Title: High Strung
Series: Glass Bead Mystery #1
Author: Janice Peacock
Publish Date: August 2015
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
About the Book:
After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O'Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity Jax can't resist—even though Rosie Perez, the store's owner, is the surliest person Jax has ever met.
The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa's name—and do it before the killer strikes again.
It’s always fun to read a cozy mystery with a new theme. It was fun to get involved in the world of bead making, working with high temperatures and glass. Not sure it is something I could ever do. I liked how the author worked in a lot of different aspects of glass beads, but didn’t go on and on about it either.
This book was balanced enough with the theme and the introduction of the new characters that I liked it better than some of the reviews I read prior to reading it. Jax is pretty spunky, but also a loving and caring person which puts her in the predicament of the houseguest and losing her cat. I enjoyed her as the sleuth and loved how she worked herself around the tough situations.
There is a lot that comes to light at the end of the book that makes me excited to read the next installment, which thanks to Netgalley is already to go in my queue.