Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Tour Review & #Giveaway ~ A Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery) by Sybil Johnson @SybilJohnson19 #CozyMystery

A Palette for Murder by Sybil Johnson

Book Information:

Cozy Mystery 
Publisher: Henery Press
Publish Date: January 31, 2017
Paperback: 268 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1635111415 
E-Book ASIN: B01M74ZIL3


About the Book:

A killer heat wave settles over Seagull Lane...

Summer’s sizzling in Vista Beach, the home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The abnormally high temperatures are hard on everyone in the quiet Los Angeles county beach community, especially the city’s homeless population. Residents are doing everything they can to stay cool, including leaving windows open to catch the faintest breeze. Not the best idea when a string of burglaries is plaguing nearby towns.

Still, Rory doesn’t expect to find her neighbor’s body just a few doors down. When suspicion falls on a friend and fellow painter, Rory must discover the truth before the police paint the wrong picture and send her friend away permanently.

Review of Previous Books in the Series May Be Read Here:

Fatal Brushstroke, Book 1: Sapphyria's Amazon Review

Paint the Town Dead, Book 2: Sapphyria's Amazon Review

My Review: 

Vista Beach is in the middle of a serious heat wave.  The lack of cool air is taking its toll on anyone who doesn't have central air, including the homeless community.  When Rory and Liz go to check on a homeless resident that Rory has taken a shine to, they find Kit semi-unconscious under a pier with a nasty head wound.  Uttering the words "Zoe" before passing out had Rory in sleuth mode.  Who is Zoe and who attacked Kit?

The heat wave also has burglars taking advantage of the situation.  Residents are leaving their windows open in hopes of catching a faint breeze, making B&E much easier.  And that's what looks like happened at the home of her neighbor, Willow.  Except Rory doesn't expect to find Willow on the floor of her kitchen in a pool of blood.  In addition to finding Kit's attacker, Rory is determined to figure out who killed Willow - much to the dismay of Detective Martin Green.

There are several storylines in A Palette for Murder that are seemingly distinct but the author takes each thread and magically weaves them all together. A Palette for Murder is quire engaging, flows well, and keeps the reader on their toes. The red herrings tossed in will keep the reader guessing what exactly is going on and then near the end everything seamlessly falls into place.

Rory is a great character and doesn't act the fool so much in Book 3 as I felt she did in the previous two books as my reviews for them indicate. Detective Green received a little more page time in A Palette for Murder, and I'm grateful for that - he's my favorite character. He's capable and competent, and has a definite interest in Rory.  I enjoyed seeing the concern that he had for Rory even though there is a potential love interest for Rory.  I loved Liz, Rory's friend, and Arika, Rory's mother. They were unique and added to the story.

The story was a quick and easy read. There wasn't anything confusing or hard to understand. The dialogue between all of the characters was fluid and comfortable. The author does a great job creating a world that grabs the reader and pulls them in, keeping them engaged from start to finish. The characters are vibrant and exciting for the most part. I really enjoyed A Palette for Murder.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided through NetGalley.

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Meet 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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Dianne Casey said...

I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book and would like to read. Thanks for the chance.

Dianne Casey said...

I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book and would like to read. Thanks for the chance.

Beth Ann Tilley said...

Thank you for sharing this book with us today!

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Dianne and Beth Ann!