Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink Mysteries #1) by Krista Davis @KristaDavis @KensingtonBooks #bookreview #mystery

Title: Color Me Murder

Author: Krista Davis

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: February 27, 2018

Page Count: 305

My rating:  5 stars

About the book:

Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color!
By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There’s plenty of inspiration in her new apartment—a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition—she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.

When the professor’s nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It’s not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery—there’s a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn’t so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines . . . before death makes his mark again.

Digital edition contains a link to the downloadable color-it-yourself cover art!


Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is the first book in the new cozy Pen & Ink Mysteries series. Before even starting to talk about the story in this book I’d just like to say what a creative and wonderful idea for book to be printed with a cover that you can color yourself. Adult coloring books are the newest fad so why haven’t I seen this done before now I have no idea but even having read the story I’m ready to buy a copy for my own collection.

Now as you can imagine the author has created a tale within the pages of the creative cover to match by introducing readers to Florrie Fox who is an artist that creates adult coloring books herself and if that wasn’t enough to gain your curiosity about Florrie she also works by day in the Color Me Read bookstore owned by Professor John Maxwell.

The professor knows that Florrie has been searching for a place to live closer to the bookstore so when his sister insists that his nephew be able to move into the carriage house behind the professor’s mansion he offers it free of charge to Florrie as long as she can quickly move in and make it look like she’s been there all along.

However, after moving in to the carriage house Florrie finds that the nephew, Delbert, isn’t the greatest of men and feels a bit unsafe being around him. But little did Florrie expect to find Delbert’s dead body hidden in the bookstore. Before Florrie knows it she has a murderer to find to help save the beloved professor whom police are certain committed the crime.

I’m sure if everyone wonders after my opening to this review if I gave this book five stars simply because I loved the cover, no thankfully that isn’t the case. I have to admit I had high hopes for the plot too and was a bit nervous the story wouldn’t live up to my cover love on this one but I’m glad to say I really enjoyed reading the book too.

This one is full of all of the things that I love with a cozy mystery, unique and likable characters, a nice setting, some cute and cuddly critters to make me aww and plenty of suspects and clues to form a very solid mystery to solve while enjoying everything else. And on top of all of that there are also recipes at the back for the foodies out there to enjoy too. After this opening I’ll be sure to be looking out for the next book in this series to see what happens with these characters in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Krista Davis lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. 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 with their dogs and cats. Alas, charming Wagtail Mountain, Virginia, where dogs and cats are welcome everywhere is fictional.

She likes to cook and bake (okay, what she really likes is eating) so it was only natural for her to include recipes in her mysteries.

Her three dogs and two cats have inspired the animal characters in her books.

13 Comments on “Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink Mysteries #1) by Krista Davis @KristaDavis @KensingtonBooks #bookreview #mystery

    • Thanks! I’m totally surprised it took this long for someone to come up with this idea. Totally a collectible for readers since every book could potentially have a different cover after filled in.

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