Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival

Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival

by G.P. Gardner

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It’s late March in Fairhope, Alabama, and artists from around the country are flocking to the bayside town’s Arts & Crafts Festival. The annual tradition has something for everyone, only this year, the main attraction is murder . . .
Cleo Mack’s life has been a whirlwind since she inadvertently became the executive director of Harbor Village, a retirement community bustling with energetic seniors. Juggling apartment sales, quirky residents, and a fast-moving romance is tricky business. But on-the-job stress develops a new meaning when Twinkle Thaw, a portrait artist known to ruffle a few feathers, arrives unannounced for the weekend’s festival and drops dead hours later—mysteriously poisoned . . .
Twinkle’s bizarre death doesn’t seem like an accident. Not with a sketchy newcomer slinking around town and a gallery of suspects who may have wanted her out of the picture for good. As Cleo brushes with the truth, she soon finds that solving the crime could mean connecting the dots between a decades-old art heist and an unpredictable killer who refuses to color inside the lines . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516109036
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Series: A Cleo Mack Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 39,129
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Born and raised in Alabama, G. P. Gardner earned BS and MA degrees in Psychology from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL) and an MBA from Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, AL). She also attended the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), where she studied biopsychology and primatology. But her heart belongs to Talladega College—an HBCU and the first educational institution in Alabama to admit students without regard to race—where she taught business. Her writing life began with short stories, some of which were published in regional literary journals and some of which won prizes. She enjoys the classic mystery writers as well as contemporary whodunits, but reads widely. She is a knitter and once owned a knit shop in Fairhope, AL. She studied mystery writing with Terry Cline, another Fairhope resident. Murder in Harbor Village is the first in her series about social worker Cleo Mack. You can visit her at

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Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
booksnbrewsgirl 21 hours ago
While I'm not normally one to read books out of order (in fact, I'm rather OCD about it), I could not pass up the opportunity to read this one after reading the description. It was definitely a good call, because this was a cozy mystery that kept me guessing almost until the very end. A fun, eclectic cast of characters pulled me in quickly and has me putting the preceding books of the series high on my "to be read" list!
Carol Halfhill 17 days ago
Enjoyed the characters and their interactions. Believable. Good local color.
debdallas 5 months ago
interesting characters, looking forward to the next one
4GranJan 6 months ago
Cozy Murder in Coastal Alabama In this episode, there is another murder involving the retirement community. I have read all of the books in this series and this episode fits right in. I am not sure how well any of these books would stand alone. I tend to think that it is vital to read these books in order. This book ends at an odd place. It is almost a non-ending that the reader needs to read the next book to find out how this book ends. I hate that! Other than that, I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to see how it ends in the next book. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Leaves me feeling warm and cozy
Anonymous 6 months ago
I liked it a lot! Looking forward to the next Cleo Mark.
Nancy0708 6 months ago
It is great to see the portrayal of a strong, capable cast of characters over the age of 50. The setting and plot are a bonus.
diane92345 7 months ago
I have found my future retirement community in Fairhope Alaska. While there are a lot of deaths at Harbor Village, that is a boon for a cozy mystery fan such as me. I want to be Cleo Mack. She has such an exciting life even though her job helping retired people may be a bit stressful at times. In this book, there is a Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival. I love the Harbor Village staff and residents. It feels like returning home for the holidays when reading the latest entry, the third, in the series. If you love cozy mysteries with eccentric characters and ingenious plotting, you should read Murder at the Arts and Crafts Festival. 4 stars! Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Cozy Cat Reviews 7 months ago
This is the 3rd in the "Cleo Mack" Mystery series by author G.P Gardner. I have not read the previous in series yet I had easily understood the charcters and background set so well by the author. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. I look forward to reading the first in series after loving this 3rd in series . I was unable to put this book down ! Our protagonist is Cleo Mack. She is the executive director of Harbor Village, a retirement community of very active outgoing fun seniors. I love the descriptions of the seniors and the humor the author infused into the story with the charcters. It is a delight to read about seniors and I thank the author for making her seniors active, intelligent and part of the narrative. Cleo has her hands full with her normal duties at the senior village . When a festival is taking place and a artist drops dead (love the name- Twinkle Thaw) of poisoning Cleo cannot help but get involved in the mystery. I love the fast pace, the wonderful twist and turns and surprising conclusion of the sleuth. The author did a wonderful well crafted story around fun charcters with humor, surprise and a fun sleuth. Very well done to the author.
TheCozyReview 7 months ago
Series: A Cleo Mack Mystery - Book 3 Author: G.P. Gardner Genre: Cozy Mystery/Hobby Publisher: Lyrical Press Page Count: 225 From Lyrical Press comes the third book in the “A Cleo Mack Mystery” cozy mystery series by G.P. Gardner. A fun and profoundly intriguing story that will leave readers stunned. In this new cozy mystery, Cleo has issues, not only does she have a retirement community that is still recovering from a murder a few months previously, some very rambunctious residents. But now there is the arts and crafts fair which leads to the death of an artist. She isn’t sure what to do or how to help, but she knows that she has to find the culprit before things get out of hand. The characters in this cozy mystery series are always a delight. They make readers want to retire and live in Fairhope so that they can watch the mischief these characters get into. The plot keeps you on your toes, and if readers don’t pay attention, they will miss vital clues as to the killer's identity. Even though I knew who it was before the end of the book, this story kept me second-guessing myself. Murder at The Arts and Crafts Festival is a fast-paced action attention-grabbing story with enough red herrings and twists so that readers will be happy until the very end. I am happy to see this cozy mystery series expanding, and I hope it continues for many more books to come. I enthusiastically recommend this series to readers who enjoy all types of mysteries and cozies.
CozyOnUp 7 months ago
Cleo Mack and the residents of Harbor Village are excited by the local Arts and Craft Festival. When the sister of one of the residents who has come to town to participate in the festival is murdered with poison, the police and resident crime fighters struggle to find the culprit. Wasn’t the result of greed, karma, or pure hatred? This one is a hard one for everyone to figure out. But when the magical pieces of the puzzle falling to place, it’s hard for everyone to find evidence to support their findings. Just going to show that you can’t win them all. Another fun entry in the series. It’s great to see Cleo and Riley getting closer as the story progresses. Looking forward to see what the future has in store for these two retirees, who might not quite yet be ready to be retired for good.
MKF 7 months ago
Cleo can't seem to get a break. She retired from teaching and took a job at Harbor Village retirement community only to find her ex (and his wife) was involved with the development and then there were the murders. Now though, things seem to have settled down just in time for the Arts and Crafts festival, which is a big deal. Unfortunately, the somewhat loathsome Twinkle Thaw (really?) drops dead at the event. Now, regular cozy readers know there's more here than meets the eye. Cleo's got a group of seniors eager to help with the case. Old issues and secrets figure in this one and Gardner will keep you guessing. Cleo's a good character and it's nice to see her relationship with Riley expand a bit. Don't worry if you haven't read the earlier ones- this will be fine as a standalone. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. A good cozy read.