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    COLOR ME MURDER - Pen & Ink Mystery Book #1

    COLOR ME MURDER by Krista Davis is the first book in the Pen & Ink Mysteries Series. From the way this series has started out, I can’t wait to read every book in the series. The story revolves around Professor John Maxwell, adventurer and owner of the book store Color Me Read who is charged and jailed for the murder of his nephew, Delbert Woodley, and the manager for the book store Florrie Fox, who he not only trust with running the store but who he has placed his faith in to get him out of jail and clear his name. Some of the other colorful characters are Dr. Dubois who is Professor Maxwell’s butler and all ‘n’ all runner of the Maxwell estate, fellow Color Me Read employees, Bob and Helen, Norman Spratt who has a gosh awful crush on Florrie and makes a nuisance of himself, Jim the homeless man that Florrie befriends, Jacquie Liebhaber the Professor’s 2nd wife, Delbert’s two old roommates Lance, Scott and officers of the law Sergeant Eric Jonquille and Detective/Sergeant Guy Zielony and Florrie’s Mom, Dad and sister Veronica. Oh and let’s not forget Florrie’s cat, Peaches, and Florrie’s folks golden retriever, Frodo. After Florrie finds Delbert dead under an old trap door on the landing of the third floor, things start to look bad for Professor Maxwell and he’s arrested. However, Florrie and everyone that knows the professor, knows without a doubt that he couldn’t have possible been the murderer. It seems that there is more than one person that disliked Delbert and would be happy to see him dead. It’s an adventure trying to get through the suspects list, finding clues to whodunit and staying safe along the way. Florrie works at the book store, but her passion is drawing. She has even had some of her intricately detailed coloring books for adults published and they sell them at the store. It’s through her doodling the things on her mind or that she has seen that she tries to figure things out. Along with some snooping on the part of some of the regular patrons of the book store, Jim the homeless man, fellow employees and help from past wife of the professor, friends, family and even a certain policeman that she’s gotten kind of attracted to, Flossie is hot on the trail to getting the Professor sprung from a crime he didn’t commit. The characters in the book are believable. Some you love, some you can relate to and some are like the one person that grates your nerves but put them all together and you have an absolutely wonderful cast for this book. COLOR ME MURDER is a very well written book that will have your quickly turning the pages. It’s interesting, engaging, and out and out fun to read. It will have you guessing to the very end on whodunit and even then you’re totally surprised. I highly recommend COLOR ME MURDER to anyone that loves a wonderfully written mystery book that will leave you knowing the answers but have you wanting to move right in onto the Maxwell estate with your new bunch of friends. With this being the first book, my only question is how long do we have to wait for book #2?
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    I loved it!

    An absolutely delightful and engaging first in a new series. I enjoyed the characters and the whodunit was well written and kept me entertained. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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    Colorful Debut

    Florrie Fox is delighted when her boss offers his carriage house as a place for her to live. It’s only a few blocks from the bookstore she manages. Her boss, Professor Maxwell, doesn’t want his nephew, Delbert, to move in, so it is perfect. Florrie begins to have her doubt when she meets Delbert, but the last thing she expects to find is his dead body. With Professor Maxwell arrested for the crime, Florrie needs to work fast to prove his innocence. This is a delightful start to a new series. Florrie is a strong main character, and I love her friends and family as well. I already can’t wait to visit them again. The plot is complex with multiple twists and turns that surprised me. I did feel the climax was a bit weak, but it certainly did explain everything that had happened. Florrie also designs adult coloring books, and as an added bonus, the physical book features a front and back cover ready to be colored. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book
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    Delightfully entertaining!

    Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is the first book in the new A Pen & Ink Mystery series. Florrie Fox is the manager of Color Me Read in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. At night she uses her artistic skills to create adult coloring books. When Florrie arrives at work, Professor John Maxwell (her boss) asks if she is still looking for an apartment. Florrie wishes to move closer to work to cut down on her commute. Professor Maxwell offers Florrie his carriage house (rent free) on the condition that she move in that day. Liddy Woodley, Professor Maxwell’s sister, wants her son, Delbert to live in the carriage house. The last thing Professor Maxwell wants is his odious nephew living on the property. After meeting Delbert, Florrie can understand Professor Maxwell’s feelings. That night someone tries to break into the carriage house. The next morning Florrie stumbles on the third-floor landing. The carpet was not lying flat. Upon investigation, she finds a trap door which opens to reveal a hidden compartment. Inside is Delbert with a spear sticking out of his back. Professor Maxwell is arrested for Delbert’s murder, and he is relying on Florrie to solve the crime. There are many people who disliked Delbert due to his various schemes. Florrie, with the aid of her friends and her sketches, works to cover a killer and free Professor Maxwell. Color Me Murder was an entertaining cozy mystery. The story drew me in right away. I thought Color Me Murder was well-written and had a steady pace (and good flow) which made it easy to read. Krista Davis has an appealing writing style. Florrie Fox is a delightful character. She works at the bookstore and designs adult coloring books which I found unique. While working on solving the murder, she uses sketches (instead of notes). Florrie interprets what she is told into visual images which aid her in solving the crime. Florrie is creative, intelligent, loyal, likeable and she rolls with the punches. There are a couple of quirky characters in the story. Mr. DuBois, the butler, is a hoot. Professors Rosca, Goldblum and Bankhouse are friends of Professor Maxwell’s and are helpful in gathering intel for Florrie. I do hope we get to see more of Professor Maxwell in the next installment (he is a lively gentleman). The author provided lovely descriptions of Georgetown where the bookshop is located and Florrie’s new residence. The mystery is well-constructed and clever. Many readers will be surprised by the culprit’s identity. All the loose ends tie together and are wrapped up neatly at the end of the book. I appreciated that the focus of the book was on the mystery. There is a touch of romance, two adorable animals (a cat and a dog), a beautiful old home with some hidden secrets, an unwanted admirer, humor, a gorgeous necklace and an unexpected ally for Florrie in Color Me Murder. The cover of Color Me Murder (for those that purchase a hard copy) can be colored which ties into the story. There are recipes at the end of the book. I finished Color Me Murder with a grin on my face (no silly characters or inane antics in this story). My rating for Color Me Murder is 5 out of 5 stars (I loved it). I am eager to read to the next A Pen & Ink Mystery.
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