Book Review (and a Giveaway)!: Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon

Posted July 11, 2020 by meezcarrie in Cheryl Hollon, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 8 Comments

A Paint and Shine Mystery #1

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Kensington
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2020
PAGES: 304

Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia–until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .

After inheriting her uncle’s Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky–smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest–Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.

To Miranda’s delight, Paint & Shine is a total success–until someone kills the cook. As the town’s outsider, suspicion naturally falls on Miranda. Murdering the best biscuit baker of Red River Gorge is a high crime in these parts. Miranda will have to prove her innocence before she’s moved from farmhouse to jail cell faster than she can say “white lightning” . . .

Bottom Line: Still Knife Painting is an engaging start to a new series by Cheryl Hollon! I particularly loved that it’s set in my ‘stompin’ grounds’ as they say down here – and that it’s based on fun experiences the author had in this part of Kentucky as a child (as discussed in the author note that begins the book). Something about that kind of connection makes the book even cozier right from the outset. The characters are quintessential to this genre – delightfully quirky enough to make you love them but suspiciously quirky enough to keep them on your ‘potential culprit’ list. Miranda took a bit of warming up to, but I’m intrigued to see where Hollon takes this character through the rest of the series. Well-written and entertaining, this read is a fun way to spend a weekend 🙂

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

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Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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8 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway)!: Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “Still Knife Painting” by Cheryl Hollon and for being part of the book tour.

    Always enjoy reading Cheryl’s books and can’t wait for the opportunity to read this one. Great cover!

  2. Sherri G

    I love reading mysteries and the added bonus is that it’s set here in my beautiful home state of Kentucky. Thanks for the review, Carrie. I love hearing about new-to-me authors. Cheryl, thanks for sharing your writing talent with the rest of us.

  3. Mary Christopher

    I love finding new to me authors! Would love the opportunity to read your book Still Knife Painting!

  4. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the blurb and review. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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