Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Shattering Crime

Title: A Shattering Crime
Author: Jennifer McAndrews
Expected Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Berkley
Format: eBook; Paperback, 304 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group (USA) for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book
Series: A Stained Glass Mystery #3

This series is going downhill very quickly. What started as a charming series with Georgia returning to Wenwood and her grandfather after she had lost her job and her fiancé had moved on to other opportunities, to stumbling into this mess where she cannot decide if the murder du jour is more important than the antics of her animals is beyond frustrating.

Georgia has no intention of playing Nancy Drew Girl Detective, but when David Rayburn dies in close proximity to her, it appears that she has no choice but to stay on the sidelines and help prove that her friend Rozelle had nothing to do with it.

Of course, it is not a typical cozy without a love interest or two and in addition to her animals, her mother and most recent stepfather appearing for a visit, her two part time jobs and her stained glass business, a little murder to solve, and now poor Georgia has to decide on which man to hitch her wagon to. This is ridiculous.

As the story wanders down every left turn that it comes to, the reader is still trying to figure out the main plot. Personally, thinking that it should be the murder, I was left befuddled as to why it was even mentioned with all the other outlying issues taking up most of the book.

If this series continues after the third book, some heavy focus is going to be needed for these characters. By the end, I found myself not caring one iota about any of them and why Rayborn had died. The ending was thrown together and felt like the author had just brushed off her hands and said, “thank goodness that is done”. Put Review Here***

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