Book Review #76: Shards of Murder

Author: Cheryl Hollon

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, Book 2

Publisher: Kensington Books

Date of publication: 23 February 2016

No. of pages: 304


What happens when a glass making competition results into a murder of a talented winner and the main judge of the event becomes a suspect due to circumstantial evidences?


If there is one genre of the book that I am always on a lookout for, it would be Mystery and Thrillers. I blame it completely on my Mom and her Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys collections. I have been looking forward to reading this book, but due to certain time restraints I wasn’t able to do well in advance. However, after finishing this book, I am a bit disappointed. 

While the plot is based on a murder mystery and has been fully justified through the plot development, the character development seems to have evolved outside of the plot and give a distinct air of detachment that is quite easy to comprehend and makes it difficult to form a bond with the story and its characters. Despite the impression of familiarity with the lead character of Savannnah Webb, the aloofness of all the characters made it hard for me to enjoy this book. 

Moving beyond the flaw of character development, I must applaud and credit the author for the amount of detail and research she has provided with the complexity and technicality of glass making. The easy flow of language and the clarity in research helped in reinforcing the whole process of glass-making isn’t the minds of the reader. Not only it provided substance for the plot development but also acted as the perfect setting for the plot to play out and bring out the characters. 

The use of the title is definitely justified, however the cover image looks like an amateur representation of the story and its plot and is definitely unpalatable. 

My opinion: The character development requires some obvious work; there is distinct lack of connection between the plot and the characters even though they are working towards a  murder mystery. To seem to have a problem with majority of cover images, but seriously someone needs to realize the distinction between amateurs and professionals. It is not Nancy Drew, but I would still recommend this book for young adults and adults equally. 

My rating: 2.5 out of 5


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