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Death In Vermilion

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A psychological thriller about murder among friends and enemies. Who do you trust?

Artist Leila Goodfriend is laying down the bones of a painting. When she’s interrupted by Iris, the noisy, unlikeable artist in the studio upstairs, Leila is distracted and annoyed.

When Leila discovers the racket was actually Iris' dead body hitting the floor, she becomes obsessed: Who murder
Paperback, 271 pages
Published April 16th 2018
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Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2018
Death in Vermilion is the kind of read that is deliciously saturated with details. Every scene was painted vividly in my mind and I really appreciated the attention to details from the art perspective. Not being an artist, there were many places in this story where I could have been completely lost, or I would have missed a nuance because I am not familiar with the world of art, but the author did an amazing job of giving me all the details that someone as ignorant as I am needed. Also, it was d ...more
Divya Mahajan
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good Whodunnit novel. The novel starts with a murder and Leila who finds the body is obsessed with finding the murderer when there are no leads and so many suspects. The story is a little slow but progresses continuously. There are many suspects and man motives- greed, jealousy, anger, property, money. There are many subplots - but they in no way hinder the story in fact throw more suspicions and many secrets are uncovered. How Leila weaves through all these trappings and reaches the conclusio ...more
Lel Budge
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the intrigue in Death in Vermilion.

Leila is obsessed with finding out who murdered her neighbouring artist, Iris.

She suspects all the other artists around her at her at Red Barn, so who can she trust?

I found some parts of the book delightfully sinister, yet there is some clever humour too in this twisty murder mystery,

I also learned a lot about art and it’s history and the various painting techniques which added an extra facet to the story, very interesting. I really enjoyed the format
lady ansel
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy reading a good who-done-it
I learned a lot about Artists and painting techniques reading Death In Vermillion. Barbara painted a story with intrigue and suspense as her main character Leila is drawn into solving a fellow artist’s death in a small Cape Cod town. Leila discovers that she really doesn’t know her friends as well as she thought as the entire Red Barn Cooperative is under investigation for Iris’s death.

Barbara did a wonderful job fleshing out each character with very distinct personalities and characteristics.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I absolutely adored this fascinating novel! Barbara Elle showed amazing skill with her attention to detail about life in the art world. I loved the characters that she created and each had their distinctive charms and individual personalities. The great dialogue helped the story move along at a very enjoyable pace. I really appreciated the comedic aspect of this mystery and I loved that, whilst "Death in Vermillion" was primarily a murder/mystery, it was also very character driven. If you favour ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good read and the first in a series. I found it to be well-written with intriguing characters and clever dialogue. Looking forward to more. I received a copy from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This a good book with interesting characters. There is a group of artist who paint in at the Red Barn recently there had been items missing from all of their individual rooms. Then one of them is murdered and Leila finds the body. There are lots of suspects and motives to go around. There is also an art history lessons thrown which I enjoyed learning. From the point Leila finds the body her life becomes pubic with everyone wondering if she did it.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read, own-it
Leila is trying to paint when she hears a noise in the apartment above her. This disrupts her painting mode, so she goes to check out what is going on. She finds Iris laying on the floor...dead! Murdered no less! Who would do such a thing? This is a very original story with some very strange characters. The plot keeps changing to where your not sure who killed Iris and why. Very good story.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found Death in Vermilion to be an intriguing story. Leila’s obsession with finding out who murdered Iris leads her to suspect all of the other artists who work at the Red Barn so, as a reader, you feel as vulnerable as Leila, not knowing who to trust. Sections of the book are sinister, and there is also some humour thrown in to lighten the mood. There were some unexpected twists, and although I had a suspicion of what was coming, there were a lot of red herrings to throw me off, so I wasn’t to ...more
Jessica Belmont
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Death in Vermilion. Barbara Elle’s ability to paint vivid pictures with her words. Her attention to detail with an art perspective was something to really admire.

I loved the characters, each with their own distinct personality and charm. The dialogue always moving the plot forward. There was some humor mixed in, which I always appreciate. While this story was a murder mystery, I think much of it was about character relationships. It was very character driven, and I love novels
Books And Sunny
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Leila Goodfriend is busy planning out her next painting in her studio when her noisy upstairs neighbor Iris interrupts her concentration. Annoyed by the interruption, Leila blast NPR on her radio, and gets back to her painting. As she's packing up later in the evening to go home, she's startled by a loud crash from Iris's studio. Leila decides to check on Iris on her way out and heads up to Iris's loft. Realization hits Leila as she enters the studio what that noise was, and it horrifie
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2018
This was my first time reading anything from this author, and I will say that this is an excellent first book. This book is a fascinating murder mystery that allowed us to get to know all the characters around the lead. With the main character finding the murder victim within the first chapter of the book, it allowed the story to get on the way quickly.

I always enjoy books that allow the readers to get to know the murder victim and this book gave us that. Though Iris is painted with an unlikable
Shannon Kant
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader of a vast genre of books, I highly recommend Death in Vermilion.

The writing is extremely captivating and kept me reading page after page until the mystery was revealed. There was enigma, romance, humor, as well as a special, unexpected twist all within 273 pages.

With some intense conversations among the characters, as well as a slight, witty comical aspect, Death in Vermilion kept throwing twists and turns into my suspense of what happened to Iris.

I finished this mystery in tw
Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This seems to be the first book for the author and nothing but praise from me. There were twists and turns that I totally did not see coming g and found the book intrigued me. Eleventh thumbs up.
Krissy Aspen
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great suspenseful book suggested to me by an author friend. Loved it!
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book plays about with the relationships of a group of so called friends who work in the Red Barn Co-operative for local artists. Leila is one of these artists that spends her spare time, of which she seems to have a lot, in the Red Barn, working on her paintings. She has a studio on the first floor and has only one person up in the attic above her – Iris. Someone that makes a lot of racket, stomping about and leaving Leila frustrated on many an occasion. Iris is also really opinionated and ...more
Sophie M
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received Death in Vermilion by Barbara Elle for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a book tour for Love Books Tours. Review also on Book, Blog & Candle.

In Death in Vermilion, our protagonist is Leila GoodFriend an artist who gets swept up investigating the suspicious death of her friend Iris. The only clues being the palette knife left in Iris' chest and a single word written in blood on the wall. Every person in her group of friends at the Red Barn Art Studios is a potential su
Teresa Collins
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh! My! Stars! Usually, it is a good thing when I start a review this way, but not this time. I am so disappointed. This book is a GREAT story, but the execution is beyond pitiful. I'm not sure when I've ever read a book with so many errors on EVERY SINGLE PAGE. For example: Leila guessed she they were about the same age.
Iris was stormed into the Red Barn, sort of like Valkyrie ready to do battle.
It had to be nearly than two feet across.
This book reads like a very rough draft that Ms. Elle forgo
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
All that artist Leila Goodfriend wanted was a little peace and quiet so that she could work on her painting. Instead, fellow artist Iris was up in her studio making enough noise to wake the dead. How could one woman make such a racket? Leila did the only thing she could think of, turn up NPR and try to block everything out. What Leila didn’t realize is that while she drowned out all the upstairs ruckus, poor Iris was being murdered.

Now all of the Red Barn Cooperative artists are under suspicion
Lissa Wells
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, e-reader
First of all:

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I really wanted to like this book because it really was a pretty good story , with lots of intrigue and mystery. However I found the characters a bit off putting and the conversations they had seemed unrealistic and intangible, and sometimes it seemed like pointless chatter just to fill the pages

The mystery itself was well thought out and the plot did thicken as they say It was just a slight miss fo
Misfits farm
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Leila works at the Red Barn studio as an artist. It is a co-operative of six artists and one photographer who is the only male. One evening working a little later she hears a thud above her, something she is used to as above is Iris who constantly makes a noise much to the distraction of everyone else. When Leila goes to leave and all has gone quiet, too quiet, she takes herself up the stairs to Iris’ studio and finds her dead on the floor. Despite Iris not being popular they all got along so wh ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-2019
I really loved this mystery! The pacing was just perfect. It starts off very quickly and each discovery is revealed gradually. The books doesn’t throw the answers at the reader all at once in order to wrap up the story. In my opinion, that is a sign of a writer who knows how to write a well thought out mystery. I loved how funny the group of artists were every time they got together. It made the story that’s much more fun to read. The artists really put a smile on my face. I thought the talk of ...more
Amy Ingalls
I received an advance review copy for free from booksirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

I like cozy mysteries and I live in Massachusetts, so I was looking forward to reading this book set in the Cape. While the story itself had potential, the typos and lack of editing made it difficult to enjoy. Almost every page had an error, the most common being omitted words. Names were mixed up-- Iris Mcneil Thornton becoming Iris Thornton Mcneir, Melinda becoming Melissa, Lie becoming Lei. It
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to love Death in Vermilion so much more than I did. The potential was there, a good storyline and mystery but for me something just didn't hit the mark.

I found it increasingly hard to read with typos and what I assume to be lack of editing on nearly every page. I think this interfered with my reading and ultimately my love for the book.

However the author really did a great job with descriptions of the scene, the detail of artists and their technique. Without these details I really would
Debbie Hauser
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The writer attempts to make conversation among the characters as light, teasing, and sarcastically funny. But to me, it didn’t play that way in my head. Instead it came across as confusing and boring. Too many times, nothing of substance was exchanged in conversation which just lead to prolonging the agony of finishing the book. The author goes off on long tangents about art theory, color theory, etc., which may be interesting to artists, but to non-artists it makes the book non relatable
Jill Burgin
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful surprise to read this Arc by an author I wasn’t familiar with (turns out this is her first novel) and what a wonderful read it was! An unusually well developed and thoughtfully written mystery/psychological thriller about a murder in a artist collective in Cape Code. Filled with artist techniques (I learned a lot I didn’t know) the novel kept getting better and better and I stayed up late to finish all the twists and turns. Recommended for sure! Yes, I received aadvanced review copy ...more
Charlotte Pawson
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leila was the one to find Iris’s body. The red barn was a community of artists had one of them killed Iris. Leila cares about her friends and the cloud of suspicion is hanging over their heads. Iris is not the struggling artist she had shown everyone. She had an inheritance from her husband and her children are circling like vultures for the money. Leila just wanted to protect the red barn and her friends would she like where that lead. This is a easy to follow mystery which pulls you in from th ...more
Anne G. Kasaba
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I found it difficult to become engaged in this story. The characters who were supposed to be friends didn’t seem to like each other and there was an antipathy between the main protagonist and her husband that seemed unresolved.

The story itself was okay but got bogged down in art speak much of which was unnecessary to the mystery itself. The book did pick up toward the end and the mystery itself was well plotted.

I received a free ARC of this book and am voluntarily providing a review.
Jenny Price
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me by an author friend. I am happy that she did. Quite a page turner full of suspense. A great, "who done it." I had a hard time putting the book down and it held my attention throughout. I can not see rating this book anything less than 5 stars. Great author. Looking forward to reading more from her.
Rob Horner
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A tense murder-mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, complete with a New Culpa from a suspect who didn't commit the murder, but almost did. Gripping, suspenseful, and full of twists, Ms. Elle has hit a home run with her debut novel.
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