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A Palette for Murder By Sybil Johnson: Review/Giveaway

IN THE January 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of A Palette for Murder. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore.

Los Angeles’s Vista Beach may be in the middle of an August heat wave, but the high temperature is not what leads to the hospitalization of the homeless man known as Kit. After being led to Kit’s unconscious body by his loyal dog Buddy, freelance software designer Rory Anderson discovers that her friend had first been attacked and beaten. It’s one of many crimes plaguing the heat-ridden coast, with a series of home break-ins ultimately culminating in murder. While this is the third murder Rory has encountered in just five months, she would much prefer to focus on building her business and helping out at her mother’s store, Arika’s Scrap ‘n Paint.

bookWillow Bingen’s death may have been the result of a burglary-gone-wrong, but the overbearing owner of the Beach Healing and Acupuncture store had more than her share of enemies. Dating a much younger personal trainer had Willow the target of envious glares by his many jealous fans, although it was Willow’s straying eye that stirred up rumors. It is only when evidence has police focusing on one of her mother’s employees that Rory feels that she must get involved, even if it means butting heads with Detective Martin Green. The two have felt sparks between them in the past, but her legal status and his relationship one had them at odds.

As tourism heats up with Vista Beach’s annual end-of-summer sidewalk sale, Rory finds herself in the midst of the investigation with the occasional aid/hindrance of reporter Veronica Justice, along with that of a new private investigator. Rory’s generous heart and protectiveness have her taking on more than her share of responsibilities, both in clearing Dawn Ogden of suspicion and tracking down the mystery of Kit’s identity. Rory’s best friend Liz Dexter provides ample support and even more humor, not to mention a blind date for her bestie.

What is refreshing about this third in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series is how well the author incorporates Rory into the investigations without making her seem reckless or intrusive. Rory and Liz’s questioning those involved in the mysterious Willow’s life may irritate Martin Green, AKA “Dashing D,” but their queries come at angles the official police may have missed. The California coast comes alive with vivid descriptions, not just of the enviable beaches but of the topics and challenges facing a small tourist-driven town. Readers will be surprised not just with the conclusion, but with how much they will feel invested in the characters’ fates. Clever plotting ensures for satisfaction on many fronts, not in the least of which will be in seeing just where Rory’s life takes her next.

This book was published by Henery Press. To learn more about their books check out their website: henerypress.com.

To enter to win a copy of A Palette for Murder, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “palette,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 28, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
January 21, 2017 at 11:30am

new to me author. Thak-you for the opportunity.
kckendler at gmail dot com


2 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
January 21, 2017 at 12:30pm

Great review I want to read it.


3 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
January 21, 2017 at 12:31pm

Great review I want to read it. The k you


4 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
January 21, 2017 at 12:31pm

Thank you


5 Caryn St.Clair January 22, 2017 at 6:31am

This is a new author for me though I have been quite impressed with the Henery Press offerings. Thanks for the chance to win!


6 Caryn St.Clair January 22, 2017 at 6:32am

Oops, forgot my email address stclairck@gmail.com


7 Donna Gantt January 22, 2017 at 7:12am

I love to vacation at the beach and always enjoy books with that setting. Thank you!


8 Judy Weaver January 22, 2017 at 7:14am

Great review! Sounds like a great read!!


9 Valerie Hoynacki January 22, 2017 at 8:30am

Yes!Interested in reading this mystery.


10 Annette Naish January 22, 2017 at 8:58am

New to me author and series, sounds like a good read.


11 Dianne Casey January 22, 2017 at 4:29pm

Another new author to me. Enjoyed the synopsis of the book, looking forward to reading.


12 Pam Morse
Twitter: @PA_Morse
January 22, 2017 at 6:17pm

I enjoyed the review. It makes me want to read it! mommatoodle at msn dot com


13 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
January 23, 2017 at 10:35am

A new-to-me author and series that sounds very appealing! Thank you for the review and a chance to win a print copy.



Twitter: @Gamblinggal
January 23, 2017 at 1:37pm

looks like a great book…thank you for the giveaway


15 Lynn January 25, 2017 at 9:50am

Sounds good, like the cover, thanks for offering!


16 Doward Wilson January 25, 2017 at 1:14pm

New author & series to me.Thanks for the introduction.


17 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
January 25, 2017 at 5:57pm

This is a new to me author and it sounds like an interesting read.


18 Jill Broussard January 25, 2017 at 6:43pm

Another new author and story for me and it sounds good. Thankyou for the opportunity. minishoes@msn.com


19 Debbie Price January 26, 2017 at 3:41pm

I’d love the chance to read this series. Thank you for the giveaway.


20 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
February 6, 2017 at 12:06pm

We have a winner!


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