Krista Davis: The Coloring Crook Pen Ink Mysteries #2



Kes Florrie to an estate sale Later Dolly comes into the bookstore showing off one of her purchases A very rare coloring book which Florrie oes her best to authenticate This book could be worth a fortune Dolly makes a HUGE mistake by touting her amazing purchase on social media People start coming out of the woodwork wanting to buy this book including the woman who sold the book at the estate saleFlorrie stops by Dolly s home after work and finds poor Dolly on the floor ead with a piece of a page of the 1760 coloring book in her hand The Georgetown bookstore Florrie Fox manages has added a weekly coloring group and Florrie has enjoyed getting to know the regulars One of them Dolly Cavanaugh also enjoys bargain hunting at estate sales and one week she comes in excited about her latest find a copy of The Florist a rare adult coloring book from the 1700 s However later that night Florrie finds Dolly ead with a corner of a piece of paper in her hand That s all that can be found of book Dolly just bought As secrets begin to come to light Florrie is left to wonder how well she really knew Dolly Was the book the motive for Dolly s murder Or Dark Ties (Broken Saints Society did a secret from her past catch up with herI was charmed by the first in the series and I enjoyed this one just as much The setting may be a neighborhood in the Washington DC area but by sticking to the neighborhood it still feels like a traditional cozy setting And what a setting I love to spend hours browsing in this bookstore Florrie is a great lead character and she heads up a cast of eually fun characters It s hard to picture most of them as killers in fact The plot is filled with twists and complications I began to suspect a few things but I still had huge gaps I hadn t figured out before I got to the end I Um Fogo Eterno do feel the ending was a bit rushed and a few things got glossed over as a result but that s my only issue with the book As with the first the cover can be colored and there are five recipes at the endNOTE I received an ARC of this bookRead my full review at Carstairs Considers The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis is the second book in the cozy Pen Ink Mysteries series This series has the uniue set up of the protagonist being an artist whoraws adult coloring books so to celebrate that the publisher has made the cover of hard copies a Lawn Boy Returns drawing to be colored in by the readerEach book in this seriesoes have it s own contained mystery to be solved so books may be read out of order if choosing There of course is character building carried over story to story though so reading in order is always the best option In the first book readers were introduced to Florrie Fox who by Yolandas Genius day manages the Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown Washington DC and in her off timeraws for adult coloring booksFlorrie has settled into her new life and has even started a new romance The bookstore has been booming and Florrie has made plenty of friends with the bookstore s coloring club One of the club s members shows up with a rare find that would be worth a fortune but when she s found The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty dead the nextay Florrie suspects foul play and will The Light Beyond the Forest do anything to find out what happened to her friendThe Pen Ink Mysteries have returned readers to the uniue and wonderful characters and setting from the first book of the series As much as I loved the creativity of the cover of the books the stories inside have also been fun to read too There s again plenty of suspects to keep a reader guessing through the mystery to go along with the fun setting and characters so I ll be sure to be back to this series in the futureI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit. Tune and someone else knows it That same evening Florrie finds Dollyead on the floor of her apartment a corner of a coloring book page clutched in her hand As Florrie The First Mistake delves into Dolly's past and her personal effects sheiscovers a skeleton in the closet literally and a whole lot of shady suspects One of them is an expert in the fine art of murder but can Florrie raw the right conclusio.

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Florrie Fox works at a bookstore called Color Me Read in Georgetown Washington DC One of her neighbors who loves to go to garage and yard sales buys a coloring book at an estate sale Dolly then brings the book to Florrie for authentication but before it can be properly valued Dolly is found ead in her apartment and the book is missing Florrie sets out to find the missing book and the killerThe plot was good and the mystery was multi layered Several characters had family secrets which kept me interested I really idn t care for the overall pacing of the book there were too many characters and potential suspects to juggle Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for an advance igital copy of the book My review is voluntary Florrie is working at a bookstore having a romance and working on her adult coloring book A friend brings the earliest know adult coloring book into the store and is later killed over it Her The Penguin Book of English Verse disagreeableaughter wants Florrie to help her go through the books her mother had Florrie finds a body in the wall with several mishaps happening This was a good book it Seven Secrets of Happiness did seem to take a long time to wrap up the case though The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis is the second A Pen Ink Mystery Florrie Fox is the manager of Color Me Read a bookstore in Georgetown Washington DC She also creates adult coloring books in her spare time Dolly Cavanaugh is introducing Florrie to estate sales and how you can sometimes find aiamond in the rough especially at sale run by Percy McAllister Florrie leaves Dolly browsing while she hurries off to work At the Hues Brews and Clues Coloring Club later that The Killer Cats Birthday Bash (The Killer Cat, day Dolly shows Florrie the wonderful find she uncovered Dollyiscovered a rare copy of The Florist the earliest known coloring book which was published in 1760 As far as Florrie can tell it is an original Dolly left her purse at the store and reuested that Florrie The Force of Destiny drop it off on her way home Florrie finds Dollyead in her apartment clutching a piece of The Florist in her hand and sees someone fleeing out the back Dolly posted the news of her find on social media and people are anxious to obtain the rare book which has now The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters (Chapter 9 Provocateur) disappeared When Dolly saughter asks Florrie to evaluate her book collection and Florrie stumbles upon a skeleton hidden behind a bookcase in the attic Zsazsa Rosca becomes the prime suspect in Dolly s murder and Florrie knows someone is setting her up Florrie studies the case and How I Became a Nun digs into Dolly s past hoping to uncover some clues Can Florrie prove Zsazsa s innocence Who is the skeleton in the closetThe Coloring Crook can be read alone if you have not had time to pick up Color Me Murder There is a colorful cast of characters in this series that aid Florrie in solving the crimes and in running the bookstore I like that Florrie creates adult coloring books and that sketching helps her think through the crimes The various mysteries in The coloring Crook are woven together into one entertaining cozy mystery While the older murder has a complete resolution at the end I felt the Dolly s whodunit was not explained completely I thought it unrealistic that Dolly saughter would be able to The Rose Tattoo and Other Plays dispose of her belonging before the crime had been solved the will had not been read nor probated The Coloring Crook is well written with steady pacing andeveloped characters There are a number of characters and it can be hard to keep them all straight The coloring club for adults is a clever addition and the benefits of coloring is explained helps stress There are many elightful cozy moments in The Coloring Crook Florrie s romance with Eric is progressing nicely and they have something humorous in common I am. Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color Life is looking rosy for Florrie Fox manager of the Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown Washington DC She's working on an adult coloring book of gardens her romance with Sergeant Eric Jonuille has entered a new chapter and the bookstore's weekly coloring club is a source of friendship and entertainment No member is vibrant than Dolly Cavana.

Giving The Coloring Crook 4 out of 5 stars I liked it There are recipes at the end for some of the electable elights whipped up in the book Krista Davis has infused The Coloring Crook with engaging characters a charming bookstore a cute cat mouthwatering food coloring friendship murder books romance and mayhem I look forward to returning to Color Me Read and Georgetown in the next A Pen Ink Mystery The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis is the second book in the Pen Ink series and was a entertaining addition to this seriesFlorrie attends an estate sale with her sister and friendspatrons of the bookstore Although she finds nothing of interest to her she oes meet a sleazy young man who maligns books However one of the patrons The Lone Man does find a rare book at the sale but before she cano little than celebrate her great find she is killed With Ms Davis writing I felt like I was with Florrie every step of the way as she attempted to find out who had killed her friend and stolen the book The pace of the plot was uick plenty of suspects and a reveal that was shocking I id feel that the ending was rushed as it seemed like everything was brought to light within the last couple of chapters All in all it was an enjoyable read and I efinitely want to read the next oneI voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley All of the above opinions are my own Great cast of characters The mystery is well paced I ve really enjoyed this series so far Florrie Fox manages a bookstore in Washington DC and is an adult coloring book artist When her friend Dolly shows her a rare first edition coloring book she found at an estate sale Florrie unwittingly becomes a target when the estate wants the valuable book back plus international buyers seek to find the book also Dolly hid her precious find before someone killed herMore than one mystery is skillfully blended into this plot and the pace is steady and absorbing The author has outdone herself inserting mysterious characters into the storyline at The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl different points making you wonder who on earth is this person before nicely connecting all theots at the end The cast of characters whether good ones or not so good ones are each enjoyable in their given roles Delicious recipes to try at end of bookI reviewed a igital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Thank you The Coloring Crook by Krista Davis was a light easy read just what I needed after a rather intense week It is filled with easy to like characters a charming setting and several mysteries to untangle The primary mystery revolves around who killed Dolly and as the story progresses the other mysteries begin to surface This is the classic efinition of a cozy mystery There is a murder with little emphasis on blood guts and gore The primary protagonist is Florrie bookstore manager with help and encouragement from her policeman boyfriend and a group of friends who gather at the bookstore for regular coloring sessions I enjoyed getting to know the various characters and reading about a bookstore where I might like to spend time There are a few recipes included in this book which you will also find in Krista Davis Domestic Divas series I Dollycas s ThoughtsFlorrie Fox is happy She is working a Color Me Read where she has started a coloring book club She looks over and sees coloring books she has created on the shelves She is working on one now featuring beautiful gardens Her relationship with Sergeant Eric Jonuille is entering a new phase and she has settled in nicely to her boss John Maxwell s guest houseIn The Coloring Crook Dolly Cavanaugh a member of the coloring book group ta. Ugh Dolly likes to say she was blessed with beauty and cursed with lousy husbands but at least she has a grown aughter and a stunning brownstone to show for itWhen Dolly's love of garage sales results in her showing up at Color Me Read with a rare book in hand Florrie is astounded The Florist the earliest known coloring book was first published in 1760 An original copy would be worth a for.

Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries which debuted with MURDER SHE BARKED They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation wit