Sunday, September 13, 2015

High Strung (Glass Bead #1) by Janice Peacock

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Synopsis: 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 Rosie Perez, 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.

Review: First in a series, and I can hardly wait to read more. Jax O'Connell, the main character, is fun and personable. During a weekend of festivities at a local bead shop opening, she finds herself in the middle of the investigation of a murder and an attempted murder. There is no lack of suspects, and Jax is just as confused as the police--until pieces start to fall into place.

I enjoyed all the information on bead and jewelry making throughout the book. The interaction between all the characters is fun to read, and there are plenty of humorous incidents as well. Mojitos will make me smile for the rest of my life!

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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Janice Peacock is an award-winning glass artist who has been making glass beads since 1992. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Janice’s jewelry, beads, and sculptures can be seen online at

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