Review: Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Johnson

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Paint the Town Dead
by Sybil Johnson

PAINT THE TOWN DEAD frontPaint the Town Dead
(An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (December 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1943390335
E-Book ASIN: B0156W71GW


Paint the Town Dead is the second book in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series. This book can stand alone, but if you are just starting the series, why not start at the beginning?

Paint the Town Dead has its share of quirky characters and fun reading.

The rock through Rory’s window began her involvement in the Akaw hotel debacle. Her friend drops dead and the investigation comes to a halt. I am suspicious and feel something is very wrong. I’m glad Rory does too.

Liz, her best friend, works in real estate and has all the latest gossip on the who and what in town. Jasmine has narcolepsy and falls asleep at the oddest of times. The hunky detective could be a love interest, if she ever finds the time.

Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Johnson is predictable. I found no surprises and couldn’t really connect with the characters, don’t know why, but I enjoyed the mystery. The reading was easy, the story flowed smoothly and I had a chuckle or two at the characters expense.

I received a copy of Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Jonson in return for an honest review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars


“Johnson paints characters with a folksy charm that makes them feel like family…Color me a fan!” – Diane Vallere, Author of the Material Witness, Style & Error, and Madison Night Mystery Series

“Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through her adventures.” – Suspense Magazine

The Ocean Painting Society invites you to join the painting wave…

It’s June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home. Decorative painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw hotel to attend the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention.

During the week-long event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother’s booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn’t expect to witness her childhood friend collapse in class and die. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to uncover the truth and bring the killer to justice?

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, craft and hobby mysteries.



Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Paint the Town Dead by Sybil Johnson

  1. The cover is awesome and it’s what drew me to the book. Cozies often have wonderful covers and great titles. I added the cover to my awesome covers pinterest board!

    • Every time I look at this cover I want to walk down to the beach. Couldn’t be happier with it. Cozies do have wonderful covers. I’ll have to check out your pinterest board.

  2. I know what you mean. I am a definite sand surf and sea kind of girl, so I latch on to any books like these. I have never been disappointed.

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