PAINT BY MURDERS - a Harrisburg Homicide Mystery

E9: PAINT BY MURDERS - Chapters 25-27

November 28, 2023 M. Travis DiNicola Season 1 Episode 9
PAINT BY MURDERS - a Harrisburg Homicide Mystery
E9: PAINT BY MURDERS - Chapters 25-27
Show Notes

 Paint by Murders is an original, as of yet unpublished, mystery novel. It is the first in a series of Harrisburg Homicides. It is written, hosted, and narrated by M. Travis DiNicola.

This ninth podcast episode includes chapters twenty-five through twenty-seven.
At the Celebration, Charles Beckett, an old friend of Jane’s, acts at the MC. Trevor, and his crew, are there, and noticeably intoxicated. During the remarks by Charles, and Patience Gray, it is revealed that Jane was secretly behind the Alan Moonshine Trust which supported the Gray Gallery. This surprises Keith as he thought Jane didn’t like Moonshine’s work. To honor Jane, Patience invites everyone to a special showing that night at the gallery of Moonshine’s work, including his brick installations. It is also revealed that Jane has left most of her estate to the Susquehanna River Bird Lovers And Advocates, or Sir-blah, which is run by Heidi Fliederbaum. This is a shock to Trevor, who thought he was inheriting everything. At the end of the service, Detective Henry arrives with a warrant for Trevor’s arrest.

Overview: The Capital city and its art galleries, bars, restaurants, and long-held secrets are featured in this cozy-inspired mystery that is as unpredictable as the mighty Susquehanna River it sits on.

When painter Keith Reed stumbles across a dead body in a Harrisburg bookstore, he doesn’t yet know that the victim was bludgeoned with an autographed brick once used in a work by the internationally famous “bad boy” artist Alan Moonshine. Moonshine has been dead for ten years, but his dangerous legacy pushes Keith and his wife, Ginger, to try to paint a picture of what happened before anyone else is murdered, or before Keith’s narcolepsy catches him napping at the worst possible moment. 

After a local art gallery recreates a few of Moonshine’s outrageous performances, the actor who portrayed Moonshine is arrested for the crime. Keith suspects that the real killer is still on the loose in this river town: a theory that proves true when a second body is found, floating in the Susquehanna. 

Like any good amateur detective mystery there are cats, detailed descriptions of gourmet meals, unique locations, and a quirky community. However, there are also “recreations” of Alan Moonshine’s most important performances, thought-provoking observations about the contemporary art world, and genre-bending moments that bring this story alive.

Each episode of this podcast, dropping once a week, will feature subsequent installments from the novel.

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