Savannah Webb’s New Class by Cheryl Hollon

Cracked To DeathHi there, I’m Savannah Webb, owner of Webb’s Glass Shop on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’m so exited about our new class that begins at the start of summer – typically a very slow season here in the Grand Central District. It’s slow because most of our students return up north until the snow begins to fly. The new twist for this class is that my good friend and intrepid store manager, Amanda Blake, will be trying her hand at teaching. I know she’s capable, but the first time is always a nerve-wracking experience. She’ll be fine – absolutely fine.

The class roster filled up quickly and it appears that we will enjoy the lively company of the Rosenberg twins, Rachel and Faith. They are a fixture for Webb’s Glass Shop classes. I can’t remember exactly when they started to attend classes, but it’s been a long, long time. They must be nearing eighty-years-old by now. You certainly can’t tell – they are sharp as tacks and have been staunch supporters of the small businesses in our local community.

The exciting news in the media is that some real evidence has been found confirming that a treasure site has been uncovered in the Intercoastal Waterway near the beach community of Treasure Island. That would be an exciting find. It could confirm the myth that Gaspar the Pirate had indeed used the inland waterways for burying his plunder taken from ships making their way through the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve heard that both coins and bottles have been found.

I must go now and help Amanda get ready for the new class. We need to create a teaching plan for each day of the workshop and put that information in a notebook. We also need to gather some examples of the projects that will be created and make sure that all the materials are copied and compiled into handouts ready for the students. A lot to do, but we hope the students will enjoy taking bottles that would end up in the trash and creating beautiful cheese trays, garden decorations and hand crafted gifts.

You need to sign up for a class, too. Check your local business listings or search the Internet for a glass shop near you.


Cracked to Death is the third book in the Webb’s Glass Shop mystery series, published by Kensington, June 28, 2016.

When a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer . . .

It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat–a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane . . .

Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through uncharted territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death . . .

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About the author
CherylHollonCheryl Hollon writes full time after she left an engineering career 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 the house, Cheryl and her husband George design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks.

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

IPA Stone cheese trayGiveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Cracked to Death along with a recycled beer bottle turned into a cheese tray created by Cheryl and her husband George. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end June 29, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

84 responses to “Savannah Webb’s New Class by Cheryl Hollon

  1. Doward Wilson

    Wonderful review. Thanks for the chance to win a book in this great series.

  2. Wonderful to learn more about a favorite author.

  3. Beverly Guy

    Oh how I love and adore Cheryl Hollon’s awesome series and can’t wait to read this next new book! I have learned so much from reading them about her glass classes….sure would love to take a class myself! And the cover on this new book is super awesome too! Thank you so much dear Dru and Cheryl for the chance to win! You girls totally ROCK!!!!

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Beverly. Loverly to hear that you’ve learned so much about glass. I sincerely hope you find a class to attend. I LOVE this cover as well. Good Luck to you.

  4. The plot sounds exciting. Looking forward to reading this new to me author and book. Wish this area offered some glass classes.

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Dianne. This book was fun for me — I hope it will be fun for you, too. Good Luck to you.

  5. I am enjoying this series. I look forward to this book

  6. Being from the Northeast, I love books set in Fl and have this series on my wish list !

  7. Peggy Hyndman

    I love this series. Thank you for the chance to win a print copy of Cracked to Death and a recycled beer bottle cheese tray.

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Peggy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries. It’s nice to see familar names. Good Luck to you!

  8. Barbara Hackel

    New series for me! Thanks Dru, it sounds like I have some catching up to do. 🙂 Thanks Cheryl for the opportunity to win a copy of your book and example of the class! Clever! 🙂

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Barbara! I like starting a series that has a few books already published. Good Luck to you!

  9. Donna Gantt

    My goodness, that’s an original tray. I’d love to read the book! Thanks!

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Donna! Yes, it’s an original beer bottle fused in our kiln. Not particularly hard, but good fun. Good Luck!

  10. Pamela Mitchell

    This is a great series. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Cracked to Death and a cheese tray.

  11. You know Cheryl this whole writing thing is all cracked up to what it should be! Dr. Ross huh?

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Jackie! Thanks for my first out-loud laugh – thank goods I wasn’t drinking my tea – of the day. Yes! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this writing thing. HUGS to you and Good Luck!

  12. Hey Dru, I’d love to add this new book to the other two in this series that I own. It’s an enjoyable read on a quiet evening.

  13. Much as I love a free book, I’m really excited about the cheese tray. It seems so appropriate for this book.

  14. I love stained glass, blown glass and other types of glass products. After visiting Corning Glasswares Museum and factory as a child my interest was perked. Thanks for including Cheryl Hollon’s newest book on your blog and for the giveaway. A cheese tray made from a bottle is definitely a unique item. robeader53@yahoo.com

    • cherylhollon

      I haven’t made it yet to either Corning or Seattle — maybe next Spring. Good Luck in the giveaway!

  15. Wayne Ferguson

    Cheryl rocks!

  16. This series is on my t-b-r list, I guess I had better start now!

  17. Sounds like a great series.

  18. A new book and a homemade beer bottle cheese tray?!?!? Awesome. thanks for the chance!

  19. peggy clayton

    This was a good review and also what wonderful prizes to be given! Would love to read and review on a couple of sites

  20. Wonderful giveaway. Great series. So creative and talented.

  21. Liz Osterholt

    Hi Cheryl, Loved the first two books of this series and cannot wait for next Tuesday when Cracked to Death will be available to read. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book and a fabulous cheese tray.

    • cherylhollon

      Hi Liz, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries. I certainly love writing them. Good Luck to you!

  22. Linda Herold

    I am a reader of this series! I would love to win the next book in the series! Thanks for the chance!

    • cherylhollon

      I LOVE READERS!!! Sorry, didn’t mean to yell — well, not really. Good Luck in the #giveaway.

  23. I just bought the first two to get started on, I’ve heard so many good things about this series. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

    • cherylhollon

      Thanks for buying the first two in the series. Gotta luv that! Good Luck in the #giveaway.

  24. Too bad about the diver

    • cherylhollon

      Yea, but I’m finally resolved to the harsh fact that these are murder mysteries. So, someone must die — but only within the pages. LOL
      Good Luck!

  25. I enjoyed the first two books in this series. Thanks so much for the chance to win a print copy of Cracked to Death–and I would love to win that unique cheese tray!

  26. Have added this to my TBR list and can’t wait to read it.

  27. Celia Fowler

    Thanks so much for the giveaway — I know I will enjoy learning about the glass classes!

    • cherylhollon

      I love glass classes as well. I’m going to sign up for a flameworking class later this year. Good Luck with the #giveaway!

  28. wendynewcomb

    What a cute cover! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    • cherylhollon

      I have been SOOOOoooo lucky to get beautiful covers. It really helps readers decide whether to give a newbie a try. Good Luck!

  29. This sounds like a fabulous series and I look forward to reading it!
    Thanks!
    Jan

  30. Enjoyed the first two – can’t wait to read the latest!

    • cherylhollon

      It so good to hear from readers that have enjoyed the first two books. Good Luck to you!

  31. Mary Jane H.

    Cracked sounds like a good book for my tbr list. Thank you for the chance to win.

  32. Patty Craft

    Enjoying this series!

  33. Great review! Super series – hope it goes past 3 books.

  34. Brian Frauenknecht

    I love this series. Definitely hope it continues.

  35. Looking forward to reading “Cracked to Death”. The book really sounds like an amazing read. Eighty year old twins should make a great addition to the story. Looking forward to reading the book. I admire people who work with glass, it’s very intimidating to me.

  36. This is such a good series!!!

  37. elainehroberson

    Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Cracked to Death. I love stained glass.

  38. Kaye Killgore

    I loved the first book in the series, and still going to get the second

  39. Marilyn Watson

    Sounds like my kind of mystery…thank you very much for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  40. This series is delightful! I have enjoyed learning about glass and look forward to this next book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. I love the cover! I love cozies with animals in them.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  42. cheltgirl60

    What a fun giveaway! Love the cover, the premise, and the series sounds great. Looking forward to it. Creative author in several ways!

  43. Love mystery, love books by the waters, love Florida, so this is all good to me. I have not read this author and I put her on my “to read” list. Would be great to win this book and tray. Thanks.

  44. A series I need to start…..
    Thank you for the giveaway……

  45. Cynthia E. Blain

    This series and I seem to have a lot of connection. I paint on glass, and do paintings on wine bottles, so work with glass myself, in a different form I know. My sister in law lives in the St. Pete area and does glass work at a local shop there. My youngest sister also lives in St. Pete. and I love the photo of Cheryl, the author, with the Pier in the background of one of her photos. I enjoyed book 1 and need to get cracking, (oops, not the right word to use around glass, is it?) and get more of this series ordered and read. Would love to become the recipient of this book for sure. Thank you so much for the chance.

    Cynthia B.