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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?
Character Guest post
When Life Hands You Lemons…
…most people would make lemonade. With the way my life has gone since author Lois Winston got hold of it, I definitely need something stronger. My name is Anastasia Pollack, and I’m the (reluctant) amateur sleuth of the eponymous Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.
Before I somehow found myself knee-deep in murder and mayhem, I led a typical middle-class life as the working mom to two teenage boys. I’m the crafts editor at a women’s magazine, the kind you find at the supermarket checkout line. My husband Karl was an auto parts salesman.
We lived in a modest rancher in an upscale New Jersey suburb with Ralph, the Shakespeare-quoting parrot I’d inherited from my Great-aunt Penelope Periwinkle. Occasionally my mother stayed with us between husbands. We saw my communist mother-in-law only when absolutely necessary.
Life was good—until Lois Winston set her sights on me and turned my world upside-down and inside out. She decided Karl was a closet gambler. Before Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series, even opened, she had Karl keel over dead in Las Vegas–but not until he’d blown through all our savings and run up hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt, some to a Mafia loan shark.
You’d think that was bad enough, but Lois’s devious plot also involved moving my mother-in-law in with us while she recuperated from a hit-and-run. Now I’m stuck with her permanently. Still not satisfied, Lois decided to add murder to the mix. Suddenly dead bodies keep showing up in my life—and they’re not dying of natural causes.
Seven books and three novellas later, I’m still coming to terms with my new normal. It hasn’t been easy. Lois did throw me a carrot, though. She introduced me to photojournalist Zachary Barnes. But Lois being Lois, she couldn’t leave it at that. You see, Zack may or may not also be a government operative. And that adds another layer of worry to my already stress-filled life.
So when life hands me lemons, pass the vodka—please!
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