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Friday, June 21, 2019

Down in Flames by Cheryl Hollon

Down in Flames

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Goodreads synopsis:
A fatal hit-and-run in front of Savannah Webb's glass shop proves to be no accident . . .

A highlight of Savannah's new glass bead workshop is a technique called flame-working, which requires the careful wielding of acetylene torches. Understandably, safety is a top priority. But as Savannah is ensuring her students' safety inside, a hit-and-run driver strikes down a pedestrian outside her shop.

The victim is Nicole Borawski, the bartender/manager at the Queen's Head Pub, owned by Savannah's boyfriend Edward. It quickly becomes clear that this was no random act of vehicular manslaughter. Now the glass shop owner is all fired up to get a bead on the driver--before someone else meets a dead end . . .

4.5 Stars

This is the sixth book in the Web Glass Shop Mystery series by Cheryl Hollon.

I am not sure why I feel like this is not a normal cozy mystery. Maybe it is the police-procedural version of a cozy mystery.  At least, that is how I feel. This starts out with a hit and run accident out front of Webb’s  Glass Shop. Turns out someone deliberately hit Nicole, the manager of the Queen’s Head Pub owned by Savannah’s boyfriend, Edward.

Between giving a how to make glass beads workshop and trying to find some snuggle time with Edward, Savannah tries to solve the mystery of who could have run down her friend in cold blood. The actual mystery solving seemed a bit blasé and not the normal caliber I am used to in a Webb’s Glass Shop book.

There were quite a number of emotional scenes in this book that effected many characters and I wondered if Hollon might have had a somewhat similar experience in her life while she was writing this book and just channelled her emotions into the pages herein.

It has been a few years since I’ve read a Webb’s Glass Shop mystery. I think it was one of the first books I read to review for NetGalley. It is nice that I found such a keeper of a series right from the start. For me, this is just super interesting. My great-uncle used to do a lot of stained glass crafting and I thought that was pretty neat. There isn’t as much stained glass stuff in this as I remember there being in past books but that doesn’t bother me. This is more about the mystery than the craft, more about character building and overall arc of series building than anything else. This book is just a work of character art. So many themes came forward if only momentarily. I found it all endearing, sad sometimes and thrilling other times.

This series is a cozy mystery lovers dream. Definitely check it out soon if you dig series like that.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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