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A Brush with Murder

por Gail Langer Karwoski

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Jane Roland and her painter friends are enrolled in a watercolor retreat at the picturesque Gardens and Horses Resort. They're looking forward to a week of sun-drenched landscapes, sleek racehorses, art instruction, and - best of all - laughter and conversation. Out for their first stroll, the women discover a dead thoroughbred in the pretty reflecting pool. Next evening, they find the handsome young stable man in the horse watering trough. Surely, there's a link between them? When a painter from their workshop goes missing, Jane realizes that her class notes are valuable clues to catch the culprit in this light-hearted cozy mystery.… (más)
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A Brush with Murder by Gail Langer Karwoski has three women from Georgia heading to a painting retreat at the luxurious Gardens and Horses Resort. After checking in, the ladies decide to explore the grounds. They look in the reflecting pool to see a dead thoroughbred. Their plein air watercolor retreat begins the next day. One of the men from the stables agrees to give them a tour at the end of the day. The ladies arrive at the stables to find the man dead in a horse trough. Jane Roland believes the two cases are connected. She takes the class roster and begins keeping detailed notes about each person. When one of their fellow classmates turns up missing and is later found in the lake, Jane feels her observations could help catch the culprit. A Brush with Murder is the debut of A Watercolor Mysteries. The author provides a Class List at the beginning of the book (a list of all the characters). There are a number of characters so it can be difficult to keep them all straight. The author is a detailed descriptive writer. She likes to tell you what each person looks like (hair coloring, demeaner, clothing) as well as descriptions of the gardens, artwork, food, etc. This type of detail does slow down the pacing of the story. The book moves at a leisurely pace as the characters enjoy the watercolor class, tour the grounds, eat their meals, and socialize. The mystery is not at the forefront of the story. I wish it had been more prominent (with Jane searching for clues). The death of the horse was disturbing, and it happened in the first chapter. The details gave Jane and her friends nightmares as well as me. There are several suspects, but one individual stands out. I struggled to finish A Brush with Murder. The pacing is so slow plus (I am sorry) it was boring. There was no action or lively activity. I did find some details to be off (when you find yourself saying that they never mentioned this or when did this happen you know something is off or left out). A Brush with Murder is more cozy than mystery. I liked that the main characters were older (in their 60s). It is nice that they are close friends, so they know each other’s quirks and habits. One of my favorite characters was Maggie, a fifteen-year-old with a domineering grandmother. Maggie is a talented artist who loves horses. A Brush with Murder is a lighthearted tale with plein air painting, gorgeous gardens, a retreat romance, suspicious passings, health happenings, essential notes, and a curious watercolorist. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jul 15, 2022 |
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It's a short road trip from Georgia to the Gardens and Horses Retreat Center in South Carolina. Jane Roland, Donna Norton, and Grace Tanner are excited for their week away to attend "en plein air" (painting outdoors) watercolor workshop with the renowned artist Alexander Robert Treville. Little did the women realize the stories they would have to share with their Tuesday painting group when they returned home. The eclectic group of painters in the workshop is realistic and I especially enjoyed the camaraderie of the group from Atkinsville.

This title is Gail Langer Karwoski's debut for writing a cozy mystery albeit not her writing debut. The author’s "Dedication" is the reader’s first hint of the author’s personal knowledge of painting with watercolors followed by appreciation within "Acknowledgements." "About the Author" also shares her enjoyment of painting with watercolors. I did sense authenticity in descriptions of the different painting sessions including techniques, different approaches used by the class participants, and instructor critiques. I particularly enjoyed the comparison between the details in a book and the details in a painting.

Readers that are familiar with horse racing will be better able to comment but strictly as an animal lover I found the opening cause for a police investigation difficult to read. From that moment forward I couldn’t decide if the author was using the cozy as a platform to convey personal feelings about horse racing through her characters. I remain undecided.

Reviewer’s Note: Common expressions of swear words although minimal are used in dialogue and accordingly this title is unable to be designated a "clean cozy."

I was lucky to receive an Advance Reader’s Edition of this title as an Early Reviewer from Library Thing. The opinions expressed in the review are my own. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Jul 4, 2022 |
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Jane Roland and her painter friends are enrolled in a watercolor retreat at the picturesque Gardens and Horses Resort. They're looking forward to a week of sun-drenched landscapes, sleek racehorses, art instruction, and - best of all - laughter and conversation. Out for their first stroll, the women discover a dead thoroughbred in the pretty reflecting pool. Next evening, they find the handsome young stable man in the horse watering trough. Surely, there's a link between them? When a painter from their workshop goes missing, Jane realizes that her class notes are valuable clues to catch the culprit in this light-hearted cozy mystery.

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