I recently had the pleasure of reading an advance review copy of Born to Bead Wild, a Glass Bead Mystery, by Janice Peacock. Gotta say, I loved the dog on the cover – such expressive puppy dog eyes. This is the fifth book in a successful series that began with High Strung, which I reviewed on this blog several years ago.
About the Book
Something is strange at Full Moon Farms—and it isn’t just Val’s Eggplant Surprise for dinner.
Jax, Tessa, and the rest of the arts and crafts retreat attendees are shocked when they find charred bones in a glass kiln. Are the remains human or animal?
The camp owners insist the bones in the coffin-sized kiln are from a deer, but Jax finds a clue that leads her to believe the owners are lying. After Tessa’s least favorite person turns up dead, there is no doubt that a killer lurks somewhere in the deep forest of the Olympic Peninsula. As clues lead Jax and Tessa down mysterious paths, they hope they live long enough to find the culprit and make it out alive.
Jax and her pals, Tessa and Val, join fellow glass bead-making enthusiasts at purposed camp – the traditional kind without all the creature comforts – and with questional food choices, to boot. The weeklong workshop starts off with a few minor glitches, and goes downhill with a rash of increasingly suspicious incidents at the camp.
As in other books in this series, the bead-makers in the story are a quirky group. Of course, Jax, the main character, is snoopy; she wants to know the truth, and she won’t leave well enough alone until sbe knows what’s going on and why. Tessa is great friend, and both women are quick to pitch and help others when the need arises. The mystery was an interesting one and well paced, with the clues revealed gradually as the story progressed in an unexpected way. Sorry, no spoilers here.
For my review of High Strung, the first book in the series, click here.
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About the Author
Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.
When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, an enormous white dog, and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at www.janicepeacock.com.
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