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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Still Knife Painting (A Paint and Shine Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon

Still Knife Painting

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Kensington

Goodreads synopsis: 
Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia--until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .

After inheriting her uncle's Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky--smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest--Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.

To Miranda's delight, Paint & Shine is a total success--until someone kills the cook. As the town's outsider, suspicion naturally falls on Miranda. Murdering the best biscuit baker of Red River Gorge is a high crime in these parts. Miranda will have to prove her innocence before she's moved from farmhouse to jail cell faster than she can say "white lightning" . . .


4.5 stars

This is the first book in the A Paint and Shine mystery series by Cheryl Hollon. She is the author of the Webb’s Glass Shop mystery series.

Miranda has inherited her uncle’s homestead where she is starting a Paint and Shine business. She will be doing painting classes along with food paired with specialty moonshine. While speaking with her cook, who changes her menu unexpectedly and tells Miranda of her displeasure with the moonshine connection, someone ends up killing the cook and changing all of Miranda’s plans.

I enjoyed this new offering by Hollon. Her Webb’s Glass Shop series is one of the first cozy series I read when I got interested in the genre. At first, I thought this was a Webb book but quickly realized she had branched out into new territory.

I thought the mystery was good and all the problems she had with the locals really added to the stress level of the story. This was easy to get into and it keeps you guessing all the way through. I look forward to reading more in this series. 

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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