Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston
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?
Drop Dead Ornaments is the 7th book in the Anastasia Pollack crafting mysteries series, but the first one I’ve read. The author did a great job of throwing in enough of a recap that I understood what was going on in Anastasia’s life though, so even though I would have liked to know the details that I’m sure are present in books 1-6, I never felt lost even jumping in at this stage.
Anastasia’s son’s new girlfriend’s father, Shane, is accused of murder. Of course, Anastasia has to try to prove his innocence, nevermind that she is in pain and on antibiotics. Her wit and sarcasm lend a bit of humor to this cozy, and the story kept me intrigued right up to the end.
I will definitely be going back to read the previous books in this series!
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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DROP DEAD ORNAMENTS TOUR PARTICIPANTS
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5 thoughts on “Drop Dead Ornaments by Lois Winston – Blog Tour & Giveaway”
Nice review Erika. It is good to know that you don’t have to read the whole series to enjoy this book, but it is nice to know that it made you want to.
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Sounds like a good series, Lois! I bought the Kindle version today. 😊📖
Thank you too, Erika, for a good review! 👍🙂
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Thank you so much, Pearl! I hope you enjoy it.
Thank you for featuring Drop Dead Ornaments today!
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My pleasure – thank you for stopping by! 🙂