Fatal Brushstroke by Sybil Johnson

3.5 *

Synopsis from Goodreads

Computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson doesn’t envision finding either when she steps outside to investigate the frenzied yipping coming from her own backyard. After all, she lives in Vista Beach, a quiet California beach community where violent crime is rare and murder even rarer.

Suspicion falls on Rory when the body buried in her flowerbed turns out to be someone she knows—her tole painting teacher, Hester Bouquet. Just two weekends before, Rory attended one of Hester’s weekend painting seminars, an unpleasant experience she vowed never to repeat. As evidence piles up against Rory, she embarks on a quest to identify the killer and clear her name. Can Rory unearth the truth before she encounters her own brush with death?

My Review:

This was a fun cozy read!  I am a crafter and found the painting and craft store to be an extra bonus.  I really liked Rory and her adopted mother, but the other characters fell short for me.  At first impression, I thought that Rory worked in her mother’s store, which ended up not the case.  At times, I felt that the plot was confusing and over the top.  Rory was ostracized for her birth parent’s illegal activities from the local sheriff as well as from her neighbors.  The narrator did an excellent job moving this story along and the inflection of her voice made the book even more fun!

Thanks to Tantor Media for supplying me with this audio in exchange for a honest review.

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