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Ghosts of Painting Past

(Aurora Anderson Mysteries #5)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  17 reviews
It’s Christmastime in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The magic of the season fills the air as residents enjoy school concerts, a pier lighting ceremony and the annual sand-snowman contest.

During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Rory plans on painting ornaments to sell at
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Henery Press
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Mark Baker
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The house across the street from Rory is being torn down, so she is trying to drown out the sound of construction vehicles with Christmas carols when the sound suddenly stops. The crew has found bones buried under a building in the backyard. It isn’t long before the police have been able to identify the bones, but their identity puts Rory’s father in the role of suspect. Rory tries to help out with a variety of holiday events planned in the community, including finishing up her own ornaments to ...more
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Christmas in California should be bliss for Rory Anderson but all the holiday magic is sucked out of the atmosphere when a skeleton is found on the property across the street from her house and another is found on the beach. It appears the deaths are connected and Rory’s father is right in the middle of it. Rory is bound and determined to show her father is not involved. Clearing his name means digging up his past which he has always painted with a pretty broad brush. She lear
Rory Anderson is busy preparing her crafts to sale at the craft festival; she noticed that the construction at the house across street has stopped. Rory learns that the workers have unearth a skeleton. After the identification, as Ricky Zeppelin who left years ago to surf around the world.
Rory becomes aware that her Father had a motive and additional information is found incriminating Rory's Father. Among Rory other activities, she set out to clear her Father's name in the 5th installment of th
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun read! From the whimsical and quirky cover to the main character Aurora “Rory”. There is just something about a mystery from the past that gets my reading brain pumping!

There is nothing better than reading a Christmas cozy! You can read them in July or during the season and this book did not let me down!

I love that Rory is trying to clear her father’s name from a crime that happened years and years ago! I love the fact that the author didn’t give the reader the clues to the c
Diane Hernandez
Christmas in Vista Beach in sunny California is filled with sandmen instead of snowmen in the new Aurora Anderson cozy mystery, Ghosts of Painting Past. Rory is working on a programming job in her home office when a body is found across the street during the teardown of the Zeppelin House. Along with the skeleton, a tole-painted heart was also found. Who was the victim? Why was he killed? What other dominos will fall within the town now that the body has been unearthed? When Rory’s father, Swan, ...more
Marie McNary
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me hooked and was an action packed trip to Vista Beach. I enjoyed how the mystery spans multiple decades and multiple generations of Rory’s family are involved. The dynamic between the characters is enjoyable and they seem like people you’d want to be friends with.
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ghosts of Painting Past by Sybil Johnson is a marvelous mystery wrapped around a recently found skeleton and a recent murder in the beach resort town of Vista Beach. 
Will Rory find out who is framing her father before it's too late?
Rory Anderson
Rory is our sleuth, point of view character, computer programmer, and she is dating a local detect
Barbara Waloven
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by Sybil Johnson and of the Aurora Anderson Mysteries. It will not be my last. You can paint me a fan. What a great holiday read. If you think you need snow and cold for a mystery or two at Christmas time then this story will change your mind. I enjoyed meeting the characters in this neighborhood. They were funny and warm and friendly. The plot kept me guessing right to the end. Great read.
Ghosts of Painting Past is another wonderful book in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series. I’m so happy to be visiting Vista Beach again. Rory, Liz, Martin, and Rory’s parents are back in a mystery that pulls on the memories of citizens of Vista Beach. Swan and Arika Anderson are swept back into their pasts as high schoolers in Vista Beach when the discovery of a missing classmate rocks the community.

The story's setting is during the Christmas season in Vista Beach, California. As the town is gear
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ricky Zeppelin had finally come home. Ricky had left home twenty years earlier to surf the world’s great beaches. He had identified most of them in those final months before the end of high school, locating decals that he had plastered on his surfboard so others would know his planned destinations as he traveled the world.

And now he had returned home. At least his bones did.

Home for Ricky and the other characters in Sybil Johnson’s newest book is a seaside town in Los Angeles County, California
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another fun Aurora Anderson mystery. It's a fast-paced story with lots of intrigue and mystery in this small beach community. I was especially fond of the way the older surfing culture was blended into it. Highly recommend. ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice and well written cozy mystery, engrossing and entertaining.
It's the first I read in this series and won't surely be the last as I appreciated the plot and the cast of characters.
The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and even if I guessed the culprit quite soon part of the solution came as a surprise.
The cast of characters is likeable and the setting interesting.
I appreciated the fact that Rory is an independent IT consultant, something that is not the usual baker or shop owner.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts of Painting Past by Sybil Johnson is book 5 in the Aurora Anderson Mystery series. This was the first one I have read but was able to get caught up quickly.
Rory is busy getting crafts ready to sell at the annual Christmas craft fair and finishing up the plans for the sand snowman contest when a skull is found on a neighbors property. When it's identified as an old surfing buddy of her dad's, he goes to the top of the lists of suspects. Then when a second body is found in the sand snowman
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ghosts of Painting Past is the first book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be the last! It's getting close to Christmas in the town of Vista Beach and Aurora Anderson is getting ready for the local craft fair. When the house across the street is torn down and a skeleton is found gossip runs rampant. When the identity is made known and Aurora's father is being looked at as a suspect she starts her own investigation. The characters are well written and the mystery is written in a w ...more
Patricia H. Phelps
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rory is a marvelous amateur sluth

Solving a murder that took place 25 years ago and one in real time have Rory and Friends very busy. The police are stymied, too. Then it all comes together....

Ms. Johnson has created very after characters and a very enjoyable series.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and really enjoyed it. I already can't wait for the next in the series! ...more
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