Monday, July 1, 2013

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red On Tour

I’m delighted to be a part of author Jacqueline T. Lynch’s Cozy Mystery Book Tour for her release, CADMIUM YELLOW, BLOOD RED.
As part of the tour I’m sharing my thoughts on the book, a bit of background on the author and links to other bloggers participating in the tour.

CADMIUM YELLOW, BLOOD RED by Jacqueline T. Lynch

When you combine an ex-con, a cheating husband, an upset widow, a missing child and a museum heist, you know you’re in for a roller coaster ride adventure.

Author Jacqueline Lynch mixes all these elements in a post World War II setting in Hartford, Connecticut, for a delightful cozy mystery that will capture your attention from beginning to end.

Museum administrator Juliet Van Allen goes home early to surprise her husband, only to be surprised herself when she finds him with another woman. Upset, Juliet slips out of the apartment and the building unseen returning to her office to figure what to do. She’s surprised again when an intruder drops into her office from a ceiling vent.

book coverEx-con Elmer Vartanian is being forced to help plan a robbery of the museum by a gang that has kidnapped his daughter. He asks Juliet to keep his secret, promising he’s setting the robbers up to be caught. She agrees only if he destroys her husband’s paintings in the museum. 

Elmer becomes Juliet’s only alibi when her husband is found murdered. The two must team up to save each other despite their lack of trust for one another. Juliet, the rebellious daughter of a wealthy financier, and Elmer, a lower-class ex-con who received his education in prison, make an unlikely pair, but find their worlds intertwined.

CADMIUM YELLOW, BLOOD RED flows smoothly and at a steady pace. Lynch has created likable characters that are realistic and well-developed. The story draws you in and the characters hold your attention.

The author has an eye for detail that places the reader in the middle of the action and the era. The dialogue is unhurried and natural. There are twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing until the end. Juliet and Elmer make an unlike pair readers will long to see more of.

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red by Jacqueline Lynch, A Double V Mystery, CreateSpace Independent Publishing, @2012, ISBN: 978-1475023121, Paperback, 192 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure - A digital copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Jacqueline T. Lynch’s novels are available as eBooks from, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Several of her plays have been published and produced around the U.S., Canada, and one of which was translated into Dutch and performed several times in the Netherlands. 

Her ONE GOOD TURN premiered as a winner of the 2011 Northern Kentucky University Y.E.S. Festival. Her one-act play IN MEMORY OF TRIXIE GAZELLE was chosen as a winner in the 2010 Nor’Eastern Playwright’s Showcase of the Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre in Rutland, Vermont. 

She has published articles and short fiction in regional and national publications, including the anthology “60 Seconds to Shine: 161 Monologues from Literature” (Smith & Kraus, 2007), North & South, Civil War Magazine, History Magazine, and writes Another Old Movie Blog and New England Travels blog.

For more information on Jacqueline and her writing, visit her website and find her on Twitter and Facebook.

For more on Jacqueline’s book tour, visit the blogs below:
July 3, 2013 - The Self Taught Cook
July 5, 2013 - Kaisy Daisy’s Corner
July 6, 2013 - A Blue Million Books

She also visited these blogs earlier in her tour:
June 24, 2013 – Kate Shannon
June 25, 2013 – Brooke Blogs
June 26, 2013 - Chloe Gets a Clue
June 27, 2013 - Omnimystery
June 28, 2013 – Saving for 6

Thanks for visiting today. Isn’t there just something about museums that makes you think ‘mysteries’ automatically?


  1. Thank you, Mason. It's a treat to visit your terrific blog. And I feel the same way about museums.

  2. Mason - Oh, museums are great settings for mysteries. And this one sounds like a really interesting one. I have to say I like the historical setting, too.

  3. I love this mixture of odd elements. Definitely caught my interest.


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