ARC Review: A Brush with Murder



SERIES: A Paint By Murder Mystery, #1



I really enjoyed A BRUSH WITH MURDER, the first in the A Paint By Murder Mystery series from Bailee Abbott.

Chloe Abbington returns home from New York City to her tiny, small town, Whisper Cove.
Abbott really paints a picture of the little town, and it was a very soothing place for me to visit (despite the murder).

Chloe comes from a family of quirky family of artists, and Whisper Cove itself hosts a tourist friendly assortment of crafters and boutique businesses. I really liked how central Chloe (and her sister, Izzie’s) art business, Paint with a View, was to the story.

The store is the setting of our crime, and we get to see the sisters hosting Paint Your Pet by Numbers classes, planning unique-sounding future projects and doing the unglamorous groundwork of promoting the store. Seeing Paint with a View running was probably my favourite thing about the novel, and I’d absolutely love to visit the shop myself!

The mystery itself was well-crafted and the investigation well-designed to let readers get a good tour around the town, introducing a wide range of potential suspects and characters for future instalments. I felt there were lots of red-herrings to keep me guessing, and some loose ends left for picking up in future books.

A warm and charming cozy.

For Chloe Abbington, the transition from fine art painter in New York City to painting-event business owner in charming Whisper Cove is more than a little jarring. But when poison-pen journalist Fiona Gimble writes a viciously negative review of the newly opened Paint Your Shop, Chloe learns that critics are the same everywhere. And when she finds Fiona’s body behind her shop with a painting knife in her neck, Chloe realizes that this picture-perfect town offers anything but peace and quiet.

Suddenly, bustling Artisan Alley is a crime scene, and Chloe is the prime suspect. Her sister and business partner, Izzie, isn’t much help–she’s busy running the shop, and besides, she has secrets of her own. As shrewd Detective Barrett tries to paint her into a corner, Chloe soon finds that Fiona had plenty of enemies. The Whisper Cove Gazette columnist wielded her pen like a sword, slicing and dicing just about every shop owner in the lakeside town.

With the help of her affectionate canine buddy, Max, Chloe sets out to prove that she’s been framed for Fiona’s murder. But she’d better learn the fine art of detection quickly, before the real killer paints the town red again. Otherwise, she may end up trading in her paint smock for an orange jumpsuit…or a green burial plot.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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