Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon

February 25, 2016 2016, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

shards-of-murderShards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon
Series: A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #2
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Setting: St. Petersburg, Florida
Published by Kensington, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Feb 23)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
304 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: 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…

Initial impressions

  • I especially enjoyed the setting, the glass shop and the mystery.

The story

  • Savannah is the glass artist judge in a local arts festival.
  • The person she chose as number one in the glass art part of the arts festival doesn’t show up to get her award. When Savannah checks the artist’s booth it’s empty.
  • The next day when she’s jogging with Rooney, her young smoky blue Weimaraner, she discovers a body. And Savannah ends up as the chief suspect for the murder.
  • The police detective tells her she better have an alibi or figure out who did it.

Pluses

  • I like the setting in the glass shop and the background of a businessperson trying to pick up the pieces after the death of her father.
  • I used to work with stained glass so the glass aspect of the book kept me interested. I’m impressed with the detail Ms. Hollon uses in the book without adding too much.
  • Rooney is so fun to read about. I really like reading about his agility training.
  • Ms. Hollon does a good job weaving the murder and other details into the story.
  • I did figure out who the murderer was before the end of the book, but I still enjoyed the mystery.

Minuses

  • Savannah’s relationship with Edward Morris is puzzling to me. Since I haven’t read the first book in the series I don’t know what happened in that book. However, Savannah says she likes him and thinks about him as a possible boyfriend, but they mostly seem indifferent to each other.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but plan to soon!
  • The third book should get published in June 2016.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Cheryl Hollon is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. A mystery conference addict, she regularly attends SleuthFest in Florida, Malice Domestic in Washington, DC, and New England Crime Bake in Dedham, MA.
  • Cheryl and her husband live in St. Petersburg, FL in a 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow.

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6 Responses to “Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon”

  1. Rita

    I like certain cozy series and am always on the lookout for a new one. The glass craft angle is a different one, and I’m glad that much of it was enjoyable. I like to start out with book #1 for all series if possible, so I would look for that one if I can find it. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Jan

      I’ve found more cozy mysteries this year so far than I’ve read for a long time and I’ve been lucky that I’ve found some I really like. The glass angle was definitely different and I liked that a lot. I’ve bought book 1 so I can read it. It sounds like quite a bit happened in that book.
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  2. Greg

    This looks good, I like the sound of the glass shop and the Florida setting. I’ve always been fascinated by glassblowing since seeing a demonstration and so this sounds like a unique and fun way to set up a msytery. Glad it was good!
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  3. Katherine

    This is a series I’ve really been wanting to start because of the glass aspect. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it despite the issue with the kind of boyfriend. I’ll definitely start at the first one. I’ve read a few cozies where the mystery was great but you really had to have read the earlier books to make sense of the relationships and this sounds like one of them. Looking forward to reading it!
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