Born to Bead Wild


Born to Bead Wild: A Humorous Cozy Mystery
(Glass Bead Mystery Series)
by Janice Peacock

About Born to Bead Wild

Born to Bead Wild: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Vetrai Press (January 18, 2023)
Number of Pages: 252
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BDW3FV78

Something is strange at Full Moon Farms—and it isn’t just Val’s Eggplant Surprise for dinner.

Jax, Tessa, and the rest of the arts and crafts retreat attendees are shocked when they find charred bones in a glass kiln. Are the remains human or animal?

The camp owners insist the bones in the coffin-sized kiln are from a deer, but Jax finds a clue that leads her to believe the owners are lying. After Tessa’s least favorite person turns up dead, there is no doubt that a killer lurks somewhere in the deep forest of the Olympic Peninsula. As clues lead Jax and Tessa down mysterious paths, they hope they live long enough to find the culprit and make it out alive.



Since breakfast was my favorite meal of the day, I looked forward to a hearty spread of  bacon, eggs, and pancakes as we headed to the lodge in the morning. As we reached the  top of the hill, we again spotted Val banging on the gong while wearing earmuffs. She  looked even less enthusiastic wielding the mallet than at last night’s dinner.  

We walked along the lake’s edge and looked across the water. I spotted something  floating just off the edge of the dock in the middle of the lake.  

“Do you see that thing floating in the water?” I asked.  

“Looks like a log,” Tessa replied as she race-walked away. 

“But doesn’t it kind of look like something round at one end—like a head?”  

“Will you let that wild imagination of yours settle down for once? You’re making  me crazy,” Tessa said, not slowing down. 

“I’m going to go look.” I headed for the dock and marched right out to the edge.  Whatever it was sank below the surface of the water. “It disappeared!” 

“Maybe it was all a figment of your imagination,” Tessa said. 

“You saw it, too,” I replied. 

“Right, but I didn’t think it was a head.” 

“There! Look right there,” I said, pointing at the dark water. “Some fizzy bubbles below the surface.” 

“Some bubbles. Who knows? Maybe it’s the Loch Ness Monster!” 

“The Loch Ness Monster only lives in Loch Ness,” I said. “No, seriously, I saw  something.” 

Wendy, who was welcoming students and staff at the door to the lodge, came  running toward us. 

“What happened? Did you two see our resident jumbo trout?” she asked. “This wasn’t a trout,” I said. 

“I’m sure it’s just a log. Or … I don’t know. I’ve lived in these parts for a long while,  and I’ve never seen anything to be worried about in this lake—or any other lake, for that  matter!” Wendy locked arms with us and guided us toward the lodge.

The gong rang again, this time faster and more insistent than the last. “There’s always a first time,” I said, looking over my shoulder. 

We filed into the dining room to find bubbling pots of oatmeal and dishes with  raisins, honey, and milk waiting for us on a buffet table. While the oatmeal was okay, what  helped every morning was coffee. Tessa and I poured ourselves mugs and settled at a long  table with our bowls of oatmeal. 

Val came out of the kitchen and slammed two jugs of orange juice on the counter.  Her grumpy countenance told me I shouldn’t ask where the bacon was because I might  get a cold glass of OJ straight to the face.  

More disheveled and bleary-eyed than usual, Vance came in and sat down across  from us. 

“What happened to you?” I asked while Tessa went in search of coffee for Vance. 

“Ugh. I stayed up all night with Duke filling the furnace with glass. When we got  here, the glass level was low, and he had a fit that he wouldn’t be able to teach the class  with so little to work with,” Vance said, running his hands through his messy hair. 

“Here, drink this,” Tessa said, handing him a cup of coffee. 

“Thanks, Tessa. I’ll need about ten more before I am among the living,” Vance said  with a sleepy smile. 

It was typical of Duke to cause a fuss about his studio, but not having enough glass  when you’re trying to teach would be nearly impossible. I wondered why Wendy hadn’t  ensured the glass levels were high enough. Kudos to Vance for helping Duke charge the  furnace so it would be ready for the first day of class. 

Those of us who finished breakfast went with Wendy to her studio, which was  housed in the other half of the building where our classroom was. She wanted to unveil  some of the fused glass pieces she created. Wendy had traced her roots to the Lower Elwha  Klallam Tribe, and the project she had been working on was a tribute to the people who  have lived in this area for millennia. The artwork she was creating consisted of two glass  panels: One with forest imagery and one with re-creations of artifacts she made. Tessa  told me that this was an exciting project for Wendy, who would be installing her large  glass panels at the Carnegie Museum in Port Angeles, which featured cultural and  historical artifacts from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. She was proud to have been  selected as the artist whose work would be displayed at the museum and was concerned  about making something worthy of being installed in such an important place. 

“Okay, everyone. Gather ’round. I want to show you what’s been cookin’ in this kiln  for a week.” To open the coffin-size kiln’s lid, Wendy grabbed a handle attached to a cable,  which was part of a counterweight system, and pulled. 

The large kiln lid rose smoothly and quickly, revealing a thick colorful glass panel about the size and shape of a king pillow. There was a collective gasp. The piece was  breathtaking. Blue, orange, and green glass glimmered in the early morning light as it  rested on a background of pure white kiln bricks. 

“Success! It looks like the panel made it through its fusing phase. It’s still warm in  the kiln, so I’ll put this lid back down.” Using the pulley system, Wendy gently closed the  lid on the kiln and pressed the OFF button on the kiln’s controller. “Now, in this other  kiln are the artifacts I’ve been working on. It’s been a challenge getting the non-glass  pieces to work together with the fused glass slab.” 

Wendy approached the second kiln and grabbed its pulley, raising the large lid to  reveal its contents. 

There was another collective gasp. This one was much louder than the last. 

Inside, lying in a puddle of cracked and melted glass, was a pile of bone shards,  chalky white and crumbling. Wendy let go of the pulley handle, and the lid slammed shut  with a bang that echoed through the room. 

A rumble of concern passed through the crowd. Tessa and I looked at each other  in a panic. Were those really bones? We couldn’t be sure if they were human or animal,  but one thing I knew for sure—they made my skin crawl. Copyright 2023 Janice Peacock 


About Janice Peacock

Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.

When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, an enormous white dog, and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at

Q&A With the Author

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

What I liked most about writing Born to Bead Wild, to be honest, was finishing it. For me, it was difficult to write during the pandemic years. Focusing was difficult, and I found that I often interrupted myself. You’d think it would be great as a writer to be home all the time, where I could write without the distractions of running about doing all the usual things that pull a writer away from her work. Any little thought would lead me down a rabbit hole of research on Google, followed by the fervent reading of articles, shopping (actually more like putting things in my cart but not purchasing them), and perhaps metaphorically poking my manuscript with a stick.

So, last July, I did a crazy thing. I gave myself a hard deadline by setting up a publication date with Amazon, which allowed readers to pre-order the book. January 18th. That was my do-or-die date. So, with my die cast, I forced myself to write, revise, and write some more. And finally, all of the distractions were swept away. There was no more time to waste!

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

Besides the Glass Bead Mystery Series, I write the Ruby Shaw Mysteries. I released the first book in that series, Aloe and Goodbye, in 2020. I am working on book two in that series, titled Prickly Peril. In case it is not evident from the titles, these books have a succulent plan theme and are set in a funky little cliff-side town in Arizona called Paradise.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I plan to keep writing and would like to start publishing more often. Other than the Glass Bead Mystery Series and the Ruby Shaw Mysteries, I have a couple of other series planned, but they are just notes I have on my desktop and are not formed enough to share yet.

As for other things I’d like to do in the future, I want to travel! I have an upcoming trip to see a friend in Las Vegas and time at a lakeside cabin in Minnesota with my extended family. I’m also an artist, so I plan to spend more time in my studio working with beads and jewelry, which was my first passion long before writing murder mysteries.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since 2011. I still feel like a newbie, so it’s funny to look at that year and realize I have been writing fiction for 12 years! I should mention, though, that I was writing long before 2011. I spent much of my adult professional career as a freelance technical writer working in the high-tech industry. It was far drier content to write than cozy mysteries, but it was certainly a good career for me since I am a bit of a word nerd. When the freelance work started to slow down, I knew I’d need to keep writing, so I started writing fiction to keep my brain happy. I have a restless brain that always needs something to work on to keep it—and me—out of trouble.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you to all who have read my books! I hope everyone will check out Born to Bead Wild. If you haven’t already. I’ve already gotten many positive reviews for the book, which has been fantastic. While it is the fifth book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series, it can be read as a standalone and enjoyed without reading the first four novels, but if you like Born to Bead Wild, maybe you’ll circle back to the previous books to read more about Jax, her friends, and their adventures.


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  1. I'm so glad that there's a new book in this great, fun series! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. You are a new author for me- This book looks like a book I would like to read-thanks


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