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To Sketch a Killer by Caryl Janis is a cozy mystery worth reading #cozymystery #bookboost #wrpbks

Title – To Sketch a Killer


Author – Caryl Janis


Genre – Urban Cozy Mystery


Publisher – The Wild Rose Press


Book Blurb –


Sarah Quinlee needed a change. She sublet a tiny Manhattan apartment, took a new job, and rekindled her passion for sketching. But after accidentally stumbling on a murder victim outside the church next to her workplace, change proved far riskier than she'd anticipated, even for the crime-ridden 1970s. Sarah is quickly pulled into a tangle of neighborhood secrets involving an enigmatic homeless woman, a menacing street punk, a quirky assortment of locals, and coworkers with a past. Her perceptive sketches of them raise some serious questions--and some serious danger. Unable to resist playing sleuth, despite the profound concern of a very attractive police detective, Sarah is soon up against a killer desperate to hide the crime at all costs.


Review Snippets –


"A treat of a novel for whodunnit lovers. An evenly paced narrative

with a plot that throws curveball after curveball."

--Readers' Favorite


 "Transports readers to 1977 New York."

--Library Journal


Excerpt –


Sarah commented on the delicate lines of a marble sculpture. And Cookie spoke perceptively of the facial expressions captured in several century-old portraits. They reminisced about their after-school sketching classes and how unique these had been.


“Sarah, you really should take more art courses. I can see how much you still love it.”


“I do love it. I’ve even taken out my sketchpad again.” She thought back to a couple of pages she’d added the other night—the inside of Gianni’s intriguing shop as well as a humorous drawing of Edgar with a huge batch of files about to topple off his desk. It had been fun.


“You’re going to tell me everything about the job soon, right?” asked Cookie before they parted. “The stuff you didn’t tell me today?”


“Absolutely,” said Sarah with a smile. “The job stories will keep. Insurance isn’t the most exciting game in town.” Unless it’s peppered with behind-the-scenes intrigue and murder.


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Author Biography –


Caryl Janis has been a fan of mysteries since childhood and now writes her own. To Sketch a Killer is her first. Research Can Be Murder will be available soon. She is also a freelance musician and nonfiction author who enjoys theater, museums, and spending time with family and friends.


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Dec 12, 2023

Thank you, Caryl, for sharing your book with us! I can't wait to read it.

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