A Murderous Glaze: A Clay and Crime Mystery

A Murderous Glaze: A Clay and Crime Mystery

by Melissa Glazer

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In Maple Ridge, Vermont, Carolyn Emerson plans to ease into her golden years running her paint-your-own-pottery shop, Fire at Will. But when a pesky dead body shows up in the shop, her name may be mud.
Carolyn never liked Betty Wickline, but that didn’t mean she wanted her dead. Yet that’s exactly how Betty is found one night in Fire at Will—craftily murdered with Carolyn’s very own awl. Suddenly everyone in town paints Carolyn as the suspect, and her business is drying up.
For help, Carolyn turns to her shop club, the Firing Squad, a group of loyal customers and amateur potters. As their investigation takes shape, Carolyn has a brush with death. Now, she and the Squad must piece the shards of evidence together, before Carolyn’s life is shattered.
Includes directions for a clay wind ornament project!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101206409
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2007
Series: A Clay and Crime Mystery , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 48,245
File size: 853 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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A Murderous Glaze: A Clay and Crime Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TheBookResort More than 1 year ago
A Murderous Glaze is the first in the new Clay and Crime Mystery series & to add extra fun includes clay-crafting tips. How cool is that? Fall is w/o a doubt my favorite season. Vermont + Autumn = HEAVEN!!! A Murderous Glaze was a charming & entertaining read. The cozy atmosphere was spot on. Melissa Glazer did a wonderful job describing autumn in Maple Ridge, Vermont; I felt the sigh of the crisp fall air on my cheek. I reached for my fleece throw while reading this enjoyable mystery. I envisioned the golden fall trees w/ a touch of white caps on the Vermont mountains. I wanted to hike down to Fire At Will & ask Carolyn to give me a private session. Trust me, I need a one-on-one class when I attempt to mash make a clay project @ Fire At Will. I mean, I want to hang out w/ the Firing Squad & have all the delicious treats & yummy beverages the Firing Squad brings to their sessions... I don't want to be banned from all the fun. I love my mysteries w/ a theme or craft ~ especially since I'm craft~challenged. Yes, it is true. I can make the simplest of crafts look like dreck! My stick figure resembles a snake. Yet, I can draw Marc Brown's Arthur. Go figure. Melissa Glazer gives me my craft fix. I loved learning about the craft. I recommend this series for lover's of cozies, themed-cozies, fun cozies & a darn good relaxing read. Carolyn Emerson is a fiftyish protagonist that is filled to the brim w/ vivaciousness. Carolyn's assistant David simply steals the show. He is an absolute standout!!! David needs a series of his own. *Hint ~ Hint* Melissa. Hannah, David's mom & Carolyn's best friend, is a cheerful, lovely welcome addition. Hannah's presence adds to the story. Carolyn's husband Bill is an extremely well written character. He has a voice of his own & isn't just Carolyn's hubby for aesthetics. Kudos, to Melissa Glazer for the interesting talent Bill carves out for himself. I love the premise of a a pottery based mystery. Refreshing! A Murderous Glaze is a fast-paced, engaging cozy w/ some twists & turns to keep you guessing. Carolyn Emerson definitely makes a pleasurable sleuth. A Murderous Glaze is just the start of a fascinating series. An amusing read! Hurry... go pick up a copy of A Murderous Glaze!!!
comfy_corner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maple Ridge, Vermont is a small town where everybody knows everybody's business. Carolyn Emerson is the owner of Fire At Will, a paint-your-own pottery studio. Business is good until the body of Betty Wickline is discovered one night in Carolyn's shop. Hodges, the town sheriff, is not convinced that Carolyn is innocent. Carolyn suspects the other town people might feel the same about her because all of a sudden she couldn't pay anyone to be her customer. She decides to start her own investigation to help clear her name and enlists the help of The Firing Squad, a group of amateur painters and potters that meet routinely at her studio. I found this story to be quite entertaining. Whether big or small, there was something going on at all times. It never lagged. I did feel the author could have developed the characters a bit more. The book starts right off the morning after the murder. We never get to know the victim, Betty. The author makes it clear that Carolyn did not care for her, but we never really get an explanation of why not, just that one day Betty walked into her shop and generated "instant animosity" in her. I felt the author could have come up with something a bit more substantial than that. There is also the relationship between Carolyn and the sheriff. Every time they had a "conversation" it reminded me of a couple of two-year olds fighting over a favorite toy. It was hard to imagine two grownups acting that way. There is obviously a history between the two, but we are kept in the dark about it. Maybe in future issues we will find out a bit more. There are some delightful characters. Bill, Carolyn's husband, is a gem and I hope her best friend Hannah will play a bigger role in the next book. I also enjoyed Butch, the reformed crook, or is he? There are plenty of suspects that kept me guessing until the very end, but I did feel the ending was a bit rushed. It lasted a whole page and a half. All in all, it was a decent start to a new series with some room for improvement. I will definitely check out the next in the series. This book is written in first person.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Emerson owns a pottery shop in a small Vermont town. When the body of Betty Winkler is found in her shop, she becomes the chief suspect. She decides she must investigate since the sheriff doesn't seem to be looking at other options so she uncovers a list of persons with motives and opportunity, including the sheriff. Not the best cozy mystery, but not the worst either. I never really connected with the main character and felt several other characters were not as developed as they could have been. I doubt I will continue reading this series.
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Savanna, am a son of aphrodite. Where do I go
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 2nd book. Im Crystal
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Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I find it hilarious how any hobby or occupation can yield a mystery series but sometimes it adds a certain charm. I love arts and crafts, Vermont in the fall, or fall in general is my favorite season and this series embodies all my little favorite things into one. Murderous Glaze was a good effort for beginning of a new series, I have to admit it didn't take my breath away from the beginning, I had to warm up to it, but once I had proper time to sit down and read it I enjoyed it and couldn't wait to finish.

When a charming clay shop called Fire at Will becomes a murder crime scene of Betty Wickline, a woman no one seems to like in Maple Ridge - including the owner, everyone suddenly becomes a suspect. When time passes and clues start to surface Carolyn decides she has to take matters into her own hands of loose her credibility and her shop since everyone seems to think that maybe she did it herself. Personally I don't think someone would commit a crime in their own store but the friends and pesky sales people from nearby shops seemed to think otherwise. Carolyn launches on a crusade to save her business, make some great pots and fall decorations and find the dangerous lunatic who seems to ache for another victim. With the help of her husband, friends and Fire at Will students she tackles a dangerous task with small hope of victory or she will have to face a dark end of her career.

Fun and charming, the cozy atmosphere of chilly fall and various foods, snacks and coffee consumed along with small town gossip make for a relaxing read. I also enjoyed reading about various clay projects and learning a bit about the craft. The only problem I had was that there were a lot of guilty suspect and sometimes their names and characters would get mixed up in my head, but eventually it all got clarified as end came. I'm beginning book two tonight and hopefully the series gets even better.

- Kasia S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pottery shop owner Carolyn Emerson finds Betty Wickline murdered inside Carolyn's shop, Fire At Will, one night when she returns to check on some pottery. Maple Ridge, Vermont, is a small town. Once Sheriff John Hodges makes it known that Carolyn is his prime suspect, business falls off at her shop. With the help of the members of her pottery group called the Firing Squad, including a reformed crook and a retired judge, as well as her assistant David, she begins gathering information into who had a motive to kill Betty. Carolyn soon finds out that she wasn't the only one who didn't like Betty, including the sheriff. But who disliked her enough to kill her? This series is actually written by Tim Myers. I like all his cozy mystery series that I have read. I enjoyed this one a lot and will be looking for future books in this series. I liked the Vermont setting, and setting it in a pottery shop really lent itself to this story and the cozy genre. Carolyn, her husband Bill, her assistant David, and his mother Hannah were all great characters, and I look forward to reading more books in this series to see what happens with each of them. I highly recommend this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Emerson lives in Maple Ridge, Vermont where she owns Fire at Will, a successful paint-your-own- pottery studio. Her dream is shattered when she finds the dead body of Betty Wickline with an awl through her chest. Carolyn readily admits she did not like the woman, but she also insists she never wished her harm thus when the sheriff implies she is the prime and only suspect, she becomes indignant.------------- After word of the homicide spreads around the town, no one enters the store and people she has known all her life cold shoulder Carolyn. Not trusting Sheriff Hodges to conduct a through investigation, Carolyn decides that if she wants to save her shop she must make inquiries. One group of customers-friends, the Firing Squad, becomes her posse abetting her Betty sleuthing. They find a horde of viable suspects wanting the victim dead.--------------- Readers who appreciate bloodless chick-lit asides cozies (oxymoron) will appreciate the entertaining A MURDEROUS GLAZE as the violence and gore occur outside the pages. The protagonist is a spunky fiftyish heroine who is filled with energy that makes the Energizer Bunny look at rest. The support cast includes the quirky posse who sweeten the story line with their maple syrup optimism and her spouse Bill who insists she skips the investigation as it is too dangerous yet is her biggest cheerleader. Readers will enjoy this fine character driven Vermont amateur sleuth tale.------------ Harriet Klausner