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Sybil Johnson is an American author of crime and mystery novels.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, she came to know about the Land of Oz, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Bilbo Baggins and many others after repeated trips to the library. Her love for mysteries however began after she read Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew.

Sybil majored in Computer Science at the University of Southern California, after which she pursued a twenty-year career as a computer programmer before finally becoming a crime writer.

Currently residing in Southern California, her passions include tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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Genre: Mystery

United States


An Aurora Anderson Mystery

  1. Fatal Brushstroke (2014)
  2. Paint the Town Dead (2015)
  3. A Palette for Murder (2017)
  4. Designed For Haunting (2018)
  5. Ghosts of Painting Past (2019)

Detailed book overview

An Aurora Anderson Mystery

Fatal Brushstroke

Vista Beach, California is a quiet area where crime and murder seldom happen.

So when computer programmer and tole painting fanatic Aurora (Rory) Anderson steps into her backyard to see what all the frantic yipping is all about, the last thing she expected to find was a lifeless body in her garden and a homicide detective on her doorstep.

Apparently, the body discovered is of Hester Bouquet, her tole painting teacher. A fortnight ago, Rory had a terrible experience when she attended one of Hester’s weekend seminars.

When evidence against Rory begins compounding, she launches a desperate mission to unmask the killer and exonerate herself.

Author: Sybil Johnson
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1940976495
Publisher: Henery Press
Paint the Town Dead

It’s June in the sleepy Vista Beach community in Los Angeles. Decorative painters are streaming to the newly built Akaw hotel ahead of the inaugural convention of the Ocean Painting Society taking place over the weekend.

Computer programmer and tole-painting lover Aurora (Rory) Anderson intends on shopping the trade show floor, attending to her mother’s booth, taking classes and mingling with other likeminded enthusiasts.

When her childhood friend however collapses and dies right in front of her during one of the classes, with the police unable to find any proof of foul play, Rory launches her own investigation in a bid to deliver justice.

Author: Sybil Johnson
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1943390335
Publisher: Henery Press
A Palette for Murder

It’s sweltering hot in the quiet county beach community of Vista Beach, California.

The high summer temperatures are forcing the locals to come up with ways of staying cool, some of which involve leaving their windows open. That’s certainly not the most advisable idea, given the recent rise in burglaries in the neighboring towns.

When the lifeless body of Rory’s neighbor is discovered a couple of doors down, with the primary suspect being a friend and fellow painter, the amateur sleuth embarks on a mission to unmask the real killer before an innocent person ends up in jail.

Author: Sybil Johnson
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1635111415
Publisher: Henery Press
Designed For Haunting

It’s almost Halloween in the peaceful community of Vista Beach, California, a place programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home.

As her painting chapter makes arrangements to open its annual boutique house, Rory receives a startling email from Beyond The Grave—a company which automatically sends out messages when someone dies.

“I think I have a stalker,” the message reads. “If you’re reading this I’m either missing or dead. My life may depend on what you do. Please find out what happened to me.”

Troubled by the disappearance of her friend who could potentially be dead, Rory joins forces with her best friend and fellow painter, Liz Dexter, before launching the search.

Will they be able to unearth the truth before it’s too late?

Author: Sybil Johnson
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1635114027
Publisher: Henery Press
Ghosts of Painting Past

Christmas has dawned upon the quiet county beach community of Vista Beach, California, a place where computer programmer and tole-painting lover Aurora (Rory) Anderson proudly calls home.

The magic of the season rends the air with a buzz of activities witnessed in the area.

With just a matter of weeks before Christmas, Rory plans on painting ornaments and selling them at the local craft fair, on top of enjoying the festivities.

When the house across the street is however demolished, uncovering a decades old crime, the past crashes with the present after her father is implicated in the killing.

Desperate to exonerate her father, the amateur sleuth embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.

Author: Sybil Johnson
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1635115598
Publisher: Henery Press