Color Me Murder by Krista Davis debuts as the first installment in the Pen and Ink cozy mystery series. As an added bonus the front and back covers are colorable.
Florrie Fox enjoys working and managing the Color Me Read bookstore. She takes delight in helping the customers and making them happy with their book finds. After a long day at work, Florrie loves to unwind with her cat, Peaches and design adult coloring books.
Living in Reston, Virigina, Florrie is looking for a place closer to work. When the owner of the bookstore, Professor John Maxwell offers his empty carriage house rent free, Florrie jumps at the proposition, but she must take residence right away before his "good for nothing" nephew, Delbert takes claim on it. One morning after opening up the bookstore, Florrie finds Delbert dead and the evidence points to dear, old Professor Maxwell. Florrie knows he didn't kill his nephew and with paper and pen in hand, Florrie sketches out the clues to free Professor Maxwell.
Color Me Murder is a quick, enjoyable read. The chapters are short and the pages are colorful, sprinkled with a little humor. The author vividly describes each character and scene. My image of the bookstore is vintage and musty with tables of books in the center aisles and a sliding book ladder. The characters are lively and well portrayed. Florrie is my favorite character. She's giving with a dash of spontaneity. There are many characters in this cozy mystery, but they're easy to follow and each play an intricate part. Both the plot and subplot are fast paced, yet smoothly flow into each other.
In the future, I'm looking forward to reading more of the Pen and Ink series. I recommend Color Me Read to cozy mystery lovers or not who love to read book-themed mysteries.
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC.