07 July 2015

Today's Read & Giveaway: Death under Glass by Jennifer McAndrews

Death Under Glass by Jennifer McAndrewsWhat if your best friend and her ex-husband became targets of crime? Naturally, you'd be concerned for their safety. For Georgia Kelly, accountant and stained-glass artist, worry turns to fear when her friend Carrie discovers the door to her store has been unlocked. Georgia warns her not to go in:

"Oh, Georgia, I'm sure it's fine."

The door swung open and Carrie ducked inside. Maybe I did have a bit of paranoia going on. All those years living in the city might have made me somewhat overcautious. This was Wenwood for Pete's sake. It was more realistic for me to expect her shut off the store alarm and shout to me it was safe to enter.

I did not expect a scream.
Death under Glass by Jennifer McAndrews (Penguin Random House / Berkley Prime Crime, 2015, pp. 96-97)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Wenwood, New York; modern times
  • Circumstances: Georgia Kelly has moved home from the city to reinvent herself as a stained-glass artist. Life in a small town is, however, anything but peaceful: local politics heat up over development issues and an office building is destroyed by arson. But when her friend Carrie becomes a target to crime and a local murder seems to be linked, Georgia can't help but get involved. Besides, the investigating police officer is that that cute guy she met a while back when her grandfather had a little trouble.
  • Characters: Georgia Kelly, artist/accountant; Carrie, antiques store owner/decorator; Diana, police officer; Christopher, police office; Grandy, Georgia's grandfather; various townspeople, lawyers, and other police
  • Genre: cozy mystery
  • Themes: friendship, greed, family
  • What I thought: This was a fun, light mystery that's perfect for a summer's evening. Interesting characters, a hint of romance, and few red herrings make for a good read. As with most cozy mysteries, the story is as much about the small town and the main characters as it is about finding the bad guy. I particularly liked the friendships of Georgia, Carrie, and Diana and thought that the growing attraction between Chris and Georgia was realistic and sweet.
  • Things to knows: This is the second in the Stained-Glass Mystery series, but I didn't feel lost at all, so you can start right here if you'd like. I plan to go back and read the first book, Ill-Gotten Panes, so I can learn more about Georgia's move from the city to her grandfather's house.
The Giveaway

Thanks to Berkley Prime Crime, I can offer one of my readers with a U.S. mailing address a copy of Jennifer McAndrew's Death under Glass. All you have to do to be entered for a chance to win is to fill out the form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on July 15. Once the winner has been confirmed, I'll erase all personal information from my computer. Good luck!

25 comments:

Karen and Gerard 7/7/15, 6:38 AM  

Good teaser and like the cover but I'm not big on cozy mysteries.

Greg 7/7/15, 7:05 AM  

That looks fun. I've been reading more cozys lately, and this looks like a good one. That makes you want to know what happens next, definitely.

Have a great Tuesday!

Lisa Brown 7/7/15, 7:25 AM  

Looks great and I love the cover; thanks for the chance to win :)

Kathy Gonzales 7/7/15, 8:32 AM  

The first book was really good , I'm looking forward to reading the second !

rhapsodyinbooks 7/7/15, 8:41 AM  

But what if it's your own ex husband who is the target? To help or not to help (heh)...

Topazshell 7/7/15, 8:41 AM  

Have to admit it. I got carried away by the stained glass door on the cover. Would love to read a cozy involving stained glass.

bermudaonion 7/7/15, 8:48 AM  

I love a good cozy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurel-Rain Snow 7/7/15, 9:34 AM  

I love stained glass, and cozy mysteries are definitely fun. Thanks for sharing...I do want to know more.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kathy Martin 7/7/15, 9:40 AM  

Nice teaser. This sounds like it would be fun to read. My teaser this week is from Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh. Happy reading!

Vicki 7/7/15, 10:58 AM  

I love the cover, and nice teaser too. I like stained glass and the fact that Georgia is a stained glass artist is neat! I don't think I've read a book with one in it before.

Elizabeth B 7/7/15, 11:33 AM  

I am on a quest to find cozy series that don't feature cats, so the dog on the cover caught my eye. I like it when the cozy detective has an interesting career that I can learn about.

Daryl 7/7/15, 11:39 AM  

'cozy' is a new term for me ... looks interesting and like a beach or airplane read

Suzie Quint 7/7/15, 11:40 AM  

I wish I knew why cozies don't appeal to me, but I have a friend who loves them. I think I'll mention this one to her.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf 7/7/15, 12:26 PM  

Great teaser! I've been craving cozies more and more lately!

Literary Feline 7/7/15, 12:27 PM  

What a great teaser! It ends on a high note of intrigue. This does sound like an interesting book. I enjoy a good cozy now and then.

bookgatherer 7/7/15, 2:27 PM  

This looks like a really interesting read and I'm curious on how it will go on. Adding it to my tbr :) Sadly I can't join your giveaway since I'm german.

My TT

Nise' 7/7/15, 3:06 PM  

I would keep turning the page!

Tribute Books Mama 7/7/15, 3:21 PM  

Would love to enjoy! this book.

Laura Thomas 7/7/15, 6:16 PM  

You never expect it to happen to you, in your town. This sounds like such fun. I'm addicted to cozies. Just finished two new ones and reading a couple more.

My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/07/07/teaser-tuesdays-121-morrigans-shadow/

rhonda 7/7/15, 6:26 PM  

This cozy looks like a fun read.perfect for summer.

storytreasury 7/7/15, 7:07 PM  

Ooo exciting!


mine: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/teaser-tuesday-stories-of-the-raksura-volume-2/

Belle Wong 7/7/15, 7:12 PM  

This sounds like a lovely cozy! I've found so many recently that look good.

Sharons Book Nook! 7/8/15, 12:53 AM  

Nice teaser, sounds like an interesting read.

karen 7/8/15, 1:21 AM  

I love a good cozy! I'm currently reading a historical cozy -- http://wellreadpiratequeen.blogspot.com/2015/07/teaser-tuesday-18-anything-but-civil.html

Eustacia Tan 7/8/15, 7:01 AM  

Interesting. I like cozy mysteries, so this is one I have to check out.

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