It's so hard to believe that a year has passed since I met Nixy! When I starting reading Paint the Town Dead (Silver Six Crafting Mystery #2) by Nancy Haddock, it felt like yesterday since I'd left this series. I hope you made the time to read the first part, because the second part is just as much fun.
From the back of the book:
From the national bestselling author of Basket Case comes the second mystery starring the crafty and cantankerous Silver Six.
Leslee Stanton Nix—aka “Nixy”—thought moving to small-town Lilyvale, Arkansas, would be about as thrilling as watching paint dry. But keeping up with her retired Aunt Sherry and her troublemaking housemates—collectively known as the Silver Six—has proven to be as exciting as it is exasperating.
To kick off the grand opening of their craft shop, the Handcraft Emporium, Nixy and the Silver Six invite Doralee Gordon to teach a gourd painting class. Doralee’s spirit gets squashed when her ex crashes the class with his new fiancée, but things really get messy when the bride-to-be later turns up dead. Now it’s up to Nixy and the Silver Six to use their melons to find the killer—before someone else gets painted out of the picture.
As I said in the intro, I was really excited to be back in this series, and that is because the characters are so fabulous. Nixy is a smart and spunky heroine, and Eric is still swoony. I missed them as well the six! Speaking of spunky, the six are some feisty older crafters. The secondary and new faces for this part were also a lot of fun. There were a lot of suspects, but I still managed to put it together just in time.
The story was paced well and I flew through it, devouring not only the mystery, but also the fun asides of the classes and developing relationships. I like that Nixy's and the six's insights are not only respected by Eric, but also occasionally sought after. There were also some new furry faces in this part that made me smile. I liked that even they got some backstory that was explored.
I really look forward to my next visit Nixy, Eric, and the six, as well as trying the recipes and crafts from the back of the book.
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