Tuesday, October 19, 2021

A Brush with Murder - An Excerpt, Spotlight, & Giveaway

Today I'd like to share an excerpt from A Brush with Murder by Bailee Abbott. This book is the first in the Paint by Murder Mystery series and was released last week.

I groaned and mumbled as she explained her idea, which involved costumes and human billboards. “Let me get this straight. You want me to stand on a corner, in front of traffic and people, wearing a costume of a cartoon character, with a sandwich billboard shaped like an easel hanging from my shoulders, while I hand out flyers for our event? That’s your best idea to sell admission?” My forehead hit the counter with a thud.

“What happened to the daring and impulsive sister I know? I come up with this crazy idea, which, by the way, isn’t in my comfort zone, and you sit there all grumpy and critical. I’m trying to save my business the best way I can.”


 A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery by Bailee Abbott

About A Brush With Murder

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (October 12, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages

A quiet lakeside town in western New York state is the new home of Manhattan artist Chloe Abbington and the backdrop for murder in this series debut by Bailee Abbott.

For Chloe Abbington, the transition from fine art painter in New York City to painting-event business owner in charming Whisper Cove is more than a little jarring. But when poison-pen journalist Fiona Gimble writes a viciously negative review of the newly opened Paint with a View, Chloe learns that critics are the same everywhere. And when she finds Fiona's body behind her shop with a painting knife in her neck, Chloe realizes that this picture-perfect town offers anything but peace and quiet.

Suddenly, bustling Artisan Alley is a crime scene, and Chloe is the prime suspect. Her sister and business partner, Izzie, isn't much help--she's busy running the shop, and besides, she has secrets of her own. As shrewd Detective Barrett tries to paint her into a corner, Chloe soon finds that Fiona had plenty of enemies. The Whisper Cove Gazette columnist wielded her pen like a sword, slicing and dicing just about every shop owner in the lakeside town.

Chloe sets out to prove that she's been framed for Fiona's murder. But she'd better learn the fine art of detection quickly, before the real killer paints the town red again. Otherwise, she may end up trading in her paint smock for an orange jumpsuit...or a green burial plot.


About Bailee Abbott

Bailee Abbott is a native Ohioan who spends her days plotting murder and writing mysteries. She's a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Bailee lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio. Visits to Bemus Point, a town along the Chautauqua Lake in southwest New York inspired the setting for the PAINT BY MURDER mystery series. She also writes the SIERRA PINES B&B mystery series under the name Kathryn Long.

Author Links: 

Author Website: www.baileeabbott.com  

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BaileeAbbottBooks  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BaileeAbbott1  

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21094675.Bailee_Abbott 

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  1. this cover is wonderful. oh but this story sounds like so much fun.

  2. such a cute cover~ thanks for the chance to win~

  3. What a cute and adorable cover. It's intriguing, suspenseful, mysterious but most of all the book cover calls to me I'm a Best Seller and Read ME, Read Me. That cover is perfect. Would love to read & review the book in print format.
    Great excerpt, title and review too.
    Hope I Win

  4. The cover is so cute, it sounds like a great book.