I devoured this cozy mystery in one day. Great Sunday
afternoon light read.
This is a funny little book.
A Bead In Hand is book two in the series and I felt that got to connect
with Jax, Tessa and Val without feeling overwhelmed by back stories. I cannot stress the importance of writing a full and entertaining story that can stand alone within a series without the reader feeling bogged down by character histories and the books before.
I did not read book one, High Strung but now I want to. I must say Janice Peacock cozy mystery book really reignited my interest in the genre.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers Booktrope for granting me access to this e-galley.
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?