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Still Knife Painting

(Paint & Shine Mystery #1)

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Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia--until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .

After inheriting her uncle's Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky--smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest--Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips
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Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Natalia  R
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Still Knife Painting is the first book in Cheryl Hollon's A Paint and Shine Mystery series. It follows Miranda Trent, who has recently moved from New York to eastern Kentucky after inheriting her uncle's farmhouse. She starts a business called Paint and Shine, where she takes tourists on a hike in the forest to paint, then back to her farmhouse for a home-cooked meal and a moonshine tasting. Many in the area are not fond of moonshine, including her cook, Mrs. Childers. When Mrs. Childer
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Carrie
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon is the first book of the new cozy A Paint and Shine Mystery series. Each of these books in the series will contain it’s own mystery to be solved without any major cliffhangers being left so all will be able to be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.

The Paint and Shine Mystery series takes place in a small town in Eastern Kentucky that is in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest. Miranda Trent has moved to Kentucky from New York after she inher
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beachbum bookworm
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh! This book was a bright start to a new series!! It was so much fun. I loved the idea of a paint and shine tour...where do I sign up? The author "painted" a beautiful description of the Daniel Boone national forest. I enjoyed the small town tight knit community. The mystery was entertaining, and there were plenty of zigzags that kept me guessing. I will say I did think Miranda came across as somewhat entitled. She expected a lot from a new community that she herself barely engaged in. ...more
Bonnie DeMoss
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Still Knife Painting is a new series about Miranda Trent, who has inherited her Uncle’s homestead in Kentucky, in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest. She starts a unique business for tourists called Paint ’n Shine, providing a package which includes a scenic painting class, a Southern dinner, and a moonshine tasting.

I was excited to read this because like the protagonist, Miranda, I lived elsewhere, but spent all my summers in the mountains with my relatives, who were Appalachian loca
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Juli
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miranda Trent is an artist. She loves the house she inherited from her uncle. It's right in the middle of Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Her new business -- Paint & Shine -- caters to tourists. It mixes cultural adventure tour, painting class, fine dining and moonshine tasting into a unique experience for visitors to Red River Gorge. Things are going perfectly until.....the murder.

This book is a promising start to a new cozy series! I enjoyed the characters, the setting and the premi
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
When Miranda Trent discovers she's been left her Uncle Gene's farmhouse and belongings in Eastern Kentucky, she's surprised as can be. But then she decides it can be an opportunity for her to start her own business, and not have to struggle to make it as an artist. She opens Paint & Shine, where people can learn to paint and then return to her farmhouse for an authentic country meal, accompanied by moonshine tastes for each course. However, not everyone is glad she's starting her business, since ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Merriment, Moonshine, and Murder - not exactly what you expect to find on a cultural tour in Kentucky.

This is a new series and I found it to be intriguing.  Set in Kentucky near the Daniel Boone National Park, I could imagine the hikes they took to Lover's Leap, the small town with nosy citizens, properties set apart where cell service was sparse, and fascinating relationships between the various characters.  I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere with Miranda and the rest of the gang.  I co
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Ashley Mariner
Still Knife Painting is the first book in Cheryl Hollon's "A Paint & Shine Mystery" series. In it, we meet Miranda Tolson, who has recently inherited her uncle's Eastern Kentucky farmhouse. She starts a "Paint & Shine" business where tourists are guided on a hike to a scenic overlook where Miranda teaches them to paint the view, and then they are treated to a authentic, homemade meal with moonshine pairings. Unfortunately for Miranda, her first day of business doesn't go as planned when the cook ...more
Peggy R
I am a fan of the Webb Glass Shop Mystery series by this author so it was natural for me to take a chance on this first book in her new Paint and Shine Mystery series. I wasn't a bad start to this new series. I liked Miranda and the secondary cast of characters. Although, at times throughout the story they felt a little flat or one dimensional, so I would love to see more character development. The pace of the story was a bit slow and there were a few times where I felt the story dragged a bit. ...more
Cynthia Moore
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the first book in a new series. It really didn't work for me. I found the characters to be off-putting and strange. I kept thinking they were a parody of hillbillies, especially when the deputy passed out. Everything seemed a stretch to me and forced. I just really could not connect with any of the book. ...more
Kristina
Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon has classical portrait artist, Miranda making changes to her life. Miranda Trent has inherited her uncle’s farmhouse in Kentucky where she starts Paint & Shine. Paint & Shine involves a hike in the Daniel Boone National Forest to Lover’s Leap where they have a plein air painting class. Miranda then transports the group to her farmhouse for a Southern meal where each course is paired with moonshine. Her first group is a success until the cook, Mrs. Naomi Chil ...more
Micky Cox
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing new cozy mystery series has the main character, Miranda Trent, setting up a paint and sip excursion business in the remote farmhouse that her uncle left her in the hills of Kentucky. She has a limited amount of time to make a go of it and set up her own distillery or she loses her inheritance. Not everyone is happy that she is highlighting moonshine in her business and when the cook ends up dead in Miranda's kitchen all eyes are on her as the guilty party. I quite liked the premise ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Still Knife Painting is an engaging start to a new series by Cheryl Hollon! I particularly loved that it’s set in my ‘stompin’ grounds’ as they say down here – and that it’s based on fun experiences the author had in this part of Kentucky as a child (as discussed in the author note that begins the book). Something about that kind of connection makes the book even cozier right from the outset. The characters are quintessential to this genre – delightfully quirky enough to make you love them but s ...more
Jodi
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
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If the author’s goal was to create an incredibly unlikeable mc, then she succeeded. Miranda was unequivocally the worst person I’ve ever read. Her attitude was awful for someone just starting out in a new venture. And about that, she starts a business with no background or basic research, then gets upset when people don’t jump at the chance to paint and eat in a rundown farmhouse. Heck, I even felt bad for the dog. He spent most of the book either asleep or in his crate. Won’t be readi
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Amy
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed all of the author's stained glass series so I was excited to read the first book in this series. Set in Eastern Kentucky, Miranda Trent's business model of painting in the Daniel Boone forest, serving an authentic Southern meal and pairing each course with a moonshine provided by a local distiller is a complicated business plan relying on many external factors to be successful. I admired her grit and determination to continue on after the cook is found dead in the kitchen. She i ...more
Tari
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the idea of someone doing trails, painting and Southern cooking as a type of adventure tour. I'm not sure I'd be thrilled with the trail idea or the moonshine tasting (I've tried it in Tennessee and don't care for it), but the painting sounds fun along with the authentic Southern meal. I liked Miranda a lot but at times, I wondered if she was thinking straight. Her little pup sounded adorable, and I liked the secondary characters of Austin (oh yeah!), Mrs. Hobb--and Sheriff Larson ...more
Lola
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

I've enjoyed this author's other series and was excited to hear about this new series. I think this was a solid introduction to this new series, but it did feel very much like an introduction book as well and I hope the series gets even better from now onward now that we're introduced to the main character, location and some of the side characters. I liked the set-up for this one with the paintin
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The Cozy Review
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
The first book in the new art and moonshine based cozy series “A Paint & Shine Mystery,” Still Knife Painting from Kensington Books, written by Cheryl Hollen is out now.

Miranda is a hard character to like. She does not appear to have any empathy for anyone; she is angry at the residents because they object to her providing moonshine to her art students. She is resentful of her inheritance, and most of all, she appears to be more concerned with her income than the murder that took place in her k
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Rosemary K
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miranda Tolson left New York City and moved into the rustic farmhouse that she inherited from her Uncle. She has plans to establish a new tourist experience - Paint and Shine. It will combine painting in the Daniel Boone National Forest with a home cooked meal and a tasting of local moonshine. Unfortunately murder puts a damper on her grand opening. Mrs Childers is a powerful member of this close knit community. She continually argues with Miranda over her plan to serve shine. This makes Miranda ...more
Linda
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read and enjoyed Cheryl Hollon's Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Series and was eager to read Still Knife Painting, the first book in her Paint and Shine Mysteries. In this book, Miranda Trent has inherited her uncle's Kentucky farmhouse. She has decided to begin a 3 hour cultural adventure business. She will provide a group painting class at a scenic overlook (Lover's Leap), with a traditional Southern dinner at her farmhouse and conclude with a moonshine lecture with samples presented by a di ...more
PugMom
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great first in series
Linda
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
I enjoyed this start to the series. I liked the premise for the series, Miranda's tours sound like a lot of fun. What was especially fun for me is that this book isn't set too far from where I live so even though I haven't been quite to that area I was familiar with some of the more regional things and I will be picking up some Ale-8 this weekend at the grocery. The mystery kept me guessing and I was totally off on the motive. This book did seem a little rough around the edges, especially with s ...more
Bridget
Still Knife Painting marks the start of a brand new and intriguing cosy mystery series featuring Miranda Trent. Her Uncle Gene has left her a remote farmhouse on Pine Ridge, sited in the eastern Kentucky hills. One of the conditions that her uncle stipulated in his will was that Miranda must set up and make a success of a business including a distillery within a specified timescale, otherwise she will lose the right to her inheritance. So Miranda sets up a painting and distillery enterprise call ...more
K.A. Davis
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
STILL KNIFE PAINTING, the first book in the Paint & Shine Mysteries by Cheryl Hollon, is a good start to a brand new series. The reader is introduced to the introverted protagonist, Miranda Trent, who is just starting up her new business, Paint and Shine. This cultural adventure tour combines scenic painting, a traditional Southern dinner at her farmhouse, and a moonshine lecture and tasting, which all sound like fabulous ideas! I love this new twist for a cozy mystery setting. I was intrigued t ...more
Seraphia
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Still Knife Painting is the first book in Cheryl Hollon’s newest cozy mystery series. Prepare to be transported to eastern Kentucky where Miranda is embarking on the course to start her painting tourism business. She has high hopes and high expectations for herself. She needs things to go well so that she can build a moonshine still and keep the homestead she inherited. Things take a bad turn when her cook is found murdered and Miranda becomes the prime suspect. The bad thing about small towns? ...more
Mary Brown
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:

Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia--until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .

After inheriting her uncle's Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky--smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest--Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.

To Miranda's delight, Paint & S
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Allison Collins
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Still Knife Painting” is the first in a new series from author Cheryl Hollon, author of the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series. I’ve been a fan of that series, so I was very excited to read this new book in the “A Paint and Shine” series.

Artist Miranda Tolson has inherited her Uncle Gene’s house and land in Kentucky, so she’s moved from New York City to start a new business. Miranda grew up spending summers with her uncle in the beauty of the Red River Gorge area of Eastern Kentucky, so to showc
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
I very much enjoyed Cheryl Hollon's Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series and have been looking forward to her new series, beginning with Still Knife Painting. It still has an artist protagonist, but the discipline and setting are very different.

Miranda Trent is an artist. She recently inherited her uncle's home in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. She designed and opened her business "Paint & Shine: which caters to tourists. She takes visitors on a cultural adventure tour consisting of
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Yvonne
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Miranda Trent inherits her uncle’s Red RiverGorge homestead in Kentucky. Looking to start a new business, she decides to teach painting classes with a meal and sips from a local moonshine. She’s sure the summer tourists will love this, but her business gets off to a slow start. It doesn’t help when her cook is killed in the kitchen.

It’s no surprise when Miranda’s clientele drops off. Murder is not a good advertisement.
She wonders if she’ll have to close her business before it even starts. To add
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Kim
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finding a new cozy mystery series always makes me happy. And to find one that incorporates a new hobby I’ve taken up (painting) and an alcohol (moonshine) I like to sample, well I reckon that makes me as happy as eating a Brown Betty!

Who hasn’t dreamt of being left a big inheritance by a relative? And if it means you have to have a moonshine distillery up and running in 90 days, even better. We don’t get much of a feel for the town in Still Knife Painting by Cheryl Hollon, but I’m sure that’ll
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