I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Pane and Suffering (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery) by Cheryl Hollon
Series: A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #1
Published by Kensington on September 29th 2015
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
To solve her father's murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer's carefully constructed façade. . .
After Savannah's father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs--including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father's trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.
As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn't suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it's up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father's apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .
I liked the characters, and how they worked together to solve the murders. I thought Savannah made friends with Edward and Amanda really quickly, and was a bit too trusting. But overall I liked their personalities and it was fun to learn about cipher code and making stained glass things.
The mystery itself had more clues early in the book than I’m used to. I actually guessed who the killer was by half-way through the book or a bit sooner. Why that person had done it, I didn’t guess. But the who wasn’t surprising by the time the big reveal happened at the end of the book.
I’ve never looked into the how of making stained glass, but I took an electronics class in high school and then TA’d for that class the next semester. So flux, soldering, and some of the other techniques were familiar to me. All of it was explained enough in the book for you to understand what was happening in Savannah’s classes, without it dragging on or being boring.
The obnoxious police officer had me hoping the detective would manage to kick him off the force by the end of the book. And he was occasionally a spot of humor in otherwise sad moments.
I liked Jacob and his service dog. It was nice to see a character with Asperger’s Syndrome who was written well, and not just a background character. If you like crafting type cozy mysteries, you should give this one a try.