I am trying out a new type of review, reviewing books that have been on my to-read pile, but weren’t read upon first release.
Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery, #1) by Cheryl Hollon
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. . .
Page Count: 320
This was my first introduction to Cheryl Hollon, and it was a great introduction! I was immediately taken with this story. One of my favorite things about reading cozy mysteries is being sucked into the different worlds and professions of the characters within the stories. This story caught me right from the start, upon walking into a stained glass class. The descriptions were beautiful and I loved “seeing” the glass creations come alive before me. I was so immersed in the intricacies of learning about glass art that at times I forgot this was a mystery. And can we just talk about the cover? It is beautiful! And I am a sucker for a great cover! I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but I just can’t help being sucked in by a beautiful cover!
I immediately loved the characters of Savannah, Amanda and Edward and I was simply charmed by Jacob and Suzy! I can’t wait to see more of their lives in coming books. The plot itself was well developed, however the actual mystery left me feeling a bit let down, as I pegged the “who done it” about halfway through the book, even if I didn’t get the “why” part correct! But even so, I found the codes and cyphers fun and they enhanced the story. So even with figuring out the mystery early, I still really enjoyed this book and think that Mrs. Hollon has a hit on her hands! I know I can’t wait to get my hands on the second installment in the series.
Overall, Pane and Suffering was a fun read with good writing enhanced by beautiful descriptions, a great cast of characters, and an enjoyable story line!