Snake in the Glass by Sarah Atwell is the third book in the “Glassblowing” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), September 2009

Glassblower Emmeline Dowell has made a home for herself among the artists of Tucson’s Warehouse District. Between teaching her craft and selling her wares, she has plenty to do-not to mention the occasional murder that shatters her routine…

When a nervous stranger appears at Em Dowell’s glassblowing studio begging to use her kiln for an experimental gem treatment, she finds it a little odd, though nothing to be alarmed about. After all, the annual Gem Show is in town, and every-one in Tucson seems obsessed by it at the moment.

Besides, Em’s too worried about her missing brother Cameron to pay much attention, until a dead body found in the desert turns out to be linked to the stranger-and to Cam. Soon Em finds herself following trails in the lawless land of the Arizona desert and the nearby Indian reservation, while her police chief boyfriend searches for a way to crack the case.

This was a fun and enjoyable read.  Em’s brother is missing, a murder victim is found in the desert and the man using her kiln is not what he appears.  I enjoyed learning about gems while Em sort through the clues to find her brother and help solve the murder.  My rating: 3.5 stars

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