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Last Pen Standing

Last Pen Standing, October 2019
Stationery Shop Mystery #1
by Vivian Conroy

Poisoned Pen Press
288 pages
ISBN: 1492684031
EAN: 9781492684039
Kindle: B07PX3QYC9
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"Can Delta and the Paper Posse catch a killer?"

Fresh Fiction Review

Last Pen Standing
Vivian Conroy

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted October 19, 2019

Mystery Cozy

Delta Douglas is pursuing her dream. She’s left her job and moved to Tundish, Montana, to co-own a stationery shop with Hazel, her best friend from college. Delta can’t wait to begin incorporating her own designs into the store, as her sketchbook is filled with ideas for her own stationery line. Unfortunately, the first event she and Hazel put on is marred by a murder at the hotel where another party is in process. Worse yet, both Hazel and her brother, Finn, are arrested by the police. Delta is determined to get to the bottom of things and discover who the real killer is.

I love cozy mysteries that focus on crafting so I couldn’t wait to dive into LAST PEN STANDING! Vivian Conroy did not disappoint as I have fallen in love with the whole idea of the "Paper Posse" and the various outlaw names each member has chosen as their pseudonym. Delta is a strong heroine and I love her loyalty to Hazel. I’m curious to know more about Jonas Nord and his history. However, I have to admit it’s his dog Spud that I’ve fallen in love with and can’t wait to see again.

LAST PEN STANDING is the first book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series and wow, what a fun start! I look forward to further crafting events with Delta, Hazel, and the rest of the Paper Posse gang. Vivian Conroy crafts a well-written and engaging mystery populated with some quirky and oh so endearing characters (particularly the members of the Paper Posse) and I can’t wait to see what is in store for them next.

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Will this paper trail run cold?

As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana's stationery shop WANTED, Delta Douglas knows how to organize a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn't the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta's best friend is suspected of the crime.

Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse and Spud, her canine sidekick, Delta dives into the investigation. But with many high-powered suspects on the line, Delta soon realizes her sleuthing may come with deadly consequences.

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