Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Death A Sketch by Cheryl Hollon

Posted August 1, 2022 by meezcarrie in Cheryl Hollon, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Kentucky, mystery/suspense / 11 Comments

DEATH A SKETCH by Cheryl Hollon
Paint & Shine Mysteries #3
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Kensington
RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2022
PAGES: 288

In eastern Kentucky, Miranda Trent runs a unique tour company called Paint & Shine, but sometimes the peaceful mountains play host to murder . . .

Miranda’s business—combining Appalachian adventure tours with art and a bit of moonshine—is the perfect place for an outdoor sporting goods company to hold an employee retreat.  It’ll be a challenge, but the money they’re paying will definitely help with building her new distillery.

Miranda has lots of teamwork-fostering activities planned, from sketching classes to Southern cooking, but the executive running things prefers a more competitive spirit.  In fact, after the workers are split into teams, they’re told that only the winners will keep their jobs, and tensions begin to spike. Even after a participant is found dead, the contest continues—while Miranda starts drawing her own conclusions about the ambitious attendees. Now she just has to find the proof . . .


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We’ve all been there. Felt like we had to take on work or clients that we didn’t really like because we thought it would pay off for our career or business in the long run. This is where our Miranda finds herself as Death a Sketch begins. I thought hosting an employee retreat for team building and leadership skills was a unique expansion for her Paint & Shine tours, and it made for an interesting crew of supporting players too. A hodgepodge mix of personalities and backgrounds keep the suspect pool full, including a couple of characters who were abrasive enough for me to be tempted to murder them if forced into extended close proximity lol.

As always, Miranda is likable and easy to cheer for as she continues her tireless quest to meet the terms of her uncle’s will so she can remain in the family farmhouse. We didn’t focus too much on the distillery progress this time around, as the tour group & case were more labor intensive than usual, but I suspect it will be in the spotlight in the next book as that deadline is approaching! Her circle of friends and family remains highly entertaining and easy to love, too, and I loved the romance progress between Miranda and swoony neighbor & park ranger Austin.

Bottom Line: Death a Sketch is a fun and entertaining return to the Paint & Shine mysteries! Miranda remains a delightful and relatable protagonist and the bevy of recurring secondary characters are just as endearing. She has her work cut out for her this go-around, even before a murder makes things even more treacherous, and readers can definitely feel the tension emanating off the pages. Don’t worry, though, there’s also a little time for some swoony romance with hunky ranger Austin and time to sit a spell on the porch swing with precocious pup Sandy! While I felt like the big reveal was a little abrupt and without much warning for readers, I still found the mystery to be clever and engaging. Another great installment in this series – can’t wait for what’s next!

PS – let’s all stop and say a prayer for God’s protection over eastern Kentucky, where this series is set. Unprecedented flooding has already claimed more than 28 lives, including several children, and more rain is on the way. My heart aches for the state where I lived for 30 years. Jesus, be Mercy.

(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 / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career 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 oil painting and creating glass art. Cheryl and her husband live in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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11 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Death A Sketch by Cheryl Hollon

  1. Brenda Ellis

    The concept of adding tours to a paint and alchohol type event sounds like fun and another way to stumble upon a mystery.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for DEATH A SKETCH. I appreciate your support very much. The part of eastern Kentucky where this book is set is much in the news regarding the flooding. Send prayers that all remain safe.

  3. Regina

    The fact that this book is set in eastern Kentucky caught my attention. I’m looking forward to reading it. I live in southeastern Kentucky. Me and my family have been very blessed not to have suffered loss or damage from the flooding. Please continue to pray for all of those here in Kentucky who have been hit hard by all of the flooding.

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