Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pane and Suffering Book Tour with Cheryl Hollon

Pane and Suffering (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Book 1)
By Cheryl Hollon
Publisher: Kensington
Published: Sept. 29, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

To solve her father's murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer's carefully constructed fa├žade. . .

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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My Thoughts:

In the midst of preparing for her own art show, Savannah drops everything to return home to settle the affairs of her father who unexpectedly dies of a heart attack. Planning on selling his beloved glass shop to his assistant, it becomes impossible when he too appears to die of a heart attack. Now thinking that her father may have been murdered, Savannah decides to do her own investigation into his death.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery novel with all the puzzles left by Savannah’s father to follow in order to find the killer. Not only was the mystery itself interesting, but because I enjoy crafts of many kinds myself, I was very interested in the descriptions of the glasswork that was included in the book.

I found each of Savannah’s new friends quite likeable and would have enjoyed having them in my circle of friends also. I thought the service dog was excellent too, but I think he should have been in the same room as Jacob.

As the author intended, Officer Boulli made me angry. I think I would have complained about him to his superiors.

Pane and Suffering was full of interesting twists and turns leading up to a surprising ending. This was one of the best mystery books I have read this summer. Time simply flew away when I read it. I definitely want to read more by this author!

I totally enjoyed Pane and Suffering both for the story and for the descriptions of glasswork. I gave this novel a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Cheryl Hollon 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 their St. Petersburg, FL, 1920's craftsman bungalow, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

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