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…
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
The first book was enjoyable enough that I decided to give the second book a try and I have to say I enjoyed this one a lot more. I got more of a feel for the characters and as I already knew everyone I got easier into this book. I had a lot of fun reading this book and finished it in a few days. The pace was well done and enough things happened to keep me interested. The ending did feel a bit rushed though and things suddenly got wrapped up very quickly. There’s a plot line surrounding Rooney that didn’t got wrapped up and I was a bit disappointed about that as I enjoyed that sub plot.
The mystery was very well done, up until the end. There were lots of clues and investigating and things happening and changing. It was a bit unbelievable how Savannah did her own investigation and the police was more or less okay with it, but I didn’t mind too much as I did enjoy how much she was involved with solving the mystery and it made for an interesting read. I liked how they kept track of everything and also kept the reader updated that way on all the latest developments. I didn’t guess who the murderer was and it was a nice twist at the end, but I also thought there could’ve been a few more hints in that direction. Looking back there are a few small hints, but I would’ve liked a bit more. But overall the mystery was written very engaging.
I am enjoying reading more about the glass shop and glass making, it’s interesting and adds a fun touch to the book. Savannah is also developing the glass shop more, branching out in new directions and I liked seeing how Amanda found her place working in the shop as well. I did feel like sometimes there was a bit too much focus on the mystery and I wondered if they got any work done at all and we don’t really see where Jacob is working on besides the mystery.
I got a bit more of a feel for the characters in this book and I liked the subplot involving Rooney, Savannah her puppy and how she trained him. Then there is her relationship with the side characters, mostly Jacob, Amanda and Edward, and how they all work together to solve the mystery. I felt like I got a bit more of a feel for their personalities in this book. There are also some new characters we meet and I liked the art festival plot line and how the murder tied around that. It did bother me a bit that Savannah hid something from her friends as I thought that was a bit unnecessary.
There’s a hint of a romance, but Savannah keeps saying she isn’t ready for a relationship. And suddenly at the end it jumps forward, which seemed a bit rushed, just like the whole ending. I would’ve liked to see it explored a bit more instead of going from a hint to more in hardly any time at al.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book and thought it was better than the first book. I felt like I got easier into this book and I enjoyed the strong focus on the mystery, while it might have been a bit unbelievable at times I really enjoyed it. The mystery moves along nicely, with enough progress and updates on the progress. It kept my attention and I finished this book in a few days. The characters got a bit more developed in this book I liked seeing the four of them work together to solve the mystery. There are also some new side characters we meet. And there’s a hint of romance, that at the end suddenly seems to turn into more, which felt a bit rushed, but we’ll see how that continues in the next book. The ending and how the mystery got wrapped up also felt a bit rushed, but overall this was a great sequel and I am looking forward to the next book in this series.