A Fine Art Mystery Series

 

 A Fine Art Mystery Series

from Award-Winning Author Paula Darnell

 

Artistic License to Kill - Book 1 in A Fine Art Mystery Series

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn't easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda's afraid that she'll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she's accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner's members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

 

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Vanished into Plein Air - Book 2 in A Fine Art Mystery Series

Who wouldn't want to make a living from her favorite pastime?

Although sometimes self-doubt creeps in along the way, artist Amanda Trent has been striving to do just that, ever since her ex-husband dumped her for a younger woman and she moved to Lonesome Valley, Arizona, to start a new life. So when her friends from the Roadrunner Gallery urge her to join them and world-renown artist Ulysses Durand in a plein air paint-out, she hesitates, fearing that she might not be able to complete a painting in the four-hour time limit.

But everything goes smoothly at the public open-air event—until Ulysses's wife goes missing and he asks Amanda for her help. Has his past come back to haunt the famous artist? With a little help from her nemesis, cranky Lieutenant Belmont, the support of her friends, and the companionship of her furry feline Mona Lisa and her lovable golden retriever Laddie, Amanda tracks a killer who's determined to strike again unless Amanda can save the day

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Hemlock for the Holidays - Book 3 in A Fine Arts Mystery Series

As Lonesome Valley kicks off the holiday season with its annual parade, artist Amanda Trent embraces the Christmas spirit, happy that her family will be coming to town to celebrate the season with her and her loyal pets, Laddie, a friendly golden retriever, and Mona Lisa, an independent calico cat.

Amanda has just one nagging concern: her art sales have stalled, so her checking account is starting to look a bit puny. Her financial woes pale, though, in comparison to her concern when several people eat carrot bars laced with hemlock at the high school's arts and crafts fair, resulting in one unlucky man's death. Was the poisoning an accident, or did someone with evil intent deliberately spike the sweet baked goods?

Leads the police follow don't pan out until Amanda puts the puzzle together. But, sometimes, knowledge can be a dangerous thing. . . 

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10 Cozy Mysteries with a Wedding Theme

A wedding and a murder? That's just what you'll find in these ten cozy mysteries featuring a wedding theme.

Death by Proxy by Paula Darnell

When DIY Diva Laurel McMillan and her handsome fiancé police detective Lieutenant "Wes" Wesson are almost run down in the parking lot of their favorite restaurant just days before their scheduled wedding, Laurel comes away with bumps and bruises and a feeling of foreboding. More mysterious events follow, and an accidental drowning turns out to be a case of murder, and the killer's not done yet. Will Laurel and Wes make it to their wedding day?

The Wedding Plan by Kathi Daley

In book 10 in the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series, Tess and Tony plan a secret wedding ceremony, Nona plans a visit, and Tess and Mike plan a face to face meeting with their father. 

Of course, you know what they say about the best laid plans!

 

 

Southern Magic Wedding by Amy Boyles


It’s Pepper's and Axel’s wedding day. Finally, the big day has arrived and the entire town is ready to celebrate. And Pepper is ready, too. She can’t wait to start her new life. The only problem is that suddenly Axel has ex-girlfriends oozing out of the woodwork. Worse, when a spell is cast on Axel the day before the wedding, his future with Pepper becomes murky.  

 

Divine Wedding by Hope Callaghan

As Delta and Gary prepare to walk down the aisle just days away from what could be Divine’s wedding of the decade, Jo offers to help Delta spruce up Gary’s old farmhouse. While there, Jo’s hound dog runs off. She and Delta track him down where they make a shocking discovery that threatens to rip the couple apart. The discovery sets off a chain of events that cast suspicion on the groom-to-be. Is it possible that Gary isn’t the man he claims to be?

 

Murder at the Wedding by Helena Dixon

1934: Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the gravelled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She’s honoured to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy’s wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and friends gather for welcome drinks, Kitty dodges intrusive questions about her own marital status by taking a stroll about the castle grounds. As she passes through the manicured gardens, a fatal shot rings out…

Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O'Connor


Any wedding is a big deal in the County Cork village of Kilbane, but with a local lad marrying a famous fashion model at Kilbane Castle, there’s no talk of anything but the upcoming nuptials. Siobhán O’Sullivan and her five siblings have their plates full catering the three-day affair from their bistro. But the celebratory mood suddenly turns sober when the best man is found murdered in the woods.

Better Off Wed by Laura Durham

A guest with an axe to grind. A bridal party full of secrets. This wedding planner is about to turn detective… Annabelle Archer is a few days away from completing the most elaborate wedding she's ever planned. As she daydreams about the doors her perfect reception could unlock for her business, she stumbles over a dead body at the bottom of the stairs.

 

 

Wedding Bell Blues by Lynn Cahoon

In the California coastal town of South Cove, Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books, and More, becomes more engaged in sleuthing than in her wedding preparations when there’s a murder in a dress shop, but if Jill’s not careful, she may not live to wear her wedding gown.

 

 

Weddings Can Be Murder by Connie Shelton

Charlie Parker's brother, Ron, is ready for the happiest day of his life when he will marry long-time girlfriend Victoria Morgan. Charlie will be matron of honor, her husband Drake the best man. But when Charlie stops by the bride's house to pick her up for the ceremony, the place is in disarray and Victoria is missing.

 

Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay


With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the blockbuster book signing of a controversial author who wrote a steamy bestseller filled with juicy local gossip.

But one by one, the people Angie has hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. As the body count rises, the bestselling author is the next to bite the dust. Mel quickly realizes she needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why--before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down. After all, Angie and Tate deserve their sweet happily ever after.
 


 

 


 


 

Make a Yarn-Wrapped Bangle Bracelet

 Fun and Easy DIY Project 

Making a yarn-wrapped bangle bracelet is an easy, fun project that yields great results with a minimum amount of time and materials, and it's a good way to use yarn left over from other projects. 

For the bangle pictured above, I used a plastic wavy bangle as the base and Moda Dea Wild!, a specialty nylon yarn made in Italy. I purchased the yarn years ago, and I don't believe it's still being made, but you can probably find some on eBay or Etsy if you're looking for this exact yarn. Any type of yarn may be used, though.

Supplies needed: yarn, bangle, tapestry or yarn needle. I used a plastic bangle, but any type of undecorated bangle will do, such as metal, wood, or glass. The bangle can be round or square. I used a tapestry needle, but a yarn needle will work also. You just need to be able to thread the yarn through the eye of whichever needle you choose.

Cut a length of yarn to use for wrapping. Ten yards of yarn is usually more than enough. I had plenty left over.
 
Make a small ball of the ten yards of yarn or wrap it around a small piece of cardboard. I used a one-inch by two-inch piece of cardboard. Now you have a small ball that can easily pass through the center of the bangle when you're wrapping it.

To begin, hold or glue the loose end of the yarn to the back of the bangle. Glue is completely optional. If you decide not to use glue for this step, simply hold the yarn in place until you've done several wraps over it. That's all that's needed to hold it in place.

Proceed to wrap the yarn through the center and around the bangle, making sure that it's tightly wrapped and that you're covering the tail of yarn you glued or held on the back to start. It doesn't matter whether you wrap outside to inside or left to right just as long as you consistently wrap the same way each time.


Keep wrapping!


Once you've wrapped the entire bangle, make sure the yarn is snug and cut a tail of about ten or twelve inches.


Thread the tail through the eye of the tapestry needle. There's no need to knot the tail.

Insert the needle in the back of the yarn on the bangle and pull it through as pictured above. Now take a stitch through a few strands of yarn on the back and repeat three or four times. Go back the other direction and do the same, pulling the yarn tight each time. 

Cut the yarn tail close to the back of the bangle, taking care not to cut the yarn that's wrapped around the bangle. You're all done. Enjoy your new bangle bracelet!  


Pictured above is another bangle, which I also wrapped with Moda Dea Wild! yarn in a different color combination. Experiment and have fun wrapping bangle bracelets with yarn. If you love yarn, you'll enjoy seeing how it looks on your wrist.

 

Love yarn? Love cozy mysteries? See my list of 10 Cozy Mysteries for Yarn Lovers