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“Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through her adventures.”Suspense Magazine

“This was such a fun read! From the whimsical and quirky cover to the main character… There is just something about a mystery from the past that gets my reading brain pumping!”Courtagonist

The story was filled with twists and moved along nicely. I loved that the past and present were tied together in a top-notch mystery . . . Ghosts of Painting Past is a great addition to this series. It checks all my cozy boxes and left me excited for the next book in the series.”Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

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 the local craft fair and joining in on the holiday fun. But she finds the season anything but jolly after the house across the street is torn down, revealing a decades old crime. Past meets present when her father is implicated in the murder.

Fearing for her father’s future, Rory launches her own investigation, intent on discovering the truth and clearing his name.

Listen to the first part of Chapter 1 on the Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast.

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Author Sybil Johnson as child, age 2, looking at books

Me, age 2

Thanks for stopping by. I’m a writer and avid reader. Books have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. I read pretty much everything: fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies. I’ve even been known to voluntarily pick up a textbook or two. But mysteries are my passion. Here you can find out about me or my books and short stories. Check out my links page for a lot of interesting sites to visit and be sure to sign up for my newsletter before you go.