"Color Me Murder" is the first book in the Pen & Ink Mystery series! It’s about Florrie Fox, a bookstore manager who moonlights as adult coloring book artist at night. One day at work, she finds the dead body of her boss’s nephew. He was murdered, and her boss is the prime suspect. She must help clear his name before he goes away for life!
I love the unique theme of this cozy—adult coloring books! I’ve read almost every cozy mystery theme out there, so I love it when a new theme hits the shelves. And, I really enjoyed this concept. I love adult coloring books, so it was really cool to see how artists actually create them.
Florrie, the main character was beyond relatable. She’s quiet, introverted, loves readings and books, and enjoys being in quiet environments. I totally saw myself in her, and I think many other bookworms would too!
The other characters were all intriguing and charming, everyone coming off as quirky and well-crafted. My favorite character besides Florrie was her boss Maxwell. The way he talked was utterly fascinating yet romantic.
The mystery itself instantly captured my attention. Everything flowed well and went by smoothly and unpredictably. The ending was surprising yet satisfying because it was perfectly plotted.
Overall, this was a great start to a new cozy series! The theme was unique and new, the characters were relatable and entertaining, the mystery was unpredictable, and the writing was excellent. I can’t wait to read the next book.
Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color!
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 Professor John Maxwell, Florrie’s boss. 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. Doodling clues, she begins to consider other colorful characters 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.