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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

BOOK REVIEW + GUEST POST + GIVEAWAY: The Glass House by Nancy Lynn Jarvis (Cozy Mystery)


THE GLASS HOUSE
a PIP Inc Mystery #1
by
Nancy Lynn Jarvis


Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Good Read Mysteries
Date of Publication: July 23, 2019
Number of Pages: 271


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Law Librarian Pat Pirard got an unexpected thirty-fifth birthday present: a pink slip. Now she has nine weeks to reinvent herself before she runs out of money.

Her best friend Syda gives her a glass forming class as a birthday present and distraction where Pat again gets a surprise: a murder.




Let me start by confessing that I’m an identity thief, a murder idea thief, and a location thief.  
 I know you’ve all seen posts on Facebook from writers that say things like, “If you annoy me, I’ll kill you in my next book,” so you know writers make characters out of the people who surround them. I do that in the extreme, but I also gather material from locations around me and even use suggestions from murder victims as to how I should kill them. 
When I’m not writing, I host Airbnb. I have a guest from Long Island who is a glass artist. She flies to California every few months to take glass fabrication classes taught at a local glass studio. She does her best to share her work with me by taking photos during class, but I never get to see the finished product because it’s always carefully packaged for her flight home.  
At her last stay, she took a poppy-making class from a well-known glass artist in town to teach and was so enthusiastic about the class creations that she came up with a way for me to see her finished project before it was made flight-ready. She suggested that I should slip into the studio while the class was having lunch in the owner’s house and sneak a peek. 
I did, but I felt so guilty for breaking and entering that after I satisfied my curiosity, I went to the owner’s house and confessed what I had done. Instead of calling out police with handcuffs, the owners invited me to join the class for lunch. My Airbnb guest announced that I was the mystery writer she had been telling them about and the class turned to me with questions about writing mysteries. 
The class instructor was used to getting all of his students’ attention, even during breaks. He decided to regain center stage and sidled over to me. “I know a great and very unusual way to kill someone in a glass studio,” he said, and then explained how. I didn’t think his murder weapon sounded plausible so I laughed and asked if I could kill him using his technique. He told me I was free to do my worst. 
I do a lot of research for the mysteries I write, so when I got home, I looked up what he said and discovered he was right. By the time my Airbnb guest came back to my house with her securely wrapped poppy, I had an outline for how to do the murder, a floorplan of the studio and the owners’ house hastily drawn before I forgot it, and a list of motives and suspects, two of whom were the studio owners.  
Thief that I am, the murder victim was killed by his own hand as it were. The studio and the owners’ house became the setting for “The Glass House,” and the kind studio owners got repaid for lunch by being wildly modified to do things they would never dream of doing. 
Watch out for me. If we ever meet, I just might steal you.





I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.

As anyone whose been around this blog for more than a minute can tell you, I'm a huge fan of cozy mysteries with librarians. When I saw this new series pop up for review, I was so excited to get started, especially given that Pat is a law librarian, a specialty within the library sciences that provides a perfect background for introducing an amateur sleuth for cozy mysteries, which I'm surprised hasn't been featured more!

Despite losing her dream job, Pat is resourceful and quickly lands as a private investigator for the defense attorney representing the accused. It was incredibly entertaining to watch Pat use her skills and resources from her previous job to navigate her way through the investigation. While her attitude and interactions with others could use some fine-tuning, her amateur sleuthing was entirely believable and ultimately quite charming!

The mystery is riddled with various motives and entertaining suspects just quirky enough to create a well plotted mystery anchored in doubt that has to be read to the end in order to find out who the culprit really is. The end was surprising, yet strangely satisfying given the circumstances of this mystery and one that I haven't come across before.

This was a delightfully fast-paced and well written cozy mystery that I look forward to continuing on with and highly recommended if you're a fan of bookish cozies!





Nancy Lynn Jarvis was a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor® for more than twenty years before she fell in love with writing and let her license lapse.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC.
Nancy’s work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years, a philosophy she applies to her writing, as well. She has written seven Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries; a stand-alone novel “Mags and the AARP Gang” about a group of octogenarian bank robbers; edited “Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes” and a short story anthology, “Santa Cruz Weird;” and even done a little insider’s book, “The Truth About Hosting Airbnb” about her first year as a host.
“The Glass House” is the first book in a planned series of PIP Inc. Mysteries. Now she’s trying to figure out when to work on another series she’d love to do called “Geezers with Tools” about two older handymen who will solve mysteries in the course of doing their work, and setting up writer retreats at her house.




GIVEAWAY!
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Many thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and the author! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
September 23 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST
September 24 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
September 24 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
September 25 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST – Reading Is My SuperPower
September 25 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
September 26 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 27 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
September 28 – Literary Gold – CHARACTER GUEST POST
September 29 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW
September 29 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves -GUEST POST
September 30 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 1 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW, GUEST POST
October 2 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
October 3 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
October 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 4 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
October 5 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
October 6 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – SPOTLIGHT


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