Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N. A. Granger

Death in a Red Canvas Chair

N.A. Granger


When a female body is posed at the far end of a youth soccer field, no one seems to notice. No one, that is, except Rhe Brewster, an emergency room nurse with an eye for detail and a knack for putting her nose where it doesn’t belong.

Death in a Red Canvas Chair is Noelle Granger’s debut mystery novel, the first in a series about Rhe Brewster and her adventures as an amateur detective. It’s set in the fictional town of Pequod, Maine and offers a nice backdrop of New England coastal living. I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but I do know that all mysteries follow a certain framework, and Death in a Red Canvas Chair is true to this format. Granger presents an intriguing crime, introduces some shady characters, some good guys and muddles it up with some characters you’re not too sure about.

It’s a well-organized, light and entertaining plot-driven read that invites you to solve the crime before you reach the final pages. It’s not too gory or too violent, but there’s enough action and suspense and a few rough moments to keep the story moving. And there are a couple of red herrings to mix things up a little. The author also adds a running list of what Rhe and her colleagues eat, and frequent references to coffee suggest that this mystery will be solved with a great deal of caffeine.

The author’s PhD in anatomy certainly shows, which comes in handy with the medical lingo and, being a sailor myself, I appreciated accuracy of the boat scenes. She offers some character quirkiness as well, mixed in with humor and that helps flesh out the characters and make it an enjoyable read. Marital and family conflicts also add dimension to Granger’s characters.

Death in a Red Canvas Chair is polished and tight and it’s easy to imagine Rhe Brewster becoming mired in a lot more mysteries!

Also by N.A. Granger:  Death in a Dacron Sail

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Book Review Challenge

Rosie Amber, my blogging friend from across the ocean (, has invited me to take part in her Book Review Challenge. Rosie is the author of Talk of the Playground, a novel based on Rosie’s experiences as a playground parent in England and is available on ( Rosie posts book reviews, hosts author interviews, and provides writing resources on her blog. Be sure to visit her and see what she’s up to!

Here's the cover of Rosie Amber's book.
Here’s the cover of Rosie Amber’s book.

I have chosen to read and review Death in a Red Canvas Chair, by Noelle Granger. It’s the first of a mystery series, set in the coastal town of Pequod, Maine and is available on (

Here's what I'll be reading!
Here’s what I’ll be reading!

Here’s some information about Noelle Granger, taken from her author page on Amazon:

Noelle A. Granger grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125-year-old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plymouth Plantation.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in Anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents, including 28 years at the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.

Death in a Red Canvas Chair is her first book and features an emergency room nurse as her protagonist.

Her second novel in the Rhe Brewster mystery series, Death in a White Dacron Sail, will be published in the summer of 2014.

Ms. Granger lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband Gene, a physician, and is the mother of two children.

I received my copy from Noelle this week and I’m ready to go!

Thanks for visiting and come back soon to see my review of Death in a Canvas Chair!