Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cracked to Death

Author:  Cheryl Hollon
Series:  Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries #3
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date:  June 28, 2016

Description:  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. 

My Review

This is another wonderful addition to this series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  While part of a series, I think these books can be read (at least to date) as stand alone stories and the reader will not feel like they have missed out on anything from previous books. 

Ms. Hollon has crafted a solid, intriguing mystery with plenty of viable suspects who have very plausible motives.  The mystery this time around centers around the possible discovery of an old pirate's treasure and at the head of the suspect list if Webb's Glass Shop's new manager Amanda Blake.  As with prior books, the author does a wonderful job of weaving knowledge of glass in a way that is interesting without overpowering the story line.  The culprit was not a surprise.  That being said, at least for me, the culprit was not completely obvious and I actually thought another character was going to turn out to be the culprit. There is a nice climatic ending to the story that has a good pace and keeps the reader moving along as the team tries to clear Amanda and find the real killer.  

I enjoy the characters in this series because they are unique and well developed.  Each time I return to a book in this series I feel like I know these people and it is just time to sit down and catch up with their latest adventure.  I like that in this story the author has written some of the characters as branching out and coming into their own in some way during the story. There is a bit of romance developing but that is secondary and does not take away from the mystery at all.

With all that said, I find this to be a very enjoyable series and I am looking forward to more of them to come in the future.

I received an ARC from Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

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