The New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva mysteries delivers a colorful new seriesfeaturing downloadable color-it-yourself cover art!
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 Florrie’s boss, Professor John Maxwell. 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. Other colorful characters are 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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In Davis's diverting premier Pen and Ink mystery, Florrie Fox, adult coloring book artist and manager of Color Me Read Bookstore in Georgetown, Va., turns sleuth when her beloved mentor and boss, Professor John Maxwell, is accused of murdering his loathsome nephew, Delbert Woodley. Florrie discovered Delbert's body in a bootleggers' hidey-hole in the floor of the bookstore, stabbed in the back with a spear that had previously been on the wall in Maxwell's office. Delbert was a con man and a creep, so there are plenty of people who may have wanted him dead, many of whom Florrie cares about including her own sister, Veronica. Fortunately, everyone in the Washington, D.C., area is willing to tell Florrie everything they know about Delbert. The mystery is pleasantly twisty, but Davis is more interested in introducing her appealing cast of characters including a hunky blue-eyed cop, a fatherly butler, and a popular author on the run whose backstories lend themselves nicely to future plots for this carefully crafted cozy series.