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To Sketch a Killer by Caryl Janis is a Historical Fiction/Romance Bookish Event pick #urbancozymystery #cozymystery #historicalmystery #giveaway

Title: To Sketch a Killer


Author: Caryl Janis


Genre: urban cozy mystery


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.




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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What makes your featured book a must-read?


Sarah is a likeable young heroine who is doing her best to define her future while, at the same time, trying to solve an increasingly complex local murder. The 1970s New York setting, eclectic characters, growing danger, and touch of romance should all keep readers absorbed.


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Author Biography: 


A fan of mysteries since childhood, Caryl Janis now writes her own. To Sketch a Killer, her recently released urban cozy set in 1977 Manhattan, has been called “a must-read for mystery lovers.” She is now working on a sequel. Her contemporary cozy, Research Can Be Murder, will also be coming soon. A freelance musician and nonfiction author, Caryl enjoys concerts, theater, museums, and spending time with family and friends.


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Mar 24

I have a couple i guess I’ll go with Sandra Sookoo.


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Mar 21

Thank you for sharing your book in our historical event!

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