Ghastly Glass (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #2)

Ghastly Glass (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #2)

by Joyce Lavene, Jim Lavene

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ISBN-13: 9780425230305
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Series: Renaissance Faire Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 653,279
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joyce and Jim Lavene have written more than forty novels together, including the Retired Witches Spellbook mysteries, the Missing Pieces mysteries, the Renaissance Faire mysteries, the Peggy Lee Garden mysteries, and the Sharyn Howard mysteries. They also write short stories, non-fiction articles and teach writing workshops. Their hobbies include gardening—they’re certified Master Gardeners—and attending Renaissance Faires.

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Ghastly Glass (Renaissance Faire Mystery Series #2) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Renaissance Village in Myrtle Beach is for the first time in history is decorated to look like the Faire is Halloween. Renaissance reveler Jessie Morton is apprenticing under various master craftsmen to obtain research for her dissertation Proliferation of Renaissance Crafts in Modern Times. This year she is being trained by Roger Trent, owner and glassblower of the Glass Gryphon. She is also reunited with Chase. The strong but gentle giant Ross plays Death and is very convincing as he looks spookily like the grim reaper. When someone kills him everyone at the faire except his killer is shocked. On his chest is a note that states "Death Will Find Thee". His brother Bart takes over the role of death. Someone is also trying to frighten Jessie. When Roger is attacked with the same message left on him as that was pinned to Ross, Jessie believes the latter's nephew stalks him. Although Henry is arrested, Jessie doubts he is the killer. Instead she believes a village resident is the culprit especially when someone else vanishes. Jessie provides a unique look at a renaissance faire as she stumbles and tumbles into one adventure after another. Through her eyes, readers learn what happens behind the scenes and into the minds of the performers especially the revelers who relish reenactments. This is a colorful exciting amateur sleuth mystery filled with quirky characters who endear themselves to the reader as Joyce and Jim Lavene write a delightful whodunit. Harriet Klausner
hobreads on LibraryThing 21 hours ago
Adequate. Another "themed mystery" book, second in this series. Not a bad read, but the main character has so many mood swings and doubts regarding boyfriend Chase Manhattan that he'd be well advise to look elsewhere.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 21 hours ago
This is the second of the Lavenes' Renaissance Faire Mysteries featuring scholar Jessie Morton, who is writing her doctoral dissertation on Renaissance crafts in modern times. One of her methods of research is apprenticing with various craftspeople at the year-round Renaissance Faire Village and Market Place in Myrtle Beach. This time around she is assigned to glassblower Roger Trent, proprietor of the Glass Gryphon.Unusually for Jessie, this visit occurs during the academic year, as this will be the first time the Village does a special event for Hallowe'en. Residents will be dressed as witches, ghosts and other creepy creatures that fit in with the holiday theme. There is even a very large man dressed as Death, complete with scythe.However, things turn seriously macabre when a cast member is found dead in the middle of the square, with the slogan "Death shall find thee" painted on his robe. Jessie and Chase Manhattan, her beau and Village Bailiff Chase Manhattan attempt to find the killer without too much disruption of the Faire's day-to-day activities.This was a quick read; light and fun. It made for perfect travel reading!
PamelaSweet on LibraryThing 21 hours ago
In this second book of the Renaissance Faire Mystery series, Jessie Morton, an assistant professor at a local college, continues her research on Renaissance crafts by becoming an apprentice at the Glass Gryphon, one of the shops at Renaissance Village.When the Grim Reaper, or the man playing him, is killed, Jessie takes it upon herself to track down the killer. Halloween hijinx make it difficult to determine what is real and what is fake in this place of make believe. The message ¿Death shall find thee,¿ which was found on the Grim Reaper¿s robe, starts appearing all over the village and no one is sure if it¿s a warning from the killer or just part of the scary decorations.Will Jessie find the answers in time to stop the killer from striking again?What could be a more fun setting for a mystery than the Renaissance Faire? Ghastly Glass captures the magic of swashbuckling pirates and fluttering fairies, peasants and pageantry, and the many shoppes boasting beautiful wares that make up a Renaissance village. When Halloween hits the village, craziness ensues.I enjoyed the main character, Jessie, but didn¿t like that she seemed to be the only intelligent character in the book. For me, it¿s difficult to read a book where everyone is being duped except the hero or heroine. Can so many people be wrong? But, even the hero or heroine can be duped so never assume anything.My favorite character in Ghastly Glass is the man who took over the role of Grim Reaper. I can¿ say much without saying TOO much but if you read the story, you¿ll understand why.There were a few red herrings thrown in to the story which are a must in any self-respecting cozy mystery. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the ending. It felt a bit thrown together and sophomoric. I know the writing team of Joyce and Jim Lavene have written some terrific stories but I think this one could have been better.If you¿re into the world of Renaissance and don¿t mind a few story quibbles, Ghastly Glass has some fun moments and an endearing character you¿ll hope to see again.Bonus: Recipes & fun facts are included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really trying to get into this series because I so enjoyed the other series by the Levine's. Somehow, I just can't. It all seems so silly and contrived. The slow pace doesn't help either. Just blah. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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kiltguy More than 1 year ago
Another good light read from Joyce & Jim Lavene. I just wish I could actually go to this faire. You should read Wicked Weaves first, so you can get a better background on the main charactors.
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Blueherron More than 1 year ago
Ghastly Glass is certainly well titled I couldn't figure how to give it no star or I would have. Jr. High antics came to mind while trudging through this book. I kept waiting for it get better, no such luck. I kept saying to myself, 'lifes too short to read crummy books why are you still reading this one?' I rather like a 'B" book now and then; this one doesn't even make that grade.
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An easy read but also very intriguing plot. Loved the characters. Great humorus undercurrent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very rudimentary in writing style, plot and character development.