Friday, November 17, 2017

Altered to Death (Faith Hunter Scrap This Volume 6)

Author:  Christina Freeburn
Genre:  Mystery

Hardcover; Trade Paperback; Digital Book
ISBN #:  9781635112825; 9781635112795
Henery Press Publishing
276 Pages
$31.93; $15.59; $4.99 Amazon
November 28, 2017


Faith Hunter, who is supposed to be planning her wedding, instead finds herself distracted by the town scrapbook she was commissioned to create.  Eden's oldest mystery, the founding family's exodus nearly a hundred years ago, remains unsolved.

A search through the family's abandoned mansion leads to the uncovering of bones on that very property.  And then ex-boyfriend Steve Davis announces a surprise heir has staked a claim.

How can Faith not be distracted?  Now she's determined to dig up the truth left behind.

Because scrappers are multi-taskers extraordinaire, Faith can't say no when family friend Wyatt Buford asks her to look into his deadbeat father's disappearing act and his connection to the murder.

Her quest for answers unearths secrets past and present that some would prefer stay buried at any cost.  Faith's resolve to present the facts and nothing but about Eden's history could lead to her own future being cut short.


Faith Hunter, co-owner of Scrap This scrapbooking store (along with her two grandmothers) is preparing for her wedding to homicide Detective Ted Roget.  She's also working on a town scrapbook, so has been busy.  When one of her employees, Sierra Brodart, asks Faith if she can stop by her mother-in-law's home and pick up a box that might be useful to the project, Faith reluctantly agrees.

But while there, Georgia Brodart tells Faith that her late husband Edward was murdered, because he knew that Georgia was related to the Evertons and had a diary for proof.  Faith at first believes she might just be having delusions, but when Georgia's son Hank shows up - Sierra's husband - and becomes angry that Faith is even there, she begins to wonder.

Meanwhile, the Buford brothers, Wayne and Wyatt, are renovating the Everton home for the town Historical Society.  But while Faith is there to pick up items that might be useful to her project, one of their workers digs up a skull in the yard.  After calling the police, it's determined that it's a crime scene and work has to stop.  To make matters worse, Faith's ex-boyfriend Steve Davis shows up with a court order stopping work indefinitely because, as he tells them, the house has a potential heir.

It seems the Everton family picked up and left Eden almost a hundred years ago, and no one knows why.  There were rumors, of course, and Faith, always curious by nature, isn't about to let something as an old skull stop her from getting to the truth.  With the help of Wyatt, she's going to find out - if she can- who the bones might belong to, and who the rightful heir is.  Georgia is claiming she is, and her sons Hank - who hates Faith - and Matthew agree.  But Faith isn't so sure.

When Faith starts searching for the truth, things start heating up.  The closer she gets to finding the answers she's looking for, the closer she gets to digging her own grave.  And if she's not careful, it won't matter who the rightful heir is, because she won't be around to find out...

I absolutely loved this book.  The plot was well thought out, well-written and intriguing.  A nearly hundred-year-old mystery and old bones, both connected, both tied to the present day; it was done so well you really didn't even notice that there wasn't a present-day murder to solve until you finished the book.  (Although there were a few close calls, of course). 

Merging the past with the present has always been a favorite of mine in books; probably because I love history so much (even fictional history) and enjoy seeing it woven together in stories both real and imagined.  This book brought those two together in a very pleasing way, and I think it is my favorite out of all the Faith Hunter books I've read.

Ms. Freeburn is indeed a talented writer who continues to give us an entertaining mystery to fill our time, and her books never disappoint.  When the ending comes and the mystery is solved, it is twofold - for we know all along (for the most part) where most of the mystery lies; but the ending was satisfying all around.  I look forward to the next in the series.  Highly recommended.


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