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About the Author
After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil Johnson decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California.
I bought this book in advance as I hoped it would be a great first to a new series. This is really a cozy but it did not held my interest for long. I liked Rory (Aurora) and her friend Liz but the book dragged after a couple of chapters. Rory is blamed for things her parents (or mother?) did when she was a baby. Rory is adopted and her mother has a store. While Rory has a job working at home (computer stuff) she is in her mothers store a lot (really... a lot) and there were lots of descriptions of what went on in the store. Rory is a suspect in not one but two murders and that is what triggers her being a sleuth. I had hoped there would be something more with the detective, but he disappointed me a bit. I don't know, the book seemed a bit off. I guessed the murderer from the start and I was annoyed at the fact Rory was blamed a lot and her mother did not even get involved. There was never a heart to heart; it was as if her mother did not even know Rory was a suspect. I don't think I will buy another one in this series.
Really liked the way the book began; it was engaging and caught my interest; the awful thing was it didn't keep my interest. Perhaps I wasn't in the mood for this mystery because after awhile, I got a bit bored with it. Know most others gave it four and five stars, but there was not enough dialogue between characters for me. It became too much of the heroine's thoughts, and not enough action. Put it in my "Partially Finished Books" collection on my Kindle.
This was very enjoyable read and I liked the time spent getting to know Rory, Liz and their friends. The mystery was well done with the author providing a slew of suspects that kept me busy narrowing down the list until there was the one obvious choice. Was it right in my guess? You’ll have to read this pleasantly appealing book to find out. This evenly paced drama was entertaining and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this debut series.
Ploddingly slow with step-by-step details of a not very exciting story. I didn't get any sense of the excitement of the tole painting craft or any glimpse of depth in any of the characters. Like the 3-star reviewer, I wondered what I was supposed to know already about the setting since this is the debut novel. Rather colorless..
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down. Good mystery with lots of potential suspects and clues throughout the story. Aurora is an interesting character and I look forward to the next book in the series and learning more about her.