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"A fresh and original new series!" --Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . . It's the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb's Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friend"A fresh and original new series!" --Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it's up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . . It's the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb's Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat--a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . . Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah's interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin's lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin's death . . . "Cheryl Hollon clearly knows her glass craft, but better still, she also knows how to craft a good mystery." --Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author...

Title : Cracked to Death
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ISBN : 9781617737640
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Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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Cracked to Death Reviews

  • Doward Wilson
    2019-01-17 07:50

    Savannah Webb is helping Webb's Glass Shop manager, Amanda, teach a class in recycling old bottles into useful and beautiful works of art. The class turns deadly when local snorkeler Martin Lane brings in two old bottles linked to a pirate shipwreck. When Martin's body washes ashore the next morning, Amanda is linked to him by cell phone records. In order to clear Amanda of pending murder charges, Savannah begins her own investigation. Has Martin really found the wreck of the old pirate ship or has he just stumbled into something that got him killed. Learning more about Amanda and Martin's history becomes a priority for Savannah. She also enlists some new friends with advanced underwater technology to find the location of the ship wreck.The characters are well defined and realistic. The murder plots are well thought out and plotted. I really enjoyed learning more about crafting glass. Who can resist a tale of lost pirate treasure? A cozy mystery that can be enjoyed by everyone wanting an exciting armchair adventure.

  • Lola
    2019-01-27 06:57

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis is one of those series that seems to get better with each book. It's so fun to return to this town with characters I already know and learn more about the glass shop. It's a solid cozy mystery series with fun characters and side characters and a new exciting mystery with each book. And every book has a murder mystery and some glass topics mixed in as well. I like how the characters have an active role in helping solve the mysteries. Next to the mystery there are some side plot lines as well. The new studio Savannah opened and Amanda is now teaching her first class. This series is a lot of fun and I really enjoyed this latest installment.This book had a very different feel again than the others and I like how each mystery is very different again. One of the students for the up-cycling glass class Amanda is teaching is found death and there is some mystery surrounding his death and mysterious blue bottles that are linked to him. I liked the mystery and there are a few interesting twist related to it. We also get the detective his point of view a few times, which was a nice touch. The actual murderer wasn't too big of a surprise to me, but I did enjoy the overall mystery and the story. The plot and build-up and progression surrounding the mystery was well done and kept my attention. I would've liked getting to know more about the murderer. In every book we see things change and develop with both Savannah the main character, her life and the glass shop. In this book she has opened a studio were students can rent space to work and Savannah should be running that while Amanda runs the shop. I liked seeing how Savannah expanded the shop and how we see the shop change this way. The new glass workshop was fun to read about too. We meet a few new side characters in this book as well. I also liked how Savannah was linked to the mystery as glass expert this time. They try to determine were the blue bottles come from and she also calls in some of her contacts. And there are some great returning side characters again like Edward, Amanda, Jacob and the twins. Who all play a role in the story. And some new side characters are introduced. There is a bit of development with the romance, but it still stays very much to the background, it just moves to the next stage.To summarize: this was a great third book in this series and with each book I am getting more invested in the series. It's fun to return to the sunny town, the glass shop and familiar characters. There are new plot lines going on and a different mystery. Savannah is linked to the mystery as she gets called in as glass expert due to some mysterious blue bottles that are linked to the death person. It didn't came as much of a surprise to me who the murderer was, but the mystery itself and the progress was done well and kept my attention. There are some twists earlier on which were fun and changed things up. All in all this was another great book in this series and I am already looking forward to the next book so I can return to Webb's glass shop again.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-10 05:03

    Savannah’s glass art studio attracts an eclectic crowd. When one of her students turns up dead, she puts on her sleuthing hat to find the culprit. The bottles he’d brought to class look to be very old. Could the diver have stumbled onto pirate treasure buried off the west coast of Florida? Then why would someone go to the trouble to create a set of counterfeit bottles? When her colleague acts overly upset about the victim’s death, Savannah feels Amanda is hiding something. So do the police, who take Amanda downtown for questioning. Can Savannah find the real killer before the detective arrests her friend for murder? The most interesting part of this story is learning about the variety of items you can make from repurposed old wine bottles.

  • Lisa Ks Book Review
    2019-01-17 06:10

    I have loved this series since book one, and it just keeps getting better! One of the things I enjoy most about the Webb’s Glass Shop series, are the classes available through the shop. I’d love to find something like them around where I live. A adore each and every character author Cheryl Hollon creates for this series. The regular cast, as well as new characters introduced for each book. They are all so full of life, and depth, I get a very clear picture of them in my mind as I read, and I can hear their voices as clear as my own. CRACKED TO DEATH started off with the same fun and energy as the first two books in the series. I was immediately pulled in, and captivated through the entire story. As always, Ms. Hollon has written as excellent mystery. Detailed, riveting, and a hard one to guess! I was happily stumped all the way to the reveal. After reading CRACKED TO DEATH, you’ll see why this series is a sparkling success!

  • Peggy R
    2019-02-09 09:09

    This is another wonderful addition to this series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. While part of a series, I think these books can be read (at least to date) as stand alone stories and the reader will not feel like they have missed out on anything from previous books. Ms. Hollon has crafted a solid, intriguing mystery with plenty of viable suspects with believable motives. As with prior books, she weaves a history/education lesson with glass that is interesting without overpowering the story line. I enjoy the characters in this series because they are unique and well developed. A full review will be posted to my blog closer to the release date.I received an ARC from Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

  • Teresa Kander
    2019-01-31 11:14

    One of the things I enjoy about this series is that with each book I learn more about stained glass and glass products. It's a fun way to learn about the topic without being overwhelmed with too much information at one time.All of the characters work so well together and are very relatable. I love that Jacob is learning to deal with his anxiety issues--it's amazing to see his character change and grow throughout the series.Of course, there is a murder mystery to be solved--and this time, Amanda is a suspect. We find out she was keeping secrets from the others, but is one of those secrets that she killed Martin? I think you'll be just as surprised as I was by the reveal of the murderer and motive**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

  • Daniele
    2019-02-01 13:16

    Cracked to Death is the enjoyable third entry in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, full of interesting glass making tidbits, likeable characters, and plenty of red herrings.Savannah is settling into running her father’s glass shop following his death and is expanding to include more studio space and offering more workshops. Her office manager Amanda is teaching her first class in “upcycling” glass bottles to make useful items such as cheese trays and wall clocks. One of the students brings seemingly very old bottles to class, but Savannah stops him from doing anything with them, intent on researching their provenance and age. The next morning they learn that that student, a diver named Martin, has been found washed ashore with another bottle on his person. Could these bottles relate to local legend Gaspar the Pirate? Was Martin killed because he knew the location of sunken treasure? Just where did these bottles come from? Amanda’s behavior becomes stranger as more is revealed about Martin, and the police discover her connection to him, making her a prime suspect. Savannah and her friends come together to find the real perpetrator before it is too late for Amanda.Cracked to Death is the first book in the series that I have read, but it will not be the last. I had no trouble jumping right in with both the story and the characters. The characters are mostly realistically drawn and relatable. Savannah is a down to earth protagonist. Edward is charming. But, perhaps most endearing of all is Jacob and his service dog Suzy. To me, they are the best thing about the book. I must admit that I did not care for Amanda and all of her really bad decisions. I hope she is different in the other books.The mystery itself is well thought out and sufficiently complex enough to keep me second guessing whodunit throughout most of the book. The history of bottle making and the pirate aspect kept me reading.I recommend Cracked to Death to fans of cozy mysteries that have a heavy crafty influence and those who appreciate the inclusion of characters who are not the norm. **I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

  • Valerie
    2019-01-18 05:58

    4 stars out of 5When I was chosen as one of the reviewers for “Cracked for Death”, the third in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series by Cheryl Hollon, I was thrilled! I’ve been meaning to try this series for a long time, but we don’t own it at the library I work for. I’d been waiting for a good time to get it thru interlibrary loan, but this is even better. I was not disappointed at all. Even tho’ it was the first book that I had read in the series, I felt that Ms. Hollon definitely provided enough details about the characters for me to get the basic idea of how the main characters know each other and where they fit in each other’s lives.I found the setting and the characters to be charming and wonderful. I’m already in love with Savannah and Jacob. Edward seems so wonderful and down-to-earth, yet ready to support Savannah in whatever she needs. The plot line moved along steadily, even somewhat quickly. The villain ended up being someone whom I considered for a bit but then thought, no, not them, so it kept me guessing quite a bit.The only thing that I didn’t like in the story line was that Amanda was so wishy-washy in telling her friends what was going on between her and the victim. I literally wanted to give the woman a “Gibbs' slap” to the back of the head.Outside of that however, I enjoyed this book very much and I’m looking forward to reading the first two books in this series!** I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review. My opinions and views are my own and were not influenced by this. **Originally posted on: Valerie's Musings

  • Penny Marks
    2019-01-21 13:06

    Great cozy mystery! Cracked to Death is book three in A Webb's Glass Shop mystery. I have not had the pleasure of reading books one or two but will be changing this very soon. I really enjoyed book three and look forward to the others.Savannah Webb is the owner of Webb's Glass Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida where the sun is hot and the mystery even hotter. Amanda, the store manager is having her first class on up cycling bottles when a class member brings in a couple antique bottles from a recent dive. He tells Amanda that he found them in the area where the legendary pirate, Jose' Gaspar is rumored to have buried treasure. I am a huge history geek and loved how the author intertwined this pirate legend into the story. Amanda doesn't want to use the bottles in the class until she finds out more about them. This is where things turn upside down for Amanda. Martin the client who brought the antique bottles to class ends up dead on the beach! Things begin to unravel even more when the police find out about all the texts between him and Amanda. Everyone thought she didn't know him??? She has now become the prime suspect. Now she has to have faith in her friends to investigate to clear her name. It doesn't help her case that she has been very erratic lately so they have an uphill battle trying to clear her. She has a lot on her mind with her mom's health. The team really needs to find the real killer before he or she strikes again.On the plus side they get to look for buried treasure and find out more about the allusive pirate Gaspar. AaaaRrrrGggHhhhh!I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • April Schilling
    2019-01-23 10:59

    Savannah Webb, owner of Webb's Glass in St. Petersburg, Florida, has decided to let her store manager, Amanda, teach an upcycling class. The class turns out to be a bit hit in no small part to the antique bottles one of the students brings in. Martin Lane found them while diving and is interested in turning them into cheese trays but, Savannah and Amanda talk him out of it so that they can do some research on the old bottles. When Martin's body is found wash ashore, Detective Parker asks Savannah for info on the glass bottle found in his dive bag. But when it comes to light that Amanda had a secret connection to the victim, it looks like Savannah and her friends will need to investigate to save their friend. This is the third book in the series but, the first one that I have read. And I really enjoyed it. I really liked Savannah, Edward and Amanda but, I think the characters that stuck with me the most were Jacob and Suzy. I have an autistic son and though he doesn't have a service dog like Jacob, I still connect with the character. Reading about Jacob, I see a lot of my own son and it made me smile some of the things that Jacob did or said. The book is wonderful in itself but, I really connected with Jacob. I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

  • Connie Stein
    2019-02-05 06:01

    Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon is the 3rd book in A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery Series. What could be better then Pirate Treasure, Diving, Upcycling, Murder, Mystery and Suspense all in one book.Savannah Webb owns the glass shop and has been very busy expanding the business. Amanda, the shop's manager is teaching a new bottle-crafting class and Savannah has purchased a new building for additional space. The mystery begins when one of the students is found dead and Amanda is the primary suspect.This was a fast read. The story and characters are very well developed, and the characters feels like friends I am catching up with. The author also makes glass making interesting and not too technical to stall the story. Plus, it gives you a little bit of the history of Gaspar the pirate and flordia. I love all the twists and turns in this cozy mystery, and look forward to the characters next adventure. This can be read as a stand alone book. I would recommend this book for cozy book lovers.I received this book from author in exchange for a fair and honest review

  • Liz Caldwell
    2019-01-27 05:09

    Pirate treasure, hidden relationships, and a little romance for glass shop owner Savannah Webb. Throw in a murder, and you have an entertaining tale by Cheryl Hollon. Savannah has agreed to have office manager Amanda teach a class on repurposing glass bottles. One of the students shows up with some remarkable antique bottles, which Savannah thinks may have some historical significance. But then the student washes up on shore, murdered. Savannah and her friends have work to do to clear Amanda when it turns out she knows more than she was telling.This was an enjoyable book, and based on this book, I have bought the first in the series and will be getting the second as well. There were a couple of odd changes of voice that were a little jarring, and some repetition of the back story, both of which keep me from giving this five stars. I hope that the next in this series will be more tightly edited.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Carol
    2019-01-28 12:10

    Pirate Treasure, Diving, Mystery, Murder, Suspense, Intrigue and Secrets make for a good read!!!Savannah Webb’s father died leaving her the Webb Glass in St Petersburg, Florida. Various classes related to glass are offered. The current classes is upcycling. Each class member is to bring bottles with them. One of the class members brings blue bottles to class requesting an appraisal on them. Well defined, colorful and vivid characters plus Suzy, Rooney and Charlie (the dogs) and Beowulf (the cat )are all well written into the twists and turns of the unpredictable plot.This book is the third in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteryseries. It can be read as a stand alone.You will find directions for upcycling and all sorts of glasstips following the story. Plus resources for classes are included.Thank you to Net Gallery and Kensington for this eBook.My opinion is my own.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-14 08:04

    I couldn't wait to read the latest book in the Webb's Glass Shop series. I have read the other 2 books in the series and was anxious to see what Savannah and her friends would be up to this time. In each book a class is being held at Webb's Glass Shop and I like that aspect of the books as well as the mysteries that keep me guessing until the end. This book was no exception. There were several red herrings and I wasn't sure who the killer was until the end. This book also included information about local legend Gaspar the Pirate that added to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to readers that like a good mystery and a fast read.I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This did not change my opinion of this book. (less)

  • Betty
    2019-01-20 11:09

    Savannah Webb looks at the two cobalt blue bottles and felt that they were old and might valuable. She asked a knowledgeable friend on about the bottles. The owner of the bottles is found murdered near the ocean. In his backpack is a broken blue cobalt bottle is found. Savannah accepts a role as the consultant on the bottles. There indications that the bottle was pirate's treasure. Savannah must find answers so that Amanda is not arrested for murder. The story has a number of turns that will charm you. Are the bottles part a pirate treasure or copies? I recommend the book.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Vicki May
    2019-01-26 07:17

    Cracked to Death is the third installment of the Webb's Glass Shop mystery series. I have enjoyed each book of this series more and more. The mystery is always well developed. The detail of the area helps you picture yourself in the story along with the band of amateur sleuths. This time out the excitement over finding a legendary pirate's treasure only adds depth. My favorite part of Ms. Hollon's series is how the characters and their relationships to each other have continued to evolve. I highly recommend the Webb's Glass Shop series to everyone as it has become one of my favorite series.

  • Jenndian
    2019-02-14 11:05

    This was a great, enjoyable read! I received a copy of this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. I really enjoyed this book, even though I don't normally start a series in the middle. The plot was intriguing! Who doesn't like the chance of finding pirate treasure? The main characters are well-written, three dimensional characters and I'm looking forward to reading the first two books in the series! Great story and a pleasure to read!

  • Jessica Robbins
    2019-02-08 06:18

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  • Melodie
    2019-01-24 13:00

    Read the first in this series some time back and liked it. This one seemed a bit "off" to me. There are 2 characters who are overweight and negative light is shone on them. That really doesn't sit well with me........EVER. Not a bad mystery, though there were some continuity problems here and there. Didn't read the 2nd one for some reason, and now don't think I'll bother with any further books.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-04 06:57

    The cast of characters are certainly entertaining in this third book of the Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries. Savannah Webb inherited her father's glassblowing business after his death and is making a go at creating something larger. She has bought a warehouse and converted the space into a creative workplace for artist's to come and work on their art. Edward is slowly becoming Savannah's love interest, Amanda is the new manager/teacher that has some personal issues and Jacob the young man who has Asperger's and is helping Savannah out by watching the new warehouse space. Jacob has a very cute service dog named Suzy. Savannah is offering classes to recycle old bottles into something useful, one of the students brings in some rather unique cobalt blue bottles that certainly grab Savannah's attention. But, soon after the class the owner of the unique bottles is found dead washed up on the beach with another of the bottles in his dive bag. Rumor has that a pirate's treasure is located somewhere near this part of the island, hence the name of the island is Treasure Island. Detective Parker ask Savannah to be a consultant to the police department on the origins of the mysterious blue bottles. As Savannah digs into the mystery she finds that some of the bottles are actually copies of the originals, but being sold as the real thing. Martin has a partner named Vicki who is now trying to capitalize on Martin's death. Amanda is hiding secrets from everyone and they finally come out, her and Martin had been lover's, this is one of many things Amanda is hiding. This new discovery leads Detective Parker to arrest Amanda for the murder. Savannah knowing her friend and employee was not capable of murder sets out to prove Amanda's innocence with the help of Edward and Jacob. Savannah finding out that the bottles are very valuable and are from Gaspar's treasure puts them all in danger. They meet up with the couple of found Martin's body and soon discover that they are researching in the area and enlist them to help find the treasure with their under water robot. They soon find what they are looking for along with someone else who has bad intentions.I was given a copy by the author for a fair and honest review. I only gave four stars due to editing mistakes, I found three editing mistakes and contacted the author. The mistakes interrupted the flow of the book for me, hence the four stars. Overall it was enjoyable read and I would recommend it to those who enjoy cozy mysteries.

  • Liz
    2019-01-17 06:51

    Cracked to Death is the third Webb's Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon and by far her best mystery yet in the series. Savanah Webb has opened the Webb Gallary and is leaving Amanda in charge of Webb Glass Shop teaching a class on recycling bottles. Amanda, normally very reliable is late for the first class and continue to be unpredictable during the rest of the week. On the first day of class, one of the students brings in two very old cobalt blue glass bottles he found snorkeling, neither Amanda or Savanah will allow him to recyle the bottles and Savanah takes them to do research on them. Next day a diver is found murdered on the beach and it is Martin Lane from Amanda's Class. Are the bottles part of a pirate's shipwreck? Was Martin killed because he knew the location? Why do cell phone records show many calls and texts between Martin and Amanda and why didn't she tell anyone she knew Martin? While the glass classes played an important role, as well as opening the new gallery and letting space to new artists takes place, as well as Jacob returning to restoring glass work, it did not overwhelm the book. This time the mystery of Martin's death and its relationship to the old bottles and the research into the bottles, which does go into how bottles were made over time, take parimont.I love how the posse gets together, only to end up finding out this time it is primarily to clear Amanda of murdering Martin. I always love the entire cast of characters from the class. The new characters introduced round out the plot nicely. Amanda is totally erratic during the book, only to make herself look more guilty. Yet, her mother is ill and explains part of her problems.There are great clues throughout the book, dropped neatly into the storyline. I admit I kept moving from character to character as to who may have murdered Martin, and Savanah's and Edward's investigation into the crime was great. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Great mystery and story.To be released July 2016

  • Stacey Toney
    2019-01-28 08:18

    Cracked to Death is the third installment in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series. Savannah Webb seems to be adjusting to taking over her family’s business after her father’s death. She has decided to expand by the business by opening a warehouse studio. In order to make sure the business remains successful, she hired Amanda Blake to assist her running the business and to teach classes.The first class on the agenda for Amanda is an upcycling class. All students have been instructed to bring old bottles that they can used to make various objects (like wall clocks.) One of the students, a diver named Martin Lane brings in some unique bottles and possibly valuable cobalt blue bottles for the class. Instead of using them, Amanda consults Savannah to research and find out if the bottles are of any value. Prior to the second class Martin is found dead. Near his body is a broken bottle, similar to the ones he gave to Savannah to research. At first glance, there does not appear to be any evidence to tie anyone to Martin murder. As Savannah and the police investigate further, it becomes clear that Amanda is linked to Martin. Amanda isn’t doing herself any favors by keeping secrets and running away from a police officer. Her actions have placed her at the top of Detective Parker’s suspect list.Savannah is positive that Amanda is innocent but she needs to find the culprit before Amanda is convicted. Is Martin’s estranged sister, his partner, or a treasure hunter guilty of the crime? Does the bottle have anything to do with Martin's death? Savannah’s not sure of the answers so she enlists help from her friends, Edward and Jacob, to find out who killed Martin and to clear Amanda’s name. This book was the first I read in this series and overall I felt it was a good read.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review!!

  • Allison Collins
    2019-02-09 10:50

    Reading Cheryl Hollon’s book “Cracked to Death” was like visiting an old friend in more ways than one. Glass shop proprietor Savannah Webb and her crew are back to solve a murder that could shatter one of her very own. Her loyal and trusted friend Amanda is up to teach a glass upcycling class until one of her students washes ashore the second day of class, a mysterious bottle stuffed in his dive bag. That little blue bottle could lead to buried pirate treasure, and they’re in a race to find the true murderer and clear Amanda before it’s too late.I am truly enjoying the Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries. This is the third adventure in the series, and I look forward to many more. The author has created a cozy little world set in a glass community in Florida. Having lived in St. Petersburg and Tampa for five years myself, it’s like going back to visit friends. When she wrote about Gaspar the Pirate, it brought back fun memories of attending the Gasparilla parade and invasion of Tampa several times over the years. So the area the stories are set in is brought to life not just by my own memories, but the author’s creative voice. The bookstore, Haslam’s, that Savannah visits is very real, and worth a trip to anyone visiting the area!The author has crafted a very good mystery as well, and has enough red herrings to keep me guessing to the very end. Ms. Hollon is also very well versed in the world of glassmaking, and it shows in her writing. It’s definitely made me want to take up a new hobby. Once again, a very well-written story, and I look forward to more adventures with Savannah and her crew of friends and mystery-solvers!I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Diane
    2019-01-19 10:00

    I have always been fascinated with stained glass, sun catchers and glass products and this book was filled with detailed research concerning glass, recycling glass and the details involved with cutting glass. This author really did her homework, and she's as skilled at research as she is in constructing a mystery that keeps the reader guessing. I enjoyed the various characters who are friends of, or work with, the main character Savannah Webb, including her store manager and new glass workshop instructor, Amanda Blake. Amanda is a flashy dresser and a bubbly personality, as are all six of her new up-cycled glass workshop students. I especially liked the character of Jacob Underwood, who is an 18 year old apprentice of stained glass restoration who has Asperger's Syndrome. While I had heard the term before, I did not understand the challenges of someone living with his condition. Jacob notices even the smallest details and while that makes him a perfect candidate for glass restoration, he suffers from anxiety and lacks self confidence so he has a Beagle named Suzy who is his service animal and calms him with her presence. The book is well written and the pace is steady, with lots of twists and turns along the way that keep the reader guessing and it kept my interest from the first chapter through to the big reveal of Martin's murderer. While this book is the third in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery, this is the first book I have read and I did not have any trouble following along with the story, so it can be read as a stand alone. I fully intend to read the first two books right away so I will be caught up when the next book is published. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Christy
    2019-02-15 04:58

    This is the third book in the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series and the first one I have read. I had no problem getting to know the characters and pace of the book immediately. It could be a stand alone book. I will, however, be reading the first two and any others that come out as I enjoyed getting to know Savannah and friends!The book is set in a Glass Shop that Savannah took over after her father's death. She, Amanda and Jacob hold classes (which were very detailed, I learned much about glass bottle repurposing), help past students with individual projects in the new Workshop space that just opened and work on restoration commissions. When a current student washes up on the shore after just one class and Savannah and gang try to figure out who the killer is before the police charge an innocent friend. A straight forward cozy mystery with not much else happening to stray from the investigation, I enjoyed that aspect of the book. With lots of detail on up-cycling glass bottles, treasure hunters and a bit of pirate history make this a fast paced, interesting read. I was able to guess the killer fairly early in the book, but it was interesting to read how it all came together in the end. I enjoyed this book very much. Great read by the pool!I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Donna Townsend
    2019-02-05 09:57

    For Savannah Webb, life is complicated. There’s the Glass Shop she runs after inheriting it from her father. The new studio she has opened, hoping to provide work space for fellow glass artists. Her employees, Amanda, a certifiable flake and her teenaged assistant Jacob who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. And a lovely fellow in her life. All is good; except for her penchant for getting caught up in the local murders, that is.One of the main characters is the setting of St. Petersburg, Florida. Here we have the beach, pirates’ treasure, the heat, eccentric clientele, scientists and lots of breweries. As a part-time Floridian, I enjoyed seeing the area through this author’s eyes. She surely caught the atmosphere of the region. I also enjoyed the characters, mostly the batty twins and gruff boat’s captain and colorful Amanda. A good cast for sure. What sets this cozy apart from others is that we do not just follow the story through Savannah’s eyes; we see the story unfold through the eyes of other main characters as well. This is done nicely; indeed, I would have liked to see more of it. This is the third book of the series, but the first I’ve read. Am on the lookout for the others! A fun read, to be sure.I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-02-03 05:52

    Review of CRACKED TO DEATH by Cheryl Hollon(A Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #3)I really enjoy this series, which is in the "crafting cozies" category. Although stained glass work and restoration is likely not something I will ever take up, still I find it fascinating and love to read about the process and the beauty of the results. Author Cheryl Hollon has thoroughly researched and experienced this topic, and makes the enthusiasm, sometimes even obsession, of her character artisans so easy to comprehend.Additionally, her characters are (mostly) likable. I think she does especially well with the character of Jacob, the young man who has Asperger's Syndrome, but yet is a talented, almost genius, artist at working with stained glass. Protagonist Savannah Webb is the scion of a stained-glass family, now with her in its third generation, following her father's untimely death. Relocating from Seattle to Florida, she has not only preserved her family's legacy of Webb's Glass Shop, but has also remodeled an abandoned warehouse to offer studio rental space, and she is an important component of the city's art community.

  • Linda
    2019-01-27 12:16

    Savannah Webb, owner of Webb's Glass Shop, sets up a bottle-crafting workshop to be taught by her manager, Amanda. During the first class, one of the students brings in an interesting blue that Amanda is reluctant to use in the class exercise without finding out its origin. But the next day, Martin is missing from the class, and shortly thereafter found murdered on the beach. Savannah is called to consult on the glass bottle found in Martin's dive bag, but before her investigation can be completed, Amanda becomes the primary suspect in Martin's death. This is the 3rd book in the Webb's Glass shop mystery. While I did not read the first two books yet, it was easy to identify the main characters and their relationships with each other. I enjoyed this mystery, with its homage to pirates and shipwrecks. I also appreciated the fact that, unlike many other cozy mysteries centering around food/cookbooks or sewing/knitting/crocheting, this was around glass crafting, a relatively new concept to me. I look forward to reading more in this series. Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-28 08:19

    Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon is the third installment in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, but the first that I’ve read - and it won’t be the last! From the beginning of the story, I was drawn in to both the mystery and the fascinating world of glass art. Ms. Hollon does a wonderful job of describing, in detail, the process and even includes a glossary of terms at the end of the book. The mystery was well-written and honestly, I had no idea who did it until the killer was revealed. It takes place in Florida, and there are pirates, and treasure, and sun and surf and all sorts of fun things…..I even learned a little about beer while reading – lol! I recommend this book to lovers of cozy mysteries, glass art, or those just looking for a good story to read. I did receive a copy of this book for my honest review, which I’ve given, but I’m off to purchase the first two books in the series so that I can get caught up (*note: one of the things that I liked most about Cracked to Death is that, in my opinion, one did not have to read the first two books in the series – Pane and Suffering & Shards of Murder – to enjoy the third)! A+

  • Jean
    2019-01-18 04:59

    This is the first book that I have picked up by Cheryl Hollon. Person's that who would enjoy this book are those that want a quick read. She writes similarly to Joanne Fluke and Jessica Beck. They all have a similar format. The characters in this book are unlike a lot of other ones I've read about. I enjoyed the fact that there were problems surrounding them and that each person had the others back. One character Jacob was Autistic which is home to me because he reminded me of my son. Then Amanda who had a mother with Dementia. The main character Savannah tended to be a little motherly towards her friends and that is something that did bother me a little bit. I think what would have brought me in a little more is if the other characters in the book were stronger. I kept wanting Amanda to stand up for herself. I have not previously read any of the other books and I'm not sure if this is just Amanda's personality but I think her as a character deserved a little more, especially since she is supposed to be Savannah's best friend. There were points that had me guessing who the killer was and it had a smooth finish.