3.5 Stars

Publisher: 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, rumours 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…

My Review: This is the second book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries and after having read and loved the first one, I was looking forward to this one. It started out very promising but it did not grab me the way the first one did. I also figured out who the murderer was about 2/3 of the way into the book, which I seldom am able to do. I would actually give it 3.5 stars.

Savannah Webb is asked to be a judge at the Spinnaker Arts Festival Art Show. She meets two stained glass artisans and has to choose between the two of them. It is a difficult choice but she selected “fire” which was the female artist. While the awards are being presented, the winner does not show up. Her display is taken down and no one seems to know where she disappeared to. The next morning while walking her dog, Savannah finds her body in the Bay, dead. Of course, she is the prime suspect having not only found the body, but being one of the last people to see her alive. Savannah and her “posse” set forth on a mission to solve the murder and take Savannah out of the cross hairs of the police. With the help of Amanda, Edward, Jacob and her previous teacher Keith, they follow the clues and ask a lot of questions. I will say that the characters were further developed in this book and both Savannah and Amanda teach their glass classes which is part of the business, but there just seemed to be something missing in this one for me.

Cheryl Hollon really knows the stained glass business. It is interesting to read about all the complexities that go on in a glass shop as well as the glass museum and the classes and festivals. There was a new glass technique taught in this book. People who enjoy cozy mysteries with arts and craft themes will probably enjoy this book.