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PAINT BY MURDERS - a Harrisburg Homicide Mystery

Author: M. Travis DiNicola

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Paint by Murders is an original, as of yet unpublished, mystery novel.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.

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 will feature subsequent installments from the novel.

If you would like more information about the project, of have comments you would like to share, please do so on the social media pages where you found this, or email me at paintbymurders@gmail.com

Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy the story!

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Send us a Text Message.Paint by Murders is an original, as of yet unpublished, mystery novel.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 first podcast episode includes the prologue and the first two chapters - it opens with a prologue featuring the transcript of a performance by the internationally known bad-boy performance artist Alan Moonshine. It was during this live performance that Moonshine discovered his father ha...
Send us a Text Message.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 second podcast episode includes chapters three through five - Keith and Ginger settle in to their new home quickly, with Ginger getting a job at a local florist and Keith working on a new commission of paintings. Ginger becomes concerned, however, that Keith is spending too much time al...
Send us a Text Message.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 third podcast episode includes chapters six through eight - Out for a walk on a crisp fall day, Keith and Ginger run into Jane, who invites them back to her house. There they are overwhelmed by her contemporary art collection, including a brick Alan Moonshine used in a performance, whic...
Send us a Text Message.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 fourth podcast episode includes chapters nine through eleven - Keith and Ginger have dinner with her boss, Stephen, and his husband, Adam, at their home. Adam and Stephen are interested in buying one of Keith’s paintings, and also encourage him to show his work in a local gallery. ...
Send us a Text Message.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 fifth podcast episode includes chapters twelve through fifteen - Keith meets Patience Gray, who runs the Gray Gallery. She invites Keith to attend a special performance/recreation of Alan Moonshine’s first and last performance pieces which she is presenting that coming Friday, Halloween...
Send us a Text Message.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 sixth podcast episode includes chapters sixteen through eighteen - Keith and Ginger watch the second half of Alan Moonshine’s Alpha Omega. After the show, they go to The River Room to discuss the performance. A very intoxicated Trevor shows up to celebrate the evening. Keith and G...
Send us a Text Message.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 seventh podcast episode includes chapters nineteen through twenty-one. Keith is taken to the police station where he is interviewed by Detective Albert Henry. The Detective shares that there is a blurry video of the attack on Jane, which excludes Keith as a suspect, but doesn’t give the...
Send us a Text Message.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 eighth podcast episode includes chapters twenty-two through twenty-four. Keith again meets with Detective Henry to go over what he knows about Jane's murder. Exhausted from the experience, he makes a stop at The River Room to chat with his new friend Michael. They speculate about w...
Send us a Text Message. 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 reveale...
Send us a Text Message.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 tenth podcast episode includes chapters twenty-eight through thirty. On their way to the gallery, for the Moonshine exhibit, Keith and Ginger speculate that maybe Trevor isn’t guilty, but if not him then who? At the gallery, they chat with Charles Beckett and Patience Gray and lear...
Send us a Text Message.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 eleventh podcast episode includes chapters thirty-one through thirty-four. While participating in a “plein-air” painting event sponsored by Harrisburg Art Members Gallery Keith finds out from another painter that Jane and Louis had a troubled son named Art, who died in some acciden...
Send us a Text Message.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 twelfth podcast episode includes chapters thirty-five through thirty-eight. At a hearing for Trevor, Keith and Charles, who both believe Trevor is innocent, chat and decide to have lunch together where Keith shares his theory about Patience being the murderer. Charles thinks Keith’...
Send us a Text Message.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 thirteenth podcast episode includes chapters thirty-nine through forty-three. Charles and Keith talk more about who they think murdered Jane. Keith starts to wonder if Alan Moonshine really is dead and calls his art dealer, Kristopher, who knew Moonshine and Patience. Kris convince...
Send us a Text Message.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 fourteenth podcast episode includes chapters forty-four through forty-eight. Heidi Fliederbaum, the bird lady, accosts Keith in a coffee shop and tries to convince Keith that she didn’t murder Jane, though she had motive. Later when Keith visits the Harrisburg Art Members Gallery a...
Send us a Text Message.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 fifteenth podcast episode includes chapters forty-nine through fifty-two. When talking to Patience, Keith makes a discovery of a long held secret in the catalogue for the Moonshine exhibit. Patience reluctantly confirms his hunch, and the complicated story behind the deception. Whe...
Send us a Text Message.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 sixteenth podcast episode includes chapters fifty-three through fifty-six.After a brick is thrown through the window of their home, Ginger and Keith decide to spend the night in a hotel to be safe. The next day Keith meets with Charles and outlines his new solution to Jane’s death. With...
Send us a Text Message.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 seventeenth podcast episode is the final episode for the first season and includes chapters fifty-seven through sixty, the epilogue, and bonus content!In this final episode, the murderer of Jane, and Alecia, is revealed!Overview: The Capital city and its art galleries, bars, restaurants...
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