Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Etched in Tears: A Webb's Shop Mystery

Etched in Tears by Cheryl Hollon is the fourth book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series.  Savannah Webb is attending the opening of Dennis Lansing’s show at the Dali Museum with her boyfriend, Edward Morris.  They barely get to greet the artist when he is whisked away by the museum director, Gina Wilkins.  The next day Savannah is visited by Officer Joy Williams and discovers that Dennis was found murdered outside the Dali Museum with a letter from her deceased father, John Webb in his pocket.  Dennis’ mother, Betty requests that Savannah discover the identity of her son’s killer.  Savannah has her hands full with the shop, studio, and a special order for the Vinoy Hotel.  But, Dennis was her first boyfriend.  So, with the help of her friends, Savannah cracks down to uncover Dennis’ killer.  Will an old fear hinder Savannah in capturing the culprit?

Etched in Tears may be the fourth book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, but it can be read alone.  Everything the reader needs to know is in the book.  I found the mystery to be easy to read, nicely written and to have a good pace/flow.  The author has a lovely writing style that enables to read to become immersed into the story.    It was fascinating to read about various methods of glass etching (sand etching sounds messy).  I enjoy the characters in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series.  They are entertaining and I like how they interact (and work together).  I was happy to see Savannah and Jacob develop (personal growth) in Etched in Tears.  I am giving Etched in Tears 4 out of 5 stars.  The mystery was interesting, and I believe many readers will not immediately figure out the murderer’s identity.  I particularly liked how the clues were incorporated into the story (working with the theme of the book).  It was clever how she incorporated the enigma machine (such a fascinating instrument).  It is interesting to read a book that is set nearby and I appreciate how the author incorporated local history.  The author’s description of Dali’s green bench brought it to life in my mind.  I have to admit to chuckling over a particular sentence regarding politicians (political leadership) in our country (spot on).    I am eager to read more books in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series.
I hope you found some new books to add to your TBR list today.  You can never have too many books.  I will be featuring An Amish Courtship on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long tomorrow.  It is the fourth book in The Amish of Ice Mountain series.  May each of you have a fabulous day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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