Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Review on October 18, 2015

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Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
New Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617737602


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. . .


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This is another good start to a series, this time it centers around stained glass making – the final product is always gorgeous to look at!

Savannah has come home for her father’s funeral and to sell his shop to his friend, Hugh. However, he is found dead in her shop as well and something doesn’t smell right. In cleaning out her father’s office she finds a clue from him (he was a cryptographer) that leads her to another clue and then another in a rush to find her father & “uncle’s” killer. Of course there is a bumbling police officer (that no one likes, not even the detective on the case) who doesn’t take her seriously and then thinks that the killer is a child with Aspergers.

While reading this book I didn’t really guess who the killer was but I had some strong suspicions that turned out to be correct.

I think there is going to be an interesting core group of characters – Edward the British Fusion shop owner next door, Amanda the high strung (IMHO) student that comes on as a part time office manager and then Rooney the lovable Weimaraner puppy….and who can’t love a book that includes a dog?!

The only “complaint” is that sometimes it was too detailed (for me) on how to make stained glass pieces. It wasn’t often, just in a place or two but it was in describing how to complete a certain task. It didn’t turn me off the book and will want to read more by this author.

We give this 4 paws up!


About the Author

CHERYL HOLLENCheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks.

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