The Glass Bead Mystery Series

High Strung

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High Strung, Glass Bead Mystery, Book One

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 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.

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A Bead in the Hand

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A Bead in the Hand, Glass Bead Mystery, Book Two

A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a body beneath her sales table. Everyone assumes the death of famous bead artist Saundra Jameson is an accident—until homicide detective Tiffany Houston arrives, ready to drag Jax off to jail as her top suspect. Jax and her friend Tessa must scramble to find the killer among the fanatic jewelry shoppers, eccentric vendors, and Saundra’s many enemies.

While trying to solve the mystery, Jax and Tessa have their hands full with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly at the dilapidated—and possibly haunted—hotel where they’re staying, and she’s brought trouble with her. Can Jax untangle the clues to find the crafty killer before she’s arrested for murder?

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High Strung is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and Kobo.  


For Your Listening Pleasure

It's available in audiobook format at Audible and Apple iTunes.

Off the Beadin' Path

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Off the Beadin' Path, Glass Bead Mystery, Book Three

When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling art glass chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. Jax and her friend Tessa try to carry on with a charity fashion gala at the theater, but with only a few days before the big event, they have to scramble to keep things from falling apart. The emcee quits, and to make matters worse, Tessa’s daughters are suspects in the murder. As the chaos unfolds, Jax discovers new suspects at every turn, including an edgy glass blower, an agoraphobic socialite, and a hunky former-cop-turned-actor. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer and uncover the dark secrets behind the victim’s family or will it be curtains for her?

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Off the Beadin' Path is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and Kobo.  


For Your Listening Pleasure

It's available in audiobook format at Audible and iTunes.

Praise for Off the Beadin' Path

"I had a couple laugh out loud moments thanks to the small town sheriff, including not one but two clever escapes, and again due to one very lovable basset hound. The entire story was an immense delight. The pages flew and I reached the end too soon."

Lori Caswell, Vine Voice Reviewer


"This book is full of colorful well-written characters. It is easy to see why this series is so popular with readers."
Review from I Read What You Write


"There are many twists and turns in the plot which keep the reader on their toes! I could hardly put the book down!"
Amazon Review


"Janice Peacock captures the reader's attention & keeps it beginning to end! It's an interesting whodunit with an absolutely unique murder.

Amazon Review

To Bead or Not to Bead

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To Bead or Not to Bead, Glass Bead Mystery Series, Book Four

When a wealthy theater owner is killed by a falling art glass chandelier, glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell’s boyfriend, Detective Zachary Grant, quickly determines it was no accident. Jax and her friend Tessa try to carry on with a charity fashion gala at the theater, but with only a few days before the big event, they have to scramble to keep things from falling apart. The emcee quits, and to make matters worse, Tessa’s daughters are suspects in the murder. As the chaos unfolds, Jax discovers new suspects at every turn, including an edgy glass blower, an agoraphobic socialite, and a hunky former-cop-turned-actor. Can Jax piece together the clues to find the killer and uncover the dark secrets behind the victim’s family or will it be curtains for her?

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Off the Beadin' Path is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and Kobo.  


For Your Listening Pleasure

It's available in audiobook format at Audible and Apple iTunes.

Praise for To Bead or Not to Bead

“Janice Peacock brings down the house with her latest novel, To Bead or Not to Bead. Once again, the spotlight follows amateur sleuth Jax O’Connell as she tries to save the local community theater and solve a murder before the final curtain call. “Breaking a leg” is the least of her worries in this fun and intriguing story. The Bard would be proud!”
D.J. Lutz, author of The Apple Pie Alibi, a Culinary Mystery


“Another bead-azzling mystery! Follow Jax and her friends as they uncover a dramatic murder that will leave you guessing until the very end.”
J.J. Chow, author of the Winston Wong Cozy Mysteries


“With To Bead or Not to Bead, Janice Peacock has crafted another gem in her Glass Bead Mystery series, with humor, quirky characters and a twisty plot. A fun cozy read.”
Vickie Fee, author of Liv and Di in Dixie mystery series


“Ms. Peacock continues to grow into the difficult role of writing a lasting and engaging cozy series. In her latest, To Bead or Not to Bead, we are drawn into the world of the theatre, where she highlights her gift of spinning an engrossing story.”
Heather Haven, multi-award winning author
of the Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries


“A fun, fast-paced cozy with twists and turns galore! Jax O’Connell is a tenacious amateur sleuth with just the right amount of spunk. Her latest adventure is an action-packed mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.”
Marla Cooper, author of the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries

be still my beading heart, a Free Short Story

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Be Still My Beading Heart, A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery

It's Valentine's Day and Jax O'Connell's red VW bug is missing. Did she forget where she parked the Ladybug as she rushed to deliver her handmade glass beads, or has the beloved car been stolen? Searching the streets of Seattle, Jax and her best friend, Tessa, face some unsavory characters. Jax regrets not having a date on the most romantic day of the year after spotting Ryan, Seattle's newest--and hottest--cop and running into Zachary, the stern yet sexy detective. 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.

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Be Still My Beading Heart is available for FREE in ebook format at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and Kobo.  

A Sweet Valentine's Day Treat!

This short story is a lighthearted look at Jax's Valentine's Day, when things don't go quite right! This short story takes place between A Bead in the Hand and Off the Beadin' Path.