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Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: Cracked to Death

Cracked to Death Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

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.

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