Pane and Suffering – Cheryl Hollon

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4/5 Stained Glass Shops

On The Back:

To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed façade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .

My Thoughts:

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Kensington and Netgalley. This title will be published on September 29, 2015*

The first book in what looks like a promising new series, Pane and Suffering was an absorbing book that I enjoyed. Savannah is a glass blowing artist living in Seattle. When her father dies she must return to St. Petersburg, Florida and wrap up his affairs, however another death has her questioning her father’s premature heart attack.

I really liked the characters, Savannah, Amanda, and Edward were all fun and sensible. Amanda was the perfect unashamed friend who had me laughing out loud at some of the things she’d say and do. I also loved how the author portrayed a character with Asperger’s syndrome; it was so nice to read about Jacob, and I really hope he appears in later books.

However, the book wasn’t perfect, and the major imperfection was the mystery. It might have just been me, but I found the mystery to be extremely transparent and I guessed the killer half way through the book. There were almost too many clues and it gave the killer away early on. But, I really liked how the author incorporated tons of different codes and cyphers into the story.

Overall a very strong start to a new series. I really enjoyed it. With great characters, a fun setting, and a great use of codes, yet a transparent mystery, Pane and Suffering, gets 4/5 stars. I’ll look for the next one!

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