Cracked to Death (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery, #3)by Cheryl Hollon

Published June 28th 2016 by Kensington

5 Stars

Synopsis: When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .

It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat–a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .

Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death . . .

My Review: This is the third book in the Webb’s Glass Series and each book seems to be better than the last one. This is a fun cozy series, but every mystery leaves me stumped until the end. The fact that you also learn about glass, creating glass creations and some history and vocabulary surrounding glass is a bonus.

In this book, Amanda is teaching her first class at Webb Glass. It is an upcycling class and the students were asked to bring in a newer bottle to use in their creations. When one of the students, Martin, brings in some small cobalt blue bottles, he gets Savannah’s attention. She believes the bottles are old and possibly valuable. She tells Martin she will do some research on his bottles. When he turns up dead, it is revealed that he had a relationship with Amanda. Savannah is hired by the police department as a consultant dealing with the bottles. Of course Savannah, Edward, Amanda and Jacob go outside the parameters of consultant and try to help solve the mystery. When Amanda is arrested for the crime, it becomes more important that they solve the mystery.

With salvage operators, hidden treasure, a new Webb warehouse for artists to rent space, the relationship between Savannah and Edward heating up, Jacob coming into his own and the Rosenberg twins helping out with Amanda’s mom, this story is fast paced, intriguing and hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to any cozy mystery lover.

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