Still Knife Painting

Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
by Cheryl Hollon

Ms. Hollen has a beautiful way of relating the past and wrapping it into a present-day mystery. I enjoyed Still Knife Painting and can’t wait for the next book in the series to see what Miranda is up too.
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About Still Life Painting 

Still Knife Painting (A Paint & Shine Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496725247
ISBN-13: 978-1496725240
Digital ASIN: B07W8VL149

Miranda Trent has set up a sweet life in a scenic corner of Appalachia—until she stumbles across the trail of a killer . . .


After inheriting her uncle’s Red River Gorge homestead in Eastern Kentucky—smack dab in the middle of the Daniel Boone National Forest—Miranda comes up with a perfect business plan for summer tourists: pairing outdoor painting classes with sips of local moonshine, followed by a mouthwatering sampler of the best in southern cooking.


To Miranda’s delight, Paint & Shine is a total success—until someone kills the cook. As the town’s outsider, suspicion naturally falls on Miranda. Murdering the best biscuit baker of Red River Gorge is a high crime in these parts. Miranda will have to prove her innocence before she’s moved from farmhouse to jail cell faster than she can say “white lightning” . . .

A few words from Miranda...

Hello. I'm Miranda Trent, fledging owner of Paint & Shine, my brand new business specializing in cultural adventure tours set within the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. My clients paint a picture of a stunning mountain vista and then enjoy a traditional southern meal paired with moonshine. I've been back in Kentucky for a few months now and the business is doing much better than I expected. That's a nice surprise.

A main source of creativity for me is to experiment with various moonshine cocktails. This is a new favorite and I serve it along with Carr's Cracked Pepper Water Crackers topped with a generous slice of Wensleydale Cranberry Cheese.

     Cranberry & Sparkle

     1/2 tsp cranberry sauce (either homemade or store bought)
     2 oz sparkling water
     1 12 oz clear unflavored moonshine
     Unsweetened cranberry juice
     Fresh sprig of rosemary

     Place the cranberry sauce in the bottom of an 8 oz mason jar
     Add the sparkling water
     Fill the jar halfway up with ice
     Pour moonshine over ice
     Top up with cranberry juice and stir
     Garnish with sprig of rosemary

This is a refreshing and energizing cocktail. The cranberry juice is tart and gives me a boost

I enjoy this kind of research. It helps me relax after a stressful day dealing with problem clients and construction issues. Especially when the cocktails connect so strongly with my family. I feel closer to my beloved late Uncle Gene when I'm mixing up a moonshine cocktail. it gives me a great deal of comfort.

About Cheryl Hollon

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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  1. Like the cover and sounds like a great book.

  2. Thank you for hosting me on this fabulous book tour. During these challenging days, it's the only way I connect to readers. Your support is appreciated.

  3. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "Still Knife Painting" by Cheryl Hollon.

    Enjoyed reading the post by Miranda and the recipe sounds yummy.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. The book sounds like a fun read. This is an interesting setting. I have had my taste of "moonshine" and I'm not sure I'd like another! Best wishes to the author on the new release.

  5. Yay! I am so excited for this book! It is on my TBR list & yum on the recipe! Thanks so much!. nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com


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