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Fatal Brushstroke

(The first book in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series)
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"Johnson paints characters with a folksy charm that makes them feel like family. But beware! This richly-textured mystery has it all: family secrets, professional competition, and judgments cast for past mistakes. Color me a fan!" - Diane Vallere, National Bestselling Author of Pillow Stalk

A dead body in her garden and a homicide detective on her doorstep... Computer programmer and tole painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson doesn't envision finding either when she steps outside to investigate the frenzied yipping coming from her own backyard. After all, she lives in Vista Beach, a quiet California beach community where violent crime is rare and murder even rarer.

Suspicion falls on Rory when the body buried in her flowerbed turns out to be someone she knows - her tole painting teacher, Hester Bouquet. Just two weeks before, Rory attended one of Hester's weekend seminars, an unpleasant experience she vowed never to repeat. As evidence piles up against Rory, she embarks on a quest to identify the killer and clear her name. Can Rory unearth the truth before she encounters her own brush with death?

"Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through her adventures. Which is a good thing, because this is the first in a brand new series featuring Rory Anderson, so there's even more fun to come." - Suspense Magazine

"Fans of crafty cozies will love this delightful new series that features tole painting enthusiast, Aurora 'Rory' Anderson... In Fatal Brushstroke, Johnson has penned a charming mystery filled with colorful characters, clever plot twists and unexpected surprises that will keep you guessing whodunit right until the end. A rewarding read and a refreshing debut." - Hannah Dennison, Author of The Vicky Hill Mysteries and The Honeychurch Hall Mysteries

"Traditional mystery readers will love this debut author, Sybil Johnson, and her amateur sleuth, Aurora "Rory" Anderson, a Southern California woman who has survived her share of tragedy in the fictitious seaside community of Vista Beach. Johnson has an assured, steady hand in creating complex plotlines in Fatal Brushstroke. Readers will definitely want to revisit Vista Beach in Aurora's next outing of investigating." - Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-Winning Author of Murder on Bamboo Lane

"Enjoyable, fun and entertaining... Aurora is a strong character you immediately feel like you have known her a lifetime... I love books that keep you reading late into the night and for me this is one of them great books." - Shelley's Book Case

"The strength of the book, as in most good cozy mysteries, lies in the main character... The book really poses the question, within a well-written cozy, is nature or nurture more important in what a person becomes?...This underlying story makes this an interesting choice for book clubs to discuss." -

"Set in a small beach town in Southern California, with Fatal Brushstroke, Sybil Johnson has penned a fun and fast-paced romp with plenty of suspense and intrigue, colorful characters, infidelity and family secrets. Fatal Brushstroke is sure to please cozy readers, especially those who love crafts mixed with murder." - Sue Ann Jaffarian, Author of the Bestselling Ghost of Granny Apples and Odelia Grey Mystery Series

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, craft and hobby mysteries.

Books in the Aurora Anderson Mystery Series:


Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Genre: Cozy Mystery    

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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : USA Hardback

Author(s): Sybil Johnson
ISBN: 1-940976-52-9 / 978-1-940976-52-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2014 : USA Paperback

Title: Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery) (Volume 1)
Author(s): Sybil Johnson
ISBN: 1-940976-49-9 / 978-1-940976-49-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Sybil Johnson
Publisher: Henery Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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