Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson

 

In Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, people in the small town of Deer Park, Texas start disappearing, and this seems to be connected with the sudden appearance of a mysterious museum that hadn’t been there before.

When Perrie Madeline’s best friend Maisie and ex-boyfriend Neven go missing, Perrie goes on a quest to find them with the help of her friend August.

Pros:  I love the gorgeous cover, and the premise is imaginative.  I like how the author bases the museum on different fairy tales and myths.  I like the characters, especially Maisie.  There is an unexpected twist towards the end of the book that is interesting.

Cons:  Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is darker than what I normally read; there is definitely an element of creepiness.  I realize that is probably the point, but there is a little too much creepiness for my taste.  This book is promoted as YA and in my opinion there is material that isn’t suitable for readers under age 17.   The book also ends in a total cliffhanger.  I don’t mind a book series, but I have trouble when the next book in the series is required to really understand what is happening.  I like books that don’t leave a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions.

For the most part, I enjoyed Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault.  However, it’s not something I’d go out of my way to read again, and I’m not going to rush to read the second book in the series.  I would be interested in checking out other books by the author though.

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Peggy Sue Got Murdered-Tess Gerritsen

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When several drug addicts die under unusual circumstances, assistant coroner M.J.  Novak discovers there is a new street drug that can be traced to a pharmaceutical company.  The drug isn’t supposed to be available to the public; it is still in the experimental stage.  M.J. is determined to warn the public of the dangerous new drug and has to deal with uncaring officials. The investigation uncovers corruption in high places, and M.J. finds love in the process.

The plot is fast-paced and engaging, the characters are well-developed and the setting is interesting.  I saw Massachusetts and Maine on a family trip a number of years ago; the East Coast is beautiful.  M.J. is a fighter, but there is a vulnerable person afraid of being hurt underneath the surface.  Adam appears to be a privileged person with no worries, but he is actually a caring individual with his own vulnerabilities and fears.  I like the interaction between M.J. and Adam.  The differences in M.J.’s and Adam’s backgrounds are a challenge, and this makes for some interesting dialogue between the characters.

Tess Gerritsen started out writing romance novels and then transitioned to crime.  The two genres are combined in this book and Ms. Gerritsen does this well. The killer could have been several characters. The identity of the murderer isn’t revealed until the end and is an unexpected twist.  Peggy Sue Got Murdered is worth reading.  The book was republished a few years ago under the name Girl Missing.  I read a sample and the plot appears to be the same with different names for the characters.  I want to read the new version when I get a chance to see what changes were made.