Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
A Palette for Love and Murder by Saralyn Richard is a Detective Parrott Mystery. Detective Parrott is back with a new case that takes him into the heart of the art community when two paintings are stolen from the studio of a renowned artist, Blake Almond. Everything takes a turn when the artist is found dead, making the case go from catching a thief to catching a murderer. As he searches for a killer, Parrott juggles struggles in his family life and chasing down clues that will bring him to a killer. After the case hits too close to home and makes matters personal, Parrott is pushed to do whatever it takes to find answers. Parrott tackles the world of the art community which introduces him to high priced paintings and high maintenance artists. To solve the latest murder, Parrott is introduced to a variety of suspects, each with their own motives as he dives into Blake’s inner circle. Each element is threaded together flawlessly as tackling the investigation is another journey in Parrott’s self-discovery.
The story balances three prominent relationships with the murder investigation as three couples are at the center of the mystery. Parrott and his wife are facing new challenges as Tonya comes to terms with her PTSD - seen through several poignant moments that Saralyn Richard delivers in realistic moments. Richard provides an honest and genuine voice to what Tonya experiences which allows for a deeper connection with the character. The two have a solid relationship as Parrott and Tonya lean on each other in their lowest moments while also serving as the other’s support system. Blake Almond and his girlfriend are another love story woven throughout as Elle processes grief as she mourns his death. Her grief is explored throughout as her perspective is a key element to the mystery. The third prominent couple that is key to the investigation is Blake’s nephew and his girlfriend whose role in the case takes a surprising turn. A Palette for Love and Murder blends art, thievery, and murder in a mystery that is unpredictable, enjoyable, and honest.