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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Drop Dead Ornaments

Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

About the Book

Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Self Published
Print Length: 209 pages

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.
At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.
Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?

What I Thought:

This is the first book I have read in the Anastasia Polk Crafting Mystery Series.  While this one can be read as a stand-alone, I wish I would have read others in the series, especially as this on leaves off where the last in the series finished.  In this one, Anastasia is helping her older son, Alex and his girlfriend Sophie with a community service project for their senior class.  Anastasia meets Sophie's father, Shane, whom she is skeptical about and feels he is hiding something.  When a lady that Anastasia notices was spying on a conversation between her and Shane turns up dead, Shane is the main suspect is arrested for the murder, Sophie and Alex beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but she doesn't want to because she promised her younger son and she has had enough of murder, but she also doesn't want to let down her older son.  I enjoyed this story and was not really that lost as I haven't read others the series.  I thought the plot was well thought out and the story flowed well.  There were many twists and turns in this story, and I enjoyed all the quirky characters in the story as well.  I was totally baffled as to who the killer was and was left guessing to the very end.  While this the first I have read in this series, I hope it is not my last.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

About the Author
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
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  1. Thank you for featuring Drop Dead Ornaments on your blog and for the lovely review.

  2. Thank you for featuring Drop Dead Ornaments on your blog and for the lovely review.