to win this book and share with the rest of my scrapbooking friends. Thanks for the opportunity and your generosity. Happy Summer!!!

  56. Nicole
    June 23, 2010 at 5:15 am (4 years ago)

    I love the Laura Childs scrapbook mysteries, and I just picked up “cut Crop and Die” from the library. I love a good mystery book but throw in scrapbooking and I’m hooked!! Thanks for the chance.

  57. Kay
    June 23, 2010 at 5:53 am (4 years ago)

    LOVE mysteries and LOVE scrapbooking – so what a FUN match! Thanks for the info and chance to win!

  58. Katy Burch
    June 23, 2010 at 6:01 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the opportunity! This sounds like fun for scrapbooking mystery lovers like myself!

  59. conniemelancon
    June 23, 2010 at 7:35 am (4 years ago)

    I love reading mystery books and have never read a “scrapbooking” book before. Would love to win this ! After I read it I can pass it on to my scrappin’ buddies who also love to read.

  60. Shannon
    June 23, 2010 at 7:49 am (4 years ago)

    I would love a copy of this book. I have read Laura Child’s books and would love to give this one a try as well.

  61. Lara Gustafson
    June 23, 2010 at 9:05 am (4 years ago)

    This looks like a great book! I’ve recently started reading some mysteries, so new is always good!

  62. Jill T
    June 23, 2010 at 10:24 am (4 years ago)

    Based on your prior recommendations, I read the first Joanna Campbell Slan book…and enjoyed it. Would love to read this one too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  63. agraywolfe
    June 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Way to cool. I just finished up a bunch of books and was looking for something new to read this would be great summer reading. Picked up Julia Childs cookbook becasue I couldn’t find anything that peaked my intrest at the library today…..

  64. Jen
    June 24, 2010 at 8:01 am (4 years ago)

    Looks interesting! I’ve never read a crafting related murder mystery, but do love the genre overall.

  65. Carole Hepburn
    June 24, 2010 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

    Summer, sunshine and a good book to read on my deck with a cold lemonade – sounds like fun & something relaxing I should do !! Would love the book – the reviews sound GREAT !!

  66. cheryl s.
    June 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like a fun read for our summer road trip. Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Kim (dynalady)
    June 25, 2010 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    I love mysteries! They’re just about all I read. I even have this one on my list of books to get from the library, but I’d love to own it.

  68. Ronna
    June 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to read this book! I met Joanna Campbell Slan on my first scrapbooking cruise, before she wrote her novel. She asked us lots of questions, even though she’s a scrapbooker herself. I would like to read this novel, since it seems like it might be a little different take on Joanna’s scrapbook-based novel. Thanks for doing this give-away!

  69. Kelly Selzer
    June 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh cool! My friend just gave me a set of scrapbook mystery books the other day. I had no idea there were such things, lol! I’m already on book 2 of that series by Laura Childs. I would love to start another series too :)

  70. Rhonda
    June 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm (4 years ago)

    I love books about scrapbooking. I read Keepsake Crimes, Photo Finished and Bound for Murder. I have some of my scrapping buddies hooked on these books as well. We sometimes discuss writing a book based on some of our experiences. Unfortunately, that is all we do is discuss. We love scrapbooking too much. I do have a short piece in Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker’s Soul. The title is The Blanket. I would love to read this book. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to try to win one of these books. PS Love your site. I have bookmarked it to share with others.

  71. liannallama
    June 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm (4 years ago)

    I love to read lighthearted mysteries in the Summer! And then I always pass them to my mom who reads them and then passes them to someone in her group of friends! So this book will make the rounds!

  72. Megan
    June 25, 2010 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m a “scrapbooker” who hangs out on NSBR more than I actually scrap. But I really do read!! :-)

  73. Susan
    June 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to win this! I am a high school teacher. We just got out for summer vacation so a fun summer read sounds like the perfect way to spend my time!!

  74. Donna Muir
    June 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m an avid reader of Laura Child’s books and I’m always looking for a new spin on both mysteries and scrapbooking. This sounds like a good combination. I’m having surgery in a week and am looking for good reads while I recuperate. This would help fit the bill! Thanks, DM

  75. Sarah Williams
    June 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm (4 years ago)

    OOOhhh…please….pick me! Pick me! I love to read…and have read every scrapbooking novel I have found. I’m having surgery on Monday and will have 8 weeks to read while recuperating! This book would be PERFECT!!

  76. Glenda Creech
    June 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I have really gotten back into reading lately. I’ve read more books this year than I’ve read in the past 5 years! I am at a SB weekend right now, realizing how much I’ve missed scrapbooking. This book would be a lovely combination of the two! With the weather as hot as it has been in the Carolinas, I have plenty of time for some indoor hobbies! I hope you pick me :)

  77. Lisa
    June 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I tried to read another scrapbooking mystery one time, but just couldn’t get into it. I like that this one is supposed to be laugh out loud funny. Would love to read it!

  78. RobbyKay
    June 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Scrapbooking, a mystery, and a giveaway? It sounds like the perfect summer read!

  79. Margaret
    June 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Sounds like the perfect summer read!

  80. Sarah
    June 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to check this out… what an awesome give away, Good Luck everyone!

  81. Chrispea
    June 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Ooo!! Sounds like a great read! count me in!!

  82. Carol P
    November 8, 2010 at 9:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi, there
    I am addicted to mysteries and quite often read two a night – getting little sleep. I am a retired teacher (36 years exp) and quite often find errors in the published books. so perhaps we could help each other. Loved your first venture.


  83. Teri
    June 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I have read all the scrapbooking mystery books out that I have found. Some are much better than others but I have liked them all. It’s fun to read about different ways of scrapbooking. What a riot to combine the murder and scrapbooking into clues. It brings an entirely different perspective to the concept.


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