Drop Dead Ornaments
ISBN: 9781940795430

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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?


“I always forget how much I love this series until I read the next one and I fall in love all over again...This was a well-written and fast-paced tale that quickly became a page-turner. The author has a way with the narrative, keeping me immersed in all that was happening within the pages. I like how the mystery was spun with hints here and there with a few red herrings that kept leading me one way until the killer’s identity was revealed. Of course, what would this story be without appearances from Ira, Flora and Lucille who was off-screen but always present in her escapades. This was one of the best books in this engaging series and I can’t wait for more adventures with Anastasia, Zack and the rest of the gang.” – Dru’s Book Musings

"Drop Dead Ornaments is a delightful addition to the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series. More, please!" – Suspense Magazine

“I love protagonist Anastasia Pollack. She’s witty and funny, and she can be sarcastic at times…A great whodunit, with riotous twists and turns, Drop Dead Ornaments was a fast, exciting read that really kept me on my toes. I’m going back and starting the series from the first book. I don’t want to miss a word of this amazing series.” – Lisa Ks Book reviews

Drop Dead Ornaments is such a fantastic book…I adore Anastasia! She's clever, likable, fun to read about, and easy to root for. She's holding it together quite well, considering everything her author has put her through, over seven books and three novellas…I love Drop Dead Ornaments, and recommend it to all fans of cozy mysteries. I hereby bestow upon Drop Dead Ornaments my highest rating of Five Kitties!” – Jane Reads

“…readers will be laughing continually at the antics of Anastasia and clan in Drop Dead Ornaments.” – The Avid Reader

“I love this series! Not only is Anastasia a ‘crime magnet,’ she is hilarious and snarky, a delight to read about and a dedicated friend.” – Mallory Heart’s Cozies

“It is always a nice surprise when something I am reading has a tie in to actual news or events that are happening in the present moment. I don't want to spoil a major plot secret, but the timing could not have been better… Be prepared for a dysfunctional cast of quirky characters.” – Laura’s Interests

“This is a Tour de Force of a Murder/Mystery.” – A Wytch’s Book Review

“A series worth checking out.” – The Ninja Librarian

“I flew through this book. Winston knows how to make a reader turn the page. It’s more than a puzzle to solve—I was rooting for people I cared about. Anastasia Pollack is easy to like, a good mother, a good friend, and in a healthy romantic relationship, the kind of person you’d want on your side in a difficult situation." – Indies Who Publish Everywhere

“Lois Winston’s cozy craft mystery Drop Dead Ornaments is an enjoyable…roller-coaster ride, with secrets and clues tugging the reader this way and that, and gentle climbs and drops of suspense and revelation to keep them reading.” – Here’s How It Happened

“Anastasia is a take-charge woman with a heart for her family–even her ex-family members who don’t (in my opinion) deserve her kindness… What I like best about Anastasia is how she balances her quest for justice with the needs and fears of her family… I can’t wait to read more of her adventures and the progress of her relationship with her family and her boyfriend.” – The Self-Rescue Princess

“…a light-hearted cozy mystery with lots of energy and definitely lots of action and interaction between characters.” – Curling Up By the Fire

“I thought the plot was well thought out and the story flowed well. There were many twists and turns…and I enjoyed all the quirky characters.  I was totally baffled as to who the killer was and was left guessing to the very end.” – Melina’s Book Blog

“(Anastasia’s) wit and sarcasm lend a bit of humor to this cozy, and the story kept me intrigued right up to the end.” – The Books the Thing