A Brush With Murder Book Review

A Brush With Murder

A Paint By Murder Mystery

By: Bailee Abbott

Crooked Books

Mystery & Thriller

Publish Date 12 October 2021


50 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would first like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

Good Reads Synopsis:

A quiet lakeside town in western New York state is the new home of Manhattan artist Chloe Abbington and the backdrop for murder in this series debut by Bailee Abbott.

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.


This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series. I had a fun time reading this book and I gave it 4 stars.

This book is about Chloe who just moved back home for a little while. She is there to help her sister open up her business, which is called Paint Your Shop. Just before the grand opening a journalist is killed in the back area of their shop.

This journalist was not well liked so no one is surprised. Chloe wants to find out who did it so her sister can open her store. There are a lot of characters and each and everyone has a reason to kill the journalist. They are also hiding something which makes Chloe suspect them even her own sister.

Who actually killed the journalist? You will need to read the book and be surprised like I was because I was not expecting who the murderer ended up being.

This is a quick read and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out who done it.

Published by debbierpayne

Mother of six and Grandmother of 7. I enjoy reading, sewing, cooking, and crocheting. I am an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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