Murder has never been more marver-lous, suspense never as shattering, as in these thrilling reads. Whether you like your mysteries classic, cozy, or kid-friendly, there’s a glass-related story for you in the Rakow Library’s collection.
Here are five books to add to your fall reading list:
The Purloined Paperweight by P.G. Wodehouse
Originally published as Company for Henry, this zany tale of romance and intrigue follows paperweight collector J. Wendell Stickney on his quest to liberate a distant relative of a magnificent family heirloom.
Shattered by Dick Francis
This thriller follows glassblower Gerard Logan on a hunt for a stolen videotape. Logan’s friend, jockey Martin Stukely, gave him the tape shortly before dying in a fall on the racetrack. But someone stole the tape from Logan, and now he must find it before his own life is smashed to pieces.
If you’re an equine enthusiast, you might also be interested in browsing the Museum’s collection of glass featuring horses.
Pane and Suffering by Cheryl Hollon
Savannah Webb’s world is shattered when her father dies unexpectedly. She travels to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs – including the fate of his glass shop – only to find her father’s assistant has suffered the same fate. Dismissed by the local police, Savannah must solve the mystery behind these suspicious deaths before the killer strikes again.
Shadows in the Glasshouse by Megan McDonald
Kidnapped! In 1612, twelve-year-old Merry Shipman is taken from the streets of London and shipped to the New World. Her captors force her into indentured servitude in a Jamestown glasshouse. The glassblowers are competing to be the first to make cristallo, and when someone tries to sabotage their efforts, Merry has to save her friend from taking the blame.
Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum by Miriam Clavir
Museums are filled with mysteries and, in this case, with murder! Soon after Berry Cates begins a conservation internship at the Museum of Anthropology, she’s accused of a serious crime. Now she needs to figure out who the real culprit is before she gets into even more trouble.
The Rakow Research Library is open to the public 9 am to 5 pm every day. We encourage everyone to explore our collections in person or online. If you have questions or need help with your research, please use our Ask a Glass Question service.