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Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #1

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Utsy and determined Anastasia has a bright future in the planned series Kirkus ReviewsLovers of funny mysteries outrageous puns self deprecating humor and light romance will all find something here as Anastasia progresses through repeated misadventures to emerge triumphant in the end ForeWord MagazineWinston has turned a sticky situation into a delightful romp through the halls of who done it Star Ledgeruirky laughable and loveable Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun is clever and thoroughly entertaining a must read Brenda Novak New York Times bestselling author of Trust Me and Watch Me. Crafts editor Anastasia Pollack is at her funniest and most determined when her luck is at its worst and she’s just been run over by the bad luck bus of life It may be hard to imagine how hilarious a book can be when the protagonist’s husband dies and leaves her broke and in debt and with a Communist mother in law who moves in with her—but it just gets funnier And though I cringed at the image I found the weird creativity of the murder itself it comicalEarly on I figured out whodunit but this was still a nonstop page turner I enjoyed reading to see if I was right Anastasia is an irresistible character While some of the comedy—her mother’s many marriages her parrot that uotes Shakespeare at the perfect moment—is larger than life the protagonist feels real and so do her teenaged sons and her relationship with them Winston strikes exactly the right balance between believable and over the top The pacing of the plot kept me asking how Anastasia was going to get out of each crisis and when and how the killer would get caught The narrative style is so engaging I think I could read a book without a plot by Winston and still be entertainedFor those who enjoy the truly cozy aspect of a cozy mystery there are craft projects at the back of the book—directions how to do the projects Anastasia works on in the course of the story There’s also a tempting sneak peek at the next book in the series which promises to be eually amusing and well crafted

CHARACTERS â THARROWEBDESIGN.CO.UK ✓ Lois Winston

When Anastasia Pollack's gambling addicted husband permanently cashes in his chips in Vegas her life craps out She's left with two teenage sons a mountain of debt and her nasty cane wielding Communist mother in law Not to mention a loan shark demanding fifty thousand dollarsAnastasia's job as crafts editor at American Woman magazine makes life even stickier when she discovers the dead body of über ambitious fashion editor Marlys Vandenburg hot glued to Anastasia's office chair Marlys collected enemies and ex lovers like Jimmy Choos When evidence surfaces of an illicit affair betwe. Much has been made about the humor in Lois Winston’s first Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries Series Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun and rightfully so Anastasia is a Jersey girl often compared to the eually funny Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s series Jersey is where the comparison ends Laughing out loud as I did when reading this cozy mystery is related mainly to Anastasia’s acerbic wit As a reader I always welcome humor However humor is also a great way to get across some rather serious ideas I’m pleased to say that this book has ideas as well as laughsAnastasia is far mature not “feisty” and “spunky” like Stephanie Plum and certainly not a superhero who overcomes all adversity Anastasia is a real woman an ordinary woman who manages to find internal resources to overcome some very serious challengesShe is a middle aged woman working as a crafts editor for a women’s magazine She finds herself in the middle of an epic sht storm when her husband dies suddenly She learns that he has emptied out the family bank account to feed his gambling addiction and that he is in debt to the mob A mobster is calling and demanding money Then Anastasia finds the body of her colleague dead and glued to her office desk at work Things go downhill from there The police show signs of thinking she’s guilty of murder Then her house is broken into – three times On top of that she’s living with her obnoxious and very fervent Communist mother in law who demands special treatment for herself and her dog Anastasia’s narcissistic and very selfish mother and her cat shows up and starts taking up space And there’s that parrot mouthing off uoting Shakespeare no less There’s not enough money to pay the electric bill or feed Anastasia’s two teenage boysReading this as it unfolds and laughing too led me to think about how people handle a major life crisisor two or three or four as in the case of Anastasia Her wit and her caustic asides are fundamentally acting as a coping mechanism She wants to laugh so she won’t fall apart Her asides suggest that her marriage wasn’t all that great and that she was just hanging in there The two mothers are ongoing problems too The commie mother in law Lucille struck me as someone on the edge of dementia who is unable to cope with her son’s death much less the awareness that he was a thoroughly reprehensible character responsible for three people’s deaths And Anastasia’s mother is even obnoxious a childlike woman who seems to think her highest goal in life is to acuire another husband number 5 number 6 Neither lifts a finger to help Anastasia Another interesting character is Erika a coworker of Anastasia who has been browbeaten by every man in her life starting with her fatherSo we see a woman in this book who normally does a great job of taking care of everyone around her but who is not so great at taking care of herself Anastasia’s wit keeps her from having a breakdown under the stress However part of her own character development in this series will be to learn how to say “no” to the mothers how to get those teenage boys to help out how to assert herself at work and how to find the courage to ask out that good looking dude who is renting space over the garage I think there are than a few readers out there who can relate to this challenge

Lois Winston ✓ 1 SUMMARY

En Marlys and Anastasia's husband Anastasia becomes the prime suspect Can she sew up the case and keep herself out of jail before the real killer puts a permanent end to her investigationPraiseOddball characters uproariously funny situations and a heroine with a strong sense of irony will delight fans of Janet Evanovich Jess Lourey and Kathleen Bacus Booklist starred reviewCrafty cozies don't get any better than this hilarious confection  Anastasia is as deadpan droll as Tina Fey's Liz Lemon Publishers Weekly starred reviewNorth Jersey’s mature answer to Stephanie Plum Funny g. Hilarious I couldn't put it down Welly written I read this book under 2 days Now I'm on to the next


10 thoughts on “Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #1

  1. says:

    Much has been made about the humor in Lois Winston’s first Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries Series Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun and rightfully so Anastasia is a Jersey girl often compared to the eually funny Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s series Jersey is where the comparison ends Laughing out loud as I did when reading this cozy mystery is related mainly to Anastasia’s acerbic wit As a reader I always welcome humor However humor is also a great way to get across some rather serious ideas I’m pleased to say that this book has ideas as well as laughsAnastasia is far mature not “feisty” and “spunky” like Stephanie Plum and certainly not a superhero who overcomes all adversity Anastasia is a real woman an ordinary woman who manages to find internal resources to overcome some very serious challengesShe is a middle aged woman working as a crafts editor for a women’s magazine She finds herself in the middle of an epic sht storm when her husband dies suddenly She learns that he has emptied out the family bank account to feed his gambling addiction and that he is in debt to the mob A mobster is calling and demanding money Then Anastasia finds the body of her colleague dead and glued to her office desk at work Things go downhill from there The police show signs of thinking she’s guilty of murder Then her house is broken into – three times On top of that she’s living with her obnoxious and very fervent Communist mother in law who demands special treatment for herself and her dog Anastasia’s narcissistic and very selfish mother and her cat shows up and starts taking up space And there’s that parrot mouthing off uoting Shakespeare no less There’s not enough money to pay the electric bill or feed Anastasia’s two teenage boysReading this as it unfolds and laughing too led me to think about how people handle a major life crisisor two or three or four as in the case of Anastasia Her wit and her caustic asides are fundamentally acting as a coping mechanism She wants to laugh so she won’t fall apart Her asides suggest that her marriage wasn’t all that great and that she was just hanging in there The two mothers are ongoing problems too The commie mother in law Lucille struck me as someone on the edge of dementia who is unable to cope with her son’s death much less the awareness that he was a thoroughly reprehensible character responsible for three people’s deaths And Anastasia’s mother is even obnoxious a childlike woman who seems to think her highest goal in life is to acuire another husband number 5? number 6? Neither lifts a finger to help Anastasia Another interesting character is Erika a coworker of Anastasia who has been browbeaten by every man in her life starting with her fatherSo we see a woman in this book who normally does a great job of taking care of everyone around her but who is not so great at taking care of herself Anastasia’s wit keeps her from having a breakdown under the stress However part of her own character development in this series will be to learn how to say “no” to the mothers how to get those teenage boys to help out how to assert herself at work and how to find the courage to ask out that good looking dude who is renting space over the garage I think there are than a few readers out there who can relate to this challenge


  2. says:

    Over the top? Yes Formulaic? Yes Annoying supporting cast of characters? Yes Implausible? Yes Ridiculous even? Yes Did I still like it as a fluff piece of curl up and read on a winter afternoon? AbsolutelyWith a title like this I wasn't expecting anything than it was Thus I wasn't disappointed Anastasia was a bit of a frustration for me As were some of the plot developments But then again with a title like this there was no way I was expecting A solid 3 stars for liked it Will I read by this author? Yes Do I wish for improvement in her writing? Again yes Still I didn't feel like I had wasted my time


  3. says:

    “Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun” earns 55 Sticky SituationsEngaging FunLois Winston has penned a delightful first in the series full of wonderful some cringe worthy characters uips and digs a fast paced mystery journey and fun crafting Beware of a few cursesteenagers you know Anastasia Pollack widowed mother of two teens is an admirable yet flawed character in the face of a husband who has plunged her into serious financial distress She finds herself hounded by her husband’s creditors ok loan sharks but it's the discovery of the dead body of a co worker glued to Anastasia’s office chair that makes her suspect primo From there Lois takes readers in and around the murder investigation racked with secrets revelations and close scrutiny by law enforcement A delightfully engaging book with a well written first person narrative filled with clever insights inner thoughts and great descriptions She also includes banter between the characters that illustrates personality tone and emotion keeping me eager to turn each page Add a mother in law from hell and a mother not much betterwell you've got to experience that on your own She provided a satisfying ending but it popped up a little earlier than I likeI'm partial to suspense to the end Don't forget the bonus a perfect way to make something so special with marvelous “Anastasia’s Crafts” ideas Handmade Bridal Tennies Birdseed Roses Recycled Jeans Placemats Fourth of July Clay Pot Candles and Decoupaged Flag TrayDisclosure I received an ARC My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments


  4. says:

    It's not masterful writing by any means but it's a fun easy read


  5. says:

    Hilarious I couldn't put it down Welly written I read this book under 2 days Now I'm on to the next


  6. says:

    I first discovered this book on a fellow writer's blog It was interesting but I don't often find books that I see on blogs since my access is limited I know I could go online but then my budget would never forgive me Imagine my surprise when this book appeared on the list of new books at the library When I finally worked my way down the pile of books from the library to this gem I devoured it Why is it that all my reuests are available at the same time?Lois Winston has created a nice little mystery Assualt with a Deadly Glue Gun introduces Anastasia Pollack a crafts editor for a national magazine The story starts with Anastasia's husband dying and leaving her in a mountain of debt due to his closet gambling addiction The debts keep piling on as the story continues And he left her with his mother who was staying until she could get back on her feet If that's not enough her mother's husband dies and Anastasia soon has both mothers and a house full of chaos and a co worker is found murdered at her desk like how I did that? The story is great It does wrap up a little to uickly at the end but overall it's a great read There is so much going on in this book that it's practically overwhelming but it's realistic The story is peppered with humor and action I actually laughed out loud at one point and startled myselfI look forward to the next book in this series and highly recommend it There are a few craft ideas in the book but I don't think it works as well as those mysteries with recipes Crafts are really visual and I couldn't picture half of what the end results were suppose to be but that's just a little part of the book and easy to skip over


  7. says:

    Anastasia Pollack is up to her neck in problems She's newly widowed finding out only after her husband's death that he wasn't who she thought he was Karl was a gambling addict who swindled away their life savings plotted to steal his mother's life savings and get her run over with a car spent his sons' college funds and got in bed with a loan sharka loan shark who is now coming to call on Anastasia She certainly doesn't need to discover the dead body of a much despised coworker in her desk chairkilled by her hot glue gun Anastasia ends up a murder suspect at the same time she is trying to figure out how to keep the loan shark from collecting on his debtI liked this story a lot There were a few language issues I didn't think were necessary to the story strong cursing but only a couple of times They didn't add to the story at all and I feel they could have been left out Anastasia is a character that I liked right away I just felt bad for her and the predicament she was placed in She was saddled with all this debt dealing with both her mother in law and her mother under her roof as well as two teenage sons who were the ones cursing a few times Between that work and all the crazy problems like murder and mob loan sharks Anastasia had a lot going on But she was pretty smart and it was nice to kind of see a flawed character She knew she wasn't the best looking or smartest woman out there but she wasn't trying to be either I will read in this seriesI read this book in a boxed set called Sleuthing Women which was provided to me in exchange for my honest review My opinions were not influenced in any way


  8. says:

    Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun is fun cozy in spite of the endless problems Anastasia's husband left her to face I enjoyed the interaction with her co workers and look forward to getting to know her hunky tenant better I will be reading the whole series now that I have met this crewCould life get any worse? It isn't until her husband dies of a heart attack that Anastasia learns that he has a serious gambling addiction Not only did he cash out every penny they had saved but he died in debt to a loan shark who expects her to come up with 50000 in just a few days and he is intent on making her life miserable until she hands over the money Money that he has reason to believe her husband had before he diedThen there is the monster in law that they had planned on providing with alternate housing since her savings went up in smoke along with all of her possessions when her apartment building burned down This is the one character that I got tired of; I felt that Anastasia had enough problems for any humorous book character although she provides much of the humor in the book And then there is the dead body that shows up in her office and the murder used her industrial sized glue gun that is covered with Anastasia fingerprints since she regularly uses it in her job as editor for the craft section of a supermarket woman's magazine I read this book in the collection Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries Books 1 and 2


  9. says:

    Crafts editor Anastasia Pollack is at her funniest and most determined when her luck is at its worst and she’s just been run over by the bad luck bus of life It may be hard to imagine how hilarious a book can be when the protagonist’s husband dies and leaves her broke and in debt and with a Communist mother in law who moves in with her—but it just gets funnier And though I cringed at the image I found the weird creativity of the murder itself it comicalEarly on I figured out whodunit but this was still a nonstop page turner I enjoyed reading to see if I was right Anastasia is an irresistible character While some of the comedy—her mother’s many marriages her parrot that uotes Shakespeare at the perfect moment—is larger than life the protagonist feels real and so do her teenaged sons and her relationship with them Winston strikes exactly the right balance between believable and over the top The pacing of the plot kept me asking how Anastasia was going to get out of each crisis and when and how the killer would get caught The narrative style is so engaging I think I could read a book without a plot by Winston and still be entertainedFor those who enjoy the truly cozy aspect of a cozy mystery there are craft projects at the back of the book—directions how to do the projects Anastasia works on in the course of the story There’s also a tempting sneak peek at the next book in the series which promises to be eually amusing and well crafted


  10. says:

    Anastasia Pollack works as a Craft Editor on a low key fashion magazine The editor Marlys has it appears slept her way to her position and made several enemies along the way When Marlys is found dead on the premises in Anastasia's office murdered with Anastasia's glue gun Anastasia seems the prime suspectAs if life wasn't difficult enough Her feckless dead husband has left her with insurmountable debts the mob are chasing her for money owed she has two teenage sons a parrot that uotes Shakespeare and a communist mother in law It's a very engaging read although I worked out the murderer some halfway in The denouement is a little rushed and far too reliant on the murderer explaining to someone else how and why the murder was committed There could have been a tad suspense at this point but overall it didn't detract from an enjoyable read I'll likely read of these as now the characters are established it might be of an adventureThis came to me as part of a ten novel 'lady sleuth' set by different authors This is the first Let's hope the rest achieve or exceed the uality of this one


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