Review of A Brush With Murder


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 Your Shop, 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.

With the help of her affectionate canine buddy, Max, 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. (Amazon)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.   Chloe loves 

her family and will do anything to help them.  When her sister, Izzie, opens a painting event business, Chloe plans to help her get it off the ground.  But before the business can really take off, someone is found dead with a painting knife in their neck.  Now they have to find the real murderer, because they are persons of interest.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it kept me engaged throughout the book.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick read.  The mystery is well plotted and you will have to sleuth along with Chloe to figure out the culprit.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I thought this book was good and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

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