Paint the Town Dead

Paint the Town Dead

by Sybil Johnson

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The Ocean Painting Society invites you to join the painting wave...

It's June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home. Decorative painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw hotel to attend the Ocean Painting Society's inaugural convention.

During the weeklong event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother's booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn't expect to witness her childhood friend collapse in class and die.

When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice?

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PAINT THE TOWN DEAD by Sybil Johnson | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150805026
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 12/08/2015
Series: An Aurora Anderson Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 530 KB

About the Author

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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Paint the Town Dead 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this series - I’ve done some decorative painting in my time, so the idea of a mystery series centered around that subject appealed to me. But reading this reminded me of why I tend to shy away from most “cozy” mysteries. I find myself frustrated with characters who do foolish things in lieu of allowing the police to do their jobs. I read the first book in the series, and while the writing in this one was better than the first, I still had that basic issue with a web designer/decorative painter investigating the murder of a childhood friend rather than letting the police do it. So for me, the bottom line is that I think fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this book and the series, even though it wasn’t my personal favorite. Thanks to Netgalley and Henery Press for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
PAINT THE TOWN DEAD is the second in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series. I have not read the first one, but had no problem following the story. Aurora, "Rory" is a tole-painter and freelance computer programmer in Vista Beach, California. Recently, the quiet city just had a new hotel constructed, the Akaw. It is the site of the Ocean Painting Society Convention. Unfortunately, several residents are angry that their homes were damaged by the construction of the hotel and they are picketing, causing some vandalism and harassing customers and employees. Rory's house was targeted and she had a rock thrown through her front window. While trying to sort out who threw the rock, she is also attending the convention with several of her friends, one of which just moved back to town. Jasmine has a severe case of Narcolepsy and is on a new medication. When under stress she will have an attack. After the hotel is evacuated because someone pulled the fire alarm as well as setting off a stink bomb, she has an attack, or was it. Jasmine ends up dead from an overdose of her new medication. Now Rory has another situation to investigate. Are they tied together? I like that Sybil Johnson includes a situation tied to what is happening in the world. With many communities upset with progress, as well as big business getting away with bribes, damage to homes and ecosystems, this side story sheds a bit of light onto an important issue. It wove into the story nicely. I enjoyed the plot and how the story flowed. The characters, Rory, Liz, Rory's mom and Dashing D (the handsome police detective) play nicely off each other and have good chemistry. I am looking forward to more in this series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Rory has her hands full this week helping her mother at the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention. She is excited to be able to spend some time with her friends, especially Jasmine, who has moved back to the area. She is devastated when Jasmine collapses and dies during one of the painting classes. The police believe the woman took her own life but Rory isn’t buying that at all. She immediately starts her own investigation. Sybil Johnson has given us quite a twisted up mystery. Someone attending the convention wanted Jasmine dead and they had to be very sneaky to bring it all about. You see she had a condition that the killer had to know about to pull off their crime and not too many people knew about it. In fact that is why suicide was the immediate cause of death determination. Thankfully Rory was ready to fight to prove that wrong. I reviewed the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago and I had a problem with the flow of the story. Well I did not have that problem with this story at all. The flow was steady from start to finish. There are several things happening. We start with a brick through a window, then on to protesters picketing the damage the new hotel did to the area, to all the snafus that can go wrong at a big convention, and even Rory’s mom pushing her to get a man in her life. Yes, there is some romantic tension too as we meet someone special in our dashing detective’s life. But all may not be what it seems…..and then of course there is the murder. I like these characters, Rory and Liz’s friendship is fun and they have each other’s back. I like where the author is heading with all of the characters. The story is very well written and the mystery makes sense. Rory’s job as a website consultant and helping out at her mother’s tole painting and scrapbook store’s booth at the convention give her plenty of opportunity to follow clues and hunt down leads and get herself is some dicey situations too. This was a strong addition to this series. I am looking forward to the newest book in the series, A Palette for Murder, releasing January 31.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: PAINT THE TOWN DEAD - Aurora Anderson Mystery Book 2 Author: Sybil Johnson Published: 12-8-2015 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 262 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Crafts & Hobbies ISBN: 13: 9781943390335 ASIN: B0156W71GW Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.25 I received a copy of "Paint the Town Dead" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: The Ocean Painting Society invites you to join the painting wave... It’s June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home. Decorative painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw hotel to attend the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention. During the week-long event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother’s booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn’t expect to witness her childhood friend collapse in class and die. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice? Books in the Aurora Anderson Mystery Series: FATAL BRUSHSTROKE (#1) PAINT THE TOWN DEAD (#2) PALETTE FOR MURDER (#3) Jan. 31 2017 My Review of "Paint the Town Dead": Aurora "Rory" returns to find out how her friend died and why. Searching for a killer, she and her friends look for the leads that will give them the answers they seek. A story filled with well developed characters in a world that brings the small town to life in the imagination of the reader. Making it a place you will look forward to visiting often. My rating of "Paint the Town Dead" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Be Sure to Paint This Book Read The blessing of having a huge to be read pile is you never are hurting for books to read. The curse of having a huge to be read pile is it sometimes takes much longer than you intend to get to books you fully intend to read. That was the case with Paint the Town Dead, the second Aurora Anderson mystery. When I enjoyed the first back in June, I had hoped to read the sequel before now. I still wish I’d read it sooner since I did enjoy it. Aurora “Rory” Anderson is excited about the decorative painting convention that is coming to her seaside town of Vista Beach in Los Angeles County California. She is taking some of the offered classes and helping out her mother who is one of the venders for the week-long event. Even better, her friend Jasmine has recently returned to town. As a fellow decorative painter, she is part of the convention as well. Not that the week gets off to a smooth start. The convention is being held at a new hotel in town, and building it has led to quite a bit of controversy. In fact, there are picketers around when Rory shows up to help her mom set up. However, nothing prepares her for Jasmine to collapse and die during the first class of the convention. The police think it was a horrible accident, but Rory isn’t buying it. Can she find proof that her friend was murdered? It was great to be back in Vista Beach and with these characters again. I love this small town setting, and I love the beach, so that’s definitely a plus. While I like the characters, I felt they weren’t quite as developed as they could be. Don’t get me wrong, I did care about them and I cared about the outcome. They just need a little something more. This applies to the series regulars and the suspects equally. However, the plot more than makes up for any deficiency with the characters. Things get off to an exciting start in the very first sentence, and events just keep happening as the book progresses. Each of the suspects were so viable I thought I had it completely figured out several times before the end, yet when the real villain was revealed, it once again all made sense. I truly enjoyed trying to figure it out with Rory. So if you are looking for an exciting mystery that will keep you guessing until the final page, pick up Paint the Town Dead. You’ll be happy you did.
FionaST More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Aurora Anderson mystery series. You actually can read this book as a stand alone, but I enjoyed reading both. Rory, as the main character is called, is a computer web designer. One of her clients is the Akaw, a new hotel in town. The hotel's building has caused a large outcry from the surrounding neighborhood. Rory, along with her mom & friends are scheduled to participate in a decorative painting convention located at the hotel. After the death of Rory's good childhood friend on the trade floor Rory, not believing her friend's death was an accident she decides to investigate. The plot twists & turns as the story unfolds. With several subplots running in the background this story drew me in & kept me turning the pages nonstop. I'm anxious to see where Rory & friends go on from here, especially after Liz's pronouncement at the end!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Johnson is the second book in An Aurora Anderson Mystery series. Aurora “Rory” Anderson lives in Vista Beach, California. Rory designs websites and apps. She recently did work for the new hotel in town called Akaw. Unfortunately, some people in town are not happy with the new hotel and they are taking drastic actions. One of those actions is a brick through Rory’s front window. Similar incidents happened to council members of Vista Beach. Rory is hoping to put the incident behind her as she gets ready for The Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention. Rory enjoys toll painting and her mother, Arika Anderson will have a booth at the convention. Her mother owns Arika’s Scrap ‘n Paint. Rory is looking forward to the convention. There are classes, shopping (of course), and connecting with other painters. Rory is happy to see her childhood friend, Jasmine Halliday is at the convention. Jasmine is doing the bookkeeping for the convention manager, Nixie Mohr (I bet she got picked on in school). Jasmine suffers from narcolepsy and has a cataplectic attack after greeting Rory in the hotel lobby (it is not Rory’s fault). She soon recovers and they go on to enjoy the convention. However, while taking a class, Jasmine collapses. This time she does not recover. The police are willing to write it off an accident, but Rory is not so sure. Rory decides to investigate and find out what happened to her friend. If Jasmine was murdered, who would want to harm her? Paint the Town Dead had interesting characters, was easy to read, and contained a good mystery. The author did a great job with the mystery (and with misdirection). Paint the Town Dead is a light, fun cozy mystery. I read Paint the Town Dead without having enjoyed the first book in the series. I think it would have been helpful if I had read the first book. It would have given me a better understanding of the characters (background information), relationships, and the first case (it is referenced in this book). One thing I did not like was Rory’s obsession with Detective Martin Green. It was a little over the top for a person who had one date and then never went out again (it was just strange). I give Paint the Town Dead 4 out of 5 stars. I am going to go back and read the first book in the series as soon as I get an opportunity (and look forward to reading the next book in the series). I received a complimentary copy of Paint the Town Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
TessT More than 1 year ago
ybil Johnson is the author of the Aurora Anderson mysteries and this series is well deserving of our attention. Her characters are the funny, lovable type that we all would love to have in our live. The twists and turns that Sybil takes us through are certainly a joy to read. You never know what awaits you as the pages turn. Christmas holidays would be a great time to catch up on Sybil's books. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
A predictable yet fun cozy with quirky characters. Paint the Town Dead is the second book in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series. This book can stand alone, but if you are just starting the series, why not start at the beginning? Paint the Town Dead has its share of quirky characters and fun reading. The rock through Rory’s window began her involvement in the Akaw hotel debacle. Her friend drops dead and the investigation comes to a halt. I am suspicious and feel something is very wrong. I’m glad Rory does too. Liz, her best friend, works in real estate and has all the latest gossip on the who and what in town. Jasmine has narcolepsy and falls asleep at the oddest of times. The hunky detective could be a love interest, if she ever finds the time. Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Johnson is predictable. I found no surprises and couldn’t really connect with the characters, don’t know why, but I enjoyed the mystery. The reading was easy, the story flowed smoothly and I had a chuckle or two at the characters expense. I received a copy of Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Jonson in return for an honest review. To see more visit
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the second book in the Aurora Anderson Mysteries series by Sybil Johnson. Aurora (Rory) Anderson lives in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach. The town is preparing for a weeklong event. During Rory’s class she is shocked when her childhood friend collapses in class and dies. Rory is determined to put her sleuthing skills to the test and find the killer. If you are looking for a great mystery, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Ahh! Aurora's back and this time there's a convention going on in Vista Beach. Of course, Rory's right in the middle of it. It's a painting convention and someone at the convention is killing people and it's not legionnaire's disease. Of course, Rory's on it, her best friend was killed and she is going to get to the bottom of it. Even though Detective D is telling her to leave it alone. HA! Like that's going to happen. Rory get's herself into some pretty unsavory and downright smelly predicaments in this one. I definitely got a few chuckles. The way that these women would all meet up right after something had happened to see who knew what would crack me up. I could just see it happening. The antics that Rory would talk Liz into doing with her. I'm sitting here shaking my head just thinking about them. This was definitely a very entertaining book guaranteed for several chuckles and no, you won't guess who the killer is. As with most Henery Press books, I emphatically recommend this book, it makes for an enjoyable read. Thanks Henery Press and Net Galley for a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not read the first in the series and that may have had something to do with my enjoyment of this story. I found myself overwhelmed by all the characters and all the "baggage" they brought into the story. There was great structure for a cozy mystery, but due to all the different goings on in the story, I found myself struggling to catch up. I was surprised with all the different suspects and I was kept guessing until the end, I did not figure out who the murderer was. I definitely suggest reading the first one before reading this one, it may make a difference.