Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Easier Dead Than Drawn by Bailee Abbott

Posted June 29, 2024 by meezcarrie in Bailee Abbott, Book Review, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Kathryn Long, mystery/suspense / 8 Comments

Easier Dead Than Drawn book review

Easier Dead Than Drawn by Bailee AbbottEASIER DEAD THAN DRAWN by Bailee Abbott
Paint By Murder Mysteries #3

GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean with mild language)
PUBLISHER: Level Best Books
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2024
PAGES: 277

The Paint by Murder Mystery Series continues!

When the town council hires Chloe Abbington’s close friend, famous wall muralist Lana Easton, to paint a mural advertising the return of the floating amphitheater, not everyone in Whisper Cove is happy about the theater or Lana. Naysayers think the noise from concerts and visitors will disrupt their quiet community. It doesn’t help that a lot of money taken from the town’s budget is being used to pay the muralist for her services. The mood turns even more grim when Lana is found dead, and since Chloe was there alone to discover her body, that makes her the prime suspect.

Before Chloe finds herself painted into a corner as the killer, she and sister Izzie hurry to solve the case and find the real criminal. The suspect list grows to include Lana’s boyfriend and her intern, as well as a couple of local residents. The task is a tall order for the sisters, and it doesn’t help that the detective on the case is someone who doesn’t seem to care for Chloe or her interference. Clues about Lana’s past surface and point to more than one suspect. The challenge will be to decide which one is the real killer.


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Have you ever gone to Painting With a Twist or another painting-event business where you get together with friends or on a date and create guided art? My husband and I did that once for our anniversary and, while I had fun, let’s just say that art is not my gifting haha. Sisters Chloe and Izzie run a painting-event business like this together, and I thought it was interesting to get a bit of a behind-the-scenes glance at that.

Chloe and Izzie also solve mysteries in their spare time, and in Easier Dead Than Drawn they have to work around a new detective in their small town – one that reminded me (and them) of Columbo in all the best ways. Like the rumpled ‘one more question’ detective of classic TV, it’s hard to tell exactly where you stand with Detective Winsell – is Chloe really his prime suspect (because of the fallout she’d had with her once-close friend who was murdered) or is his focus on someone else? I enjoyed the layers that the author gave this character and what he added to the story. The mystery itself has several plausible suspects for the murder of Chloe’s former roommate, everyone from town business owners to a local artist and the victim’s boyfriend & coworkers. Various red herrings and misdirections kept me guessing, and an unexpected reveal flipped the script.

Bottom Line: Easier Dead Than Drawn by Bailee Abbott is a murder mystery full of artistic rivalries and small town drama. Likable sisters – and business partners – Chloe and Izzie are a good sleuthing team too, and their respectively different personalities make for entertaining dynamics in all three of those aspects to their relationship. I enjoyed the dash of romance for each sister, and I also liked their family members that we get to meet – including Chloe’s dog Max. The mystery is well-plotted and, even though in the end it did come down to my ‘top two’ suspects, that’s all I got right. The big reveal in this case isn’t the ‘same old, same old’ routine and as a frequent reader of the genre I appreciated the slight change of pace. A nice, light read with relatable characters and interesting layers!

Reviewer’s Note: Readers of this blog may want to be aware that there are a few mild curse words scattered infrequently through this novel.

(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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Kathryn Long / Bailee Abbott

Bailee Abbott is a native Ohioan who spends her days plotting murder and writing mysteries. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Bailee lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio. Visits to Bemus Point, a town along the Chautauqua Lake in southwest New York inspired the setting for the PAINT BY MURDER mystery series. Bailee also writes the SIERRA PINES B&B MYSTERIES and the MACKENZIE BLUE MYSTERIES as Kathryn Long. Connect with Bailee at her website.

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8 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Easier Dead Than Drawn by Bailee Abbott

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on EASIER DEAD THAN DRAWN by Bailee Abbott, for being part of the blog tour and for introducing me to a new to me author.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and I’ve now added it to my TBR list. I’m anxious to read and review it.

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