Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: A Bead In The Hand (Glass Bead Mystery #2) by Janice Peacock

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A Bead in the Hand
(Glass Bead Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Booktrope Editions (November 24, 2015)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1513705613
E-Book ASIN: B01721C3XQ

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Synopsis: 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?

Review: This is the second book in the Glass Bead series, and it is just as enjoyable as the first. It is an easy read, full of drama and humor. As with the first book, there is educational information about bead making, which is a fascinating process.

Once again, Jax is caught up in a murder investigation--and is the prime suspect. With the help of her friends, and some new people we hadn't met in the first book, she follows clues and solves the mystery. She also gets herself into some difficult situations, putting her life in danger.

I found the mystery part of the story very engrossing, and was totally surprised by the identity of the killer, as well as the reason behind it. I certainly hope we will get to read MANY more of Jax's adventures in the future.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Five stars

About the author
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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, the first book in a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.
When Janice Peacock isn’t writing about glass artists who are 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 several museums. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three cats, and seven chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

Author Links
Twitter: (@janpeac)
Purchase Links
High Strung, the first book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series, will be 99 cents from Feb 7th through 11th and $1.99 from Feb 12th through 15th.
Be Still My Beading Heart, A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery short story is free on Amazon and iTunes. A Bead in the Hand is available for the discounted price of $2.99 through February 15th.
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JanPeac said...

Hi everyone! It is great to be back at Book Babble for the second book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series! Please feel free to ask me questions here, and I'll check back later. Have a happy day. -- Janice

Anonymous said...

Janice, what type of work do you have on exhibit? Glassbeads or other type of glass work? Thanks, Jill Broussard;

JanPeac said...

I make a lot of glass beads, and have for many, many years (much longer than my fictional main character, Jax.) I also make sand cast glass sculptures. Most of my work is on my website at On that site you can see a couple of really exciting videos of me working on some large-scale sculptures.

I don't have any exhibitions happening right now, but I do try and get work listed on Etsy when I have time. Seems like time has been scarce since I've been writing my mysteries.

Best, Janice