Kill Them With Canvas
About Kill Them With Canvas
2nd in Series Setting - New York
Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)
Hardcover: 320 pages
In Bailee Abbott’s second book in the Paint by Murder mysteries, Chloe and Izzie are taking their paint party business on the road—with murder as the first stop!
Chloe Abbington and her sister, Izzie, are enjoying huge success running Paint with a View, their paint party business in the tranquil western New York lakeside town of Whisper Cove. Now, their aunt Constance—president of the local chapter of the Chautauqua Sisterhood—has hooked them up with a gig hosting a Halloween painting party. The guests will be painting a local ghost legend, the Lady of Chautauqua Lake, who died a hundred years earlier and rises from the lake every October to haunt anyone who dares venture out on All Hallows’ Eve.
next morning, Viola’s body is discovered floating face down near the town ferryboat dock, her long red hair spread around her. Eerily, the image is an exact replica of a painting Chloe and Izzie had discovered at the event the night before.
What’s more, the police find Constance’s purple knit hat lying on the ground near the crime scene. Constance pleads innocence, saying the hat mysteriously went missing during the event. Frantic that she might be charged with murder, she begs Chloe and Izzie to help her. The sisters believe their aunt is innocent, but if so, who’s the real killer—and when will the next victim turn up?
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. Bailee also writes the Sierra Pines B&B mystery series under the name Kathryn Long.
Kill Them with Canvas by Bailee Abbott is the second A Paint by Murder Mystery. We travel to Whisper Cove, New York where siblings, Chloe and Izzie Abbington own Paint with a View. The story is easy to read. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town and its shops. It is nearing Halloween and the town goes all out to decorate. They also have a haunted legend (the Lady of Chautauqua Lake). The sisters seem more confident in this book. Their business is doing well, and they did successfully solve one investigation. I do wish that Chloe’s name had been mentioned earlier in the book (makes it easier for new readers). Her name is not mentioned until I was a tenth of the way into the book (around the 11% mark). The mystery has Chloe and Izzie’s aunt, Constance at the top of the suspect list. She was heard arguing with the victim, Viola Finnwinkle at the painting event. There is some physical evidence as well. It does not help that Constance will not provide a proper timeline for the police. Chloe and Izzie agree to help their aunt when she requests their assistance. There are a limited number of suspects plus a red herring or two. I liked how the author had me doubting who I thought was the killer. Kill Them with Canvas can be read as a standalone, but it will take you just a bit to catch up. Kill Them with Canvas is a colorful cozy with a painting party, a local legend, a collapsing Constance, a minty menace, costumed canines, evident evidence, and a fingered ferryman.
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