A Bead in the Hand (Glass Bead Mystery Series #2)

A Bead in the Hand (Glass Bead Mystery Series #2)

by Janice Peacock

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ISBN-13: 9780990570561
Publisher: Janice Peacock
Publication date: 06/04/2016
Series: Glass Bead Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn't always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O'Connell.

When Janice isn't writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and seven chickens. She has a studio full of beads...lots and lots of beads.

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A Bead in the Hand 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Jax and Tessa are off for a weekend of fun. They are excited to be attend a bead filled bazaar in Portland. Jax plans to sell, sell, sell, and Tessa plans to buy, buy, buy. Just after the event starts the room in plunged into darkness and the first night is cancelled. Hoping things are a go the next day Jax hurries to get her booth ready but instead she finds a very famous beader under her table and she has been there a while. Jax’s screams for help are answered by a hunky security guard and both of them know there is no hope, the woman is clearly dead and because she is under Jax’s table she becomes a prime suspect. For the rest of the weekend Tessa spends her time selling beads for Jax while she tries to figure out who really killed the bead diva. Val arrives just in time to “help” and brings her own chaos to the weekend. I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, High Strung, and then pushed this one to the top of of my To-Be-Read list and the author sure did not disappoint. I loved trailing around with Jax, Tessa and Val. Since they were away from home Detective Grant had a much smaller role. Instead we met Ryan, a security guard that really catches Jax’s attention and Detective Tiffany Houston, who methods of investigation are completely different than Detective Grant, and not in a good way. Some of the bead makers from book one return and they are joined by several more. They make a very eclectic group and to Jax every one of them is a suspect. The pace of this one is pretty brisk from the start. The author has strung together a web that has almost the entire cast connected in some way to the victim, Saundra Jameson. She was a woman very full of herself and treated many people terribly. The plots and subplots blended together naturally and kept my attention to the very last word. Again the author’s knowledge of bead making and creating jewelry was very evident and with her descriptions I could easily envision each bead, necklace and earring. I did enjoy the bit of romance that started to bud in the story and am anxious to see how it plays out in future installments. Jax, Tessa, and Val are treasures and this story was so much fun to read. I need to squeeze in Be Still My Beading Heart: A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery soon because Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series Book 3) will be out March 11 and I want to be ready for it.
Barbara-Tobey More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and engaging cozy mystery. Jax is a clever and talented woman with some interesting friends. Gumdrop, the cat, and Stanley, the dog, add to the enjoyment of the story. I was provided a copy via NetGalley with the hope for my honest review. I had purchased the first one in this series, as I enjoy making jewelry with beads. It is patiently waiting to be read. I need to find the time to read that one and look forward to the further adventures of Jax and her potential romances.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first book in this series, HIGH STRUNG, A BEAD IN THE HAND was a fun, entertaining page turner! Really upping her game from the first installment of the Glass Bead mysteries, author Janice Peacock topped herself when I wouldn’t have thought it possible. It was great to spend more time with Jax, Tess, and the rest of the great characters in this series. I so much enjoy the wit and intelligence in the way they are written. The story was page after page of great reading. I flew through A BEAD IN THE HAND in one setting. A fantastic plot with an exciting reveal, I didn’t want the story to end! I sure hope author Peacock has a third book coming out soon!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Jax O’Connell is at it again in this second installment of the Glass Bead Mystery series. While trying to sell her handmade beads at a bead bazaar, Jax finds the body of another artist and it appears the death was not accidental. As Jax investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder, she uncovers lies that points suspicion to a few of her local bead friends. Will her investigation reveal the true murderer or put Jax in harms way once again. This is a great series and I look forward to reading more. I read an ARC of this book voluntarily.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to reading more from this author!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Bead in the Hand - Glass Bead Mystery 2 Author: Janice Peacock Published: 11-24-2015 Publisher: Booktrope Pages: 204 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense; Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Crafts & Hobbies; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 9781513706122 ASIN: B01721C2XQ Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . Jax O'Connell is back in this second offering By Janice Peacock and she s=delivers another delightful read. Jax is off to her first Bead Bazaar at which she discovers a dead body under her booth, which places her at the top of the suspect list as far as the police are concerned. At such a busy function Jax and her best friend Theresa need to pick up the pace to find the killer before they can disappear for good leaving Jax teaching bead making and craft to the inmates. Add in Jax's friend and duplex mate Val with her habit of finding the worst possible boyfriends and you have a story filled with humor, good friends and drama to round things out. I fell in love with Theresa Val and Jax in High Strung, book one in the series and just keep wanting to be able to go to a bazaar or just have them stop by for a cup of tea. They seem so real you will need to remind yourself they are just characters from the fertile mind of Janice Peacock. Her descriptive writing style puts you right into the middle of the story as you search with for clues with Jax and her friends. This is a clean cozy for any age, but especially for those into crafts. If you have never read High Strung, don't be afraid to read A Bead in the Hand first. both are stand-alone reads. I hope other readers come to love this series as much as I do. I hope there is a third book to read soon. Thank you Ms. Peacock for a wonderful series with such great characters. My rating is a definite 5 out of 5 stars.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
A Bead in the Hand by Janice Peacock is the second book in her Glass Bead cozy mystery series and was equally as good as the first book. The plot is fast and smoothly paced. I do enjoy spending time with Jax because she's down-to-earth, funny and often insecure about herself (which makes her more relatable to me). I also adore both Tessa and Val who add so much to each story. The twists in the story kept me guessing as to who was the murderer until the reveal. A very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more in this series. I was given an ARC from Booktrope via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Jax O’Connell is at it again in this second installment of the Glass Bead Mystery series. While trying to sell her handmade beads at a bead bazaar, Jax finds the body of another artist and it appears the death was not accidental. As Jax investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder, she uncovers lies that points suspicion to a few of her local bead friends. Will her investigation reveal the true murderer or put Jax in harms way once again. This is a great series and I look forward to reading more. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first book in this series, HIGH STRUNG, A BEAD IN THE HAND was a fun, entertaining page turner! Really upping her game from the first installment of the Glass Bead mysteries, author Janice Peacock topped herself when I wouldn’t have thought it possible. It was great to spend more time with Jax, Tess, and the rest of the great characters in this series. I so much enjoy the wit and intelligence in the way they are written. The story was page after page of great reading. I flew through A BEAD IN THE HAND in one setting. A fantastic plot with an exciting reveal, I didn’t want the story to end! I sure hope author Peacock has a third book coming out soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Janice Peacock’s Glass Bead Mystery series. This book is well written and the characters are well developed and relatable. Ms. Peacock provided sufficient background information for the characters that it can be read as a stand-alone. I found this book to be an easy read that had me laughing at times. I was caught up in the mystery and the reveal was a complete surprise. As with the first book, the bead descriptions were vivid and I felt like I could actually see and feel them. There is no graphic violence, sexually explicit scenes, or inappropriate language. I highly recommend this book. I’m looking forward to reading more books written by Ms. Peacock. Jax O'Connell and her best friend and bead mentor, Tessa, are attending a bead bazaar. Jax and Saundra Jameson, a famous bead artist, have booths next to each other and a disagreement ensues regarding the boundaries of each booth. While preparing for opening night, Jax discovers a dead body beneath her sales table. Homicide detective, Tiffany Houston, determines Saundra was murdered and Jax is her number one suspect. Jax and Tessa work together to prove Jax’s innocence and find the killer. Since Saundra wasn’t well liked, there are plenty of suspects. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a promotional event.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Bead in the Hand by Janice Peacock is the second book in Glass Bead Mystery series. Jacqueline “Jax” O’Connell is a glass bead maker and jewelry designer. Jax and her friend Tessa are heading from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon for the Portland Bead Fun show. Jax will be selling her wares and Tessa will be buying stock for her shop. The first day of the show is a big hit. Jax would be thrilled except Saundra Jameson (diva) and Wendy Wilson. Wendy has the table behind Jax and uses a scooter (she uses it to her advantage). Towards evening there is a blackout. When the lights do not come back on, everyone is asked to leave. Wendy manages to hit Jax with her scooter on her way out. When the lights come back on, Sandra Jameson is found dead. The suspect list is not short and Jax is on it (she was right next to Sandra’s booth). Jax is determined to find the culprit before the show ends and everyone scatters back to their homes. Jax gets some help from the security guard, Ryan (who seems more interested in guarding Jax than the conference room). Tessa is not much help since she is always on the phone dealing with arguments between her teenage daughters. Then Val, neighbor and friend, shows up at the show with Jax’s cat Gumdrop (Val was cat sitting). Val broke up with her boyfriend and needed to get away. Great! Now she has to hide a cat in her room and deal with Val (who seems to lack common sense). Will Jax get herself off the suspect list and the killer behind bars? A Bead in the Hand was not for me. I’m afraid I found this book just ridiculous with the over-the-top characters, the quick romance between Jax and Ryan, the annoying friends, and the easy to solve mystery. I knew who was going to be killed and the killer before the body was found. I give A Bead in the Hand 2 out of 5 stars. The book started out interesting, but the further I got into the story the less I liked it (I really had a hard time liking Jax). A Bead in the Hand can be read alone because what happens in the first book is mentioned a few times (especially the detective who investigated the case). A Bead in the Hand was just not the right book for me. I received a complimentary copy of A Bead in the Hand in exchange for an honest evaluation. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.