Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Scrapbook of Murder (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Book 6) by Lois Winston


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An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Book 6


Crafts and murder don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but normal deserted craft editor Anastasia Pollack’s world nearly a year ago. Now, tripping over dead bodies seems to be the “new normal” for this reluctant amateur sleuth.

When the daughter of a murdered neighbor asks Anastasia to create a family scrapbook from old photographs and memorabilia discovered in a battered suitcase, she agrees—not only out of friendship but also from a sense of guilt over the older woman’s death. However, as Anastasia begins sorting through the contents of the suitcase, she discovers a letter revealing a fifty-year-old secret, one that unearths a long-buried scandal and unleashes a killer. Suddenly Anastasia is back in sleuthing mode as she races to prevent a suitcase full of trouble from leading to more deaths.


An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Book 6

My Life as a Frank Sinatra Song
By Anastasia Pollack

Sometimes life hurls you a huge curve ball. For me, it wasn’t life but author Lois Winston. I don’t know what I did to deserve her authorial attention, but she zeroed in on me, and my life has never been the same—and mostly not in a good way.

My mother loves to listen to Frank Sinatra. He had a hit back in the 1960’s called “That’s Life.” It’s about life’s ups and downs and no matter how many times you fall flat on your face, you’ve got to pick yourself up and go on. Believe me, I’m trying, but Lois doesn’t make it easy for me.

My name is Anastasia Pollack, and I’m the reluctant amateur sleuth of Lois Winston’s Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series. I suppose I should be honored that I have a series of books written about me, but frankly, I’d prefer to have back the comfortable middle-class life I lived prior to Lois setting her sights on me.

Before Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, the first book in the series even opened on page one, Lois had killed off my husband Karl Marx Pollack. Turns out the guy had led a double life. While I thought he was at a sales meeting in Harrisburg, PA, he was actually dropping dead at a roulette table in Las Vegas. Worse yet, after his death, I discovered he’d raided our savings and gotten us into hock several stories above my eyeballs. And did I mention the loan shark? Karl owed him fifty grand, and he didn’t care that Karl was dead.

Then on my first day back to work after the funeral, I discovered a dead body glued to my office desk chair. It would be the first of many dead bodies I’d come across since Lois took over my life six books and three novellas ago.

I once lived the American dream. Those days are now gone forever. Now I struggle to keep a roof over our heads. Not only do I have two teenage sons who can eat in a day what I eat in a week (and I’m far from anorexic), I’ve got my Russian princess mother and my curmudgeonly communist mother-in-law living with me—and sharing a bedroom!

Then there are the non-human residents of Casa Pollack. First, there’s Ralph, the Shakespeare-quoting parrot with an uncanny knack for spouting situation-appropriate quotes from the Bard. Rounding out the household are Catherine the Great, Mama’s corpulent white Persian cat with an attitude to match her name, and the commie’s French bulldog, Manifesto. Really, who names a dog after a communist treatise? I call him Mephisto, given his devil-like demeanor. Needless to say, Catherine the Great and Mephisto fight like—you guessed it—cats and dogs with Ralph squawking play-by-play.

Anyway, that’s what my life is like, thanks to author Lois Winston. I’m still trying to figure out what she has against me. I asked her once why she couldn’t have written me as tall, thin, and rich, but she handed me some nonsense about the need for goals, motivations, and conflicts in fiction. At least she gave me Zack Barnes. I don’t know how I’d have survived the past year without the photojournalist—and possible government operative—hunk who moved into the apartment above my garage.

Anyway, Lois has once again plopped me into the middle of murder and mayhem in Scrapbook of Murder, the sixth book in the series, and I’m off to solve another crime, whether I like it or not.

Meet Author Lois Winston…

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. Kirkus Reviews dubbed her critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.


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17 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Scrapbook of Murder (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Book 6) by Lois Winston

  1. A very intriguing character interview, written with zest and humor. I enjoyed it, and am sure I would also enjoy the book.

  2. Lois Winston says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Kenna. I hope you’ll give the series a try.

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Lois, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I loved hearing from your character! She sounds delightful and I can’t wait to read her story. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  4. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Bwhahahahaha…..Love the introduction! Thanks Karen and Lois! Just the ticket for a Monday morning!

  5. Beth Trissel says:

    This sounds fascinating! I love the cover and the clever concept behind this mystery. Definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  6. Angela says:

    Anastasia, for the past 50+ years there has been a Sunday morning radio program, “Sunday with Sinatra.” It was a Sunday ritual in my house growing up…and, I still listen to it today!

  7. Linda Moffitt says:

    Looks Great Thanks for sharing it with us

  8. Helen Drake says:

    I actually love mysteries with crafters. I read several series. Sounds like I will need to add this one. I love your main character. She sounds quirky and fun.

  9. Eileen AW says:

    I love this character & need to read this series!! Thank you for joining us and sharing your series.

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