Shattered at Sea (A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery)
by Cheryl Hollon
About the Book
5th in Series
Kensington (August 28, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B077WY2SRQ
A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .
When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.
Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name . . .
About the Author
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 http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.
Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon is A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery. Savannah Webb has been hired to be a replacement glass artist on the Mediterranean cruise ship, Obscura. On route to Barcelona, Savannah and her boyfriend, Edward stop in St. Albans, England to visit with his parents and pick up Edward’s cousin, Ian Morris who will be joining them on the cruise. Savannah is surprised and pleased to see Rachel and Faith Rosenburg on the ship. After getting settled, Savannah introduces herself to the glass blowing crew and settles in for the first glass demonstration. The next morning, Ian has disappeared, and the ship’s security believes he committed suicide or accidently fell overboard. Ian had drunk quite heavily and, according to the twins, Ian was feeling despondent. Edward and Savannah with help from the Faith and Rachel, search for Ian on the ship, but they are unsuccessful. They are certain that Ian is hiding, but they do not know why. Can Savannah and Edward find Ian before it is too late?
A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. The book is set in St. Petersburg, Florida which is near to where I live. I like reading about familiar sights along with the beautiful creations Savannah makes from glass. The series also contains friendly characters that I enjoy visiting in each new book. Shattered at Sea has Savannah, Edward and the Rosenburg twins, but we only get a glimpse of Amanda Blake and Jacob Underwood. I am happy, though, that the author found a way to include them. I thought Shattered at Sea was easy to read, but the pace was a little slow. Instead of a murder, we have a missing person’s case. Personally, I found the storyline slightly farfetched. I do not want to say too much and spoil it for you. There are a limited number of suspects and identifying the guilty party is unchallenging. There was a lack of tension and suspense. I felt that certain details were off in the book and the resolution seemed incomplete. I appreciated the levity the twins provided to the book and it was interesting to learn about a different method of glassblowing. It was also nice that Savannah was creating glass pieces in this book (back to her roots). I did not like the details Edward revealed about his past and they did not go with his character. If you have not read any of the previous books in this series, I recommend starting with Pane and Suffering. The ending is satisfying and will have leave you smiling. While Shattered as Sea is not my favorite book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, I am looking forward to reading Savannah’s next tale.
The other novels in A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series are Pane and Suffering, Shards of Murder, Cracked to Death, and Etched in Tears. In honor of the tour, Cheryl Hollon is having a giveaway. Click here to enter or use the Rafflecopter form below. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour (see schedule below). I will be sharing my thoughts on Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay tomorrow. It is the ninth book in A Library Lover's Mystery series. Take care and Happy Reading!
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