Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Shards Of Murder

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (February 23, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737626
E-Book ASIN: B00Y6RC07Y
Book Blurb: 
When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal's mind…

As the new proprietor of Webb's Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father's shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah's former mentor.

But when Megan doesn't show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman's dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far…


Review:  Shards of Murder is the 2nd book in a new series.  One day I'm going to start out on book 1, really. Its going to happen!

I almost wished I had read the first book, because there were times, when I felt a little bit lost with the characters, but that may just be me and the book certainly does work as a stand alone.

I was really thrilled by this book, because it was so different. So many of cozies I read involve scrapbooking or cooking that when there's one that is totally different, it always catches my eye. The cover will do that too. This one made me think of the festivals I like to attend in the summer and fall months.

It is obvious that the author knows her stuff, glass making wise here, and that is definitely a plus. My grandmother said that she always learned something with every book she read. I wish she were still with us, so that I could pass this book on to her. She would have loved it as much as I did. I also learned the coefficient of expansion of Pyrex, which I'm surprised I didn't know considering that my father worked for Corning Glass for many years.

The story was well developed and the mystery was one that really held my attention.  Though for some reason I knew who the killer was right away. A great cozy!

Rating: 5 flowers

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