Author Joyce Oroz walked away from her mural painting career to write about painting and murder. Writing satisfies her need for artistic expression without the messy paint. Her protagonist, Josephine Stuart is also handy with a paint brush, but someone always dies and she becomes involved in the search for the murderer. Sleuthing isn’t easy, at least when Josephine does it. She becomes entangled in scary situations as she and her faithful basset, Solow, hunt down the villains. Like Oroz, Josephine lives on the Central Coast of California, enjoying all the splendor of Pacific Ocean, redwood forests and their sweet little hometown of Aromas. Oroz has written six mystery novels in the Josephine Stuart Mystery Series. A new book will be published in September, 2015.