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Favorite Color – Blue
Favorite Candy – Frango mint chocolates
Favorite Snack – Popcorn
Favorite Soft Drink – diet Coke with Lime
Favorite Hard Drink – Toss up between Pinot Grigio and Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Movie – Gone With The Wind
Favorite TV Show – Good Witch
Favorite Book – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Favorite Fictional Character – Miss Marple
Favorite Super Hero – Batman
Favorite Singer/Group/Band – I don’t really have a favorite group or singer. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, old and new. Currently, I’ve been listening to The Carpenters. Karen Carpenter had a wonderful voice.
Favorite Carnival Ride – Ferris Wheel
Favorite Spring Activity – I have a spring birthday so I enjoy making myself a birthday cheesecake. I love to experiment with new recipes. Peppermint Bark and Oreo cookie are my current favorites.
Favorite Summer Activity – Sitting out on our deck and reading or working on a story.
Favorite Fall Activity – Disneyland! I love the Halloween decorations and how they change the Haunted Mansion every year.
Favorite Winter Activity – Walking down to the beach. There are fewer people around and it’s cooler though not cold. Very soothing.
Favorite Place to Read – Any place in my house that is quiet and sunny.
Favorite Place to Write – Same as above. Any place in my house that is quiet and sunny.
Dream Vacation Destination – Australia/New Zealand (taking a cruise ship to get there and get back)
Thanks Sybil for playing 20 Quick Questions!
About The Author –
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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A killer heat wave settles over Seagull Lane…
Summer’s sizzling in Vista Beach, the home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The abnormally high temperatures are hard on everyone in the quiet Los Angeles county beach community, especially the city’s homeless population. Residents are doing everything they can to stay cool, including leaving windows open to catch the faintest breeze. Not the best idea when a string of burglaries is plaguing nearby towns.
Still, Rory doesn’t expect to find her neighbor’s body just a few doors down. When suspicion falls on a friend and fellow painter, Rory must discover the truth before the police paint the wrong picture and send her friend away permanently.
Book 3 in this series takes us to California is heat of summer and some thieves are taking advantage of residents leaving their windows open to catch an ocean breeze. Sadly one robbery leaves behind a body. Rory finds her neighbor dead of an apparent attack. Police quickly focus in Rory’s friend Dawn so Rory does a little investigating on her own but she may be painting herself into a corner.
What a perfect read while it is winter in Wisconsin. The heat seeped right out of the book and made me feel the warmth and enjoy the breeze. I could almost smell the ocean and hear the waves as Rory chased down clues both in the murder and trying to find out who hurt a homeless man. A man who Rory has sort of taken under her wing.
The author really shined with this mystery. Willow, the woman who died, had secrets and quite a past. We keep learning more and more as the story continues and there are some surprising twists that paint quite a picture of who Willow really was. Ms. Johnson set a nice quick pace to this mystery. One that made the book very hard to put down, I did read it all in one sitting. One part even made me shed a tear or two.
I really enjoy the characters she has created. Close friends Rory and Liz, not quite Thelma and Louise, but they have a special bond. Rory’s romantic life is still in flux but I do enjoy the way the author is not rushing it, leaving it to evolve naturally and in a very believable way. Of course, there are always those bumps in the road that twist things up a bit. I think I know where she is headed and it is fun to watch it all play out.
Each story in this series is better than the last. I hate to think I have to wait a year for my next visit. Thank you Sybil for another perfect escape.
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More Praise for A Palette for Murder
by Sybil Johnson
This is an enjoyable read with interesting characters and plot turns… Readers of cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.
~ Christa Reads and Writes
With the help of friends and friends of friends, this neighborhood mystery reveals itself at a comfortable, steady pace.
The author does a great job creating a world that grabs the reader and pulls them in, keeping them engaged from start to finish.
~Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
I really liked this book, the story is interesting, the mystery keeps you guessing all the book and the characters are lovely and friendly.
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