Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Shattered at Sea

Shattered at Sea (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery)

by Cheryl Hollon

About the Book 

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (August 28, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711777
ISBN-13: 978-1496711779
Digital ASIN: B077WY2SRQ

A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .

When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.

Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name . . .

Review: I've read 3 out of 5 of the Web Glass Shop mystery series. I really enjoy Savannah and Edward and I love how their relationship is growing in this book.

I have to admit that I was kind of sad about the victim in this book. I liked Ian from the first scenes that he was in. As things went on, I was getting antsy, because I didn't want Ian to be dead. Again, he was such a lovable character and he seemed to have a lot of trouble in his life, from his shared past with Edward, to some girls he dated that showed up on the cruise.

Savannah is working for a few week's on a cruise ship. On her way to the ship she gets to spend time with Edward's family in England. I love his mom and dad. They were absolutely great. I also got a kick out of the superstition about the broken teapot being a bearer of bad luck.

Having the mystery take place somewhere other than Savannah's home town was a nice twist. That gave the book a little different feel from the average cozy series, although a few of the "at home" characters did pop up on the ship.

Since the mystery involves Edward's cousin, we get to learn more about Edward's past as well, which was a little unsavory. I liked how that tied in with the mystery as well along with one of the other glass blowers that Savannah was working with.

The ending was wonderful and I really didn't start to figure out who was at the heart of it all until the very end. Oh and speaking of endings! Bliss!

I loved this book!

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

CHERYL HOLLENCheryl 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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Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for your review on "Shattered at Sea" by Cheryl Hollon and for being part of the book tour.

Love the cover and would enjoy the opportunity to read this book.
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Cheryl said...

Thank you for being a host on the "Shattered at Sea" Blog Tour. I'm so happy to be awarded five flowers!

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