Paint the Town Deadby Sybil Johnson

(An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (December 8, 2015)

ISBN-13: 978-1943390335
E-Book ASIN: B0156W71GW



“Johnson paints characters with a folksy charm that makes them feel like family…Color me a fan!” – Diane Vallere, Author of the Material Witness, Style & Error, and Madison Night Mystery Series
“Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through her adventures.” – Suspense Magazine
The Ocean Painting Society invites you to join the painting wave…
It’s June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home. Decorative painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw hotel to attend the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention.
During the week-long event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother’s booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn’t expect to witness her childhood friend collapse in class and die. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice?
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, craft and hobby mysteries.

      There are enough plot twists and turns to keep the reader interested and guessing right up to the end. Prepare to do nothing else until the book is finished!
The reading was easy, the story flowed smoothly and I had a chuckle or two at the characters expense.
PAINT THE TOWN DEAD is one of the most relaxing cozies I have read…
~Mallory Heart Reviews
…chalk up another mark in the win column for Sybil Johnson’s Paint the Town Dead….There are many of the elements that make a cozy mystery cozy, and surprises to hold our interest. Looking forward to #3!
~Back Porchervations
I love how Sybil takes each thread and magically weaves them all together into a book that is engaging, flows well, and keeps the reader guessing.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

It wasn't long ago that Aurora Andersen discovered a body in her garden. She can do without that sort of excitement in her life.
She is looking forward to a painting convention with her best friends, including Jasmine, who is in the process of relocating to the area. Jasmine suffers from narcolepsy which is quite rare and we learn more about its day to day effects. With diligence and care, plus proper doses of dangerous medications, one can lead a fairly good life. 

This story begins with a bang, or rather a crash, as a rock thrown Rory's window nearly knocks her out. The hotel hosting the convention, for which Rory has built a website, is being protested by a large, vocal group of local citizens. The quiet, calm of painting workshops seems questionable with a picket line surrounding the hotel and neighboring properties warning not to park in front. 
Once inside, the artistic excitement and friendship is felt again...until disruptions and arguments and rumors rear their ugly heads.
When dear, sweet Jasmine dies, Rory can't accept the determination of accidental overdose.
Despite the firm objections of Detective Dashing D, Aurora can't stop investigating, putting herself in danger's way over and over. She discovers more than she is looking for.

A well written story of friendship, flirtations and mystery.
The characters are interesting and we learn more about them as the series unfold.
Enough twists to keep you figuring things out until the very end.

I did receive the book in exchange for my honest review.

About The Author –

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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