When a glass-making competition turns deadly, glass shop owner Savannah Webb must search for a window into a criminal's mind…
As the new proprietor of Webb's Glass Shop, Savannah has been appointed to fill her late father's shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. With her innovative glass works, the clear winner is Megan Loyola, a student of Savannah's former mentor.
But when Megan doesn't show up to accept her $25,000 award, rumors start flying. And when Savannah discovers the woman's dead body on festival grounds, the police immediately suspect her of murder. To keep from appearing before a judge herself, Savannah sorts through the broken pieces of glass scattered around the victim for clues as to who took this killer competition too far…
"Cheryl Hollon clearly knows her glass craft, but better still, she also knows how to craft a good mystery." --Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author
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Shards of Murder
By Cheryl Hollon
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"You're going to love the Beach Blonde." Savannah raised her glistening pint of straw-colored beer to clink her former mentor Keith Irving's glass. "It reminds me of my favorite ale back in Seattle."
"You had a favorite? I seem to recall that you were determined to try a different beer every time we walked into a brewery."
Is he saying that I was flighty? When she had been Keith's student back in Seattle, she had been a little prone to fancy. She was always exploring new glass-working techniques before she had completely mastered the old ones. That must have been frustrating for him — he drew on an unlimited reserve of patience with her erratic experimentation.
Keith sipped the ale and his dark bushy eyebrows raised over his iris blue eyes. Putting his pint back on the beer mat, he looked around the 3 Daughters Brewing tasting room. "You have a point, though. This is as good as anything back home."
"Damn straight," Savannah grinned wide. It was a warm reminder of how much she desired his approval. She and Keith were sitting at a high top near the back of the tasting room. The noisy after-work happy hour crowd had gone and the Friday night date crowd hadn't yet arrived. That meant that the modern industrial décor felt cozy and intimate rather than raucous and celebratory.
Keith looked down into his beer. "My condolences on the death of your father. He was a significant loss to the stained glass world. I'm very sorry."
"Thank you, I appreciate that. I didn't realize how well respected he was until after he was gone."
"How are you coping?"
"Not as well as I would like. It was a —" She was startled by the tightening of her throat. It had already been a couple of months. "It was a difficult time. It still is, for that matter. But now, I've got some great help. My office manager, Amanda Blake, is an outrageously cheerful person and I've taken on Dad's apprentice, Jacob Underwood. He's incredibly talented, and the deep concentration required for the craft helps him manage life with Asperger's syndrome. Jacob is flourishing to the real benefit of Webb's."
"Is it true what I heard?" He tilted his head slightly with a gentle smile. "That you were involved in the investigation of your father's death?"
Savannah wiped a hand across her forehead, then cupped her pint. "Yes, it turned out that both Dad and his longtime assistant were murdered. I arrived here planning to sell up and return to Seattle, but I was driven to decode the messages my father left behind. Dad had been a cryptographer for the government. The result of the adventure was that it helped the police catch the murderer. Everyone helped and I felt like I found my forever home."
"So, you not only dealt with the death of your father, but helped catch his murderer — I just can't imagine the emotional toll."
Savannah looked around the brewing house, taking a long moment to clarify her feelings. "It was a horrible experience, but oddly satisfying in the end. I learned some valuable lessons. First, I have some incredible friends who care about me. Second, the local business community has supported Webb's from the time my grandfather had a motorcycle business here in the twenties until my dad started the glass shop. My family inspired that."
Keith nodded slowly and sat silent for a few moments. "Speaking of Webb's, what's it like to go from student to business owner in a heartbeat?"
Savannah looked up at the ceiling, "Wow, you are literally correct with that one. I'm still struggling with the abrupt change of focus. There are so many things that Dad took care of that I'm discovering surprise by surprise."
"It requires a totally different skill set from a carefree creative artist. The transition from student to master requires tremendous personal growth. Some can't do it. You appear to be doing fine."
Squirming in her seat, Savannah replied, "Carefree artist is a good description of my former self. I'm having difficulty with the role of community leader within the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, Florida. I don't have a background in politics and it's all about relationships and history and things that I don't know about."
Keith leaned over, a conspiratorial glint in his eyes. "I'll tell you a secret. No one understands small-town politics."
Savannah laughed. "I'm so glad you're here. I've been tossed a huge speed bump. My dad's friends appointed me as the judge in the glass category for the Spinnaker Art Festival this weekend."
Keith was in town for the festival to support one of his current protégés in entering the competition. He already knew all about Savannah's appointment as a judge — and her nerves surrounding the job.
Keith chuckled. "As my former star pupil, I expect it won't take very much advice to bring you up to speed."
"Judging was not a part of your curriculum back at the studio." She sipped her beer. "Seriously, how do I choose?"
"I've never found it difficult to choose a winner. My challenge has always been to keep from alienating the chief judge and the other artists. Innovation in the glass arts is not always of interest to the mainstream art collectors or appreciated by the organizational committee. Did they give you some guidelines to follow?"
"They didn't have time to give me anything. The original judge was going to be my dad. He was famous for his widely popular choices — he wouldn't have needed them. Their first replacement had a family emergency, so they turned on the charm and I accepted. I'm simply a last-minute solution."
"Do you think the reason they called on you as a judge was solely due to your dad's reputation?"
"Frankly, I think it was the safe thing to do. They could give it to me as a tribute to my dad's memory and give the snub to Frank Lattimer once again."
She named the owner of Webb's rival glass shop. Frank was not well loved in town, and his failed attempt to buy out Webb's during a vulnerable time was well known. Even though she was nervous about judging a competition, she was privately pleased that the festival committee had given their support to her over Frank.
Keith looked surprised. "Oh, come on now, you can't believe that. Surely they wouldn't go that far to insult him. He has a business right downtown with a huge display gallery."
"I don't know who in particular he has annoyed on the committee, but Frank can annoy even the most amiable of supporters." She paused, then admitted, "Honestly, in all practicality, they should have given him the job this year. I don't have very many qualifications other than being John Webb's poor orphan daughter."
"Don't sell yourself short. I can give you enough practical guidance to get you through the Spinnaker Art Festival — I've been judging for more years than I care to admit. But, in reality, all I can do is tell you how I approach judging." He grinned. "Judge for yourself what makes sense to you. Your instincts are good."
"If you say so." Savannah sipped her beer.
"I say so. Remember what I used to say?"
"Oh no, not a test! You were a fountain of inspirational quotes."
Keith chuckled. "Okay, but this one is true. 'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.'" He paused and poked a finger into her upper arm. "You know that."
Savannah leaned away and nodded. "I remember that one. I've been living it."
"Anyway, first I walk around and get a quick look at each exhibit booth and see if any of them hit me emotionally without analyzing or thinking about it. That gives me a chance to see if there are any works that immediately stand out from the rest, and it has been my experience that the winner is usually among them. Later, I stop in front of each booth and analyze what I see in design, color, and mastery of technique."
"That's easy enough."
"Also, if the technique is traditional, such as a Tiffany-style stained glass lamp, it should be a new approach. I always look for something unique showing me a deep understanding of the underlying principles, or a completely different twist on the ordinary."
"That sounds pretty straightforward."
"It should be — and that's the secret. A truly unique approach to glass should stand out like a flame in the darkness."
"Ugh, I'm terrified that I won't live up to Dad's reputation."
"Understandable, but no one would have more faith in your judgment." He covered her hand with his and gave it a light squeeze before letting go. "He was a great judge, but you're his daughter, and I have to tell you, the apple didn't fall far from the tree." He grinned widely, and Savannah smiled as well.
Maybe I have a natural instinct. That would be awesome.
"The timing couldn't be much worse." She ran a hand through her closely cropped curly black hair. "I'm starting a new weeklong workshop on Monday."
"Timing will never be right. What type of class?"
"This one teaches the major aspects of fused glass. I've got a monstrous new kiln installed along with one that Dad already had and we're almost ready to go. I haven't even tested the big one yet, but I'll do that this weekend. It has an electronic control panel to automate the timing and temperature changes for the firings. That makes the process less math intensive. Even better, we can let it run overnight and increase our production.
"That's good for both students and clients. The ones we use for teaching in the studio require hand calculations for glass size and a timer for changing the manual temperature settings. It's tedious, but the real purpose is to teach a thorough understanding of the principles of fusing."
"That's exactly the right approach." He touched her arm softly. "How about dinner?"
"Sorry, I'd like that but I'm totally distracted by everything that's swirling around right now. How about after the festival is over? I'll be in a much better mood."
She sensed a movement behind her.
"So, this is your mentor?" Edward pulled up a bar stool between Savannah and Keith. His posh British accent oozed smoothly from a thin frame in a black shirt over tight jeans tucked into tan rattlesnake Western boots. He extended a hand. "Hi, I'm Edward Morris, owner of the Queen's Head Pub, right next door to Webb's Glass Shop. I hear that you're the best hot glass teacher in the world."
Savannah widened her eyes. Edward must have stopped by to arrange for more beer for his pub. She didn't specifically invite him to meet Keith here. Edward was not yet a lover — but definitely a strong candidate. Savannah's reticence was mostly because her feelings were still a mess of unresolved ex-boyfriend angst. Plus there was the complication that Edward had been a principal suspect in the murder of her father.
Keith stood and shook hands with the very tall man. "Keith Irving. I've heard about you, too."
They stood looking eye to eye. Savannah felt the tension sizzle while also realizing in a flash that both men were the same height.
Savannah patted Edward's stool. He took the hint and sat.
Keith sat and looked sideways at Edward. "Glad to hear the nice part of my reputation precedes me."
"There's a not nice part?"
Savannah smothered a huge cough with her hand, then rearranged her face to disguise the surprise and slight annoyance at Edward's comment. "Keith has the well-deserved reputation for destroying glasswork that doesn't meet his exacting artistic standards. I've left the studio shattered in every sense of the word more than once."
Keith stiffened his back a bit taller. "In truth, there's no room for the merely ordinary at Pilchuck Glass School. It's not helpful for the growth of a student to condone mediocrity. Remarkably, the threat of immediate destruction brings out their best work. For the naturally gifted" — he eyed Savannah — "it gives them amazing confidence to start a successful career as a true artisan."
Savannah grimaced over at Edward. "A lecture I've heard more than once."
Keith sipped his beer and looked at Edward over the rim. "I've heard about your escapades with Savannah as well. Helping her find the man who murdered her father is a task most would not have accepted."
"It was a team effort. We're a very close community here in the Grand Central District. Besides, an actual third-generation St. Petersburg native is as rare as bluebells in July. She deserves to be safe from harm."
Edward waved a hand to the bartender. "Hi, Mike, my regular pint of Brown Pelican, please." He turned to Keith. "So, other than the lovely Savannah, what brings you to town?"
Savannah looked sharply at Edward. What's wrong with you?
"Good question," said Keith. "I am a long way from home."
Savannah smiled and propped her chin into both hands.
Keith raised both hands in surrender. "I confess I'm here for more than just a visit to see a former student. Two of our students from Pilchuck have taken jobs with the local Chihuly Museum as interns to learn the business end of art."
"But I thought there was a program for that in Seattle," said Savannah.
"There is, but there aren't enough positions for each student to have an opportunity to rotate through the program. It's not just learning about the various methods and history of the glassworks; they also learn to care for the exhibits and discover the harsh realities of an invisible monster named 'cash flow.' "
Edward squinted. "What do you mean by caring for the exhibits? They're all glass. They don't need to be fed or watered or anything."
Savannah and Keith looked at each other for a second. Keith motioned for Savannah to answer.
"It's extremely important that the glassworks in the museum stay dust free. It's not such an issue in Seattle, but here in hot, sandy Florida, it's quite a challenge. Each visitor brings in a bit of the outside and it's impossible to control that. So someone needs to dust the priceless and very fragile exhibits without breaking them. That's what students learn to do."
"Oh." Edward looked sheepish. "Duh."
"Don't feel bad." Savannah squeezed Edward's arm. "It's not particularly obvious."
"Anyway," said Keith, "I'm here to check up on the program and also to help one of them with setting up an exhibit booth tomorrow at Spinnaker."
"You have a student in the show?"
"Yes, he was admitted in good time so that we could arrange the intern position with the Chihuly Museum. Another of my former students, Megan Loyola, has also been accepted into the festival. She reminds me very much of you." Keith nodded toward Savannah.
"She's wicked smart and has a genius for inventing glass techniques to form something completely different and spectacular. I can't wait for you to see her work."
"Hey, you're not trying to influence a judge are you?"
Keith shook his head. "No chance. You are your father's daughter; he was unbelievably ethical. The interns are Vincent O'Neil and Leon Price. Vincent is a good craftsman with broad technical and mechanical knowledge. Leon, however, is a bit of an uptight urbanite and that rigidly controlled approach comes out in his work. They're sharing living and travel expenses. Leon is the one who has an exhibit booth at the Spinnaker Art Festival. Vincent applied, but didn't make the cut."
Edward shifted a bit and signaled the bartender for another round. He turned to Savannah. "Have you told Keith about your new project?"
"Not yet." She looked crossly at Edward. "I'm still in the investigation stage."
"What new project?" Keith drained the last of his beer.
"I'm going to open a new glass studio in this area. It will be the largest in the South once I've got it up and running."
"Wow, that's the kind of success we hope our students will achieve after they leave. Will it be in this area of town?"
"Only a few blocks south of here in an up-and-coming new industrial park district. It will be an artist's loft space with reasonable rental rates on a month-by-month plan. As an incentive to the eternally cash-strapped prospective client, I'm offering the space without a long-term lease."
"How much square footage?"
"I'm thinking over ten thousand square feet. Part of that will be an exhibit space. That will give my students a transition phase between student and professional artist. There will also be a media room for presentations and tutorials."
Edward shifted in his seat. "But you're keeping the original Webb's as well?"
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Great Read. This is book two of this series, and I didn't read book one, but I definitely will as soon as I find the time (and I will find the time). The book can be read as a stand alone, but there are a few things that make me wish I read the first book, first. Anyway, this is a great story, and very well written. I like the backstory and the baseline is a glass shop and glass making, and how it runs into solving a crime, a murder at that. I liked Savannah, and find her a very likeable and smart character. I want to read more of Hollon's work, and will start at book one and then work my way through to the others that follow this one.
‘Shards of Murder’ is the thoroughly delightful second offering in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series. Savannah Webb has not yet returned to her life in Seattle, so she is leading the classes that her dad had scheduled prior to his murder. The author’s work in stained glass design and preparation adds tremendously to the novel and is very interesting to read about. A former student of Savannah’s father’s partner had taught a talented young woman with a bad ‘tude. And it just happened to be that Rooney, the overgrown Weimariner puppy that had belonged to her dad, helped her find … the body of the first-place winner of the locally-held Spinnaker Arts Festival who had not shown up to get her award and prize of $25,000. She then finds herself to be the suspect in the murder of the young woman. I began to love the primary characters in the first novel in the series; Savannah is the best-defined of the characters. She could step out of the pages as a three-dimensional person. The next-best defined are those who have become her partners in crime-solving: Jacob, apprentice and special restoration project expert, Amanda, a long time student of Savannah’s father, and Edward, owner of the next door Queen’s Head Pub. Their descriptions are sufficient for their roles and are highly likable folks. The rest of the characters, including the various suspects, are defined only as needed. Jacob, a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome, is a delight to read about. The author brings to life the positive traits and talents of a person with Asperger’s through Jacob, that they are high-functioning individuals who are individuals first, with a disease that they can triumph over to be valued members of their community. The plot was very well designed, detailed and executed! ‘Shards of Murder’ grabbed my attention and held it tightly throughout this very compelling read. It was something to look forward to reading each evening, and was hard to put down for anything. Savannah now has a ‘posse’, friends who would get together with her and discuss the murder and various clues; the posse includes Edward, Amanda, and Jacob, each who brought their unique perspective and talents. I enjoyed Rooney’s contributions, also! He is one special pup! I also appreciated how Detective Parker and how he listened to Savannah when she brought clues or ideas to him even as he continued to warn her to let the police do their job. He is a breath of fresh air when compared to some (not all) of the lawmen in other cozy mystery series. At the end, everything came together for a wonderfully, although somewhat surprising, conclusion. I highly recommend ‘Shards of Murder’ to anyone interested in glass works and some special techniques, those who appreciate a fabulously well-written novel with characters who are highly likable. This author has a winning series! I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads contest with the request for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
I had trouble putting down this informative and well written mystery. Book two finds Savannah Webb making the vibrant St. Petersburg arts community her home by following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a judge at the Spinnaker Art Festival. Artists from her former Seattle glass days are entered, and one in particular, Megan Loyola, seems to be showing some uniquely gifted pieces. While Savannah has a lot of latitude from the police in ‘helping’ investigate with her friends, the solid storytelling and clues had me guessing until almost the end about the identity of the murderer. The sub-plots, with her posse of friends and the agility training of her dog Rooney, round out an already fantastic book.
It's not often that Florida has a story set outside of either Miami or Orlando. That this one is set in St. Petersburg, known locally as St. Pete, makes it unique. St. Pete is an eclectic little spot, with so many different cultures having helped to build and develop the area. As a Florida native, who lives just 2 hours away, it was a real pleasure to read someone doing the city justice and getting it right. Sometimes a city is described so accurately, that it's rhythms and vibe can be likened to another character in a book. The author manages this nicely for St. Petersburg. I was a little concerned after reading the first book, Pane and Suffering, that the author wouldn't be able to meet the high standards she set in the first book. I am pleased to announce that she did an excellent job of not only meeting them, but exceeding them. Savannah and her posse are really coming together as quite the enterprising group. Though the story is told mainly through Savannah, the story has an ensemble feel. They utilized their individual strengths to work together to solve the murder quickly, much to Detective Parker's annoyance. If you want to read a cozy mystery that's more than just a niche book, this series would be a perfect fit. It's so much more than just about glass making, though that does play a large part. I had a hard time putting this book down, and gave it 4 stars. Thanks to Netgalley, Kensington and Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This is a fantastic book! I was fortunate enough to win a copy in a contest and I liked it so much that I bought another copy as a gift because I wasn't giving up my copy. I did not read the first book in the series and if I had any complaints it is that I had to keep reminding myself who was who at the beginning, there were a lot of characters that were introduced in the first book that were brand new to me. I've bought the first book and am looking forward to reading about the mystery that came before this one. What I loved about the book is the little details about Rooney and his agility work. I loved learning about fused glass, it has made me want to look up classes in my area and learn how to make my own masterpieces. I also liked the details about the difficulty in judging art. I've always wondered how you judge different works of art when art is so subjective. This mystery kept me guessing and I loved every minute of it!
I fell in love with Savannah and her posse in the first book in this series Pane and Suffering, well; they are back in full force in this installment. Savannah is asked to judge at Spinnaker Arts Festival. She painstakingly decides who she feels deserves the $25,000 prize. Unfortunately the winner doesn’t show up to claim the prize and is later found dead on the festival grounds. Once again Savannah is under suspicion. Amanda, Edward and Jacob must help Savannah find and decipher all of the clues to clear Savannah’s name. I am a huge fan of the cast pf characters that Cheryl Hollon has assembled into this series. I enjoy the way they are so different yet they come together as a group easily and believably. I also have developed a fondness for both Susie and Rooney, the two canine characters that always help bring the story to life. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I was given a copy of this book by the author for a fair and honest review.
The second in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series finds Savannah Webb on the case once again. Luckily she was able to solve her father’s murder in the first book, because this time she has to prove she is not the murderer of a talented glass artist. Stepping in, to fill her father’s place as a judge at an art festival, she’s hard pressed to decide who the most talented glass artist is. But when it’s time to announce the winner is Megan, the artist is a no-show to collect the hefty cash prize. It’s Savannah’s bad luck to find the artist’s body the next morning, floating in the Gulf with a bashed head. Because she was the one to find the body, it puts her at the top of the suspect list. So, gathering her posse once again, she sets out to find who really wanted the artist dead, and why. This is my first foray into Savannah’s world of glass, and I very much enjoyed it. I like the cast of characters, and the author has put together very unique individuals. While the dialogue at times is a bit stilted, I could overlook it because of the good story. I came across a couple of holes in the story, but again, could overlook them because I did enjoy the book. I was fascinated to learn more about glass art, and its many variations. It was no surprise to me to learn the author is a glass artist herself, and has a small studio she uses to actually make fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. It’s clear the author knows what she is writing about, and has a passion for it, which she’s infused into her main character. The author’s voice is so good that I could envision the stunning piece of art that the victim had created to win the coveted first prize in the contest. I wish I could see it in person. Another strong point is how the author has brought St. Petersburg, Florida to life. I lived in that area several years ago, and it was fun to revisit St. Pete in this book. There’s a quote that Keith, one of the characters, says that I love so much I intend for it to be my new mantra: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I look forward to the next book in the series, and delving once again into Savannah’s world of glass art. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Stained Glass has long been an interest of mine, sadly, I have never looked into it. Cheryl Hollon's Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries take care of part of that longing. Savannah Webb Has inherited her father's shop, when he was murdered. One thing she never wanted to do was run the shop. As she meets the students and grows closer to them, she also meets the hunky owner of the place next door. The students volunteer their help to Savannah to find her dad's killer. In Shards of Murder, a young woman is killed at an art show. Savannah and the gang, this time including her mentor who is from Oregon, try once again to solve the murder, I must say that I had no idea until the end of the book, who did it. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Entertaining lesson in fusing glass First, Shards of Murder is an entertaining murder mystery. I will not recap the story, as there is a wonderful synopsis already provided on this site. Cheryl Hollon’s story is well written; there are numerous red herrings, a surprising twist at the end, and the murder is solved in a very satisfactory way. Savannah is a very likeable character, and her incredible friends form a fun and loyal “posse” that you want to continue to follow in the next book. Savannah also enjoys support from the local business community as she grows from an artist to a business owner, with all the responsibilities as a long time area family business. Although this is the second in the series, the book stands alone. I had not read the first in the series, and did not feel that I lacked any background. Secondly, when I was finished reading the book, and was gathering my thoughts, I was struck by how much knowledge I gained about Art Glass, especially fused glass. It never felt like any lecture in school; the information was provided in a very painless, comfortable manner. The art festival setting was perfect for the storyline. I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in return for my feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery, and read it in a day. I didn’t want to put it down. To fully explain how much I enjoyed this book, I have already purchased Pane and Suffering, the first in series.
Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon is the second book in A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery. Savannah Webb has been to be a judge at the Spinnaker Art Festival (glass category, of course). It is an honor to picked. Savannah is a little nervous as this is her first time judging a competition. Her former mentor (and teacher), Keith Irving is in town. Keith has two students entered into the competition (Megan Loyola and Leon Price). When the winner does not arrive at the award ceremony the next day, Savannah goes looking for her. Savannah finds an empty booth. However, when Savannah is out walking Rooney (her Weimaraner puppy) she discovers a body in the water (in Tampa Bay) with a shard of glass in her head. Someone wanted this person dead. Savannah is the last person to see the victim alive (which means she is a suspect). Savannah and her posse gather together to find the killer (and the motive behind the killing). Will Savannah be able to find the killer before she ends up in the bay. Shards of Murder was a cute and fun story to read. I like the characters and the setting as well as the beautiful descriptions of glass as the festival. I especially like learning about different methods of working with glass (this time about fusing glass which I find fascinating). The mystery was extremely easy to solve (I guessed it immediately), but I liked the authors misdirection and clues. I give Shards of Murder 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I found Shards of Murder just as good as the first book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery, and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy of Shards of Murder from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book and thought it was better than the first book. I felt like I got easier into this book and I enjoyed the strong focus on the mystery, while it might have been a bit unbelievable at times I really enjoyed it. The mystery moves along nicely, with enough progress and updates on the progress. It kept my attention and I finished this book in a few days. The characters got a bit more developed in this book I liked seeing the four of them work together to solve the mystery. There are also some new side characters we meet. And there's a hint of romance, that at the end suddenly seems to turn into more, which felt a bit rushed, but we'll see how that continues in the next book. The ending and how the mystery got wrapped up also felt a bit rushed, but overall this was a great sequel and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
This is the first book that I have read by Cheryl Hollon but it is the second book in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series. I will definitely be going back and reading the first book! When I read the back of this book and saw that it has an art festival in it, I knew that I would enjoy it. I like to go to art festivals and enjoyed the descriptions of the works entered in the festival and seeing how the judging is handled. I liked the characters, especially Savannah, and how she and her friends, the "posse", worked together to help solve the murder. I also enjoyed learning about the glass fusing along with the class members that Savannah and Amanda taught at Webb's Glass Shop. The book was very engaging and kept me reading well past my bedtime. I'm looking forward to the continued development of this series. I received this book from a drawing at Cozy Mystery Review Crew for a fair and honest review.
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the second book in the A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series by Cheryl Hollon. Savannah is the new proprietor of Webb’s Glass Shop and has been appointed to fill her late father’s shoes as a judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival, held in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Megan Loyola, as student of Savannah’s former mentor and is the winner. When Savannah finds Megan dead on the festival grounds she becomes a suspect. She decides to investigate to find the real killer. If you are looking for a great mystery then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
A dazzling installment to this wonderfully crafted series. SHARDS OF MURDER absolutely sparkled with fabulous writing, and an amazingly polished plot that held me captivated through the entire story. Learning about glass making was just one of the awesome facets to this well written mystery. You can tell author Cheryl Hollon is equally passionate on the subject as she is one writing. Enjoyable characters, a marvelous storyline, and intriguing twists made this book a fast read for me. I simply couldn’t put it down! I just had to know who the killer was before I did, and Ms. Hollon kept that a mystery right up until the end. Add SHARDS OF MURDER to your TBR! The back of this book has information on fused glass, and a blurb on CRACKED TO DEATH, book 3 in this great series, which releases July 2016!
This is such a well thought out murder mystery that you will never guess who really did it until you are told at the end! Savannah has taken over her fathers glass shop after his death. She is also asked to take over his duties as judge for the Spinnaker Arts Festival. Yes, she is very nervous. Actually she finds it quite easy to pick the winner--but then at the award ceremony-the winner does not show up (to receive her $25,000 prize). No one knows where she is. While out with her dog on their morning run the dog spots something and won't budge---yup--it was the winner of the prize-dead. Somehow Savannah has to find out who the killer is in order to get herself off the police list of suspects. She and her friends start to investigate all while running classes in glass making and taking her puppy to obedience training classes. Of course as I am sure you can imagine things start happening. So who killed the artist and why? And who actually catches the killer? Trust me when I tell you you will enjoy this book. It is not only for adults-I think teens or even pre-teens would enjoy this one! (Of course as I always say-parents read it first-only you know your child).
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book. This is my fair and honest opinion. In this second book by Cheryl Hollon, Savannah is stepping in as judge for the art fair. Even though she is very talented, she isn't sure if she is qualified enough to make such a huge decision. Torn between two artists, Savannah finally reaches her decision, only to find the winner dead, and finds herself as a prime suspect. Savannah gathers the posse together and soon Edward, Jacob and Amanda are looking for clues and following leads. When Savannah invites her mentor Keith to join in the investigation, sparks soon begin to fly. I enjoyed this book just as much as the first. Ms. Hollon has a style of writing that blends all the elements in this series together and the result s a perfect cozy mystery.