Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn't always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O'Connell.
When Janice isn't writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.
Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and has a studio full of beads...lots and lots of beads.
After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O'Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity Jax can't resist—even though Rosie Perez, the store's owner, is the surliest person Jax has ever met.
The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa's name—and do it before the killer strikes again.
When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. As Jax and her friend Tessa scramble to carry on with a charity fashion gala, they discover new suspects at every turn. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer or will it be curtains for her?
Glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell and her friend Tessa have no idea what challenges await them when they take a glassblowing class with a famous Italian glass artist. After the first night of class, Tessa sees a body through the rain-streaked window of the studio. The next day there’s no sign of the teacher. Jax and Tessa must face their fears to uncover the killer before another life is shattered.
It's Valentine's Day and Jax O'Connell's red VW bug is missing. Did she forget where she parked the Ladybug or has the beloved car been stolen? Jax faces some unsavory characters on the streets of Seattle and regrets not having a date on the most romantic day of the year. She must take matters into her own hands to find the Ladybug and salvage her love life, and do it before the day is over.
A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O'Connell finds a dead body during the event. Jax has her hands full dealing with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love and a security guard who wants to do more than protect her from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax's quirky neighbor arrives with trouble in tow. Can Jax untangle the clues before she's arrested for murder?
When jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O'Connell gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity she can't resist. The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young woman is found dead near the shop. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa's name—and do it before the killer strikes again.