The story progresses the other mysteries begin to surface This is the classic definition of a cozy mystery There is a murder with little emphasis on blood guts and gore The primary protagonist is Florrie bookstore manager with help and encouragement from her policeman boyfriend and a group of friends who gather at the bookstore for regular coloring sessions I enjoyed getting to know the various characters and reading about a bookstore where I might like to spend time There are a The Georgetown bookstore Florrie Fox manages has added a weekly coloring group and Florrie has enjoyed getting to know the regulars One of them Dolly Cavanaugh also enjoys bargain hunting at estate sales and one week she comes in excited about her latest find a copy of The Florist a rare adult coloring book from the 1700 s However later that night Florrie finds Dolly dead with a corner of a piece of paper in her hand That s all that can be found of book Dolly ust bought As secrets begin to come to light Florrie is left to wonder how well she really knew Dolly Was the book the motive for Dolly s murder Or did a secret from her past catch up with herI was charmed by the first in the series and I enjoyed this one ust as much The setting may be a neighborhood in the Washington DC area but by sticking to the neighborhood it still feels like a traditional cozy setting And what a setting I d love to spend hours browsing in this bookstore Florrie is a great lead character and she heads up a cast of eually fun characters It s hard to picture most of them as killers in fact The plot is filled with twists and complications I began to suspect a few things but I still had huge gaps I hadn t figured out before I got to the end I do feel the ending was a bit rushed and a few things got glossed over as a result but that s my only issue with the book As with the first the cover can be colored and there are five recipes at the endNOTE I received an ARC of this bookRead my full review at Carstairs Considers. Tune and someone else knows it That same evening Florrie finds Dolly dead on the floor of her apartment a corner of a coloring book page clutched in her hand As Florrie delves into Dolly's past and her personal effects she discovers a skeleton in the closet literally and a whole lot of shady suspects One of them is an expert in the fine art of murder but can Florrie draw the right conclusio.
Florrie Fox works at a bookstore called Color Me Read in Georgetown Washington DC One of her neighbors who loves to go to garage and yard sales buys a coloring book at an estate sale Dolly then brings the book to Florrie for authentication but before it can be properly valued Dolly is found dead in her apartment and the book is missing Florrie sets out to find the missing book and the killerThe plot was good and the mystery was multi layered Several characters had family secrets which kept me interested I really didn t care for the overall pacing of the book there were too many characters and potential suspects to uggle Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for an advance digital copy of the book My review is voluntary The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis is the second A Pen Ink Mystery Florrie Fox is the manager of Color Me Read a bookstore in Georgetown Washington DC She also creates adult coloring books in her spare time Dolly Cavanaugh is introducing Florrie to estate sales and how you can sometimes find a diamond in the rough especially at sale run by Percy McAllister Florrie leaves Dolly browsing while she hurries off to work At the Hues Brews and Clues Coloring Club later that day Dolly shows Florrie the wonderful find she uncovered Dolly discovered a rare copy of The Florist the earliest known coloring book which was published in 1760 As far as Florrie can tell it is an original Dolly left her purse at the store and reuested that Florrie drop it off on her way home Florrie finds Dolly dead in her apartment clutching a piece of The Florist in her hand and sees someone fleeing out the back Dolly posted the news of her find on social media and people are anxious to obtain the rare book which has now disappeared When Dolly s daughter asks Florrie to evaluate her book collection and Florrie stumbles upon a skeleton hidden behind a bookcase in the attic Zsazsa Rosca becomes the prime suspect in Dolly s murder and Florrie knows someone is setting her up Florrie studies. Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color Life is looking rosy for Florrie Fox manager of the Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown Washington DC She's working on an adult coloring book of gardens her romance with Sergeant Eric Jonuille has entered a new chapter and the bookstore's weekly coloring club is a source of friendship and entertainment No member is vibrant than Dolly Cavana.
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The case and digs into Dolly s past hoping to uncover some clues Can Florrie prove Zsazsa s innocence Who is the skeleton in the closetThe Coloring Crook can be read alone if you have not had time to pick up Color Me Murder There is a colorful cast of characters in this series that aid Florrie in solving the crimes and in running the bookstore I like that Florrie creates adult coloring books and that sketching helps her think through the crimes The various mysteries in The coloring Crook are woven together into one entertaining cozy mystery While the older murder has a complete resolution at the end I felt the Dolly s whodunit was not explained completely I thought it unrealistic that Dolly s daughter would be able to dispose of her belonging before the crime had been solved the will had not been read nor probated The Coloring Crook is well written with steady pacing and developed characters There are a number of characters and it can be hard to keep them all straight The coloring club for adults is a clever addition and the benefits of coloring is explained helps stress There are many delightful cozy moments in The Coloring Crook Florrie s romance with Eric is progressing nicely and they have something humorous in common I am giving The Coloring Crook 4 out of 5 stars I liked it There are recipes at the end for some of the delectable delights whipped up in the book Krista Davis has infused The Coloring Crook with engaging characters a charming bookstore a cute cat mouthwatering food coloring friendship murder books romance and mayhem I look forward to returning to Color Me Read and Georgetown in the next A Pen Ink Mystery Great cast of characters The mystery is well paced I ve really enjoyed this series so far The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis was a light easy read ust what I needed after a rather intense week It is filled with easy to like characters a charming setting and several mysteries to untangle The primary mystery revolves around who killed Dolly and as. Ugh Dolly likes to say she was blessed with beauty and cursed with lousy husbands but at least she has a grown daughter and a stunning brownstone to show for itWhen Dolly's love of garage sales results in her showing up at Color Me Read with a rare book in hand Florrie is astounded The Florist the earliest known coloring book was first published in 1760 An original copy would be worth a for.
Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries which debuted with MURDER SHE BARKED They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation wit