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Pane and Suffering (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2015
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Cheryl Hollon now 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 her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.
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Savannah Webb returns to St. Petersburg from Seattle when her father, John, dies of a heart attack. Savannah attends school and works in stained glass in Seattle and plans to return after selling her dad's glass shop. John has owned Webb's Glass Shop for years and it is an established fixture in the Grand Central area of town. His assistant, Hugh, plans to buy the shop from Savannah but the first day of class after her dad's funeral, Hugh is found dead, again of a heart attack. Things begin to look suspicious so Savannah and the police begin to investigate the two deaths. Her father left some clues behind but they are in code. John and Hugh both worked for the government as cryptographers during the cold war working in ciphers and surveillance. Because of his work, John was paranoid and left files in code. He taught Savannah some of his codes but she is still challenged.
We met a host of characters both in the class, a class apprentice, a British shop owner next door, a rival glass shop owner and real estate owner-who both want to buy the shop, and the police investigating the case. John has a glass restoration job for his church that has to be completed. Her minister is there to help her deal with her father's death. Savannah has a lot on her plate with all of this and a break up with a boyfriend. The story is rich with colorful characters, some of whom work with Savannah to solve the mystery. Who is the culprit? There are some people who might be happy to see John and Hugh out of the way. Maybe it is something that involved their days working with the government. This one kept me guessing and was very interesting to read about the glass work processes. I am planning to read all the books in the series.
Savanna rellies on what her father left behind, a bunch of cryptic clues, " that Savanna will have to decipher to find the killer. Instead of just the usual questioning friends and family people who knew her father and use in finding out if something was up in your life, across between a cozy the da Vinci code, discover who the killer
For Once I did like the characters in this book, from Savannah herself, to her sidekicks in the process of finding the killer. With the addition of a very realistic smart Kid with a form autism, helping savanna figure out the fathers decoded messages, I, myself, am on the spectrum. Although I'm not as super smart as Jacob. But it's good to see a character with Autism portrayed in a positive light.
One thing I really liked in this first book in a new series is the more detailed information about making stained glass and most of the information comes from Savannah teaching classes to her father's students who enjoyed the older man's teaching skills as well. Savannah hoped to sell the shop quickly and get on with her life, but a shady and greedy realtor won't leave Savannah alone about selling her store so that a big box store can be built on the property where the store and other shops thrive. Summer tourists enjoy the shopping and the cafes and some even take the classes at Webb's Stained Glass Shop.
I'm looking forward to #2 in this series because I really enjoyed the book and the characters. It fits the description of a cozy to a T. This one doesn't just concentrate on the murder mystery, but gives a good bit of in-depth information about the stained glass craft, and it's surely accurate since the author and her husband have their own stained glass business. For a debut novel, I think it hit the spot for me for five stars.