The first two books in the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series:
Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun--When Anastasia Pollack's husband permanently cashes in his chips at a roulette table in Vegas, her comfortable middle-class life craps out. She's left with two teenage sons, a mountain of debt, and her hateful, cane-wielding Communist mother-in-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.
Death by Killer Mop Doll--Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack's stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow American Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia's mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer is murdered. Former co-hosts Vince and Monica—sleazy D-list celebrities—stand out among a lengthy lineup of suspects, all furious over the show's new format. And Anastasia has no clue her snooping has landed her directly in the killer's unforgiving spotlight.
"Crafty cozies don't get any better than this hilarious confection...Anastasia is as deadpan droll as Tina Fey's Liz Lemon..." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Winston has hit a home run with this hilarious, laugh-until-your-sides-hurt tale. Oddball characters, uproariously funny situations, and a heroine with a strong sense of irony will delight fans of Janet Evanovich, Jess Lourey, and Kathleen Bacus. May this be the first of many in Winston's Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series." -- Booklist, starred review
“North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum. Funny, gutsy and determined, Anastasia has a bright future in the planned series.” -- Kirkus Reviews
"...a delightful romp through the halls of who-done-it." -- The Star-Ledger
"Make way for Lois Winston's promising new series...I'll be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this thoroughly delightful series." -- Mystery Scene magazine
"A fun book." -- CrimeSpree magazine
"...funny and clever debut..." -- Library Journal
"...once you read the first few pages of Lois Winston's first-in-series whodunit, you're hooked for the duration...." -- Bookpage
"...a comic tour de force...Lovers 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 Reviews
"A promising start to a new series." -- RT Book Reviews
"...madcap but tough-as-nails, no holds barred plot and main character...a step above the usual crafty cozy." The Mystery Reader
"...Anastasia is, above all else, a JERSEY girl..., and never, ever mess with one of them. I can't wait 'til the next book in this series..." -- Suspense Magazine
"Anastasia's rapid fire wit and humorous sarcasm adds much to the dark and twisty plot... a must read for crafty people who like murder mysteries..." -- agoddessofliterature.com
"Fans of Stephanie Plum will love Lois Winston's cast of quirky, laughable and loveable characters. ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN is clever and thoroughly entertaining--a must-read!" Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author
“What a treat--I can't stop laughing! Witty, wise, and delightfully clever, Anastasia is going to be your new best friend. Her mysterious adventures are irresistible—you’ll be glued to the page!” Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha-winning author
“Anastasia Pollack is as crafty as Martha Stewart, as feisty as Stephanie Plum and as resourceful as Kinsey Milhone.” Mary Kennedy, author of The Talk Radio Mysteries
“You think you've got trouble? Say hello to Anastasia Pollack, who also happens to be queen of the one-liners. Funny, funny, funny — this is a series you don't want to miss!” Kasey Michaels, USA Today Bestselling author
“Winston…plays for plenty of laughs…while letting Anastasia shine as a risk-taking investigator who doesn’t always know when to quit.” -- Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine