Monday, March 7, 2016

Shards of Murder Blog Tour with Cheryl Hollon

Shards of Murder
By Cheryl Hollon
Publisher: Kensington
Published: Feb. 23, 2016

Amazon Synopsis:

"A fresh and original new series!" --Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author 

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, rumors 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…

"Cheryl Hollon clearly knows her glass craft, but better still, she also knows how to craft a good mystery." --Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author

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My Thoughts:

Savannah Webb finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation just a few months after her father’s murderer has been found. This time she is on the suspect list.

I like that this story is not just about the murder, but develops the character of Savannah and has her grow as a person as well, having her think about her future, her relationships. She cares about the people that she works with like Jacob who has autism. I especially liked that Jacob was included on her investigation team as someone with a special skill, and not presented in the story as simply someone with a disability.

The added dimension of learning some of the aspects of fused glass and hot glassworks as Savannah pursued her investigation also made the story more interesting and prompted my interest in the possibility of glasswork classes in my home area.

Who the killer was, was indeed a puzzle with the answer kept right up until the end of the story. As you investigate Megan Loyola’s murder with Savannah, you’ll have the opportunity to gather the clues and be led on the correct or incorrect path to the killer or down a side road to other important, but unrelated events. Watch your step, you never know who’s behind you!

I thoroughly enjoyed Shards of Murder and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery.

Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for providing a copy of this novel 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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1 comment :

  1. Hmmm... How can you have 'shards' of
    murder, dear? Isnt that like saying
    you're HALF dead? You're funny.