Janice Peacock’s High Strung-A Glass Bead Mystery 1

I received this book for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Jax O’Connell has a new life in Seattle, thanks to the kindness of her late aunt. Now during the ‘Jewelry Makers of Washington League’ extravaganza, a freak accident, followed by a murder, hits. Such bad luck can happen at any time really. But why would the police suspect Tessa Ricci of murdering someone she was helping?

Story Telling: So, we have a new crafter’s cozy mystery.

Likes: Tessa has an interesting way of handling her children.

And Val was willing to help her friends, even if that help was what they were expecting.

Dislikes: Once again, the glass work seemed to bog down the story. Maybe it was just me, but the time spent describing the crafting elements just seemed to drown out the mystery.

Also, I had a hard time feeling for these characters, probably why I noticed the crafting elements so much. The strongest that I felt was how rude Marta was for bringing her basset hound to the bead extravaganza. Sneaking pets anywhere tends to be a bad idea, and inconsiderate.

Favorite Character: It would be Tessa.

Favorite Quote: Aunt Rita did good for Jax. “My only stipulation is this: You must live in my house and find your creative passion.” Of course she could have just gone with passion, in my opinion.

Favorite Scene: The way that Tessa handled her daughters during a clean up session was pretty good.

Conclusion: This is a decent story. You might enjoy it more if you like cozy mysteries and beading.

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