Oct 212018
 

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Designed for Haunting (Aurora Anderson Mystery)
by Sybil Johnson

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Designed for Haunting (Aurora Anderson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (October 9, 2018)
Hardcover: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114055
ISBN-13: 978-1635114058
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114020
ISBN-13: 978-1635114027
Digital ASIN: B07FSYFM8Q

October brings a message from Beyond The Grave…

Halloween is fast approaching in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Rory Anderson. While her painting chapter prepares to open its annual boutique house, Rory receives an unexpected email from Beyond The Grave, a company that automatically sends out messages when someone dies.

“I think I have a stalker,” the message reads. “If you’re reading this I’m either missing or dead. My life may depend on what you do. Please find out what happened to me.”

Haunted by her friend’s disappearance and possible death, Rory begins her search with the help of best friend and fellow painter, Liz Dexter. Can they discover who has designs on the missing woman and uncover the truth before one of them becomes the stalker’s next victim?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Halloween is just a few days away and so is the annual decorative painting open house. Rory’s group has been working hard to get everything ready. But an unusual and scary email has Rory Anderson concerned about a friend. The company, Beyond the Grave, offers a service that sends out a prewritten email if their member fails to respond to their check-in emails after a set number of days. Rory has received an email from Zelena, “I think I have a stalker,” the message reads. “If you’re reading this I’m either missing or dead. My life may depend on what you do. Please find out what happened to me.” Zelena was at the recent painting meeting, so she must have disappeared shortly after that. Rory asks her best friend Liz to help her try to find Zelena, hopefully, alive and get to the bottom of this haunting email.

This fourth installment to the Aurora (Rory) Anderson series evokes the Halloween theme very well. In addition to the missing woman, there are pranksters creating havoc with each prank worse than the last, a craft sale open house I would love to attend, and rumors of a ghost appearing nightly on the beach. All of which are drawing Rory’s attention.

The core characters of Rory and Liz are strong. They have each other’s back and Liz is still doing her best to push Rory to be a little more adventurous. Not quite Thelma and Louise and not quite Lucy and Ethel, but they do share characteristics of these famous duos. They do make a great team of sleuths.

We did meet some new characters this time. They were interesting in their own ways and added so much to this story. I did miss some of the usual characters from previous stories though.

I did enjoy the open house charity event. Set in an actual home that was on the market, each room set up to show wares decoratively painted for the different upcoming holidays. There was even a special escape room experience where entrants are given a set limit of time to “investigate” the room and its contents to solve a mystery. What a fun addition to a craft sale.

With three mysteries to solve, revealing the pranksters, the “ghost” on the beach, and Zelena’s disappearance, readers are kept on their toes. Rory is asked by her detective boyfriend to let him handle things but Rory just can’t do that even when things take an ominous turn. I always have fun tagging along with these amateur sleuths. Rory has a way of getting to the truth and the closer she gets the faster the pages were flipping. Hold on tight for that ending.

Another great story from Ms. Johnson and a fine addition to this series.

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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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More praise for Designed for Haunting (Aurora Anderson Mystery)
by Sybil Johnson

. . . kept me engaged the entire way through. The climax is very suspenseful and perfectly wraps everything up.
~Carstairs Considers…

I enjoyed the layers in this book. The mystery is well thought out and keeps the reader engaged through the entire reading experience.
~A Cozy Experience

It’s a fast-paced mystery with many puzzle pieces to put together.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

Within the first couple of paragraphs, the words “I think I have a stalker” pulled me right into the story and pulled me right along throughout the entire book. That was a great opening.
~MJB Reviewers

A complicated entangled mystery that will keep your interest all the way through.
~Laura’s Interests

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Feb 092017
 

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Sybil Johnson

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!

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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 Palette for Murder (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (January 31, 2017)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111415
E-Book ASIN: B01M74ZIL3
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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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

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.

Dollycas

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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.
~Laura’s Interests

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.
~Varietats

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Jan 272017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review when they were first released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

Paint the Town Dead
(An Aurora Anderson Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – California
Henery Press (December 8, 2015)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1943390335
Kindle ASIN: B0156W71GW

 

 

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 weeklong 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?

Dollycas’s  Thoughts

Rory has her hands full this week helping her mother at the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention. She is excited to be able to spend some time with her friends, especially Jasmine, who has moved back to the area. She is devastated when Jasmine collapses and dies during one of the painting classes. The police believe the woman took her own life but Rory isn’t buying that at all. She immediately starts her own investigation.

Sybil Johnson has given us quite a twisted up mystery. Someone attending the convention wanted Jasmine dead and they had to be very sneaky to bring it all about. You see she had a condition that the killer had to know about to pull off their crime and not too many people knew about it. In fact that is why suicide was the immediate cause of death determination. Thankfully Rory was ready to fight to prove that wrong.

I reviewed the first book in this series a couple of weeks ago and I had a problem with the flow of the story. Well I did not have that problem with this story at all. The flow was steady from start to finish. There are several things happening. We start with a brick through a window, then on to protesters picketing the damage the new hotel did to the area, to all the snafus that can go wrong at a big convention, and even Rory’s mom pushing her to get a man in her life. Yes, there is some romantic tension too as we meet someone special in our dashing detective’s life. But all may not be what it seems…..and then of course there is the murder.

I like these characters, Rory and Liz’s friendship is fun and they have each other’s back. I like where the author is heading with all of the characters. The story is very well written and the mystery makes sense. Rory’s job as a website consultant and helping out at her mother’s tole painting and scrapbook store’s booth at the convention give her plenty of opportunity to follow clues and hunt down leads and get herself is some dicey situations too.

This was a strong addition to this series. I am looking forward to the newest book in the series, A Palette for Murder, releasing January 31.

Dollycas

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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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Jan 062017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review when they were first released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Fatal Brushstroke (An Aurora Anderson Mystery)
by Sybil Johnson
Cozy Mystery
1st In Series
Setting – California
Henery Press(November 18, 2014)
Hardcover: 270 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976525
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976495
Kindle – ASIN: B00N265TVY

 

A dead body in her garden and a homicide detective on her doorstep…

Computer programmer and tole painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson doesn’t envision finding either when she steps outside to investigate the frenzied yipping coming from her own backyard. After all, she lives in Vista Beach, a quiet California beach community where violent crime is rare and murder even rarer.

Suspicion falls on Rory when the body buried in her flowerbed turns out to be someone she knows—her tole painting teacher, Hester Bouquet. Just two weeks before, Rory attended one of Hester’s weekend seminars, an unpleasant experience she vowed never to repeat. As evidence piles up against Rory, she embarks on a quest to identify the killer and clear her name. Can Rory unearth the truth before she encounters her own brush with death?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Rory Anderson is a computer programmer that works from her home in sunny California. As a hobby she enjoys tole painting. Sounds like a quiet idyllic life to me. But when a body is found buried in her garden things become chaotic as Rory is a suspect trying to clear her name.

This was an interesting debut. Rory has a past that the author explains over the course of the story that makes her a very vulnerable main character. She spends a lot of time with her mother but their relationship felt a bit off until more of Rory’s past is revealed and things start to fall into place. At first I thought maybe I missed a novella or a previous story in this series but after double checking found that was not the case I soldiered on. I feel if her past would have been addressed in full at the beginning the flow of the book would have been better and not so choppy.

Disregarding the flow, the theme and substance of the mystery was enjoyable. Painting instructor, Hester Bouquet, killed, but by who? The author gives a several viable suspects, and I had both of my prime suspects cast aside when additional facts were revealed. The police seemed determined Rory was the killer, what they lacked in evidence was trumped by the location of the body and they seemed satisfied. We do learn why the police chief is so determined to prove Rory guilty rather than really investigating the crime, but I really didn’t like him as a character from the start. Thankfully Rory kept digging and digging to prove him wrong. She does hold things back from him and was not always forthcoming but that is just a normal part of cozy mysteries.

I always say first books in a series are difficult because the author has a heavy lift, introducing the characters and giving us a mystery that grabs us and holds us to the last page. While the character introduction was a bit murky at first, the mystery was skillfully composed. The description of the setting, Vista Beach, was pleasing as well.

Now that I have gotten to know Rory’s backstory I am really looking forward to the next book in this series, Paint the Town Dead, which I plan to read very soon as the 3rd book in the series, A Palette for Murder is being released at the end of the month.

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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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I am so happy to be part of this tour and to welcome Sybil to Escape With Dollycas!

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Food That Fuels the Imagination

by Sybil Johnson

 

Agatha Christie was known to eat apples while plotting murder. Victor Hugo swallowed two raw eggs before beginning his writing day. And I learned from a post the Awl had a few years back on food and writers (http://www.theawl.com/2012/08/writer-food-from-a-to-z) that Neil Simon rewards himself with a bag of Fritos after completing a difficult scene.

After reading the Awl article, I was curious if the writers I know have their own food rituals so I posed the question to some of them recently with interesting results.

Not everyone I informally polled noshes while working, but a large number of them mentioned snacks they enjoy as they write. Not surprisingly, chocolate is a favorite, all types from milk to dark to those that include nuts, bacon, raisins… I even got a peek inside Phoebe Fox’s desk where I found, you guessed it, chocolate (Madagascar) as well as Jolly Rancher lollipops. She tells me she also likes Cheetos.

PAINT THE TOWN DEAD frontMulti-series author Diane Vallere uses food to get into the mind of her series character and help her keep track of what she’s working on. For her Style & Error series, it’s Pennsylvania junk food: pretzels, hoagies, pizza, meatball sandwiches, tastycakes. For her costume shop series, it’s smoothies. It’s not only the food she eats, but also the movies she watches, the magazines she reads, the music she listens to that gets her into the mindset of her characters.

Ellen Byron finds herself craving Cajun food while writing her Cajun Country series while Sarah M. Chen prefers black tea with milk and honey, Marilyn Meredith Chai lattes. Shawn Reilley Simmons craves brie and pretzels while Wendy Tyson enjoys ginger snaps.

Larissa Reinhart confesses to always being hungry while writing, something that I’ve noticed about myself. I’m a nibbler when I’m working on a story, especially when the words aren’t flowing, not the best thing when you’re trying to maintain or lose weight. I have a particular fondness for mint chocolate items. Thin Mints and Frango mint chocolates are special favorites, though I try not to indulge too often. And diet Coke, preferably with lime, helps keep the words flowing. You’ll see my protagonist, Rory Anderson, consuming all three of these in FATAL BRUSHSTROKE and PAINT THE TOWN DEAD. I do eat healthy a fair amount of the time. Like Rory’s BFF, Liz Dexter, it’s not unusual for me to eat and enjoy brown rice, steamed veggies and tofu.

I’m not the only one whose own food likes make their way into their work. Larissa Reinhart’s character, Cherry Tucker, loves Southern food just like her creator does. And LynDee Walker’s Nichelle drinks Moscato and often eats Mexican food or barbecue, all favorites of the author herself. For Maria Alexander, her love of peanut M&Ms ended up playing an important role in a YA novel she’s currently working on.

For me, sometimes it’s not the eating of a food, but the making of it that gets my creative juices flowing. I love baking all kinds of things, but my special love is cheesecakes—trying out new recipes, modifying ones I’ve used before, creating new ones. While working on my sweet creations, a solution to a plot problem often pops into my mind.

After a lot of trial and error, the following has become the base for my cheesecake experimentation. As you can tell, I like things on the lighter side. For me, it’s less filling and just as flavorful. Just add a crust of your choice and play around with different flavors/additions, then bake at 300 degrees F for an hour and twenty minutes until it jiggles only slightly at the center when shaken.

4-8 oz. packages light cream cheese

1 c. sugar

1/3 c. fat-free evaporated milk OR whipping cream

1 1/2 c. egg substitute

2 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons vanilla

So there you have it, food habits of some of today’s writers. What about you? What food fuels your imagination?

~Sybil

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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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
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Synopsis:

“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.

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