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    Cracked to Death

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review 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.
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    Good Glass Art & a mystery

    Upcycling of glass bottles is the latest class at Webb's Glass Studios and Amanda's first solo teaching assignment. When student, Martin, brings in Bristol Blue glass bottles recovered from the Intercoastal Waterways near St. Petersburg FL, the mystery of Gaspar the Pirate's treasure is stirred up. Savannah Webb and her posse of crime solving friends rally around their own Amanda when she is arrested for Martin's murder. The author is a glass artist enthusiast and this book contains lots of interesting information about creating art objects out of glass, including the latest in upcycling - taking empty wine and liquor bottles and melting them down into platters, bowls, and even garden art like flowers on metal stakes. Previous books are rehashed a bit too often for someone who's already read the series and do not add anything of real value to a new reader of the series. I received a timed (loan) copy of this e book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Third book in series!

    Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon is the third book in the third book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series. Savannah Webb lives in St Petersburg, Florida and owns Webb’s Glass Shop. Savannah is starting a new venture and is calling it Webb’s Studio. Savannah is offering studio space and equipment to glass artists. While Savannah will be at the studio, Amanda Blake will be watching the shop and teaching a class. Amanda is the office manager and will be teaching her first class (all on her own). The class is on upcycling. Taking glass bottles and turning them into usable items (like cheese trays, spoon rests, and clocks). Amanda is a little nervous about teaching her first class and asks Savannah to hang around a little while. The students were all asked to bring in bottles. One student, Martin Lane brought in some beautiful, old bottles. He would like Savannah to evaluate the bottles. Martin is an artist who uses salvaged materials for art pieces. Martin claims to have found the bottles on the Intracoastal Waterway near Treasure Island (while diving). Savannah agrees to look into the bottles for Martin. The bottles look very old and there are rumors that Gaspar the Pirate had buried his treasure in the area (hence the name Treasure Island). Before Savannah can look into the bottles, Martin is found dead on the beach. He has a dive bag with him with another bottle inside. David Parker, a homicide detective with the St. Petersburg Police Department, hires Savannah (a first) as a consult. Savannah gathers her group (Amanda, Jacob, Edward) together to look into Martin’s death and the bottles. Are the bottles related to Martin’s demise? Do the bottles have anything to do with pirate treasure? Join Savannah and her friends on another escapade in Cracked to Death. Cracked to Death was an entertaining book to read. This may be the third book in the series, but it can be read alone (the writer does a good job of bringing the reader up to date). Cracked to Death is well-written, easy to read, and has a good pace. There is a romance going on (between Savannah and Edward), but it does not dominate the novel (I like how the romance is progressing). I appreciated the mystery and how it incorporated the antique bottles and their history. It is easy to figure out the killer, but it did not bother me because I was delighted by the overall mystery. It was interesting how Ms. Hollon incorporated Gaspar the Pirate (which leads to Gasparilla, a local festival). I give Cracked to Death 4.5 out of 5 stars. There is a good reference to Haslam’s in the novel. It is a local bookstore that has thousands of books. You can spend many pleasurable hours wandering through Haslam’s. One thing I thought was really not needed in the book was Arthur’s (a man who purchased studio space at Webb’s Studio) bathroom issues. One mention I could let slide, but a couple of times is too much (and I really did not need the details). I will definitely be reading the next book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery. I received a complimentary copy of Cracked to Death in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.
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    Wonderful addition to a top notch series

    I read the first book in this series, Pane and Suffering, because it was a cozy mystery set not too far from me, in my home state of Florida. I have kept reading the series, because the author does not only a fantastic job of capturing the uniqueness that is St. Petersburg and the entire Suncoast area, but also telling an first rate story. Our story revolves around Savannah Webb, glass artist and owner of Webb's Glass Shop. Occasionally, we see things from Homicide detective David Parker's viewpoint, but that is usually when explanations need to happen that Savannah wouldn't have access to. It's a great way of keeping us, the reader, informed and up to date, as well as seeing how things are progressing from the official law enforcement view. The romance that I had predicted in book one, is really coming alive between Savannah and her work neighbor Edward. More of the neighborhood is explored, especially as Savannah has opened up a new venture, Webb's Studio, nearby to cater to artists needing space to create. As the characters move around the town and surrounding area, the descriptions are so distinctive, that I could almost smell the salt in the air. If you are like me, and enjoy reading cozy mysteries in part for the slice of small town life they typically explore or for the many wonderful hobbies and crafts that are described, this would be a great series to explore. This was another wonderful addition to a series that has been top notch and I gave it 4 stars. Kensington and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion
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