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Paint Me a Crime (A Rose Shore Mystery)
by Holly Yew
About Paint Me A Crime
Paint Me a Crime (A Rose Shore Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada
Touchpoint Press (June 13, 2023)
Paperback : 252 pages
ISBN-10 : 1956851623
ISBN-13 : 978-1956851625
Digital ASIN : B0BWPVHLSB
Art curator Jessamine Rhodes has left behind her gig at a prominent gallery in the city to open her own community art center in the small town of Rose Shore. She’s all set to host an extravagant opening watercolors class and has even booked a famous artist to teach it. Gabriella Everhart brings along her priceless painting Tranquil to showcase as the centerpiece of the event.
The opening class is just wrapping up when suddenly Tranquil disappears before Jessamine’s eyes. Next, the lights of the art center flicker out and leave the crowd in complete darkness as a scream pierces the air. To her horror, Jessamine’s flashlight reveals that prestigious art collector Victor Carlisle has been murdered, and now her dreams are as shattered as the champagne glass found near the scene.
Determined to save her now teetering reputation, Jessamine sets out to search for answers and the missing painting on her own. She has invested everything into her art center and is too anxious to step back and do nothing. Along the way, she teams up with a handsome paramedic who seems to have his own reasons for wanting justice for Victor’s tragedy.
Welcome to the Rose Shore Community Art Center
Hello! My name is Jessamine Rhodes, and welcome to the Rose Shore Community Art Center. I’m the owner and one of two art teachers here. My friend, Molly Williams, is the other. Between the two of us, we teach a wide variety of art mediums. Some of my favorites are acrylic paints, charcoal sketching, and pottery. I especially love teaching the elementary school field trips that come in. It’s delightful and often entertaining to see such creativity in the young members of the Rose Shore community.
Come, I’ll give you a tour of the art center. Here in the foyer, our students are first greeted by Andrew Marsh, the admin assistant. He’s on a phone call right now, or else I’m sure he would crack a joke or two. It’s his way of making sure everyone feels welcome, though honestly, sometimes I just roll my eyes at him, so feel free to do the same. We have a pair of armchairs by the front door for anyone waiting for an art class to finish and a stack of brochures to highlight everything we teach. All the information is on our website and social media pages as well.
Down the main hallway are the three classrooms: two smaller ones and a large, main one. The two smaller ones are identical, filled with desks, supply cupboards, and sinks for cleaning paintbrushes. The main classroom is my favorite room in the art center, mostly because of the large balcony attached to it. The balcony overlooks Opal Lake, the lake the town of Rose Shore was built along. It’s a beautiful space, and one day I’d love to host a painting class out there. I think being surrounded by a shimmering lake would spark some striking inspiration.
At the end of the hallway is an area off-limits to the public. This includes Molly and my offices and a small staff break room. My best friend, Emilia Kent, owns the Secret Garden Tea Shop and often keeps our kitchenette in the break room fully stocked with delicious loose-leaf tea and any leftover goodies and sandwiches from her afternoon teas. Andrew, Molly, and I appreciate the treats!
Anyway, thank you for stopping by and visiting the Rose Shore Community Art Center. You can learn more about it in the cozy mystery Paint Me A Crime.
About Holly Yew
After having called many places around the world home, Holly Yew has settled in the Okanagan, BC with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s playing the piano, watching Star Wars, or enjoying a Dole Whip in Disneyland.
Holly is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. She loves connecting with other writers and bookworms on social media, and you can find her at hollyyew.com.
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