A Brushstroke with Death (B&N Exclusive Edition)

A Brushstroke with Death (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Bethany Blake

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Near the creek that runs behind her Pennsylvania house, Willow Bellamy has converted an old barn into an art school—though the place does still have some animal inhabitants, including Rembrandt, the owl who lives up in the rafters. And while it’s important for any artist to have a vision, Willow can sometimes see things others can’t, just like her mother and grandmother before her. Not that she would exactly call herself a witch . . .

When some local merchants gather in the studio for a painting party, they focus their attention on a still life with flowers and an assortment of garden tools, including antique pruning shears that soon disappear—at the same time despised restaurant owner Evangeline Fletcher is murdered. Willow must use all her gifts to find the killer, although it means teaming up with a handsome, mysterious detective whom Willow fears she may have accidentally conjured from a canvas. This investigation is sure to be a hoot . . .

“Doggone charming from start to finish!”
—Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author on Death by Chocolate Lab

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496720009
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Sales rank: 41,625
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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A Brushstroke with Death (B&N Exclusive Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TheCozyReview 9 months ago
Series: An Owl and Crescent Mystery – Book 1 Author: Bethany Blake Genre: Cozy Review / Paranormal Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 304 A new witchy cozy series from Kensington Books written by Bethany Blake and a B&N exclusive comes, “An Owl and Crescent Mystery” series book one, A Brushstroke with Death. I love witchy cozy books, and I am thrilled with this new series. The characters are fun, exciting, and hold your attention even when discussing mundane daily routines if there is such a thing for this cast. Willow is a fascinating character who will have readers cheering each time she accomplishes whatever goal she has set for herself. The mysterious and attractive detective, Lucien, will thrill readers as they get to know him and realize he isn’t what he seems. Other characters will have readers intrigued. The setting is perfect and begs to be explored. The victim hasn’t many friends, and she continually rubs people the wrong way, but no matter how much Willow and everyone else dislikes her, her killer has to be brought to justice. Willow is determined not only to find the killer but clear her name along the way. The ending of this witchy cozy book is surprisingly and happily unexpected. A Brushstroke with Death is a page-turner from start to finish. It is filled with everything a tremendously excellent witchy cozy book, and hopefully, a long-running series needs to make it enjoyable. I am happy to recommend it and can’t wait for the next addition.
Chatting-About-Cozies 10 months ago
Just in time for Halloween, this is the perfect story to get you in the mood for the witching hour and some crystal ball reading! Author Bethany Blake debuts a para-cozy series I believe will immediately bewitch cozy mystery fans. Heroes come in all sorts of forms and disguises and this new paranormal/witch mystery showcases several of them, and was one of the reasons I enjoyed the story so much. The ending is spellbinding! Artist Willow Bellamy’s ancestors are witches. She can “read” people through their paintings. As this mesmerizing cozy tale begins, Willow’s hosting a painting event in the old barn that houses her shop/studio—The Owl & Crescent Art Barn. It’s a dark and stormy night as the eclectic group gathers to chat, sip, snack, and paint. Early the next morning, one of the attendees is found cold and lifeless near Willow’s property. Willow is shocked when a Detective Lucian Turner arrives and looks just like the man in a painting she recently finished. She wonders if she could have painted he and his dog, Marinette, to life. To say this is an excellent mystery doesn’t seem to be enough. I’d give it more stars than 5, if I could, for entertainment, creativeness, and characterization. The dialogue is witty with laugh-out-loud moments. There’s obviously something supernatural about Lucian and Willow’s connection and why he’s there, and those facts are slowly revealed as this captivating tale unfolds. Willow is surrounded by dynamic pets who I loved—her protective familiar...Rembrandt, the owl. Rescue pig...Mortimer, who’s much more at home inside than outside. And, Luna...a sweet gray cat with a crescent marking. All three are her faithful companions. I was creeped out by secondary character, Benedict Blodgett, a horror film director, and y’all will understand why as you read the story! There’s a bevy of suspects who disliked the victim and Willow places herself in danger multiple times as she casts spells to see if she can “see” the killer. I got goosebumps when I realized who the murderer was! I kinda had a feeling who it was, but still....the betrayal! I can hardly wait for book two so I can find out what happens in the next story! I reviewed a galley ARC provided by Kensington Publishing. This review is my honest, unbiased opinion.