Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
3rd in Series
Setting – Washington State
Vetrai Press (March 11, 2017)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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