Mar 242017
 


If you are a follower of this blog you know I have read the books in this series is pretty quick succession.
That was because I really wanted to be part of this tour.


Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Washington State
Vetrai Press (March 11, 2017)
230 Pages
E-Book ASIN: B01N6FUCPN

Jax O’Connell and her friend Tessa have no idea what challenges await them when they head to the small town of Carthage to take a glass blowing class with Marco De Luca, a famous Italian glass artist. While Jax loves melting glass to make beads, she discovers that standing in front of the glass furnace’s inferno frightens her.

After the first night of class, Tessa sees a dead body through the water-streaked window of the studio. The next morning there’s no sign of Marco—dead or alive—and one of the studio owners is also missing. The local sheriff doesn’t take the disappearance seriously, so Jax and Tessa take matters into their own hands.

Jax must face her fears to find the body, track down the clues, and uncover the killer—and do it all before another life is shattered.

Off the Beadin’ Path is the third book in the Glass Bead Mystery series.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jax and Tessa are back and they are traveling back and forth to a glassblowing studio for a week of classes with a master glassblower from Venice, Italy. The small town of Carthage doesn’t have much, a sandwich shop, a diner, a rundown motel, an auto garage and an old firehouse that has been converted into a glassblowing shop. Jax is surprised they could get someone like Marco De Luca to come in to teach a bunch of glass bead makers some new techniques.

After the first day Jax and Tessa are headed home when Tessa realizes she doesn’t have her phone. They head back to the shop but the place is locked up tight. Tessa peeks into the window and sees Marco dead on the floor.  By the time they alert the sheriff and he checks things out the body is no longer there. But Marco doesn’t show up for class the next day either and one of the owners of the shop is also missing. The sheriff tells them without a body he has nothing to investigate, so you guessed it Jax starts looking for a body or two and then things get really heated up.

This cast of characters continues to evolve in every story. Jax is now very comfortable in Seattle and her business is growing. Tessa’s family is split up in this installment, her daughters are at camp, her son and a friend are with grandma, hubby Craig is off on a trip with friends and Tessa is spending the week with Jax, all while their home gets a little remodel. Val is hiding someone in her half of the duplex and she is getting ready for a Star Wars convention. Officer Ryan is still lurking around the fringes of Jax’s life and Detective Zachary is still giving Jax palpitations every time he is around. Other bead makers from previous books return and we meet Marco De Luca and his brother Dario. One of the main characters also has some history with the De Luca brothers.

Of course they need a murder to get involved in and this time it has a brilliant twist. First they have to actually find the body, then the suspect pool is a large one. It could be anyone attending the class, the staff and owners of the glassblowing shop, other residents of Carthage, the victims family or even someone from his past. All Jax knows is that it wasn’t her and it wasn’t Tessa.

As usual with this series the pace of the story is quick. Our lead characters hardly have any down time and find themselves getting a little muddy in search of the truth. I had a couple laugh out loud moments thanks to the small town sheriff including not one but two clever escapes, and again due to one very lovable basset hound.

The entire story was an immense delight. The pages flew and I reached the end too soon. I was not ready to let go of these characters. Now I have to not so patiently wait for their next escapade. I hope the author doesn’t make us wait too long.

These books can be read each on their own but I encourage you to start at the beginning to get in on all the fun.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

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More Praise for Off the Beadin’ Path
by Janice Peacock

Well written, witty, and informative, OFF THE BEADIN’ PATH is an excellent and unpredictable mystery that will keep you in your seat until you have read the last word.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

This is the third book of the Glass Bead Mystery, you can read it as standalone, but the characters are so real and the story intriguing and interesting that I am thinking about starting the series from the beginning!
~Varietats

The murder mystery will keep you guessing for a long time, and send you off in wrong directions more than once. I loved this book from beginning to end!
~Book Babble

Tour Participants

March 15 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
March 15 – My Journey Back – REVIEW
March 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY
March 16 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
March 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
March 17 – Books,Dreams,Life – INTERVIEW, SPOTLIGHT
March 18 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY Review to be added soon.
March 18 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT
March 19 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
March 20 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 21 – Varietats– REVIEW
March 21 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
March 22 – Book Babble – REVIEW
March 22 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
March 23 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
March 23 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
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Note – Flashback Friday will return next week!

Mar 202017
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?
I am surprised, I almost reached my goal last week, thanks to some late night reading Friday and Saturday.
This week I am headed across the pond!

Here’s what I read and what
I have planned for this week.

Books Completed

Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery)
Release Date – May 31, 2016
Setting – Indiana
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review 


Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – California
Review will be up tomorrow!


The Silence of the Flans (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Laura will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Currently Reading

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
For Review

Books Scheduled


Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Release Date – March 11, 2017
Setting – Oregon
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Note – There will not be a Flashback Friday post this week 🙂

Kale to the Queen: A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery
Release Date – April 11, 2017
Setting – England
For Review


Gone with the Twins (League of Literary Ladies)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Kylie will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas

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Mar 102017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Be Still My Beading Heart: A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Vetrai Press (December 9, 2016)
Print Length: 65 pages
ASIN: B01N7GK6JL

 

 

It’s Valentine’s Day and Jax O’Connell’s red VW bug is missing. Did she forget where she parked the Ladybug as she rushed to deliver her handmade glass beads, or has the beloved car been stolen? Searching the streets of Seattle, Jax and her best friend, Tessa, face some unsavory characters. Jax regrets not having a date on the most romantic day of the year after spotting Ryan, Seattle’s newest–and hottest–cop and running into Zachary, the stern yet sexy detective. She must take matters into her own hands to find the Ladybug and salvage her love life, and do it before the day is over.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

When I looked at my calendar for this week I knew I overbooked my reading schedule. That meant my Flashback Friday book had to be a quick read. So I pulled up my TBR list and chose this book. The read was even quicker than I imagined. The first 36% of the book is the short story – Be Still My Beading Heart, the remainder of the 65 pages is Sample Chapters from the first two books in the series. The great news is that the book is FREE an Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and kobo.

I have read this whole series the last few weeks and am waiting for Off the Beadin’ Path to be released tomorrow. This was a special little treat to enjoy in the meanwhile.

Jax has 2 men in life but she doesn’t have a date for Valentine’s Day. Instead she is spending the day trying to find her beloved Ladybug, her red VW bug. Was it towed? Was it stolen? Getting no help from the police she and her friend Tessa are off to search for the car themselves.

This time Jax felt very Stephanie Plum like to me with Tessa as her Lula. They were on a mission and nothing was stopping Jax, at least, from finding her vehicle.

A fun, fast, read. A sweet mini diversion for a nice mini escape. I am really enjoying this series.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

Author Links

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Mar 032017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


A Bead in the Hand
(Glass Bead Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Vetrai Press (June 4, 2016)
Paperback: 234 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0990570561
Kindle ASIN: B01GGV8418

 

 

A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a dead body beneath her sales table. Suspected of murder, Jax and her friend Tessa scramble to find the killer among the fanatic shoppers and eccentric vendors. They have their hands full dealing 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 with trouble in tow. Can Jax untangle the clues before she’s arrested for murder?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jax and Tessa are off for a weekend of fun. They are excited to be attend a bead filled bazaar in Portland. Jax plans to sell, sell, sell, and Tessa plans to buy, buy, buy. Just after the event starts the room in plunged into darkness and the first night is cancelled. Hoping things are a go the next day Jax hurries to get her booth ready but instead she finds a very famous beader under her table and she has been there a while. Jax’s screams for help are answered by a hunky security guard and both of them know there is no hope, the woman is clearly dead and because she is under Jax’s table she becomes a prime suspect. For the rest of the weekend Tessa spends her time selling beads for Jax while she tries to figure out who really killed the bead diva. Val arrives just in time to “help” and brings her own chaos to the weekend.

I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, High Strung, and then pushed this one to the top of of my To-Be-Read list and the author sure did not disappoint.

I loved trailing around with Jax, Tessa and Val. Since they were away from home Detective Grant had a much smaller role. Instead we met Ryan, a security guard that really catches Jax’s attention and Detective Tiffany Houston, who methods of investigation are completely different than Detective Grant, and not in a good way. Some of the bead makers from book one return and they are joined by several more. They make a very eclectic group and to Jax every one of them is a suspect.

The pace of this one is pretty brisk from the start. The author has strung together a web that has almost the entire cast connected in some way to the victim, Saundra Jameson. She was a woman very full of herself and treated many people terribly. The plots and subplots blended together naturally and kept my attention to the very last word.

Again the author’s knowledge of bead making and creating jewelry was very evident and with her descriptions I could easily envision each bead, necklace and earring.

I did enjoy the bit of romance that started to bud in the story and am anxious to see how it plays out in future installments.

Jax, Tessa, and Val are treasures and this story was so much fun to read. I need to squeeze in Be Still My Beading Heart: A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery soon because Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series Book 3) will be out March 11 and I want to be ready for it.

Dollycas

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About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

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Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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Feb 172017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
Clearing a book by Janice Peacock from my Kindle shelf today!

High Strung (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Washington
Vetrai Press (June 3, 2016)
Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0990570547
Kindle ASIN: B01GIBQTFY

 

 

After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O’Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it’s an opportunity Jax can’t resist—even though the store’s owner is the surliest person Jax has ever met.

The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa’s name—and do it before the killer strikes again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jax O’Connell gets the chance to follow her dreams when she inherits a house and a bit of money from her aunt. She packs as much as much as her new VW Bug can hold including her cat and leaves Florida behind and heads for Seattle.  The house has been converted into a duplex but needs a little TLC. Jax fixes up a few things so she can work on her beads and jewelry from home and makes some friends in the bead-making world. She is excited when she is invited teach a class and show her work at a bead-making event. The store’s owner is not the nicest person on the planet but Jax knows she can work with her. When the owner is injured during the event and another young beadmaker is found dead in a dumpster the next day things get a little heated. Especially when the police are convinced one of Jax’s friends is the killer. Jax knows she must work fast stringing together the clues to not only clear her friend but catch the killer before anyone else is strung up.

This was a fun read. You know right away that Janice Peacock is a beading enthusiast. She describes that processes of bead making and making jewelry with those beads so well that it is very easy to picture. The beads sound just beautiful and making them sounds so unique. I have heard about glass blowing, but glass bead making is brand new to me. I have seen them everywhere but never thought much about how they were actually made. Her enthusiasm is also apparent in most of the book’s characters.

High Strung is populated with eclectic group of characters you expect to find in a cozy mystery. Jax is a strong woman, on her own after leaving her less than stellar boyfriend in Florida. Her tenant and friend Val is a hairdresser, aspiring baker and quite the spitfire.  Her best friend since kindergarten, Tessa, has her own studio, where she gives classes. Rosie, the owner of Aztec Beads, where the event is taking place, is pretty cantankerous and a little odd. Marta is a fellow beader that Jax met at a beadmakers’ conference. She is staying with Jax so she can take part in the weekend event. She also brought her “animal companion”, Stanley, along without even asking Jax if that was o.k. Gumdrop is Jax’s kitty, addicted to catnip, maybe a little physic, and definitely not a Stanley fan. The are also a couple of young bead makers that sell their wares on the street. We also meet Jax’s other friends and of course the local police, Detective Grant.

As is the case with most books that are the first of a series the mystery starts to happen several chapters in to give readers time to get to know the players. But when it starts the pace picks right up and continues on to the end. There are really 2 mysteries to solve because we don’t know if the cases are connected. In fact, the police believe one was either self inflicted or just an accident. Jax has other ideas.

At just 222 pages this cozy is a bit shorter than normal but they are jam packed with detail, deception and more than a few twists and surprises. The characters are very believable and their dialogue is very well written. I also enjoyed a few laugh out loud moments.

A fast read for a cozy afternoon. I have moved the next book in this series to the top of my To-Be-Read list on my Kindle.

Dollycas

Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

Author Links

Webpage – Facebook – GoodReads 

I am giving away 1 e-copy of High Strung.
It will be sent directly to your email from Amazon.

Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Click the Like Button at the top of this post for a Bonus Entry.

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5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End March 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST
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Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For Entry Form

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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