Saturday, August 6, 2022

Death a Sketch by Cheryl Hollon: Book Review & Giveaway!

 Death a Sketch


About Death a Sketch

Death a Sketch (A Paint & Shine Mystery) 

Cozy Mystery 

3rd in Series 

Setting - Kentucky Kensington (July 26, 2022) 

Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 288 pages 


In eastern Kentucky, Miranda Trent runs a unique tour company called Paint & Shine, but sometimes the peaceful mountains play host to murder . . .

Miranda’s business—combining Appalachian adventure tours with art and a bit of moonshine—is the perfect place for an outdoor sporting goods company to hold an employee retreat. It’ll be a challenge, but the money they’re paying will definitely help with building her new distillery.

Miranda has lots of teamwork-fostering activities planned, from sketching classes to Southern cooking, but the executive running things prefers a more competitive spirit. In fact, after the workers are split into teams, they’re told that only the winners will keep their jobs, and tensions begin to spike. Even after a participant is found dead, the contest continues—while Miranda starts drawing her own conclusions about the ambitious attendees. Now she just has to find the proof . . .

Hemlock Lodge in Natural Bridge State Park

About Cheryl Hollon

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career 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 oil painting and creating glass art. Cheryl and her husband live in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

Sandstone Arch in Natural Bridge State Park

My Thoughts

Death a Sketch by Cheryl Hollon takes us to back to Kentucky where Miranda Trent runs Paint & Shine.  Her latest group is from Big Sky for a four-day team building experience.  Unfortunately, the man in charge, Mr. Burns decides to make a last-minute change.  Mr. Burns turns the team building retreat into a competition with serious consequences for the losers.  On the first day, Miranda takes the group along with Mr. Burns and his assistant, Rowena (who happens to be an old high school classmate of Miranda’s) on their first hike and competition.  After listening to a talk from Park Ranger Austin Morgan, Miranda leads the group down the trail.  The group encounters Mr. Burns dead on the ground with Rowena at his side holding a large rock.  Miranda wishes to cancel the retreat, but Mr. Burns replacement insists they continue.  Rowena is at the top of the sheriff’s suspect list.  Miranda knows her old friend could not have harmed her boss.  She sets out to prove Rowena’s innocence while continuing the competitive retreat.  Miranda finds it challenging because someone is intent on sabotage.

Death a Sketch is the third A Paint & Shine Mystery.  It can easily be read as a standalone.  Death a Sketch is well-written with realistic, developed characters.  The story does start off slowly as we are introduced to the retreat members.  I enjoyed the author’s vivid descriptions of that area of Kentucky.  The Daniel Boone National Forest is a picturesque region.  The depictions of the food will have your mouth watering.  It was interesting learning more about the making of moonshine.  The mystery was plotted out nicely.  There are good suspects along with misdirection.  There are clues to help readers solve the whodunit before the reveal (if you pay close attention).  Miranda asked questions, but she did little investigating.  There were various incidents along the way that kept things lively.   I did feel the reveal was a wee bit rushed along with the explanation.  Sandy, Miranda’s puppy, is adorable.  He helped reduce the stress of the participants.  Miranda’s mother only had a cameo in this book.  She had to go out of town to complete the sale of her home.  I like Miranda’s mother and I hope she will join her daughter in sleuthing in future books.  Miranda is slowly getting the distillery off the ground. I hope she makes the deadline.  Miranda is finding her place in the community and her romance with Austin is progressing nicely.  Death a Sketch is a lively cozy with workshop woes, moonshine mixing, an eliminated executive, a cuddly canine, contestant sabotage, a romantic park ranger, and a caught killer.  

Balanced Rock in Natural Bridge State Park
Death a Sketch is available from Amazon*, B&N, KoboGoogle PlayIndieBound, and Kensington.  The first two books in A Paint & Shine Mysteries are Still Knife Painting and Draw & Order.  Cheryl Hollon also writes A Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries.  If you follow Cheryl Hollon on Amazon, you will receive an email when she has a new book release.  Now for the giveaway!  As part of the tour, the author is giving away three (3) print copies of Death a Sketch (sorry, but US Only).  You can click here to enter or enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Leave a comment on my blog for an extra entry.  Good Luck!  Thank you for visiting today.  On Monday, I will be featuring In Plain View:  The Daily Lives of Amish Women by Judy Stavisky.  I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.  Do not forget to enter the giveaway!  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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