E15: PAINT BY MURDERS - Chapters 49-52

PAINT BY MURDERS - a Harrisburg Homicide Mystery

Dec 20 2023 • 24 mins

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Paint by Murders is an original, as of yet unpublished, mystery novel.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

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. When Keith surprises Patience by telling her that Alecia was murdered, Patience kicks him out of the gallery. Later, while taking a narcolepsy induced nap, a brick is thrown through the window of Keith’s home. Before he is woken up though, in a dream, Keith remembers a detail from the day of Jane’s murder and now knows who the killer is.

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.

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!