Thursday, July 9, 2020

Review: Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery) by Cheryl Hollon (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
by Cheryl Hollon

About Still Life Painting

Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725247
ISBN-13: 978-1496725240
Digital ASIN: B07W8VL149

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” . . .
My Review

Miranda Trent inherits her uncle’s Red RiverGorge homestead in Kentucky. Looking to start a new business, she decides to teach painting classes with a meal and sips from a local moonshine. She’s sure the summer tourists will love this, but her business gets off to a slow start. It doesn’t help when her cook is killed in the kitchen.

It’s no surprise when Miranda’s clientele drops off. Murder is not a good advertisement.
She wonders if she’ll have to close her business before it even starts. To add to her
troubles, she had a fight with the cook before she was killed. Miranda is now the prime suspect. With help from some friends, Miranda intends to prove her innocence and get her company back on its feet.

I’ve been wanting to try this author’s other cozy mystery series for a long time. When I saw she had a new series, I had to jump right in on the ground floor.

The main character is a bit rough around the edges, but I did like her. It took me some time to warm up to her as well as the supporting cast. I felt as if they got off to a great start, though, and there’s more stories to come (I hope).

It’s an intriguing and different premise for a cozy mystery. As I followed Miranda’s investigation, I had several different possible culprits. The person who did it wasn’t even on my list. So, the author kept me guessing until the end which is always a fun thing.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and finally getting around to the author’s other cozy mystery. This is a solid start to a new series.

For reading challenges:
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2020 (Kentucky)
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2020
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Cheryl Hollon

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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  1. Thank you for your delightful review of STILL KNIFE PAINTING. Your support of virtual book touring helps books get some notice during these difficult times. I appreciate your dedication.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this cozy, Yvonne. It sounds engaging. I will share this great giveaway in my blog's sidebar.

  3. It sure does sound like a fun beginning to a new series for me:)


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