Out of the Picture: A Shepherd Sisters Mystery

Out of the Picture: A Shepherd Sisters Mystery

by Tracy Gardner

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There’s an art to solving a mystery…

Savanna Shepherd is a former art authenticator—someone who can tell a forgery from the real thing. She’s got a talent for spotting secrets hiding in plain sight.

In the wake of a painful breakup, she moves back to her idyllic hometown on the banks of Lake Michigan. At least she’s close to her sisters again, and she’s enjoying her new job as a grade school art teacher.

Savanna even rediscovers her creative soul when an old family friend hires her to paint a mural. But sad and strange incidents occur at the woman’s mansion, compelling Savanna to investigate. With a little help from her sisters—and from Aidan, the intriguing town doctor—will she be able to figure out what’s wrong with this picture?

This intriguing cozy mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Holy Yum Baked Chicken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947892637
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 17,590
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Tracy Gardner is a Detroit native who writes mystery and romance novels. A daughter of two teachers, she has been writing since she could hold a pen. Tracy grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries and rock and roll. When not writing, Tracy works as a visiting nurse in a rural community, where she lives with her husband, two fun-loving teens, and a menagerie of spoiled rescue dogs and cats. She is a strong believer in the power of baked goods, live music, and girlfriend therapy as staples to a happy life.

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Out of the Picture: A Shepherd Sisters Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love the way the author wrote this story, Want to read more of her books.
TPetriella 30 days ago
A great way to spend your time. Well written and fun. I loved the sisters and how they played off of each other. I It was a definitely understood how these sisters were interwoven into each others lives. The characters were great and the mystery was fantastic. It was a book I never wanted to put down. If you love reading and mysteries (seriously you don't have to enjoy mysteries to enjoy this book), then this is the book for you.
lelesurfer 4 months ago
Is there only mystery about the art? The author of multiple books, Tracy Gardner, presents "Out of the Picture. A Shepherd Sisters Mystery", published by Hallmark Publishing. Savannah Shepherd, a former art authenticator has moved back to her hometown, the little beach town Carson. Now she is living with her sister Sydney and enjoying teaching art at the local elementary school. These two, and their oldest sister Skylar, are good friends with Caroline Carson. Savannah is asked to paint a beach scene mural for Caroline when Caroline's house is renovated in preparation for her ninetieth birthday. A shocking death, an accident, questions about the paintings Caroline is selling off from her collection, there is a lot going on at Caroline's mansion. Too many incidents that call out to be investigated by Savannah. Will she be able to help keep Caroline safe? Will she be able to find out the truth? And what about her personal life? This is the first book by Tracy Gardner which I have read. It is also the first one in Gardner's series about the Shepherd Sisters. I want to read more by her and cannot wait for the other volumes. The book holds real and well developed characters. It is easy to read and enjoyable and as usual, one of the typical Hallmark recipes, this time for Holy Yum Baked Chicken, is included. I highly recommend this book to all the readers who want a break and like romantic mysteries. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #OutOfThePicture #NetGalley
Lynne Ernst 5 months ago
Going back to your hometown always brings a look at the past with an eye to the future. Savanna comes home from Chicago after a breakup. Small town fun. A very enjoyable read. I received a copy of this book for a honest review.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Engaging cozy mystery! Savannah returned home after a not so fulfilling career and an especially not fulfilling engagement. Love how she reconnected with her family and connects with her new job. The characters are both old fashioned and conventional. The mystery had a nice pace and the story was fresh. An easy, enjoyable read! 3 1/2 stars.
Anonymous 7 months ago
romance and mysteryWatch as mystery unfoldsmand people fall in love. I really enjoyed the book and it kept you guess most of the book.
Daria White 7 months ago
Out of the Picture is the story of Savanna Shepherd who moves back to her hometown after a painful breakup. Now, she’s close to her family once more including her parents, sisters, and Caroline Carson, an eighty-nine-year-old woman whom she loves as a grandmother. As Caroline has her paint a mural inside her home, Savanna’s skills as an art authenticator kick into high gear. Something is off with Caroline’s paintings and Savanna won’t rest until she finds out why. Tracy Gardener is a new author to me, but I would definitely read the next book in this series! If you’re looking for a mystery, romance, and murder wrapped into one book, you’ve found it in Out of the Picture. Gardener knows how to keep readers in suspense until the big reveal. I enjoyed the ride along the way, with a few twists and turns to keep me on edge. Great read!
Lisa_YTB 7 months ago
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Confession: I’ve only recently started reading Cozy Mysteries. But I have watched A LOT of Murder, She Wrote and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Does that count for anything? In any case, I told you that so you can know right off the bat that I’m no expert when it comes to Cozies, but I have LOVED exploring this style of mystery writing and am always ready to discover both new and established authors in this genre. Which is why I was so eager to get my hands on a copy of Hallmark Publishing’s first every cozy, Out of the Picture by Tracy Gardner. Y’all. I had so much fun reading this one and trying to figure it out. The mystery itself was well-plotted and while I was expecting one giant OMG, WHAT twist in the final pages, involving a character that I was convinced that did it, I was not disappointed with the way everything played out. In fact, my suspicions about this one character only highlights the author’s ability to write a good red herring. Overall, this was a great start to the series and I’m looking forward to many more stories of the Shepherd Sisters. And let’s be real here, more of Aidan. And maybe Jack Carson.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I was given the incredible treat of being able to review an advanced copy of "Out of the Picture" by Tracy Gardner and I was pleasantly surprised. All too often serial mysteries are easy to solve (usually within the first 2-3 chapters), but this mystery provided enough intrigue to last well beyond that point. A fun and enjoyable read, I highly recommend this series to any mystery lover and look forward to more Shepard Sister Mysteries in the future!
4GranJan 7 months ago
Exciting Cozy Mystery This book was very difficult to put down. The mystery was slow to unravel and the reader could feel the tension build. This is not a thriller, just a good, and well-planned mystery. I love a mystery that challenges the reader's mind and this book does that. I will love reading more of this author's work. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Fennell 7 months ago
Out of the Picture: A Shepherd Sisters Mystery By Tracy Gardner September 2019 Jilted, broken-hearted but not defeated, art authenticator, Savanna (Savvy) Shepherd, extricated herself from the hustle and bustle of the city, taking refuge in her small, laid-back hometown of Carson, Illinois. Here, she reinvents herself as an elementary school art teacher while reacquainting herself with her family and old friends. Settling into the comforts of home, the intrigues of mystery and romance are farthest from Savvy’s mind. However, when she is commissioned by Carson’s eponymous matriarch and art collector, Caroline Carson, to paint a mural, intrigue becomes unavoidable. With a keen eye for spotting real art, Savvy’s suspicion about the authenticity of Caroline’s art collection soon compels her to investigate. To complicate matters, a series of strange, serious, and seemingly related incidents are occurring in Caroline’s home and beyond. Bent on unveiling the secrets that abound, Savvy teams up with her two sisters and Caroline’s debonair young doctor, Aidan Gallager, to expose what is real and what is fake in this picture; this story. Tracy Gardner serves up a delicious mystery-romance plot in, Out of the Picture: A Shepherd Sisters Mystery. However, the story is more mystery with a mild tincture of romance added to the mix. The story’s lead sleuth, Savvy, is imbued with intuitive brilliance and surprising tenacity as she works to disentangle the web of personalities involved and their motives. You cannot help rooting for her because she is a believable truth-teller who is simultaneously vulnerable to harm. She is also steady-headed and insightful of her priorities as she gently stokes the prospect of a full-blown romance almost from a distance, while focusing on restoring the fabric of Caroline’s household and wellbeing, and the community of Carson, to a clean, idyllic way of life. Ms. Gardner keeps this writer invested in the story with its ongoing sense that there is a solvable mystery to be solved. She teasingly uses a gentle touch of dramatic irony which intensifies the pleasure of reading; you feel as being part of the story. You cannot help being seduced by the contrast between a pristine town and the murky, criminal elements that have sneaked in, to inhabit an old mansion which by nature of its age and size is inherently sinister. The story’s supporting characters are very convincing and surely add to the story’s strength. A story of family, new beginnings and community, I enthusiastically recommend this book across the board for those who simply love a great story that holds you in pleasure, and particularly for mystery and romance story lovers. You will be gripped by the story’s irresistible pace and the returns on your investment for even a flickering flame of romance and the moment when you realize that all the clues you followed throughout a story have met their goals, will not disappoint. Great choice Hallmark in your mystery debut!
kimcres 7 months ago
What a delightful romantic suspense from Tracy Gardner and Hallmark Publishing. A bonus recipe for Holy Yum chicken is sure to make your mouth water as your brain is engaged in the mystery, family dynamics and small town drama. This is cozy mystery at its best. I received a complimentary copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.
MugsyMae 8 months ago
Caroline Carson is a pillar of the community, and about to turn 90. Savanna recently returned home from living in Chicago, and is commissioned by Caroline, the grandmother-of-her-heart, to do a mural on her parlor wall. When strange and disturbing things begin to happen in Caroline's home, Savanna goes into full protect mode, enlisting her sisters, parents, Caroline's handsome widower doctor, and local police detective to figure out what's going on. This mystery was different from the romances I'm used to reading from Hallmark, but it was an excellent read. It kept me guessing until the end!
Anonymous 8 months ago
What a page turner. This is more of a cozy mystery/romance. The Shepherd Sisters are very interesting. The setting is at Lake Michigan. You feel like you are actually there and you know all of the characters. You will love it. You can take my word on that.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book because it was more of mystery. But for the readers that love romance this book is also for you. The characters are very likable and I really enjoyed the how the main character is so close to her family. This is a great book with mystery and a little romance. I recommend this book.
Pattistep 8 months ago
I enjoyed this entertaining and well-written cozy mystery that revolved around the three Shepherd sisters. This book features the middle sister, Savanna, who moved back to her hometown to teach art at the local elementary school. Savanna has given up her art authentication job at a gallery in Chicago after her broken engagement to the owner. But all is not as it seems in her small town and Savanna’s eye for small details makes her an excellent amateur detective. Her talents are put to good use after the mysterious death of an elderly friend. The setting of this story is along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan, and the author does a great job of brining this town to life. I liked the fact that Savanna and her family are close and she was genuinely happy to be back home again. The characters are likable and the interaction among Savanna and her two sisters is fun. There’s the beginning of a love interest between Savanna and a local doctor, but this isn’t the main storyline of the book. The mystery takes center stage and although my suspicions were correct about the murderer, it was satisfying to read the twists and turns of the story. If you like the Hallmark channel mysteries, you’ll like this book. Savanna makes a great modern-day Nancy Drew. I’m hoping there’s going to be a follow-up book to this one. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
AFerri 8 months ago
What's not to love about this story!! It has action, suspense, mystery, romance and a wonderful recipe at the end. This book will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. Best of all it's a Hallmark book so you know it's going to a good clean read. Thank you Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
bluegreen91 8 months ago
What a page-turner! I really had a hard time putting this one down. Savanna Shepherd has recently moved back to her hometown and finds herself wrapped up in a little bit of romance and a LOT of mystery! I liked the characters in this story: Savanna and her sisters Skylar and Sydney, their almost-grandmother Caroline, and doctor Aidan. I'm hoping this will be first in a series - just based on the way the title includes "A Shepherd Sisters Mystery" - so I can continue to follow this charming trio of sisters. I also think this could make a really great movie or miniseries (hint, hint, Hallmark!). This is the first book I've read by Tracy Gardner, but I hope to read more in the future! I received an advance copy of this book. This review contains my honest thoughts and opinions.
GailHollingsworth 8 months ago
This is a cozy mystery that anyone could enjoy. No gore or scary parts to give you nightmares. Lovable characters you feel like are friends. I could easily picture this as a Hallmark movie. I was kept guessing right up to the end, turning pages as fast as I could to find out who dun-nit. And the cover is beautiful too. I’m enjoying these Hallmark novels and am looking forward to more. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but wasn’t required to write a review positive or otherwise. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I liked this book and how it captures a lot of different points of view during it. The story line is good and all inclusive with family, love and a little dash of romance to make it exciting. I found myself wanting to continue to read this story as each chapter made you want more. Would recommend.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Interesting storyline and characters. Enjoyable read for summer
TracyFritts1974 8 months ago
This is the first book in A Shepherd Sisters mystery series. I thought it was a wonderful read and enjoyable characters. it was a page turner and well written. I enjoyed the story line. i look forward to reading more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you NetGallery and Hallmark Publishing.
Marshathereader 8 months ago
Out of the Picture by Tracy Gardner is the first in the new Shepherd Sisters mystery series. This is an easy to read cozy with plenty of twists and turns that have you guessing until the end. There is family, humor, and a hint of romance. There are artists and paintings sprinkled throughout the story.. . I was given an ARC by NetGalley for an honest review.
iiiireader 8 months ago
When I first started to read this book, I thought I was reading a mystery but, somehow, it came across as a romance. Then I remembered that it was a book released by Hallmark and the romance part of the mystery made sense. It is the second in a series of three books. The books are about the Shepherd sisters. In this book, Savanna Shepherd as just moved home after losing her long term relationship when her fiance decided he needed something more. Because she worked for his family, she felt the need to quit and move back to the small town she grew up in and leave behind her prestigious job as an art authenticator. Savanna loves being home, her new job and spending time with her neighbor, an much older lady who has a wonderful art collection. When a series of odd happenings begin to happen to her neighbor, which endanger her, Savanna steps up and starts investigating and sees links to the art collection.
ArizonaJo 8 months ago
Out of the Picture by Tracy Gardner was a quickly paced cozy mystery that I enjoyed reading from the first chapter to the last chapter. Ms. Gardner's writing style is smooth and easy and she develops her characters well as she introduces each one throughout the story. I liked all three sisters, Savannah, Skylar and Sydney, as they were all unique but the family bond was clear. The mystery was slightly complex with just enough twists to keep me guessing until Savannah, with her art background, began really looking at all of the pieces of the puzzle. There is a light romantic touch throughout the story but nothing to detract from the mystery. I hope there will be more with the Shepherd sisters and their charming small town. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Hallmark Publishing via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.