Cozy mystery review: Paint Me a Crime by Holly Yew


Paint Me a Crime (A Rose Shore Mystery)
by Holly Yew

About Paint Me A Crime

Paint Me a Crime (A Rose Shore Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada
Touchpoint Press (June 13, 2023)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 252 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956851623
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956851625
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BWPVHLSB

Art curator Jessamine Rhodes has left behind her gig at a prominent gallery in the city to open her own community art center in the small town of Rose Shore. She’s all set to host an extravagant opening watercolors class and has even booked a famous artist to teach it. Gabriella Everhart brings along her priceless painting Tranquil to showcase as the centerpiece of the event.

The opening class is just wrapping up when suddenly Tranquil disappears before Jessamine’s eyes. Next, the lights of the art center flicker out and leave the crowd in complete darkness as a scream pierces the air. To her horror, Jessamine’s flashlight reveals that prestigious art collector Victor Carlisle has been murdered, and now her dreams are as shattered as the champagne glass found near the scene.

Determined to save her now teetering reputation, Jessamine sets out to search for answers and the missing painting on her own. She has invested everything into her art center and is too anxious to step back and do nothing. Along the way, she teams up with a handsome paramedic who seems to have his own reasons for wanting justice for Victor’s tragedy.


My Review:

Paint Me A Crime is another fun cozy, perfect for summer reading. The mystery is well thought out, with several plausible suspects (and a couple of less plausible ones), and the writing is solid. I enjoyed the main character, who seems to have a rather human mix of overconfidence and self-doubt.

The story does suffer from a common problem for cozies: an amateur sleuth who keeps things from the police for reasons that don't always look sufficient to me. Jessamine always manages to convince herself that she has a good reason, though, and it all makes for a good story with an exciting ending. If I was a bit dubious about the murder method I thought it made a nice dramatic scene.

I was drawn to the setting, which was fairly well-drawn and developed. There are light touches of romance without angst, and moments of humor as well as poor decisions. Overall, it seems to me a series with promise.


About Holly Yew

After having called many places around the world home, Holly Yew has settled in the Okanagan, BC with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s playing the piano, watching Star Wars, or enjoying a Dole Whip in Disneyland.

Holly is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. She loves connecting with other writers and bookworms on social media, and you can find her at

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