Book Debut

BRUSHED-OFF by Lee Musgrave. Between The Lines Publishing, release date January 2020.

When it comes to books, I have a particular fondness for murder mystery novels. So, during my many decades as a member of the Los Angeles art community I often considered writing one inspired by the many relationships I developed with artists, gallerists, collectors and related others.

As a result, my first suspense novel, BRUSHED-OFF, will debut in January and noted Readers Favorite critic Cecil Brewer has already awarded it 5 Stars. Here is Mr. Brewer’s review:

“Brushed-off by Lee Musgrave paints an interesting and revealing series of passages about the Los Angeles art scene. The opening picture of LA’s beach community, its oddball characters, mixed with homeless wanderers draws the reader into this story as Sketchy and Duie (his dog) discover a friend dead under a pile of destroyed paintings and a totally wrecked studio. Sketchy, an artist-videographer, and his homicide detective friend set off to find answers. More suspicious deaths in the art community pressure the duo to find the killer. Looking for a link to the murders, Sketchy takes the reader deep into the lives of the artists, collectors, and beautiful people who inhabit this world of creativity. With his video documentary work as cover, the threads he discovers unravel a tapestry of crime that only an artist could perceive in the glare of so many colors.

Musgrave uses a number of conventions to depict details of color, texture, and location to convince the reader that this is a plausible tale told by an observant artist. The twist of a detective using a well-connected artist to investigate leads plays well in this adventure. Musgrave takes the reader on trips through LA and its several neighborhoods with Sketchy chasing leads, dead ends, and discoveries. He hides the motive for murder until the final segments and this lets the reader enjoy the scenes he composes in this montage of Los Angeles from its world renowned beaches to the mansions overlooking them. Brushed-off is an enjoyable mystery, especially for fans of the art world.”

Thank you Mr. Brewer.

If reading BRUSHED-OFF appeals to you, drop me an e-mail ( and I’ll make sure you receive the pre-debut special offer as well as a chance to win one of many free surprise gifts. BRUSHED-OFF is being issued by Between The Lines Publishing.

Happy reading,


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