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Color Me Murder

(Pen & Ink Mysteries #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,266 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Includes A Front and Back Cover for You to Color!

By day, Florrie Fox manages Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. By night, she creates her own intricately detailed coloring books for adults, filling the pages with objects that catch her eye. There's plenty of inspiration in her new apartment--a beautiful carriage house belonging to Professor John Maxwell
Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is the first book in the new cozy Pen & Ink Mysteries series. Before even starting to talk about the story in this book I’d just like to say what a creative and wonderful idea for book to be printed with a cover that you can color yourself. Adult coloring books are the newest fad so why haven’t I seen this done before now I have no idea but even having read the story I’m ready to buy a copy for my own collection.

Now as you can imagine the author has created a tale
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

This is the first book in Krista Davis's new 'Pen and Ink' cozy mystery series.


Twentysomething Florrie Fox is the manager of the 'Color Me Read' bookstore in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. This is the perfect job for Florrie, because she loves to read mysteries AND she creates her own line of adult coloring books.

Florrie is trying to find an apartment closer to work when her boss, peripatetic Professor John Maxwell, offers her the carriage house on his nearby
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was already a big fan of cozy mysteries by Krista Davis. Her Paws & Claws series is one of my favorites. After reading this first book in her new series, I know the Pen & Ink Mysteries are also going to be on my favorites list!

Florrie Fox works at a bookshop, Color Me Read, in Georgetown. Professor John Maxwell owns the shop. He's a bit of an eccentric and known for dashing off to exotic places on all sorts of adventures (what can you expect from someone who has the Indiana Jones theme as the
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Wow, what a book! This novel had me hooked from the first few pages with the beautiful descriptions of the beautiful book store, Color Me Read. Of course as a reader, I am drawn to books that involve books and this book was not the exception! When I first received this ARC from Kensington, I was over the moon not only did the story sound captivating but the cover was amazing!!! Not only did it have a beautiful and intricate design wrapped around the cover, you could customize it by coloring it a ...more
Tan Markovic
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!!

Florrie Fox works in her local bookstore, Color Me Read, and is a bookworm with a passion for crime novels, drawing and colouring books for adults. It turns out her passion for drawing comes in handy when trying to track down a real murderer and free one of her closest friends from prison.
I went into this book without having high expectations and I have to say that it genuinely surprised me! The premise of the book is nothing new, however the way that the author executed the plot, dev
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a unique cover idea. Adult coloring books are huge right now. I gave away quite a few to my family for Christmas with sets of colored pencils. This book brings two favorite things together, a fantastic cozy mystery and color-it-yourself cover art.

When you venture beyond the cover you do find a fantastic mystery. We meet Florrie Fox, manager of the Color Me Read bookstore in Georgetown, Washington D.C. The cool thing, she doesn’t just sell adult coloring books in the store
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 sparkling stars!

I wish I could call Florrie my friend. She is very likeable, smart and loyal. That's not where the praise for this book ends though. There are so many unique and interesting characters, all well delveloped, that I can't name them all here. Even though there are a lot of them I never had a problem to remember who is who.

The mystery had me hooked right away and I couldn't figure out who the bad guy was until the reveal. I suspected almost everybody at one point or another. All th
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Color me Murder was excellent for me. I'm an adult coloring book junkie. Florrie Fox is a coloring book artist. Also the amateur sleuth. She is enjoyable. Someone I would love to be myself. The book involves an interesting and different premise.  It's an entertaining story. For not entirely adult coloring book fans but for the die-hard mystery fan. I know this is a series I will read every book of. I can't wait to review the next book in the series.

I received this book from the author for an hon
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I love that I have a fantastic new cozy series and new characters to love! The protagonist, Florrie Fox, manages the Color Me Read bookstore, sketches in her free time, and has her own adult coloring book line! How awesome is that! She moves into a gorgeous carriage house owned by her nice, wealthy employer, Professor John Maxwell, and becomes friends with his butler, Mr. DuBois, who has a flair for the dramatic! I chuckled at a lot of his scenes.

The story provides a compelling mystery which is
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Florrie Fox manages the Color Me Read bookshop. She has wanted to move closer to the bookshop, but hasn't been able to find anything she liked, or could afford. When her boss, Professor John Maxwell, offers his carriage house to her, she can't resist. Unfortunately, Maxwell's nephew Delbert had his eye on the carriage house. Delbert is not a likable guy, so when he goes missing nobody is too upset, but then Florrie discovers Delbert's body in a trap door area in the bookshop. Maxwell is the obvi ...more
Mark Baker
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Florrie Fox is delighted when her boss offers his carriage house as a place for her to live. It’s only a few blocks from the bookstore she manages. Her boss, Professor Maxwell, doesn’t want his nephew, Delbert, to move in, so it is perfect. Florrie begins to have her doubt when she meets Delbert, but the last thing she expects to find is his dead body. With Professor Maxwell arrested for the crime, Florrie needs to work fast to prove his innocence.

This is a delightful start to a new series. Flor
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is a book you can not put down. It is engaging, and the perfect blend of cozy and mysterious and the tiniest sliver of romance. It was brilliant. Start to finish a readers delight. All the feels and warm feelings at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in series. There is something truly remarkable in the way that Krista Davis writes and just how much I love each and every character she creates. I felt so emotionally involved and invested. Instant book hangover ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Color Me Murder is the first book in the A Pen And Ink Mystery series.

This is a great start to a new series by Krista Davis. A well-plotted and told story with a developed and interesting cast of characters.

At 9:30 on a Saturday morning, Florrie Fox gets a frantic phone call from her boss Professor John Maxwell owner of Colored Me Read bookstore, asking her if she has found a different place to live yet. Florrie answers in the negative and Maxwell offer her the carriage house with the understand
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is, I hope, the first in a long running new cozy series. I enjoyed reading every page of this book.

Florrie Fox is the manager of the Color Me Read bookstore and a coloring book artist. I found her to be likable, efficient in her management of the bookstore and a little naive about life. Ms. Davis' descriptive writing made me feel like I was in the bookstore or in her carriage house on Professor Maxwell's estate with Florrie. The secondary characters were quirky an
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
What a creative idea for a series! The Pen & Ink mysteries come with covers you can color! But it isn't all about the fun on the outside of the book. COLOR ME MURDER was a clever mystery that had me guessing the whole way through! I'm eagerly awaiting the new installment of this colorful series! ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Krista Davis has several cozy series available but this is by far my favorite. Set in a bookstore in Georgetown, Washington DC , run by manager Florrie Fox , this cozy has lots of great characters. Florrie has been taken under the wind of Professor John Maxwell the owner of Color Me Read. He asks her to move into his carriage home to prevent his nephew from becoming a resident. Said nephew turns up dead at the bookstore and of course Max is the main suspect. I especially liked the homeless chara ...more
A fine start to a nearly new series. Loved bookstore and carriage house settings. A couple of things confused me but otherwise a good, light, easy read. Can't color the book cover on Kindle 😆 but love that cover, anyway. ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Florrie manages bookstore by day and drawings for coloring books for adults at night. Her boss,Maxwell, lives in a mansion and offers her the carriage house to live in if she agrees to move in right away so his nephew can’t live there.Everything is fine until she finds a trap door in the floor with his nephew dead inside. She knows Maxwell can’t be guilty but he is put in jail. Interesting story with tunnels, many suspects and details of her family life.
Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
I found this book to be enchanting! I will give it 4 & 1/2 stars. This is another Krista Davis delightful series.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

My creative side absolutely adored this book. The idea of Florrie sketching out clues and ideas was simply amazing. I wish that the carriage house really existed - it sounds absolutely stunning. The mystery was great with a nice amount of humor in it.
Lisa Morin
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is an incredible first in a new series.
I didn't want it to end. I kept puttering around the house, trying to keep my hands off my kindle.
It didn't work, I kept hearing Florrie calling me, teasing me, taunting me.
I caved in and finished it. I was so sad it ended but so excited to find this beautiful gem of a story, between the gorgeous covers of coloring pages!

The story is brilliant, well crafted and well told. I immediately fell in love with Florrie. Everyone need
Silvia Kay
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Color Me Murder was very pleasant to read, but not particularly outstanding compared to other cozy mysteries I have had the opportunity to read lately. I liked the fact that the main character Florrie was a coloring book author. I also appreciated all the mouth-watering descriptions of Florrie's baking, not to mention her quaint living quarters.

To be honest, I find it hard to put a finger on what it was exactly that relegated this book to the three-star territory. Something about it fell slightl
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Florrie Fox loves her job as a bookstore manager, her new home in coveted Georgetown, her “after hours” gig as an adult coloring book artist, and her boss Professor Maxwell. When Florrie finds Maxwell’s scheming nephew Delbert’s body, obviously murdered, in the bookstore, Maxwell quickly becomes the prime suspect. Before he is carted away to jail, he implores Florrie to find the real killer by using her gray cells and her artist’s eye (a fun nod to Christie’s Poiroit). This leads her down a dang ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Color Me Murder by Krista Davis is the first book in the new A Pen & Ink Mystery series. Florrie Fox is the manager of Color Me Read in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. At night she uses her artistic skills to create adult coloring books. When Florrie arrives at work, Professor John Maxwell (her boss) asks if she is still looking for an apartment. Florrie wishes to move closer to work to cut down on her commute. Professor Maxwell offers Florrie his carriage house (rent free) on the condit ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will read anything that Krista Davis writes. Color Me Murder is the first book in her new Pen and Ink series. I loved it. The main character, Florrie Fox, is a coloring book artist and the manager of Color Me Read, a local bookstore in Georgetown near Washington DC. When her boss is arrested for the murder of his nephew, Florrie must find the real murderer. I loved Florrie...she is smart, laid back, and the kind of person you would want as your best friend. The secondary characters are also we ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a news cozy mystery series by Krista Davis. I enjoy her other series, so I thought I would give this one a try. The additional piece of fun with this book, is that you can colour the cover.

Florrie Fox works at a bookshop, Color Me Read, in Georgetown. Professor John Maxwell owns the shop. When his daughter was kidnapped years ago, his marriage fell apart and he became an adventurer, traveling to exotic places. His family is also very wealthy and well known in Georgetown
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.50 stars - very mild pg13 (see below)

Loved it!! Lots of fun. Good story flow. I love cozy mysteries with a touch of humor and this one was perfect in that regard. I loved the attention to detail and the wonderful descriptions of quirky people and places (Georgetown sounds like the Georgetown I know and not some fabrication of the real place. And I am totally drooling over Florrie’s carriage house apartment; and her cute outfits.) There were a few things that were a bit of an unbelievable stret
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-ebooks
I've been wanting to read this since it came out, and now I can say that I'm familiar with all three of this author's cozy series. It didn't take long to get to know the characters in this book. I just love Prof. Maxwell, what a sweetheart! Jim who works at the store is such a nice guy and Helen, well she's not done anything to make me like her lol. Florrie is a great character and I really enjoy her sleuthing with the beat officer, Sgt. Jonquille. For once, the sleuth wasn't being warned off th ...more
Dawn Michelle
This is getting 4 stars because I really liked the story and really liked the characters. What I was not a fan of was the narrator and I think [as I have before] that listening to poor narration affects how I feel about a book. So I tried to not factor that in while listening and I have decided that I really enjoyed this in spite of the narrator.

This is a new series by one of my favorite authors, Krista Davis. I have enjoyed her previous series very much and I am now looking forward to more in
Lizz (Beer, Books and Boos)
This was great first book in a cozy mystery series and I can't wait to read more. Florrie Fox is a wonderful character and I absolutely loved her. She has one of my dream jobs bookstore manger and artist. All the secondary characters are the best and I could be friends with all of them. The twist and turns in this book kept me guessing. I have put all the other books in this series on my TBR list. ...more
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Krista Davis lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where she writes three mystery series. She lived in Northern Virginia for many years and resided for a time in Old Town Alexandria where her Domestic Diva Mysteries take place.

Krista also writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries, which debuted with MURDER, SHE BARKED. They are set in a resort town that caters to people who want to vacation wit

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