MYSTERY

Ill-Gotten Panes: A Stained-Glass Mystery

Berkley Prime Crime. Jul. 2014. 296p. ISBN 9780425267950. pap. $7.99. M
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Accountant Georgia Kelly knew she could always come "home" to the Upstate New York village of Wenwood and stay with her grandfather, Pete Keene. It is tougher this time after she loses her job (and her fiancé) in New York City and cannot get started again. Her hobby of working with stained glass provides some solace. She is startled out of her blues when her grandfather is accused of murdering the local hardware store owner, with whom he apparently had a major beef. Trouble is Pete won't tell Georgia what the disagreement was about; the cops have Pete in jail, and Georgia figures it's up to her to find the real killer. She suspects money is at issue, and if it's one thing Georgia knows how to do, it's "follow the money."
VERDICT McAndrews's sweet debut is long on cute with the de rigueur adorable kitten and a spunky, redheaded protagonist. This cozy will snag those intrigued by the stained-glass side of the story and a gorgeous cover (can't go wrong with Tiffany).

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