Born to Bead Wild: A Humorous Cozy Mystery
(Glass Bead Mystery Series)
by Janice Peacock
About Born to Bead Wild
Born to Bead Wild: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
5th in Series
Setting – Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Vetrai Press (January 18, 2023)
Number of Pages: 252
Digital ASIN : B0BDW3FV78
Something is strange at Full Moon Farms—and it isn’t just Val’s Eggplant Surprise for dinner.
Jax, Tessa, and the rest of the arts and crafts retreat attendees are shocked when they find charred bones in a glass kiln. Are the remains human or animal?
The camp owners insist the bones in the coffin-sized kiln are from a deer, but Jax finds a clue that leads her to believe the owners are lying. After Tessa’s least favorite person turns up dead, there is no doubt that a killer lurks somewhere in the deep forest of the Olympic Peninsula. As clues lead Jax and Tessa down mysterious paths, they hope they live long enough to find the culprit and make it out alive.
Jax, Tessa, and Val along with Val’s dog Stanley are off to a craft retreat a Full Moon Farms. Reluctantly when they arrive they are forced to give up their phones due to the camp’s no-technology policy. So they have no way to contact the outside world when they see bones, supposedly from a deer in one of the kilns, or when a dead body is found floating in the lake. While one of the owners of the retreat heads to town to alert the police Jax and Tessa meet up with Val and see she failed to turn in her phone. They immediately call 911. Val’s choice of footwear lands her on the suspect list. With no confidence in the police finding the real killer Jax and Tessa start investigating on their own. What they find could get them killed, and they have no idea who they can trust. They may need to break some glass to get out of the woods alive.
After a long absence (2018) Jax and Tessa have returned. Jax and Detective Zachary Grant are now in a true relationship. Tessa’s daughters are driving and her son Joey is five. Tessa has been invited to teach beading classes at a week-long retreat at Full Moon Farms and Jax is going to be her assistant. Val, Jax’s neighbor has come along to be the chef for the week and she doesn’t go anywhere without her dog Stanley. Jax’s cats Gumdrop and her new kitten Ginger are in the hands of Dylan, her tenant in her newly renovated attic bedroom in her absence. Wendy Freeman owns Full Moon Farms with her husband Taylor. It is really a camp with a lodge, cabins, and a bunkhouse. They host all kinds of glassblowing, glass-fusing, and jewelry-making retreats. Tessa’s friend Adrianna will also be teaching jewelry-making techniques alongside Tessa’s bead-making. It was great to catch up with the characters from previous books and meet new characters attending and involved in the retreat.
Full Moon Farm was quite a place and much more rustic than everyone expected including me. The menu Val was given was just crazy. Vegan yes, but the recipes she was given would even have a vegan pushing away from the table quickly. It made for some humorous moments but poor Val was desperate to serve food that both looked and tasted good.
The murder mystery ties into another mystery and they were blended together nicely. By the way some people were acting, shady, crabby, and aloof I thought the mystery was pretty straight forward but then there was a twist that switched everything up. Some thoughts I had earlier in the story finally fit together and set up a dramatic reveal. It also made me giggle and smile.
Born to Bead Wild was a fast-paced fun read. I read it all in one sitting. A bit of suspense mixed with plenty of humor. I am so glad these characters are back and hope Ms. Peacock won’t keep her readers waiting too long for the next installment.
About Janice Peacock
Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.
When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-a-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, an enormous white dog, and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at www.janicepeacock.com.
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