Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Good Read: Fatal Brushstroke

Fatal Brushstroke (Aurora Anderson Mystery #1)Fatal Brushstroke by Sybil Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fatal Brushstroke is the first book in the Aurora Anderson mystery series. It is adequately written and professionally edited.

The plot is interesting and fast paced, but a bit disorganized. Information and events in the story were presented in a way that made me feel as though I had missed their introduction. I went back to reread a few sections hoping to find some reason for a new event thinking that I had overlooked something.

The characters were varied and most were very appealing. The main character, Rory, had an interesting backstory which I would have loved to have read more about. In the first half of the book I had a problem empathizing with Rory and her problems because she continually lied to the police and her behavior was so erratic. I finally warmed up to her towards the end of the story.

Overall, Fatal Brushstroke was an easy, fun read. It can be read as a standalone, but I look forward to reading more of this series.

ARC provided by Henery Press via Netgalley.


  1. I don't usually take a chance on a debut 1st book in a series. I look for series that have at least 3 in them. I'm just about done with book #1 in the Psalm 23 Mysteries, THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. Teams a Rabbi and a church secretary.

    This week I read that book and SOCKS by Beverly Cleary ( I'd never read it before and was getting it ready for the library), DINNER WITH A PERFECT STRANGER and A MENNONITE WOMAN'S LIFE ( both short books from the church library) . My next book is CUT ADRIFT : FAMILIES IN INSECURE TIMES by Marianne Cooper.

    How many books a year do you review?

    1. I review between 200-300 books a year, but many of them do not make it onto my blog.