4 Stars

Publisher: 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. . .

My Review: This is the first book in a new series, A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery, and it looks very promising.

Savanna Webb is a glass blowing artist from Seattle who returns to her home town of St. Petersburg Florida to bury her father and sell his glass shop to his partner, who she calls Uncle Hugh. Savannah is at the shop after the funeral waiting to meet Hugh before a Stained Glass Class and he does not show up. She starts to teach the class and discovers Hugh dead in the workroom. This is too much of a coincidence for Savannah and she is convinced that both her father and Hugh were murdered. With the help of another business owner, who may become a love interest, a boy with Aspergers and her new employee, they investigate the murders.

This is a great little cozy with a set of characters that will entertain readers for many books. There is a lot of great information on glassblowing and stained glass.

In future books, I hope that it is not as obvious who the culprit was. I figured it out early in the story and I am sure others will as well. Some of the scenes seemed to be filler as they did not add anything to the story, such as lunch with Frank at the Mexican Place. If those things are firmed up in the next book in the series, this will be a winner.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.