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Glass and "ice" in a deadly mystery
on November 28, 2011
This is the first in a series of cozy mysteries about glassblowing and is set in Tucson. Em is an artist and small business owner who supports herself through her shop and by teaching glassblowing. She lives above her workshop and retail store and has two small dogs. Her life becomes complicated when she meets Allison, an Irish girl who has recently moved to Tucson and is interested in glass, but is down on her luck financially. Em offers for her to come watch a class and possibly work for her to pay for classes. She befriends Allison, who seems very skittish and worried. When she hears a possible burglary in the night, she is shocked to find that a man has been murdered using her kiln and he is found to be Allison's husband that she had run away from in Chicago. Complicating matters is Em's prior relationship with the local police chief and her brother's arrival and subsequent attraction to Allison. It becomes clear that Allison's husband was involved in some shady business and his business partners now may be after Allison. Em must help find out what is really going on and help get Allison out of a very dangerous situation. The story has a few implausible points, but it overall a good mystery and has some nice details about glassblowing. Also included are a few recipes, but one of them is more of a joke on Em's poor cooking skills than anything else.