- Series: A Stained-Glass Mystery (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425267962
- ISBN-13: 978-0425267967
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Ill-Gotten Panes:
“A smashing debut mystery full of small-town chicanery, charming characters, and a plot that kept me guessing. Georgia Kelly is an adorable heroine whose clever wit and humor made me laugh out loud!”—Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author
“A great whodunit…Cleverly crafted.”—Cozy Mystery Book Review
“Georgia makes an appealing lead character…Cozy fans may want to watch how this series develops.”—Booklist
“[A] sweet debut.”—Library Journal
About the Author
Jennifer McAndrews is also the author of Ill-Gotten Panes. Her love of mystery began in middle school, and despite the occasional foray into romance fiction, she is happiest when weaving puzzles on the page and leaving a trail of clues for the reader to follow. She resides in the greater New York metro area with her husband, children, four cats, and three rescue dogs.
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Georgia Kelly is still living with her grandfather and her best friend is still Carrie, Wenwood, N.Y.'s antique shop owner who is divorced from Russ. A call comes in that her ex-husband's law practice office building is on fire and when Carrie and Georgia get there it is pretty much burned to the ground. Russ isn't anywhere to be found and police and firefighters have no idea who set the fire or how it started. Just days later, Carrie's antique shop is broken into and nothing is stolen but it is trashed and Georgia's stained glass pieces she had made to sell in the shop are crushed and scattered. Georgia has a commissioned piece she is working on for a client and luckily it wasn't in the shop.
Besides the crime-solving that, as usual, the police don't want the females taking part in, there is the question of Georgia's interest in a few nice men in town and wondering when she can be on her own and drive her own car instead of her grandfather's Jeep. The only thing that confused me a bit was the ending, otherwise I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I'm looking forward to a third book in the series and I hope there will be one.
In addition to trying to figure out the mystery by unraveling McAndrews's carefully revealed hints and details, we get a fascinating look at the art of creating stained glass. For the romantics out there, there are also a couple of handsome local lads that Georgia encounters along the way, and I look forward to seeing how those storylines play out in the next book. Jennifer McAndrews is a true talent!
I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
‘Death Under Glass’, second in Jennifer McAndrews’ new Stained Glass Mystery series, has pleasantly surprised this reader! Yes, it can easily be read as a stand-alone as the author skillfully blends in any background for the characters and Wenwood, New York that the reader might find necessary to better understand the current events. And I have enjoyed it much more than the first in series, ‘Ill-Gotten Panes’. In my opinion, the primary characters have much more depth, and there is a strong relational focus on both Georgia Kelly and Carrie’s friendship and the relationship between Georgia and Grandy, her grandfather Pete Keene.
Georgia is not sure yet if she is going to stay in Wenwood, New York, or attempt to return to the big city and her prior career in Finance with her new kitten, Friday. She is not living the life she dreamed of, however, she is living a life with the love Grandy and good friends. A vehicle of her own, a better income would be great…but her new, small business gives her a little satisfaction.
Carrie Stanford, owner of the antique shop that has been in her family for generations, reached out her hand of friendship shortly after Georgia’s arrival, and saw her through trying to find the murderer of the hardware store owner and get Grandy out of jail.
As this novel begins, Carrie takes Georgia to meet Trudy Villiers and her adorable bundle of energy and drool, Fifi, a bulldog who immediately adored Georgia. The plan was for Georgia to get a feel for the home, then propose and design a stained-glass window to add to the grandly remodeled Victorian home that was becoming a bed and breakfast. While there, Carrie had an emergency call from the police telling her that the building that housed her ex-husband’s legal firm was on fire and her ex couldn’t be located. It was very obvious that someone had set the fire in the building owned by Carrie and her ex. Within days, Carrie’s shop was broken into and much of her stock was shattered or otherwise damaged. Sadly, her troubles were just the beginning, and she couldn’t think of one person who had a grudge against both her and her ex.
Georgia’s hands are full, helping Carrie find out who is after her and cleaning and restoring her shop, plus working her stained glass art. Fortunately, they also had the assistance of Diana Davis, a friend on the PD with whom they enjoyed a weekly girls’ night out.
The author reeled me in from the very beginning. Give me spunky, opinionated protagonists with interesting careers and add a pet or two and I’m all in. The characters are witty and likable, with challenges, conversations, and feelings that make them ready to step off the pages and into the small town of Wenwood. The camaraderie between Carrie, Georgia and Diana, and watching Georgia somewhat self-consciously converse with a man interested in taking her out gives them genuinely realistic personalities.
The plot was interesting and somewhat unique. The author showed an amazing talent to plan and execute such a well-written tale in which the bad guy was almost as much a surprise to me as to Carrie and Georgia. The motive was a huge surprise! There were enough twists and turns to keep me thoroughly busy thinking about whodunit! One of the reasons I was interested in this series still holds true – understanding the process of making designs in stained glass. While I don’t have a steady enough hand to choose this for a hobby, I am still interested in seeing it through Georgia’s eyes. I also enjoy the view of the growing town of Wenwood through the eyes of Georgia and Carrie. I highly recommend ‘Death Under Glass’ to adults of any age who appreciate well-written cozy mysteries that keep the reader guessing and entertains with likable characters and humor. I hope that we will see Jennifer McAndrews’ talent gracing the bookshelves for a long time to come!