Still Knife Painting (A Paint and Shine Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon #bookreview #mystery

Title: Still Knife Painting

Author: Cheryl Hollon

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publication Date: June 30, 2020

Page Count: 268

My rating:  2 stars

About the book:

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” . . .


Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon is the first book of the new cozy A Paint and Shine Mystery series. Each of these books in the series will contain it’s own mystery to be solved without any major cliffhangers being left so all will be able to be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.

The Paint and Shine Mystery series takes place in a small town in Eastern Kentucky that is in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Miranda Trent has moved to Kentucky from New York after she inherited her uncle’s Red River Gorge homestead.

Looking for a new line of work and being an artist herself Miranda comes up with the idea for Paint and Shine tours. She will take students to a scenic local for a painting lesson then return to her homestead for a little local moonshine. Unfortunately for Miranda her business hits a roadblock when a murder takes place.

For myself one of my biggest enjoyments as a reader is being whisked off to wonderful locations and falling in love with the settings. A part of this love is also warming up to the characters that help make the setting shine and in the Paint and Shine Mystery series I didn’t find myself wowed by the characters or setting. Some of the views by the town and main character were a turn off to me so this really wasn’t a favorite series of mine.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  / Amazon

About the author:

Cheryl Hollon 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 their St. Petersburg, FL, 1920’s craftsman bungalow, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks and jewelry.

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