Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: Color Me Dead by: Theresa Trent

Title: Color Me Dead
Author: Theresa Trent
Publisher: self published
Series: Henry Park #1
Pages: 241
Format: e-book
Source: GEBT
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Artist Gabby Wolfe has the ability to see not only the beauty of the living, but the despair of the dead. When she returns to her childhood home in Henry Park Colorado, she is forced to bring along her younger brother Mitch. He is on a “break” from college where he was majoring in wine, women and song. If that isn’t enough they also have Mitch’s rambunctious beagle Luigi along who prefers to spend his days wallowing in junk food. When Gabby draws the death of a young woman before it happens, she knows she must tell someone and risk a new job and her professional credibility. Will she reveal her secret in time to save the woman in the water or will it be too late?

My Thoughts:

This book starts out with Gabby Wolfe and her brother Mitch heading to Henry Park where they use to live so Gabby can work with an author on illustrating his books.  Mitch is there to get his head screwed on straight after being in college for 6 years and basically majoring in women, music and beer pong.  When they meet Gabby's new boss he invites them to a party where Mitch meets Amelia who has recently gotten over the murder of her husband Billy.

Mitch and Amelia hit it off but when Amelia goes missing and Gabby starts drawing pictures of a murder victim she tries to make sense of it but when it really happens no one except Gigi believes her.  Gigi sees the same things the problem there is Gigi has cerebral palsy and her secret ability is kept quiet to keep Gigi living a normal life as much as one can in a wheelchair.

When Amelia winds up dead and the cops are tuning into Mitch it's up to Gabby to rescue her brother even if everyone thinks she's crazy.  Was Amelia killed for something she knew?  Or someone who was a little too interested in her?  There are a few possibilities but will Gabby figure it out in time or find herself being drawn by Gigi in her own death sketch?

This book took a bit to get going but once it took off it really took off I loved watching the relationship between Gabby and Gigi and Gabby and Mitch standing up against their mother who still saw them as lost teenagers who needed to be guided instead of adults who need to decide what they want to do in life.  I think just about anyone would love this new series whether you are artistic or not it draws you in and has you wanting to learn more about the people of Henry Park and see where the residents go from here!

Author Bio:

Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer.  She writes the Pecan
Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.

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Unknown said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the book and thank you for your review. You picked the three characters I loved the most. Mitch took over every scene he was in, and Gigi was a wonderful challenge to write. I had to ask myself "What if you had a character with the gift of psychic ability and almost no way to tell others?" Even though Gabby looks like the sibling who has it all together, she's still a work in progress. Thank you letting me come visit your blog. Color Me Dead is free at Amazon until January 27!

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