Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: A Bead in The Hand by: Janice Peacock

Title: A Bead In The Hand
Author: Janice Peacock
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Series: Glass Bead #2
Pages: 230
Format: e-book
Source: Great Escapes Book Tours


A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a body beneath her sales table. Everyone assumes the death of famous bead artist Saundra Jameson is an accident—until homicide detective Tiffany Houston arrives, ready to drag Jax off to jail as her top suspect. Jax and her friend Tessa must scramble to find the killer among the fanatic jewelry shoppers, eccentric vendors, and Saundra’s many enemies.

While trying to solve the mystery, Jax and Tessa have their hands full with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly at the dilapidated—and possibly haunted—hotel where they’re staying, and she’s brought trouble with her. 
Can Jax untangle the clues to find the crafty killer before she’s arrested for murder?

A Bead in the Hand is the second book in the Glass Bead Mystery series.

My Thoughts:

This book takes place in the world of glass beading which many people love to make and sell and even purchase.  Our local beadmaker Jax is heading to a bazaar with her good friend Tessa for a weekend of fun and relaxation.  Tessa sorely needs a break from her teenage daughters who know how to throw down a good fight.  While setting up for the bazaar Jax learns who will be tabling next to her is the one person Jax could do without with is Saundra who is a bead diva in the worst way.  She has definitely alienated herself be upsetting so many people.  That is when the weird stuff begins blackouts which close down the first night of sales followed the next day by Saundra winding up dead. The big question remains who had the most to gain by Saundra's death?  The sleezy promoter who flirts with anyone?, two hipsters in love one of them being Saundra's assistant?  Or someone else no one has even considered?

I loved learning about bead making and seeing well actually reading how a bazaar goes and what is put into one add the murder to the mix and I was hooked to see how Jax and Tessa were going to get to the bottom of it.  Especially considering Jax's alibi for the night in question wasn't there.  Talk about putting the main character up against the wall.

I think anyone who loves beads or crafts in anyway with love delving into this mystery.  I also love the cover picture on this book I think it's beautifully done and different then typical cozy mysteries.  Can't wait to see what is next in the Glass Bead Series.

3 shout outs:

JanPeac said...

Thanks for the terrific review!

If anyone has any questions for me, please send a shout out here, and I'll check back later.

Have a happy day,

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading this series. Thankyou for sharing! I enjoyed reading this. Jill Broussard;

JanPeac said...

Hi Jill! I'm glad you are enjoying the series. I'm busy working on Book 3! I'm curious: your email address is minishoes -- do you like miniatures? (I do)

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