Shattered at Sea (Webb's Glass Shop Series #5)

Shattered at Sea (Webb's Glass Shop Series #5)

by Cheryl Hollon

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A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .
When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.
Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name . . .
Praise for the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series
“Hollon hits a homerun.” —RT Book Reviews 
“Will keep you guessing to the end!”
—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496711779
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Webb's Glass Shop Series , #5
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 387,870
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at, on Facebook at CherylHollonWriter, or on Twitter @CherylHollon.

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Friday morning, Webb's Glass Shop

"It's a terrible time," said Savannah Webb. "I can't take a week off and leave everything to Amanda and Jacob. It feels wrong."

"It's the chance of a lifetime." Edward Morris folded his arms over his chest to reflect Savannah's stance. "The offer is a seven-day cruise in the Mediterranean that begins and ends in Barcelona, Spain. What's a little scheduling sacrifice compared to this opportunity?"

They stood eye to eye and toe to toe for a few moments. Savannah once again appreciated that Edward felt unthreatened by her six-foot height and unusual strength built by years of glassblowing large objects using heavy molten glass.

"What opportunity?" asked Amanda Blake, assistant manager and part-time stained-glass instructor. Savannah and Edward broke apart quickly.

Amanda stood next to them at the checkout counter of Webb's Glass Shop. "I'm always a little suspect of the word opportunity." She finger-quoted. "It can mean many things."

"In this case," said Savannah, "the opportunity is to work as the substitute glassblower on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean."

"That's awesome! When do you leave?" She adjusted the large statement necklace on her generous chest. It was made of saucer-sized glass medallions that clinked when she moved. Amanda was always moving. "How long will you be gone?"

"The problem is that the cruise is for a week, and since it leaves out of Barcelona, Edward wants to go a day early so I can meet his family in England. Then we'll fly out to board the ship on Sunday."

Amanda clapped her hands together. "So, what's the problem? I can handle Webb's Glass Shop and the beginner's stained-glass class by myself. Jacob is perfectly happy over at Webb's Studio. It's only a few blocks away, so I'm not too far if he needs something."

Jacob Underwood, Savannah's apprentice, had recently moved to her expanded business site in the Warehouse District of town.

Edward spoke up. "He's been handling things very well. Your student clients know about his Asperger's syndrome. He knows everyone who rents a studio. If a new student wants to rent space, he can send them over for Amanda to handle the paperwork and payments."

Savannah momentarily tried suppressing a giant grin, but it forced its way out into a hearty laugh.

"You're absolutely right." She gave Edward a big hug. "This opportunity will not come around again. There's a bazillion things to get organized, but I really want to go."

* * *

Savannah Webb checked her watch, then looked out the rental car window for the sixth time in thirty seconds. "Are you sure they open this early?" She looked over to Edward who sat beside her on their way to the Miami passport office. They had taken the 7:30 A.M. flight from Tampa Airport, which had meant a 4:30 A.M. wake-up call.

"Our appointment is at 10:45. It's only 9:30. We're in good time." Edward looked back at Savannah. "I still can't believe you don't have a passport."

"Not as many Americans travel outside the U.S. as you Brits; you guys are always looking for holiday trips abroad."

"If you spent one dreary winter in England, you would go mad. You take the sunshine for granted."

"True. Anyway, Dad did so much traveling when he was working for the government. He always said that there was so much to see in this country, why go to foreign parts while we still have so much to enjoy right here? You have wanderlust — not me."

Savannah enjoyed the occasional weekend trip, but most of the time she was perfectly content to kick back in her little Craftsman cottage with Edward and their dog and cat fur babies, Rooney and Snowy.

"It's not only about seeing more sites. It's about experiencing different cultures in a way you can't appreciate without walking around on their streets, eating their food, and facing their weather. You grew up in St. Petersburg, then spent a few years in Seattle at the Pilchuck Studio. Quite a narrow view."

Savannah tilted her head and turned toward Edward. "But I read a lot of books — more than any of the kids I grew up with. All the librarians knew me."

"Doesn't count. You can't smell the spice market in New Delhi without standing there."

Savannah reached over and held his hand. "Okay. I'll give you that point. But you must agree I'm certainly changing my outlook today. This is an incredible opportunity for me. Thanks for helping."

"I only helped with the passport — stuff I know. My travel agent did the rest. Jan is a miracle worker with travel challenges. You're the one that's done the impossible to get everything arranged so you can spend ten days away from the shop." He looked at her slip of paper. "Thirteen? Really?"

"Shush up," Savannah whispered as they sat. "It's my lucky number."

"Number thirteen," the receptionist announced to the waiting room in a strong voice that hinted she had a musical background.

Savannah jumped up so abruptly that she dropped the folder containing her documents all over the floor. She stooped to gather them up and bumped heads with Edward. "Ouch!" She plopped down on her behind and rubbed her forehead. "What are you doing?"

"Trying to help." Edward gathered the papers and slid them into Savannah's bright green folder, then pulled her up by the hand. "You seem flustered."

"Good guess." Savannah felt a flush rising in her cheeks. She looked over to the receptionist who was frowning like a judge sentencing a convicted drug dealer. Savannah resisted the urge to step forward at once. She first straightened her papers. Then she put on her brightest smile and walked up to the receptionist's desk.

"Hi, I'm appointment number thirteen."

"If you're ready, step through the aisle over to cubicle number eight."

Number eight — hmmm. That's lucky in China and unlucky in India. I think I'll lean toward China's belief.

Savannah stepped into the tiny space that held a desk barely wide enough for a computer monitor and a mouse. There was enough room for a guest chair and the passport administrator — nothing else.

"Hi, my name is Margie Adams. Please have a seat, Miss Webb." Savannah smiled and sat. Margie must have been the oldest civil servant in the world. She looked to be nearing ninety, if not already there. However, she was meticulously groomed and had curly white hair, a smooth ivory complexion, and maroon eyeshadow that accented her piercing eyes. "Good, it looks like you have your documents. Hand them over and I'll fire up the application program. We'll get this passport process steaming along so you can go to" — she looked at Savannah's passport request form — "London, England."

"Yes, we have tickets to leave on this evening's eight-o'clock flight from Miami."

Miss Adams was flipping through Savannah's papers and her fingers were flying over the submission form entries. "Everything looks good, Savannah. I always appreciate an orderly mind." She paused. "Wait. Here's your driver's license, but where's your birth certificate?"

"It should be right there." Savannah reached out for the folder. "May I check?"

"Sure." Margie closed the folder and handed it over.

Savannah flipped through the documents and sure enough, the birth certificate wasn't where she had placed it. Her heart jumped two beats. Without that, there was no way she was getting a passport, flying to London, or boarding that cruise ship. She flipped through the papers one more time. It was gone.

"Excuse me," said Edward from the narrow hallway. "Are you looking for this?" He held up her birth certificate. "The receptionist said I could bring it down."

Savannah gave him cow eyes in relief, took the paper, and put it where it belonged.

Margie stretched out her hand for the folder. "Louise must like the looks of you. She would normally have let this explode into a massive issue, then play the martyr." She grinned at Edward, then turned back to her computer screen. "You can go back to the waiting room. It won't be long."

Edward left and Margie peered at the justification section. "It says that you're going to work on a cruise ship?" She scanned Savannah from top to bottom. "You don't seem like a cabin porter type. What are you going to do? Are you an entertainer?"

"More like an educator." Savannah smiled and leaned forward. "I'm taking the place of an injured glass artist on a cruise ship leaving out of Barcelona. I'll be doing glassblowing demonstrations on one of the larger ships for their seven-day Mediterranean cruise. The poor girl will be released from the hospital in a few days, so I'm only filling in until she returns."

"Glassblowing? On a cruise ship?" She lifted a single eyebrow. "You can't even have candles in your cabin on a cruise ship. How can they have glass-blowing demonstrations?"

"It's a special setup. The Hot Shop was designed by Crystal Glass Works to run on electricity instead of gas fires. The techniques are a little different, but they heat the glass in electric furnaces — no fire at all. It will be tricky for me to learn how to work the glass without using a blowtorch, but what a wonderful opportunity to see the Mediterranean!"

All the while, Margie was tapping away into the application form template. It was disconcerting that she could hold a conversation and simultaneously type at lightning speed. Margie filled in the last field and pressed the enter key with a flourish. "There, now let me check one last time for accuracy." She sped through each field delicately flicking the tab key. "Fantastic. Everything looks perfect. I'll submit this to the back-room clerks who will create your brand-new passport. All you have to do is come back here at two today and it will be ready."

"Thank you very much." Savannah grinned like a Cheshire cat. It appears that thirteen and eight are my lucky numbers.

She returned to the reception area. Edward stood and splayed both hands palms up. "So? You look happy."

"Yes, we can pick up my shiny new passport this afternoon. I'm hungry."

"Of course, you are. When there are issues, you can't eat. As soon as the issues are resolved, you're starving. I've sussed out the pattern."

They arrived back in plenty of time. Margie nodded and waved to them. They only had to wait a few minutes until Savannah's passport was ready. Then they drove to the Miami International Airport to turn in the rental and check in for the flight to Heathrow Airport. They received special treatment because Edward's parents had upgraded their economy class tickets to business class as soon as Edward told them they were coming to visit. Jan had used her insider contacts to make it happen.

"They must be anxious to make you welcome," said Edward.

"What do you mean?"

"The two of them travel business class across the pond each and every time, but when they send me a ticket? It's crunch class both ways," said Edward.

Squeezing in a family visit before the cruise ship embarked was an opportunity Edward couldn't resist. Savannah was looking forward to seeing Edward's parents again.

The first special treat was the short line for business class passengers at the check-in counter. The second treat was the pre-check TSA line through security, followed by the third treat, a pass to the airport lounge to await boarding time.

They enjoyed a local craft beer accompanied by small plates of finger food. Savannah pulled out the illustrated instruction manual she had received from Crystal Glass Works that detailed the procedures for glassblowing with the electric hot shop on board the cruise ship. She reviewed the handwritten notes she had made in the margins when she took the training class.

When their boarding time was called, Edward and Savannah walked into the business class cabin and Savannah gaped at the size of her personal space. Their large, wide seats were in the center aisle so that they sat side by side yet each had unrestricted access to the aisle. She hefted her carry-on into the ample overhead compartment.

In her seat, the best available noise-canceling Bose headphones were sitting on top of a decent-sized pillow and a quilted duvet. A small amenity kit contained slip-on socks, a sleep mask, ear plugs, moisturizer, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, and breath mints.

As soon as Savannah had settled into her seat, a flight attendant offered her a glass of champagne. "Welcome aboard, Miss Webb. I hope you enjoy your flight."

Savannah turned to Edward who had also received his glass of champagne. They looked at each other and clicked glasses. Savannah toasted, "Good luck to us on the first of many international adventures. Cheers."


Saturday morning, Arrivals Hall in Heathrow Airport, England

Savannah felt Edward's hand on her elbow as he guided her through a confusing assault of bright lights, blaring announcements, and scurrying passengers of every type. She looked at Edward's focused smile. He likes this kind of challenge. Relax — he's got this. Let him shine.

In minutes, they were outside in the chilly autumn air. Edward stood on his toes, peered across the street, and waved his arm. A small red MINI Cooper car pulled up and a not-quite-so-tall replica of Edward got out of the car and popped the trunk.

"Hello, you must be Savannah. I'm Ian Morris, Edward's better-looking cousin." Savannah shook his outstretched hand and matched his winning grin with a surprised smile.

"Hey," said Edward, helping to get their two suitcases and carry-on bags crammed into the boot with practiced efficiency. "Who says you're the better-looking cousin? Certainly not my mum, but maybe yours. Savannah, you be the judge."

"Ian, you look exactly like a younger" — she playfully patted Edward's tummy — "slimmer version of Edward."

"Oi!" yelped Edward as he sucked in the start of a beer belly. "I'm going to work this off on the cruise." Ian scrunched his brow. "From what I've been told, we should all expect to gain at least a stone. I intend to gain mine downing exotic drinks with tiny brollies stuck in them."

Savannah enjoyed their easy banter. "Your parents must be very proud of your achievements to give you this cruise as a graduation present."

Ian's face flashed a dark look, then he grinned. "Yeah, I took a wayward path to University, but I got there at the end of the day."

She gingerly folded herself into the backseat on the left-hand side of the car. It felt odd that she was on the passenger side until they pulled out onto the road.

Her heart leaped to her throat in disorientation. The cars are driving in the wrong direction! She blinked several times and calmed herself.

Savannah grabbed the back of the front seat and the hold bar above the top of the window to wedge herself against the sway of the swerving car as it sped around a traffic circle to emerge onto a small country road. "Ian! Did you make that turn on two wheels?"

"Yes, ma'am. I am required to keep at least two wheels on the pavement at all times. Three wheels is harder and four on the ground is just plain boring and I'm not a bore."

Savannah tapped Edward on the shoulder. He turned. "Are we going to survive this drive?"

"Yes, Ian likes to make an exciting first impression, but he settles down as soon as I remind him of the standard death threat he receives if he doesn't start driving like a sane person instantly. Ian. This is your one and only warning." Ian switched gears and reduced his speed to pace the other cars on the road. Savannah was fascinated with the amount of gear changing going on with Ian's left hand on the gear knob while he steered with the right.

Savannah wedged herself even farther back into the seat. They headed north to a mid-sized town called St. Albans, about twenty-five miles as the crow flies but more than forty as the road twisted. It was the family village where most of Edward's relations lived.

Savannah felt a little disoriented. Her eyes were a bit gritty and she was thirsty. She was right at the point of nodding off when they arrived. She gave her head a quick shake.

This must be jet lag. I never noticed the Seattle to St. Petersburg time difference when I visited Dad.

They pulled into a short driveway in front of a two-story, freestanding house with batten and beam construction on the outer walls. It was the real 1750s deal. The roof was traditionally thatched and all the multipaned windows had fairytale shutters with flowerboxes spilling over with bright blooms and ivy.

The glossy black door opened and Edward's mother scurried out to accept a kiss on her cheek from her son and then she kissed Savannah on each cheek and gave her a gentle hug.

"Darling, I'm so happy you're here. Welcome to St. Albans." Glenda was plump with a cheerful flush on the apples of her high cheeks. Her smile was easy — it creased her face with crow's feet and dimples — and her eyes were the same shade of green that Savannah loved in Edward.


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Shattered at Sea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Savannah Webb is offered the chance of a lifetime - an opportunity to demonstrate glass blowing on a cruise ship to the Mediterranean, accompanied by her boyfriend, Edward. Edward also included a brief stop at his parent's house, so that Savannah can once again meet them, this time on their home turf. And for an additional surprise, his cousin, Ian, is going to accompany them on the cruise, a college graduation gift from his parents. But when Ian goes missing early on in the cruise, Savannah and Edward have a hard time convincing the boat's security that Ian is missing, not dead of an apparent suicide. Can Savannah track down clues to Ian's location, while still keeping to her commitment for the glassblowing demonstrations. Although I have not read all of the books in this series, the relationships between the main characters are easy to pick up. I love the energy of the twin elderly sisters, as well as the determination of Savannah's business helpers back at home, when faced with their own crisis. The glassblowing descriptions were wonderful, as were the details of Edward's family home. All in all, this was a lovely mystery, with clues both true and misleading. My one complaint is that it wrapped up a little quickly in the ending chapter, but despite that, I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
An exciting addition to the Webb Glass Shop series! Savannah and Edward take the glass show on the road or rather on the ocean so Savannah can participate in a glass blowing extravaganza on the ship! Things start to unravel when one of their circle of pals goes missing and the mystery is afoot from there. Multiple layers to the plot as Edward's seedier past is unveiled and plays a role in the current mystery thus causing some interpersonal issues as well as potentially deadly characters on the horizon! Once again a fun plot woven with mystery, intrigue and well developed characters that you bond with! I'm looking forward to the next adventure in the series and after you read the ending of this book, you will be too!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Cheryl Hollon's Webb Glass Shop Mystery series. Savannah Webb is a glass blower who has a talent for being caught up in murder and mayhem. When she's offered the chance to go on a Mediterranean cruise and show her glass blowing skills, Edward Morris, her boyfriend, talks her into going. After all he'll be there with her. Their dream becomes a nightmare when Edward's cousin disappears at sea early into the cruise and Edward becomes the prime suspect. Can Savannah and her team find Ian and discover why he's hiding? These characters are so well written that they come alive for me. I felt a connection to them. The story is well plotted and suspenseful. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, I loved the touch of romance. The dialogue was smart and snappy. I loved the description of the glass blowing. Since I'm a collector, I found this educational. I was happy that the Rosenberg twins inserted themselves in this case. They make me smile. They are so enthusiastic. I must admit that I was shocked by Edward's secret. Shattered at Sea was a worth addition to this series. I can't wait for the next adventure. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon is A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery. Savannah Webb has been hired to be a replacement glass artist on the Mediterranean cruise ship, Obscura. On route to Barcelona, Savannah and her boyfriend, Edward stop in St. Albans, England to visit with his parents and pick up Edward’s cousin, Ian Morris who will be joining them on the cruise. Savannah is surprised and pleased to see Rachel and Faith Rosenburg on the ship. After getting settled, Savannah introduces herself to the glass blowing crew and settles in for the first glass demonstration. The next morning, Ian has disappeared, and the ship’s security believes he committed suicide or accidently fell overboard. Ian had drunk quite heavily and, according to the twins, Ian was feeling despondent. Edward and Savannah with help from the Faith and Rachel, search for Ian on the ship, but they are unsuccessful. They are certain that Ian is hiding, but they do not know why. Can Savannah and Edward find Ian before it is too late? A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. The book is set in St. Petersburg, Florida which is near to where I live. I like reading about familiar sights along with the beautiful creations Savannah makes from glass. The series also contains friendly characters that I enjoy visiting in each new book. Shattered at Sea has Savannah, Edward and the Rosenburg twins, but we only get a glimpse of Amanda Blake and Jacob Underwood. I am happy, though, that the author found a way to include them. I thought Shattered at Sea was easy to read, but the pace was a little slow. Instead of a murder, we have a missing person’s case. Personally, I found the storyline slightly farfetched. I do not want to say too much and spoil it for you. There are a limited number of suspects and identifying the guilty party is unchallenging. There was a lack of tension and suspense. I felt that certain details were off in the book and the resolution seemed incomplete. I appreciated the levity the twins provided to the book and it was interesting to learn about a different method of glassblowing. It was also nice that Savannah was creating glass pieces in this book (back to her roots). I did not like the details Edward revealed about his past and they did not go with his character. My rating for Shattered at Sea is 3 out of 5 stars. If you have not read any of the previous books in this series, I recommend starting with Pane and Suffering. The ending is satisfying and will have leave you smiling. While Shattered as Sea is not my favorite book in A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, I am looking forward to reading Savannah’s next tale.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Cheryl Hollon’s Shattered at Sea Savannah Webb is going on a Mediterranean cruise as substitute crew member. She will be replacing a glass blowing artist. She will be giving demonstrations with two glass artists. Savannah’s boyfriend, Edward and his cousin, Ian are going on the cruise as regular passengers. Edward plans a pre-cruise stop to visit his parents at their home. At Savannah’s cruise ship premier demonstration, two of the Webb Glass Shop students, the Rosenburg twins appear. They decided to take the cruise to attend the glass blowing demonstrations. Ian and Edward’s past catches up with them on the cruise. Then Ian disappears.....What happened to him? Did he fall overboard? The employees from the Webb Glass Shop help from St Petersburg with Savannah’s investigation by email. Detailed descriptions made me feel like I was actually on the cruise ship and at the ports visited. The food sounded delicious that as served on the shipped. It was interesting learning about glass-blowing techniques. A glossary is included at the end of the book that helps the reader with the terms. The characters were all well defined, interesting, entertaining and artfully crafted characters. Murder, past lives uncovered, danger, intrigue and suspense with several twists and turns add to the fast paced plot with sprinkled with some humor and romance. This is book # 5 in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series. It can be read as a stand aflone. I volunteered to read Shattered at Sea. Thanks to the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Webb's Glass Shop Mysteries, and this one did not disappoint. This story leaves Florida and takes place on the high seas. Glass shop owner Savannah Webb takes a job on a cruise ship for a series of artistic glassblower demonstrations. Before boarding the ship, Savannah and Edward stop in England to visit with his parents and meet the rest of his family. His cousin Ian, has just graduated from University and his parents have gifted him this cruise. No sooner do they board the ship when Ian goes missing. Ian checked in and then vanished. Cruise ship security suspect Ian jumped overboard, but Savannah doesn’t believe he’d take his life. She enlists her friends to aid her in tracking his movements. When Edward is arrested for his disappearance and possible murder, Savannah steps up her investigation calling in her employees over the internet to do what they do best. Was Edward imagining things when he spotted a thug from his past on the ship’s deck? Why has he never shared his shady past with Savannah? The mystery unfolds amidst glassblowing details and trips to the ship’s buffet. There was a few spots that were a bit slow, but overall this was a well-paced story. I loved that the twins came on the cruise as well and we learned a bit more about them. They were also more involved in this story than in past ones. This light-hearted mystery will have you yearning to go on a cruise and perhaps learn more about glass blowing. Shattered at Sea is a delightful cozy mystery that will keep you turning pages.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
A destination vacation becomes available along with an opportunity to work aboard a cruise ship. Savannah had trained in glassblowing and dreamed of working onboard a ship before her life got sidetracked when she took over her father's glass business. This opportunity also offers a chance to get to know her boyfriend, Edward's, family better. Together, they visit his family home, celebrate his cousin's graduation, and are planning on spending time with cousin Ian on the cruise, a gift from his parents. They did not expect for the Rosenberg twins to be aboard ship or for a less savory element of Edward's past to be revealed. Ian is lost to them after the first night afloat. Could any of this have to do with a curse over breaking crockery? The bad luck seems to affect not only shipboard life but also life back home. Characters we've watched grow and build relationships in previous books pull together to protect loved ones and solve Ian's disappearance. Secrets abound! I found the glass blowing descriptions fascinating. I need to spend more time in glass shops and museums near me. The only part I did not feel satisfied with was my tension towards and anger over the onboard security members. I still think there are secrets there to be revealed. However since Savannah and company were only cruising for a week, and next time will be back on dry land, I will let that go and look forward to the next book.
JDSecrest More than 1 year ago
Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon Review by Jessica Secrest I enjoy watching people take sand and blow it into glass. I was excited when I got to review Shattered at Sea. I think there are other books in this series, but I have not read them. This story takes place mostly on a cruise ship, where the main character, Savannah Webb, and her boy friend, Edward Morris, get to take a cruise in the Mediterranean. This is a working cruise for Savannah, because she will be crafting vases and other pieces of blown glass art for the other voyagers. Savannah and Edward stop in England to see Edward's parents and to collect his young cousin, Ian. Ian has just graduated and the cruise is a gift to him from his parents. The three of them board the ship in Barcelona, Spain. That is when the story gets really interesting. As a missing persons story this is a great story. I would have been content with that. As it is a cozy mystery, I guess someone had to die. I am not sure how I can talk about the story without revealing that Ian comes up missing. It is because Ian is missing that everyone is running around the ship like crazy people looking for him. In between looking for him, Savannah is doing her demonstrations. The 2 guys she is working with are odd, but still I think she enjoys working with them. I like that once in a while, a beautiful piece of glass will be fashioned and something will happen to cause it to shatter. It made the story more real to me. It is also because of Ian that we learn about Edward's shady past. I like the author's touches of realism in the story, that wakes up a scene and makes it alive. At one point Savannah is not paying close enough attention to what she is doing and burns her arm. Savannah has a fan group. Faith and Rachel are 80 year old twins who have followed Savannah onto the cruise. They are a delightful pair who enliven the story. Their presence on the ship help to reveal the murderer. I enjoyed the story as a missing person's story, but the murder, just seemed to be thrown in there and unnecessary to further the story. I guess I don't believe someone must die to make a good mystery story.
JDSecrest More than 1 year ago
Shattered at Sea by Cheryl Hollon Review by Jessica Secrest I enjoy watching people take sand and blow it into glass. I was excited when I got to review Shattered at Sea. I think there are other books in this series, but I have not read them. This story takes place mostly on a cruise ship, where the main character, Savannah Webb, and her boy friend, Edward Morris, get to take a cruise in the Mediterranean. This is a working cruise for Savannah, because she will be crafting vases and other pieces of blown glass art for the other voyagers. Savannah and Edward stop in England to see Edward's parents and to collect his young cousin, Ian. Ian has just graduated and the cruise is a gift to him from his parents. The three of them board the ship in Barcelona, Spain. That is when the story gets really interesting. As a missing persons story this is a great story. I would have been content with that. As it is a cozy mystery, I guess someone had to die. I am not sure how I can talk about the story without revealing that Ian comes up missing. It is because Ian is missing that everyone is running around the ship like crazy people looking for him. In between looking for him, Savannah is doing her demonstrations. The 2 guys she is working with are odd, but still I think she enjoys working with them. I like that once in a while, a beautiful piece of glass will be fashioned and something will happen to cause it to shatter. It made the story more real to me. It is also because of Ian that we learn about Edward's shady past. I like the author's touches of realism in the story, that wakes up a scene and makes it alive. At one point Savannah is not paying close enough attention to what she is doing and burns her arm. Savannah has a fan group. Faith and Rachel are 80 year old twins who have followed Savannah onto the cruise. They are a delightful pair who enliven the story. Their presence on the ship help to reveal the murderer. I enjoyed the story as a missing person's story, but the murder, just seemed to be thrown in there and unnecessary to further the story. I guess I don't believe someone must die to make a good mystery story.
Mamam00ngrrlie More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Shattered at Sea. I have been reading this series since the beginning, and really enjoy the characters. Savannah is a great main character, and I love her relationship with Edward that is blooming. This time around they aren’t at the glass shop, but instead Savannah is working on a cruise ship blowing glass. As an added bonus, she gets to stop in England with Edward to meet his family. His cousin Ian gets a chance to come with them on the cruise as a graduation present, but things go awry when he disappears and the cruise ships authorities try to label it as a suicide. Things get even more fun on the cruise when the Rosenburg twins show up on the cruise to support Savannah. Add to that Edward being suspected of foul play with his cousin’s disappearance, and it is a fast paced book I found hard to put down. I love the continuation of characters in this series, but while I think reading the previous books adds to the story, it would be a good book even without already knowing the characters. This was a very well written book and I look forward to reading more from Cheryl Hollon, especially if it is more from Webb’s Glass Shop. I did receive this book in exchange for an honest review, but all of the opinions are mine alone.
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
Once again Cheryl Hollon has us riveted to our seats in this captivating page turner in her new installment of her Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series in Shattered at Sea. Savannah and Edward are going on a cruise where Savannah will do her glass blowing which sounds like a good time right? Not when Ian, a cousin to Edward, goes missing and the other artists on board are hard to deal with and then Edward becomes a suspect in the whole mess which really puts a damper on the whole cruise. To salvage the cruise and her relationship Savannah has to solder all the pieces in the puzzle together and hopefully clear Edward while figuring out what really happened. I just love how we are joining some of the unique characters again to solve a mystery in a thrilling setting aboard a cruise ship while throwing so many curves and suspects in the mix to keep you enthralled till the end. I really enjoyed once again the way the author weaves the glass art into the story which adds an extra uniqueness to it. I found in this book that Savannah has grown more confident and has evolved more to being a real leader and a smart, bold woman who uses her wits to solve the mystery with the help of her friends. Edward her boyfriend is a mystery himself, one where I find myself questioning his motives at times and wondering if he is hiding something but then I see the good in him and think he can't be bad. The relationship between him and Savannah is growing which is awesome but she has to help clear his name when he becomes the number one suspect. That always puts a damper on a relationship. I think if you like a good riveting mystery, with strong characters and a unique setting then you will enjoy this book. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I received this book for my honest opinion and review
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
Savannah Webb, owner of Webb's Glass Shop in St. Petersburg, Florida gets a fun gig as a glass blowing demonstrator on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. She was working and studying glass blowing in the Northwest when her father died. She took over his stained glass studio and has become investigator of crimes and murder in the midst of stained glass classes and projects since. The danger doesn't stay in Florida when she and Edward, her boyfriend and owner of the pub next door, travel to England to visit Edward's family and pick up his cousin, Ian, for the cruise. Ian has just finished college and his parents gifted him the trip for graduation. Unfortunately, Ian disappears on the first night and witnesses thought he appeared very depressed. He is on antidepressants so maybe he threw himself overboard but Edward and Savannah don't think he did. Fortunately, the Rosenberg twin sisters were able to sign up for the cruise at the last minute so they help Savannah and Edward keep an eye out for Ian. When he has been missing for a day or so, they have no choice but to get the ship security involved but since they don't have a lot of murders occurring on board, they enlist Savannah's help with a recommendation from her friends at the St. Petersburg PD. This is a great addition to the Webb's Glass Shop Mystery series with a fun setting and a growing pool of suspects. Edward is even considered a suspect. Savannah has to get her glass blowing demonstrations in along with the investigation. The group makes some nice projects to be sold for charity. Expect a fun surprise ending. I was given a complimentary ARC by Kensington Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions and thoughts stated are mine only.
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. It had a nice flow and was great to read in the car while we were traveling. It gave me a nice introduction to glass blowing. Hollon does a great job giving all her characters, even the secondary ones, distinct personalities. There are several that could have their own book(s)! I can’t wait to read more about the adventures of Savannah and Webb’s Glass Shop.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Shattered At Sea is the fifth book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series. Savannah Webb has hired on to be part of a glass blowing demonstration on a cruise ship. She’s anxious about leaving the glass shop, but she is convinced by Edward Morris, her boyfriend, that Amanda Blake, assistant manager, and Jacob Underwood, apprentice, are more than capable of handling the day-to-day operation of the shop. Before joining the cruise ship Savannah and Edward will be going to England to meet Edward’s parents, Glenda and Ronald and to meet up with Edward’s cousin, Ian, who will be going on the cruise, too, a college graduation present from his parents. They arrive at the ship and Savannah heads for the crew quarters and Edward and Ian head for their accommodations. When Savannah and Edward meet late that evening, Edward says that Ian is nowhere to be found. Knowing that Ian loves his drink and has an eye for the ladies, they don’t think too much of it. But after a couple day of searching the ship and leaving messages in the room and on his cell phone, the really become concerned about him. They seek out the ship’s security but get very little help from LuAnn Dalessio, Security Captain. Savannah texts Jacob and he plots out the ship's course and determines that if Ian had fallen overboard, his body should have floated ashore by the time they talked with security. As they are discussing Ian, Edward brings up that they weren’t little angels growing up and Ian had mentioned when they boarded the ship that he thought he recognized someone already on board. Now they have set their sights on who that person was and what he might have to do with Ian and Edwards past. Another well-plotted and told story from Ms. Hollon. Since the book takes place aboard a cruise ship most of the usual characters aren’t in this book. But never fear, the Rosenberg sisters, much to Savannah and Edward’s surprise, have booked passage so that they can watch Savannah demonstrate her skill at glassblowing. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this engaging series.
ABCollins More than 1 year ago
Shattered at Sea is the fifth installment in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series, and I loved it. Cheryl Hollon is great at crafting these cozy mysteries about a glass-blowing amateur sleuth. This time, Savannah’s adventure takes her first to England, then on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean where she’s been hired to conduct glass-blowing demonstrations. Onboard with her boyfriend Edward, she is stunned to find that the two elderly ladies who always take her glass classes, and help her solve mysteries, have signed up for the cruise as well. Edward’s cousin Ian is on the cruise as a graduation present from his parents. But after seeing something that has shaken Ian up, he disappears one night. After extensively searching the ship, Savannah and her gang are told by the cruise ship security director that she believes Ian jumped overboard and is lost at sea. But Savannah and Edward are not convinced at all he would have done that, so they go to work investigating in between her glass demos. Ms. Hollon also works with glass in real life, so she is very knowledgeable about the techniques Savannah uses, and the process. It would be fascinating to watch the pieces she writes about take shape. The author also writes settings so well, I felt as if I were in a quaint British home, and then onboard a cruise ship. And since I’m going on my first cruise next year, I avidly soaked up all the details about the cruise ship! I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series! Thank you to Kensington for an advance copy of the book. I enjoyed it so much I had to write a review.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I enjoyed the unique cruise ship setting in this book. It was good to see Savannah get back to her love of glass blowing and to read the descriptions of how that is done. The mystery was interesting and brought a new dimension to the story, since it was so different from the previous books. I liked that all of the members of the Webb's Glass Shop team were involved, even though some were from a distance, and that the twins were included in this book. I enjoyed the interaction among the characters and how much closer Savannah and Edward are getting as well as the growth of the other characters. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book! Thank you to The Cozy Mystery Review Crew and Cheryl Hollon for a copy of this book. This did not influence my review in any way.