Out of the Picture by Tracy Gardner

Posted September 14, 2019 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

There’s an art to solving a mystery…

Savanna Shepherd is a former art authenticator—someone who can tell a forgery from the real thing. She’s got a talent for spotting secrets hiding in plain sight.

In the wake of a painful breakup, she moves back to her idyllic hometown on the banks of Lake Michigan. At least she’s close to her sisters again, and she’s enjoying her new job as a grade school art teacher. Savanna even rediscovers her creative soul when an old family friend hires her to paint a mural.

But sad and strange incidents occur at the woman’s mansion, compelling Savanna to investigate. With a little help from her sisters—and from Aidan, the intriguing town doctor—will she be able to figure out what’s wrong with this picture?

Titles in the Shepherd Sisters Mystery series include — Out of the Picture

Title:  Out of the Picture
Series:  The Shepherd Sisters Mystery #1
Author:  Tracy Gardner
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Published:  September 3, 2019
Publisher:  Hallmark Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

OUT OF THE PICTURE is an engaging cozy mystery featuring Savanna Shepherd and her sisters Skylar and Sydney, along with Caroline, a woman who is loved like a grandmother by the sisters as a mystery unfolds in their small hometown.

Savanna has been away from home for a while now and her return home is a welcomed relief after a bad breakup.  She’s pulling her life back together again beginning a new job as an art teacher at the local grade school.  When asked to paint a mural for a friend she rediscovers the joy of painting once again.  What she didn’t expect was to discover that Caroline’s friend has forgeries on her walls or that death will be visiting the mansion soon.  Never one to shy away from a puzzle, Savanna begins to do her own investigating on not only those fake paintings but on a death that should never have happened.

I love a good Cozy Mystery with a touch of romance, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in OUT OF THE PICTURE.  With a fun group of characters (aside from the bad guy of course) we are front and center as Savanna and her sisters search for answers.  Add in the handsome Aidan who is beginning to get Savanna’s romantic interests active again and you have a delightful mystery/romance.  I was doing my own guessing along the way, and this time I missed on the bad guy.  I actually love when I don’t solve the mystery but must have it revealed to me.  If you love a good Cozy Mystery (Hallmark-style) then you’ll want to pick up OUT OF THE PICTURE.  I’m hoping that we will soon get Skylar and Sydney’s stories along with developments in Savanna’s romance with Aidan.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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