A Painting to Die For Book Review & Giveaway

Today, I am featuring a cozy mystery in our review spotlight.  After reading and reviewing other books from this author--I was excited to read A Painting to Die For this week.  What did I think of A Painting to Die For by Joan C. Curtis?

I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book

A Painting to Die For Book 3 Jenna Scali Mystery Series Jenna’s quiet weekend turns upside down when her house is ransacked and a body is found with her name and number in its possession. Meanwhile her long-lost cousins show up with stories about international art theft dating back to World War II. While Jenna questions the motives of her dead father in his connection to stolen art, the police find a second body with Jenna’s name in its possession and she becomes the primary link in two murder inquiries. Sidestepping the police and dodging the mob, she and her best friend, Quentin, embark on their own investigation to save themselves and Jenna’s cousins from untimely deaths.   Offset by the quiet university town where faculty and students mill about, minding their own business, Jenna is kidnapped and held at gunpoint while her double-crossing, lying cousins chase after the missing painting worth millions.    

A Painting to Die For forms a web of deceit that leaves Jenna doubting everything she believes about her father and his Italian heritage.

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My Review

A Painting to Die For is an Engaging Cozy Mystery.  In keeping with the author's previous books in the series, this book involves more than a mystery in her book.  With a host of eclectic characters--along with secrets and interrelated lives and backstories that add to the twists and turns of the plot, the book keeps readers interested and engaged through to the end of the novel. 

I am a fan of Curtis' character development and settings.  The author uses the small town atmosphere of the university setting to bring her characters to life.  There is a cozy closeness and a lot of development that allows readers to really connect to characters--even those that are not very likeable or trustworthy. 

Would I recommend A Painting to Die For by Joan C. Curtis?  I loved this book--I think it may have been my favorite of the series.  As with the other novels, this isn't a thriller--but, more of a mystery / drama that is still written so well that the scenes and the characters keep the reader engaged and entertained to the very last pages.  I always enjoy a book that keeps me guessing a little--but, also offers something deeper than the scenes at hand--and gives resolution (even when surprising) to the characters.  Joan C. Curtis writes life stories for her characters--and weaves mystery, surprises and secrets through their lives.  I recommend this book (and the other books of the series) to readers who enjoy a cozy mystery atmosphere with deeper, interwoven plots.  

About the Author

Dr. Joan Curtis is an award winning writer who has published 8 books and numerous stories.

The e-Murderer: Book 1 Jenna Scali mystery series won the GOLD in the Global eBook Awards for 2016 for Mystery.

The Clock Strikes Midnight has won three major awards. FINALIST in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2016, FIRST PLACE Royal Palm Literary Award for mainstream/literary 2015 and the Silver in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 for Fiction/Suspense

Murder on Moonshine Hill won the SILVER in the Global eBook Awards for 2017 Mystery and the BRONZE 2017 for Southern fiction Reader's Favorite.

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  1. Love your review! Thank you for hosting my new book on your blog and for being part of the virtual blog tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.. Many thanks!!



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