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Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun
Lois Winston

Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #1
Midnight Ink
January 2011
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Featuring: Anastasia Pollack
312 pages
ISBN: 0738723479
EAN: 9780738723471
Kindle: B004CVKFNA
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A debut mystery featuring innovative crafts projects

When Anastasia Pollack's husband permanently cashes in his chips at a roulette table in Vegas, her comfortable middle-class life is suddenly kaput. She's left with two teenage sons, a mountain of debt, and her hateful, cane-wielding Communist motherin-law. Not to mention stunned disbelief over her late husband's secret gambling addiction, and the loan shark who's demanding fifty thousand dollars.

Anastasia's job as crafts editor for a magazine proves no respite when she discovers a dead body glued to her office chair. The victim, fashion editor Marlys Vandenburg, collected enemies and ex-lovers like Jimmy Choos on her ruthless climb to editor-in-chief.But when evidence surfaces of an illicit affair between Marlys and Anastasia's husband, Anastasia becomes the number one suspect.



12 comments posted.

Re: Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun

I like a romantic arc throughout a mystery/detective series. The Nora Roberts/JD Robb "In Death" series is a good example of how this can work (although the romance element may be too strong, especially in the first few books, for the more diehard mystery fans). The romance arc can help give more shape to the continuity.
(Carol Drummond 2:18pm February 27, 2011)

Thanks for commenting, Carol. Personally, I like a little bit of romance in just
about any genre. I think relationships in books make the characters come alive
more. Anastasia will have to wait a bit, though, because she's recently widowed.
No romance for her in book 1 of the series, but as I mentioned above, I do
introduce a character with definite romance potential.
Lois Winston 2:29pm February 27, 2011)

If the mystery is the main part of the book, I don't mind a little romance thrown in. It's when the romance goes "over the top," that it throws the whole book off kilter, and kills everything!! (no pun intended) I enjoyed your blog posting, as well as the way you reason things out, so I can't wait to read your book!! It's on my TBR list. Congratulations!!
Peggy Roberson 9:44pm February 27, 2011)

Romance makes the mystery all the better. Love the book trailer and how crafty you are to mix hobbies within your novel. I remember a huge table at the Ritz where my friend had a birthday party for her 10 year old. We had to ask for a tablecloth to protect the table from her hot glue gun and it only reached across a bit of that table.
Alyson Widen 10:00pm February 27, 2011)

Thanks, Peggy! I hope you enjoy ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN.

Glad you liked the book trailer, Alyson! Sounds like that was some birthday
Lois Winston 10:09pm February 27, 2011)

Hi Lois. This is a great post because I've been analyzing the topic of romance and whether it can be successfully included in a traditional mystery. I admit I personally prefer a book where all three components are there: an intriguing plot, some romantic sparks, and a nice dose of humor. Who doesn't like the on and off again relationship between Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli?

By the way, I'm halfway through "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun." What great fun. Thanks for creating Anastasia and her wonderful family.
Cindy Sample 11:55am February 28, 2011)

Thanks, Cindy! So glad you're enjoying Anastasia and her motley crew.
Lois Winston 1:07pm February 28, 2011)

Lois--Best wishes selling your book. I really enjoy the IN DEATH series by JD Robb...and romance adds to the mystery.
Ann Garland 3:09pm February 28, 2011)

I like a touch of romance in my mysteries---and some humor,too---so I'll be looking for your books at the book store.
Sue Farrell 3:36pm February 28, 2011)

Thanks, Ann and Sue!
Lois Winston 4:20pm February 28, 2011)

i like, if not over kill with it, lol
Tasha Tipton 1:51am March 1, 2011)

Meaning you don't like it when the hero and heroine kill too much, Tasha? LOL!
Couldn't resist! Thanks for posting.
Lois Winston 9:43am March 1, 2011)

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