Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon (review)

October 11, 2015 All Reviews, Mystery 2 ★★★½

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 #1) by Cheryl Hollon (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
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
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Purchase: At Amazon
three-half-stars

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.

three-half-stars

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2 Responses to “Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon (review)”

  1. Lola

    Great Review! I read this one as well and will review it later this week. I agree with you on most points. I was led atray for a bit and thought someone else was the murderer, but it soon became obvious they hand’t done it and then there was a hints about poisonous plants and it was so obvious who had done it. The why was a bit weird though. I liked the glass shop setting, I didn’t know anything about stained glass, so it was fun to read about that. Just like you thought Savannah was a bit too trusting and she made friends soon which she trusted with big things, but overal it was a nice read.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Can’t wait to see your review! My biggest irk was definitely Savannah being too trusting for the age she was supposed to be. But I still enjoyed the book. And I totally would have missed seeing it if you hadn’t mentioned it in one of your posts. *grins*

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