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A Shattering Crime
Stained-Glass Mystery #3
Jennifer McAndrews

Berkley Prime Crime
June 7, 2016/ ISBN 978-0-425-26797-4
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Georgia Kelly is happily settled into small town life in Wenwood, NY. She enjoys living with her Grandy, and working three low-stress part-time jobs. She's got a boyfriend she enjoys, but isn't sure she's ready to commit to, being commitment-phobic and all. Once burned, twice shy.

Then her mother comes to town to visit, bringing along her latest husband who is not only a know-it-all, but apparently a buttinski who tells others what to do and how to live. Georgia's young cat has gone into heat and a trip to the vet to be spayed is in order. Oh and then after a very vocal protester of the new Riverside Promenade dies, it looks like he may have been poisoned by a danish from the local bakery. To make matters worse, the baker herself, who just happens to be a kindly older lady who is dating Grandy, disappears!

Although Georgia had vowed she wouldn't get involved in any more amateur sleuthing, the disappearance of Rozelle, the baker is too much for her to leave alone. She knows Rozelle wasn't behind the poisoning of activist David Rayburn, but somehow Rozelle's vanishing act is connected. Can Georgia put the pieces together as nicely as she can put stained-glass pieces together to form a clear picture? Or will the killer get to her first?

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, Ill-Gotten Panes and Death Under Glass but I have to say the third times the charm in this case. A Shattering Crime is the best yet, with the characters fully developed and the plot tightly woven. Georgia is an interesting and very realistic protagonist and she has a delightful crew of characters in her life. The adorable dog and cat, added to the mix, don't hurt either!

If you like a clever cozy whodunit, with a plot you won't want to put down, and a mystery that holds together throughout the whole book, you won't want to miss “A Shattering Crime.” Highly recommended!

Reviewed 2016