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High Strung (Glass Bead Mystery Series #1)
     

High Strung (Glass Bead Mystery Series #1)

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by Janice Peacock
 

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After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O'Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity Jax can't resist—even though the store's owner is the surliest person Jax has ever met.

The weekend’s events

Overview

After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O'Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity Jax can't resist—even though the store's owner is the surliest person Jax has ever met.

The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa's name—and do it before the killer strikes again.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940153094144
Publisher:
Janice Peacock
Publication date:
06/19/2016
Series:
Glass Bead Mystery Series , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
206,316
File size:
3 MB

Meet 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 and has a studio full of beads...lots and lots of beads.

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High Strung 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
High Strung is the first instalment in the Glass Beads Mystery series. After reading this one, I am looking forward to the next. The book begins with Jax O'Connell, living in Florida with her deadbeat boyfriend, receiving a letter from the lawyer of her late aunt Rita. She has been left in her will her house in Seattle, with one condition. She must move there and live in the house. The letter she is sent reads: "I know inside your tired heart is a woman waiting to start living." Then she sets the condition, "You must live in my house and find your creative passion. I hope my gift helps you live the life you love." Jax accepts the offer, dumps her boyfriend, quits her job and moves to Seattle. The house has been divided into a duplex so she fixes up one side and rents it out to flamboyant Val. Her side contains a studio, Aunt Rita was a quilt artist, that she turns into a studio to make glass beads. A bead event, hosted by Aztec Beads, brings together bead and jewellery makes from all over. There are workshops, parties and of course displays of the beautiful items. When Rosie, the hostess of the event almost dies after falling down the stairs and being choked by her beaded necklace, Jax is there to save her and get he to the hospital. The next morning while helping Tessa, her best friend and mentor clean up, they discover the body of a young homeless bead maker in the dumpster. Are these two events related? Who killed Missy? Both Tessa and Jax are suspects at one point in the story. The many characters that are introduced in the story are wonderful. From the shy beadmaker, to Rosie and her daughter, Val and Tessa and all their families, the book tells you as much about the life in the town and the bead making business as it does about solving the mystery, but it is all entertaining. I did not have the slightest idea of who the murderer was which makes the book more interesting to me. I am looking forward to the next instalment. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: High Strung - Glass Bead Mystery Book 1 Author: Janice Peacock Published: 8-31-15 Publisher: Booktrope Pages: 220 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery ISBN: 978513700649 ASIN: B0140HQ483C Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Hugh Strung may be a cozy mystery that takes a while to get to the murder, but you really don't notice until it happens. You are so caught up in the storyline and characters that they draw you in and you can't put it down. Jacqueline "Jax" O'Connell is feeling fed up with her life and her boyfriend when the letter from her great-aunt's lawyer arrives telling her she is the beneficiary of her estate with the stipulation that she live in her great-aunt's home Jax is hesitant. The lawyer tells Jax she has 1 day to decide. Jax's boyfriend's attitude makes decide to accept and she packs up and moves to Seattle. The story takes up 2 years later. Jax is settled in her home and has set up a studio where she creates her handmade glass beads. Jax has agreed to teach a workshop at weekend long event celebrating the grand opening of a new bead crafting store. She is also hosting another bead crafter from out of town for the long weekend. Jax and Gumshoe, her cat are shocked when Marta arrives with uninvited guest, her dog Stanley. When Gummie runs away at the invasion Jax is crushed. Trying to keep it together and complete her obligations leaves Jax exhausted. Not mention the new guy in her life, a reporter doing a story on Jax and her beads. As the weekend progresses, Jax learns a few secrets out her friends and the other bead artists. The she is drawn into an attempted murder and a successful one. When her best friend is suspected of the murder Jax steps into clear her of the charges. In the process she attracts the deadly attention of a murder. There is so much happening in the story you are glued to the story until the final page. Good luck figuring out how to trust and who to watch. Ms Peacock will keep you guessing until the end. A great story to relax with.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
HIGH STRUNG is a fun, fast mystery that I couldn’t put down! I really like books where I am not only entertained, but where I can learn new things as well. My time spent reading HIGH STRUNG contained both. Author Janice Peacock has created a series and protagonist that really captured my imagination. Jacqueline “Jax” O’Connell is a strong, intelligent character who is a pleasure to read. From her passion for making glass beads, to the way she handled investigating a murder, I enjoyed getting to know her. The rest of the cast of characters were fun to get to know. Such varying personalities, and all so multi-layered. This first installment in the Glass Bead mysteries was a wonderfully written mystery that I really loved. A great storyline that flowed at just the perfect pace. The reveal wasn’t exactly an action packed one, but it did surprise me when I read who the killer was. I had book two, A BEAD IN THE HAND out and ready to read after this one and I was just as pleased! Give HIGH STRUNG a try. You’re going to be happy you did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janice Peacock has written an intriguing storyline with realistic, well-developed characters. While some of the characters are not likeable, all of them are believable. This book is well thought out and written with just the right combination of mystery, family life, and humor. I found this book to be an easy read that had me laughing while still being caught up in the mystery that kept me guessing until the reveal. The bead descriptions were so vivid I felt I could actually see and feel the beads. I highly recommend it to all cozy mystery lovers. I’m looking forward to reading more books written by Ms. Peacock. Jax O'Connell moves from her home in Miami when learns she’s inherited her Great Aunt Rita’s house in Seattle but she must live in it or it will be sold and the proceeds given to charity. When someone attempts to murder Rosie Lopez, a local bead shop owner, and the murder of Misty, a young beadmaker, is discovered Jax isn’t satisfied with the police investigation and decides to do a little sleuthing of her own. Jax and her best friend and bead mentor, Tessa, discover there is no lack of suspects and she is no less confused than the police are … and then the pieces all start to fall into place for her. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of a promotional event.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Okay, but wanted more. High Strung can best be described as cutesy. I knew what it was about from the description but it took almost half way through the book to get to the murder taking place. The rest was slapstick and stilly with other mundane bits thrown in with Jax's wonderfully crazy neighbor to her overprotective best friend. I wasn't impressed with the writing or the story line and probably wouldn't recommend it if anyone asked unless they had nothing better to read. **Received a copy from Booktrope Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.** Reviewed by Julie