Through a Glass, Deadly (A Glassblowing Mystery #1)
Glassblower Emmeline Dowell has made a home for herself among the artists of Tucson's Warehouse District. But her friendship with troubled newcomer Allison McBride takes a dangerous turn when Allison's husband turns up dead in Em's studio.
Now Emmeline is involved in a murder investigation that reaches beyond the sunny Southwest. And when the killer acts again, it's up to...more
This series theme is glassblowing, which I admittedly know nothing about and don’t necessarily have very much interest in to be honest. In general I am not an artistic or crafty person at all, not really any talent in those kinds areas....more
We know from certain obvious marketing tells, that this is a murder mystery. Not the least being that the back cover material tells us so. There is a body. Then the ubiquitous second body also.
There are spoilers in this review because the work warrants it.
Atwell has a few stumbling blocks in the beginning, the least of which is her mother hen attitude of the new person in her life. H...more
Em is the main character, and she is a glass-blowing artist in Tuscon. She has a habit of taking in strays, which is how she happens to have two dogs, with very short legs in an...more
"Through a Glass, Deadly" by Sarah Atwell takes place in Tucson, Arizona. Emmeline is a glassblower. She owns a shop where she shapes glass and makes time to give classes. In her shop wanders the strangest people whether dead or alive. For awhile there isn't time to give glass blowing classes. Emmeline finds herself being interviewed time and time again by the police and the FBI. It's very uncomfortable being asked questions by Matt, the police chief. He us...more
Emmeline Dowell has carved a life for herself amongst the artists of Tucson's Warehouse District. Her shop, Shards, is getting more business, and so many people are signing up for her glassblowing classes that she's going to have to make time for even more. What she doesn't need is trouble, but that's what Em gets when she takes Allison McBride under her wing...more
Em teaches others to blow glass as well as makes her own glass that is for sale in her small gallery in trendy Tucson. When Allison shows up one day and wants to learn how to work the glass, Em takes her under her wing and begins a friendship with the lonely woman. Then a dead body shows up in Em's furnace and the pace of the story picks up to its fast paced c...more
I don't know if it was just because it was a new series but the characters all seemed rather flat and boring. It realy wasn't until the end of the book that I was really even that interested. Not a series I will continue reading.
I really liked Em and the supporting characters as well as how the crime played out to solution. Will definitely read more in the series
To which I have to say that I loved all the definitions of glass blowing terminology at the beginning of every chapter. I loved the story and the characters! Great cozy!
There was something very rushed about the whole book and the main character took a while to warm up to, eventually you do but it comes kind of late.
This is the first book in the set and am looking forward to reading the others.
As Sarah Atwell, author of the new Berkley Prime Crime Glassblower Series, in March 2008. The first sequel, Pane of Death, will be published in November 2008.
Under Sheila Connolly, One Bad Apple, Berkley Prime Crime, came out in August 2008."