Fatal Brushstroke (Aurora Anderson Mysteries, #1)

Fatal Brushstroke - Sybil Johnson

From now on, Rory vowed to use the memo feature on her cell phone instead of the Post-it notes she usually employed. That way, she wouldn't leave little bits of herself lying around in unexpected places—like under dead bodies.

For the longest time while reading this book I had my theory on who I thought was behind everything that was happening in the book. I was like "This is so obvious! Why can't anyone see that [character name redacted] is behind everything?" I have not included the name of the person that I thought was behind everything because even though I was completely wrong, I still don't want to spoil anything. Boy, I have never been so happy to have been so wrong. If I had been right this book would not have been as enjoyable as it was.


There are events from Aurora's (Rory) past involving her biological parents that really affect the way that everyone in the community see her. Those events are mentioned a little bit into the book and so when everyone seemed suspicious of her I had felt like I was missing something. When her past was revealed things definitely cleared up for me. I really liked Rory so it was hard to continue to read this book once everyone became suspicious of her and started to blame her. The blame of her and the gossip got to be too much and I could have done without some of it. I mean couldn't the police have followed up on any other leads and done their job correctly?


I really don't know what to think of Detective Green because even though I had hoped that he wouldn't have been blinded by the town's suspicion of Rory he at times seemed to really fall for it. Maybe I was just hoping that he would help Rory clear her name and that maybe they would become friends and eventually grow into a deeper relationship. Okay so I'm going a little overboard but I don't care.


There were some pretty interesting twists that threw me for a loop. At the end when it was revealed who was behind everything and why they did it I was definitely surprised. It was a great ending to this book and I would be interested in seeing what happens next in this series. Thanks to NetGalley and Henery Press for the galley.