Saturday, August 15, 2020

Blog tour and Book Review: BEHIND THE FRAME A Shepherd Sisters Mystery by Tracy Gardner


When art in the park leads to murder in the dark, the Shepherd sisters have another crime to solve.

Savanna Shepherd, an art expert turned elementary art teacher, is planning the Art in the Park festival for her hometown of Carson. But apparently, someone isn’t happy that Carson got to host the event: the beloved statue in the park is destroyed. Not long after, Savanna finds the dead body of one of the people on the planning committee.

Savanna and her sisters are convinced that the arrested murder suspect didn’t do it, despite strong evidence to the contrary. With the help of Dr. Aidan Gallager, Savanna’s new romantic interest, they uncover hidden resentments and intrigue. Several people in Carson had a motive for the murder. Can they find out which one of them is behind the framing of an innocent person?

This intriguing mystery includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Mini Rhubarb Pies.


The Shepherd sisters provide a range of personalities, passions, and idiosyncrasies their parents seem to take in stride. Savanna (or Savvy) is the art expert and authenticator with an eye for detail, elementary school art teacher, and the sister who most recently moved back to Carson. The mystery centers around the murder of her co-planner, knifed and left for dead in his home, discovered by Savannah. The town's statue of Jessamina in the park where the art show is to be held is defaced and then there are issues with Savannah's car. It's not clear if they are connected, but Savannah discovers she missed a lot of the gossip and goings on when she was gone for several years. 

There is tension, twists and turns, the relationship with Detective Jordan (Savannah calls him directly), the potential romance with Aiden, and the sudden arrival of his brother Finn. The sisters search for information to clear Chef Joe, Skyler taking on his defense in court, while Savanna gathers information. This easily can be read as a stand-alone mystery - it is my first of the Shepherd Sisters Mysteries. There is one before this - Out of the Frame - I look forward to reading. This was an enjoyable mystery, with likable characters, and a steady pace. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About Tracy Gardner

Tracy Gardner is a fiction author represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel. Tracy writes Hallmark Publishing's Shepherd Sisters Mystery series, intriguing, engaging stories about Art Authenticator turned elementary art teacher Savanna Shepherd and her sisters solving murder mysteries in a small Lake Michigan town. A Detroit native, Tracy is the daughter of two teachers. She grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries and rock and roll. Tracy lives with her husband and best friend of thirty years and a menagerie of spoiled rescue dogs and cats, her front door constantly revolving with her two daughters and son back and forth from college. She is a strong believer in the power of baked goods, live music, family, and friends as staples to a happy life.

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