The Cracked Pot: A Clay and Crime Mystery

The Cracked Pot: A Clay and Crime Mystery

by Melissa Glazer

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Nobody likes a good firing better than Vermont potter Carolyn Emerson—but a grisly discovery in her own backyard may be too hot to handle.
It’s easy enough to misplace a clay piece in a busy paint-your-own-pottery store like Fire at Will. Misplacing a person, however . . . ? Carolyn certainly can’t explain how or why renowned ceramics artist Charles Potter disappeared en route to an appearance at her shop. But everyone’s really thrown when the man finally turns up—and turns out to be none other than her assistant David’s long-estranged father and the conniving ex-husband of Carolyn’s best friend, Hannah.
If Richard Atkins (a.k.a. Charles Potter) thinks he can just waltz back into Maple Ridge and smooth everything over, he’s got another thing coming. Unfortunately, that thing turns out to be murder . . . in Carolyn’s Raku pit, no less. Now, with David and Hannah prime as the suspects, it's up to Carolyn and her friends in the amateur potters’ group the Firing Squad to crack the case—before it explodes in their faces.
Includes instructions for a woven clay bowl project!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440636707
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: A Clay and Crime Mystery , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 103,888
File size: 224 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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Cracked Pot: A Clay and Crime Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lgondelman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of my favorite cozy series! Somehow Carolyn has found herself in the middle of another murder investigation. This time it's someone that she knows, but that no one is happy to see. Carolyn is very lucky to have such a great group of friend in the "Firing Squad". Friends that have no trouble snooping to help her solve the murder. And poor Bill continues to worry about Carolyn and the trouble she seems to find. Ms. Glazer makes her characters friends you'd like to have as your own. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series - A Fatal Slip.
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book features one of the most annoying protagonists I've encountered. Carolyn Emerson owns a pottery shop in a Vermont tourist town. When a dead body turns up in her backyard, the prime suspect is Carolyn's associate, who also happens to be her best friend's son. Convinced that the police are incompetent, Carolyn undertakes the task of solving the mystery. The problem with all of this is that Carolyn is annoying. REALLY annoying. Her favorite activity is complaining. Carolyn complains about her husband, her customers, the local sheriff, among others. She's downright rude to the sheriff because she thinks he's incompetent (though there's no evidence of that in the book). Then there's Carolyn's troupe of followers, "the firing squad," a group so devoted to pottery that they're willing to go all out to solve a dangerous mystery. They still take pottery breaks, though. Each of the members of the firing squad is a sort of stereotype, especially the ex-con with the heart of porcelain, and the tough, no-nonsense lady judge. Honestly, life is too short for books like this. There are more entertaining ways to spend one's time.
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I have read everything that Melilssa Glazer has written and I enjoyed all of them.
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Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I found myself back in charming Maple Ridge faster than expected, the second book in the Clay and Crime series was even more fun than the first. Carolyn Emerson and her zany gang of pottery fanatics have enchanted me enough to be anticipating the 3rd book in the series out in November, but if that book was in my lap today I would probably be cracking it open in no time.

After meeting most of the original characters from the first book, minus the killer that was unveiled in it, I got right back into Carolyn's life, full of ups and downs as usual. Trying to stay in business with finicky customers, surprise visits from people from her past and finding yet another body, Carolyn has her hands fuller than before. Not only she feels obligated to solve another gristly death but two of her friends, David and Hannah are somehow connected and she has to decide whether to stand by them or forget all loyalties and solve the crime without emotional attachment.

Summer approaching the small Vermont town brings in some new faces into the neighborhood and catches up nicely to the ones I missed and met before and as usual has plenty of fun pottery woven into the story. Carolyn and her husband Bill are as sweet as every, and even though the bicker I enjoy their tight camaraderie and all the food everyone is always eating in this book. This was a very fast read, can probably be swallowed up in one day. Also I have to agree with the review below mine that Carolyn was meddling into everyone life and checking out their alibis but at least they told her off properly and created little drama, it was entertaining, so it didn't discourage me from enjoying this book. Most cozy mysteries have a heroine that does more work and snooping than all the cops in the book, otherwise it would not be a cozy mystery but a dry crime novel.

- Kasia S.