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Publisher's Summary

Claudia Wilson never quite trusted her roommate, an artist named Tom. After finding a body buried in a snow bank outside her front door, her suspicions about his eccentric behavior only worsen. Unemployed and obsessed with the murder, she realizes how little she knows about the people who live around her, including Tom. Tempted by love but unable to trust a man with a past in light of the murder, Claudia does everything she can to find out about the killer. The results lead her to a startling discovery. When art and violence collide, the results can be explosive.

©2014 K.B. Jensen (P)2017 K.B. Jensen

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You'll never trust your neighbours again...

Would you consider the audio edition of Painting with Fire to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but the audio version is really good. Ms Piller is one of those narrators who make you forget it's not you who's reading the book - she reads so naturally it's like listening to your mother reading you a bedside story:) On a more serious note, I liked her interpretation of the novel a lot; she doesn't really act out any parts or situations, or only slightly changes her voice sometimes when it's necessary, for example to differentiate between two women having a conversation, other than that she just reads the book to you, but it sounds very natural and flows so smoothly that I never once lost track of what was going on or who was speaking... I do like this kind of narration a lot, I prefer it to one that is "overacted", with voices of the characters of the sex opposite to the interpretor's usually sounding really unnatural or slurred...- this is definitely not Ms Piller's case. Her interpretation of the book is clear, smooth and brings the story itself to the foreground.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The book starts with the main character Claudia finding a body on the doorstep of the house she lives in with a roommate she doesn't really know much about. Her neighbours are a colourful set of folks with their own problems, some bigger than others. But can she trust any one of them? And can she trust her roommate Tom? Especially that, as it turns out, the killer is definitely one of their flock and Tom has a police record and doesn't want to tell her what he did in the past... That's the starting point for the book which turns out to be a definitely engaging listen. Claudia tries to find out who killed the poor guy, discovering things about her neighbours she never suspected of them, discovering also things about herself she never realized before. This is not a police procedural, but it's also not a typical cozy mystery, I'd say. There's not much of an investigation going on in the foreground, it's just Claudia talking to her neighbours and to Tom, sometimes learning things and finding facts almost by accident, not really realizing how important the things she's got to know might be, and still it's an intriguing novel, keeping you listen until the end:) And, as it should be, the discovery of the killer is surprising and the ending itself is full of action and suspence:) To sum up, it was a really captivating listen and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes good, classic, a little Agatha Christie style crime stories:)

Which scene was your favorite?

It's difficult to choose one particular scene to call my "favourite"; K.B. Jensen is very good at painting the scenes with words... If I had to choose, I'd say the last few chapters would be my favourite part, when we discover who "Angel" is and what happens to Claudia and Tom right after that (but I can't give you more details here not to spoil anything for you:))
Generally, K. B. Jensen is a really good story-teller; the characters are intriguing, they feel real, and their actions and emotions stay true to their personalities. The plot develops smoothly, with some red herrings here and there and some twists on the way to keep your interest unwavered until the big finale:)

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Painting with Fire

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If you ask me what kind of book is it, some can say detective, other will says it has something romantic and also something for every listeners.. This books covers a lot and is really a book of this century.You have to look at the cover too it's amazing

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Great book, if a little far fetched

I enjoyed this book but found parts a little hard to believe, i.e. single woman meets man and hrs later let's him move in with her knowing nothing but his name. The same character continued to make not so bright decisions throughout the book that I can not list without giving spoilers. Otherwise, it's a good book! The narrator did a great job.
I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Captivating Listen

The author was new to me with this book. I found myself captivated by the mystery in this book. This book is part murder mystery and part romance. The romance aspect of this book I found far fetched in the terms of a single lady allowing a guy she just met to move in with her. The character Tom did not hold much appeal to me. He came across as a freeloader. Claudia was the main female character. She had some good points, but the character Angel was the most intriguing to me. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book more than the romance part. My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator. Regarding the performance of the narrator, I thought she was able to put a lot of emotions into her performance and gave the right amount of suspense. This was the second book I've listened to by the narrator.

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Some mystery, a little romance.....

What made the experience of listening to Painting with Fire the most enjoyable?

Finding out who Angel is was a nice turn

Would you be willing to try another book from K.B. Jensen? Why or why not?

This book was okay so I'm sure I would

Which character – as performed by Cindy Piller – was your favorite?

Angel, an unexpected but evil character made the book a little more interesting

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme or terribly exciting here....

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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A Decent Murder Mystery

Painting With Fire was an okay listen. I found my mind wandering straying from the story quite a bit until a word or phrase brought me back in. The story seemed to jump around a lot. I liked it but didn't love it. For a first audiobook by K.B. Jensen, I think it was a good start.

What I enjoyed the most and I think what saved the story was the narrator.

Cindy Pillar's performance was excellent. She had a rich tone along with great voice inflections which kept me listening. She made this a more cohesive listen.

I was gifted this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A keep you guessing suspenseful experience

Painting with fire: an artistic murder mystery, is an engaging story that starts with an unwitnessed murder, the victim's body is later discovered by one of the residents of the apartment building where it occurred. The rest of the story unfolds around the residents of this building but is centered around the woman who first sees the body frozen under the snow. She and her artist roommate try to find answers to the nagging questions that won't leave her alone as she tries to put off the nagging feeling she may be living with the murderer.

I have rated this book 5 out of five because I feel it was well worth my time to listen to. There were no flaws in the storyline or the narration that pulled me out of the experience. Most of the characters were well-rounded and believable. I felt the antagonist could have been developed more throughout the story somehow to reveal the twisted evil inside so when it became obvious who-done-it, the feeling the murderer created would have been scarier and more threatening. I didn't reduce my rating because of this however because I am not sure how to do this in a murder mystery without revealing who the murderer is and defeating the mystery in the process.

I received this free review copy of the story at my request in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

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A tale of mystery and murder that captured me...

This debut work by K.B. Jensen was a pleasant surprise and I will certainly be checking out her other book. I found this to be a well written mystery with just the right balance of twists. Just when you think you know the identity of the killer, another possible suspect is added to the mix in so much that I was drawn into the story to the point of not wanting to put it down. The tale was just gritty enough to keep my interest without being anything close to offensive. The one drawback I found is that the main characters could have been better developed so as to make their relationship more plausible. Then, again, maybe it is a true reflection of millennial characters. The narration by Cindy Piller was superb which made a interesting listen even more entertaining. The conclusion was nicely done and rather satisfying in my humble opinion.

This was an entertaining listen which i would recommend to those who enjoy the modern detective genre. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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Passable Whodunit, Fun Story!

What did you love best about Painting with Fire?

Discovering who the killer was.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was well written and it was interesting enough to keep me listening.

What aspect of Cindy Piller’s performance would you have changed?

It was a bit difficult to tell who was talking. She needs to work more on different character voices.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free by the author for an unbiased review of the material.

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Fantastic mystery

Would you listen to Painting with Fire again? Why?

Yes! Loved the story!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, wasn't expecting the events or for the killer to be who it was.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Tom and Claudia talk about where their relationship is going.

Any additional comments?

Loved the story and the characters. The narrator was great as well! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-23-17

It's just space and we all move through it.

Any additional comments?

A murder mystery and a tale of growing trust, or suspicion, of those around and how what is seen isn't always what it seems.
A body in the snow seen through the window of her apartment starts Claudia and room mate, Tom, on an investigation to find the killer when, after several months have elapsed, the police seem to be doing nothing. But they are no courageous sleuths: he is an artist waiting to be discovered, she is unemployed with time to gossip with the neighbours whilst hopelessly looking for work.

This delightful book is far stronger in it's characterisations and the antics of the mismatched couple than in the murder mystery itself. But the whole is very enjoyable and narrator, Cindy Piller, does on excellent job not only of reading the text but also of conveying the personalities involved.

A fun and easy read, I received my complimentary copy of Painting With Fire from the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. I freely chose to leave this brief review.