Color Me Murder: Pen & Ink Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There's plenty of inspiration in her new apartment - a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell, Florrie's boss. He offers the property to Florrie rent-free with one condition - she must move in immediately to prevent his covetous sister and nephew from trying to claim it.
When the professor's nephew, Delbert, arrives, he proves just as sketchy as Florrie feared. But the following morning, Delbert has vanished. It's not until she visits the third floor of the store that Florrie makes a tragic discovery - there's a trap door in the landing, and a dead Delbert inside. The esteemed Professor Maxwell is an obvious suspect, but Florrie is certain this case isn't so black and white. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters on the scene, all with a motive for murder. With a killer drawing closer, Florrie will need to think outside the lines...before death makes his mark again.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 43 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||February 27, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #111,054 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#997 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,907 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,270 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
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The showdown with the killer was great, and I love how Florrie's new friend Jacquie, a former wife of Prof. Maxwell, got to help out. I hadn't guessed the killer until Florrie started piecing things together. I enjoyed how each person got a turn at explaining parts of the case at the party thrown for Maxwell. And I nearly forgot to mention another favorite character, DuBois the butler. I wasn't sure how I'd like him when we first met him the day that Florrie moved into the carriage house. But the more I read, his speech and things he did were so much like a certain favorite TV comedy butler who starred with a hairdresser-turned-nanny back in the 80s-90s. It was like I could hear his voice from then on, lol.
Color Me Murder is the first book in a new series & I think it's certainly off to a good start.
Florrie Fox, our main character (& sleuth extraordinaire) is unlike any other sleuth or female detective that I've read about before. I loved that she drew pictures instead of taking notes, often times with random writing implements in vibrant colors. Florrie & the other characters in the book are all lively & entertaining.
The various twists & turns kept me guessing until near the end.
I've already ordered the next book & can't wait to dig in to another adventure with Florrie & her friends at Color Me Read.
I gave 4 stars because I had ordered a copy before I knew that only the cover could be colored, and only with pencils at that.
The story itself is worthy of at least 4 & 1/2 stars.
Florrie Fox enjoys working and managing the Color Me Read bookstore. She takes delight in helping the customers and making them happy with their book finds. After a long day at work, Florrie loves to unwind with her cat, Peaches and design adult coloring books.
Living in Reston, Virigina, Florrie is looking for a place closer to work. When the owner of the bookstore, Professor John Maxwell offers his empty carriage house rent free, Florrie jumps at the proposition, but she must take residence right away before his "good for nothing" nephew, Delbert takes claim on it. One morning after opening up the bookstore, Florrie finds Delbert dead and the evidence points to dear, old Professor Maxwell. Florrie knows he didn't kill his nephew and with paper and pen in hand, Florrie sketches out the clues to free Professor Maxwell.
Color Me Murder is a quick, enjoyable read. The chapters are short and the pages are colorful, sprinkled with a little humor. The author vividly describes each character and scene. My image of the bookstore is vintage and musty with tables of books in the center aisles and a sliding book ladder. The characters are lively and well portrayed. Florrie is my favorite character. She's giving with a dash of spontaneity. There are many characters in this cozy mystery, but they're easy to follow and each play an intricate part. Both the plot and subplot are fast paced, yet smoothly flow into each other.
In the future, I'm looking forward to reading more of the Pen and Ink series. I recommend Color Me Read to cozy mystery lovers or not who love to read book-themed mysteries.
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC.
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Die Charaktere sind liebevoll beschrieben. Das Buch, welches das erste in einer gesamten Reihe ist, öffnet im Verlauf der Handlung einige Möglichkeiten für zukünftige Geschichten. Wer auf leichte Kost, mit bequemen Handlungssprüngen und mühelosem Verlauf des Kriminalfalles steht, ist mit Color Me Murder richtig aufgehoben. Auch wenn der Beginn mit etwas anspruchsvollerem Vokabular daher kommt., ist das Englisch im Verlauf des Buches gut zu verstehen und für jüngere Leser geeignet. Es ist nicht zu blutrünstig und für den Einsteiger in Kriminalgeschichten gut geeignet.
Für mich persönlich (studierte Amerikanistin, Krimifan) jedoch war das Lesen des Buches keine große Freude. Meine Hauptkritik sind stichpunktartig folgende Aspekte:
- Der Fall wird nicht in der Tiefe behandelt: Beschreibungen von Kleidung, persönlichen Befindlichkeiten und unrealistischen handwerklichen Aktivitäten nehmen mit unter 3 mal so viel Platz ein wie die Lösung des Falles
- Bequeme Wendungen und glückliche Zufälle ermöglichen der Hauptfigur den Weg des geringsten Widerstandes.
- Wechsel des Tonfalls: die Autorin ändert den Tonfall, die schwere des Vokabulars etc mehrfach im Verlauf des Buches
- Unrealistische Eingriffe ins Privatleben der Hauptfigur ohne wirkliche Begründung oder Hintergrundwissen, aus welcher teilweise für den Leser beschämende/belastende Situationen entstehen.
- Zahlreiche Momente die im realen Leben einfach nur merkwürdig/komplett ungewöhnlich wären, werden von den Personen einfach so hingenommen.
Für Fans von tieferer Kriminalliteratur würde ich das Buch nicht empfehlen.