Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Review: Cracked To Death

Cracked to Death (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (June 28, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737640


When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .
It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat–a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .
Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death . . .
Review:  I read the second book in this series back in March and I really enjoyed it so I was really excited to read the next book in the series!

I wasn't disappointed either.

In this book, we get glass blowing and PIRATES!


Though these aren't your Pirates of the Carribean pirates.

The pirate aspect comes from some relics that Martin Lane, a snorkler has found. When he turns up dead, Savannah knows she has to find out what happened to him. When his death is connected to one of her friends she has to take action.

I liked learning about Amanda in this story.  Having been and still am a caregiver for a parent, I empathized with her plight, especially when one parent is terribly ill. I also liked how Amanda and Martin's story tied together.

I also enjoyed learning about the cobalt blue bottles that Martin had found.

The story started off a little slow but once it got going it really moved quickly. I felt so bad for Amanda, even though there were so many red herrings that pointed to her.

It was pretty hard to figure out who the killer was. Even at the end I was surprised, because though I had thought of one character, there was another that I felt had more motive.

I loved the mystery and I love learning about glass blowing as I read. Crafty cozies, like this one make me wish I had some sort of talent.

This is a fabulous read and one of my favorite series right now!

Rating: 5 flowers


Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook or on Twitter@CherylHollon.
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Cheryl said...

Thanks you so much for participating in the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Cracked to Death. Love, love, love the banner!

Pamela Woodfield said...

Great review! I've got to read this series. It's been on my list awhile now.

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