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Swapping Paint reviewed by Christine I. Speakman
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Joyce and Jim Lavene

Reviewed by Christine I. Speakman

Midnight Ink, an imprint of Llewellyn Publications

ISBN: 0738710202

EAN: 9780738710204

Available: May 2007

Cost:  $12.95

Genre:  Regional Cozy Amateur Sleuth

What’s the one thing that could drag a NASCAR enthusiast away from a race?  Murder?  Maybe.  Having a stubborn wife drag you into a solving said murder.  Definitely.


Glad Wyczhewski is an ex-cop from Chicago.  He loves his young fiery wife, Ruby, cold beer, and NASCAR…not necessary in that order.  He thought he had walked away from solving murders; however, if he wants to keep his wife safe…and his marriage trouble free…he better clear his brother-in-law of murder.


“Swapping Paint” sounds like a simple story – family member accused of murder, wife drags ex-cop husband into clearing family member of charge, finds themselves in a whole lot of trouble along the way.  It may even be uninteresting to those of us who are not into car races. 


Forget that thinking.  “Swapping Paint” is a fun-filled, well-paced, character-filled story that screams – MORE!


I love this story, it’s entertaining, original, and completely different from other cozies I’ve read before. 


Maybe it’s because of the NASCAR background, after all the murder takes place during the week leading up to the Coca Cola 600.  Not being familiar with this backdrop, I truly felt the emotions, smells, and excitement of being right there.  In fact, I wouldn’t mind going to one of these events if they really are this much fun…well, without the murder part.


Fasten your seatbelts you’re in for a quite a ride…okay a little cliché but it fits.


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