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Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) Paperback – January 8, 2011

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*Starred Review* Anastasia Pollack has more problems in a matter of days than most people have in two or three lifetimes. First, her husband Karl, a secret gambling addict, dies at a Las Vegas roulette table; his “loan” from the Mob is due, and a thug named Ricardo will stop at nothing to collect it. Then Karl’s militantly Marxist mother Lucille’s house is torched while she and her evil bulldog, Manifesto, recuperate at Anastasia’s home after being hit by a car. Suddenly widowed, Anastasia’s DAR mother, Flora Sudberry Periwinkle Ramirez Scoffield Goldberg O’Keefe, shows up with her persnickety Persian cat, Catherine the Great. Naturally, Lucille and Flora and their pets all hate one another. Things are even worse at work. The crafts editor for a popular woman’s magazine, Anastasia becomes a prime murder suspect when the most hated staff member is killed. 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. --Shelley Mosley

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"Oddball characters, uproariously funny situations, and a heroine with a strong sense of irony..."--Booklist, starred review
"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
"North Jersey's more mature answer to Stephanie Plum."--Kirkus Reviews
"Lovers of funny mysteries, outrageous puns, self-deprecating humor, and light romance will all find something here..."--ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist
"...a delightful romp through the halls of who-done-it."--Star-Ledger

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Product Details

  • Series: An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; Original edition (January 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738723479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738723471
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,193,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women's fiction, children's chapter books, and non-fiction 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. Visit Lois/Emma at www.loiswinston.com and Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog, www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com. Follow everyone on Tsu at www.tsu.co/loiswinston, on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/anasleuth, and onTwitter @anasleuth. Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.MyAuthorBiz.com/ENewsletter.php?acct=LW2467152513

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on February 17, 2011
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If you like books with quirky, screwball characters and fast-paced action, you will love this book. You will love the hilarious fiery interactions between the mother and mother-in-law. The animals in this book truly won me over. They're as hysterical as the moms. I laughed all through the book. It is really funny.

Still, the humor is just a bit overdone at times, which is why I can't quite give it 5 stars, but this is still a very good, fun book. It will definitely make you appreciate your own mother and mother-in-law a little more and have you laughing. For me, that's always a great thing, but if you're looking for a mystery cozy with a more serious tone, this book may not be for you. When you need a laugh, though, this is the book for you.

I highly recommend Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun and can't wait for the next book in the series.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thomas on March 29, 2011
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I'm holding Anastasia Pollack and Lois Winston responsible for my sleepless night! Started reading Assault with A Deadly Glue Gun in the evening - and couldn't put it down until the end (at 4 am). As a "Jersey Girl" I can attest that Anastasia Pollack is the real thing - smart, funny, sassy, over scheduled and beset by everything that is good and bad in New Jersey. The men who float in and out of her life are also "Jersey" - gorgeous hunks, rotten husbands, organized crime members! And the women...hilarious! I've met them all right here in the Garden State. I hope Lois will write more Anastasia Pollack books, she's a character worth getting to know along with her mother and mother-in-law.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Scott on November 2, 2011
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I wanted to like this book. I make a lot of arts & crafts and I thought the title was good, but right from the very beginning I struggled to like it. I really did. I almost never give up on a book. So why did I stop reading after chapter 6?

I noticed a couple of phrases in other reviews which described my opinion of this book perfectly: "Trying way too hard.", "So bad I couldn't finish it." Why?

The author is trying to write like Evanovitch, she even mentions her characters in the book. She obviously wants to be funny and quirky and clever. Instead, none of her characters are interesting or likable. They are exaggerated, superficial, and obnoxious. All situations are exaggerated, superficial and irritating. The author can't stop herself from using hyperbole in everything. It gets so boring and repetitious that I just quit reading in disgust.

"She ripped off enough paper towels to sop up all five Great Lakes and went to work on the mess." This is just a small example of the non-stop over-the-top descriptions and situations.

I love Evanovitch. I hated this author. Buy at your own risk of wasting your money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RaNee' Stumpff on February 19, 2012
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As another reviewer said, I really tried to like this book. I like the premis of a "crafting" protagonist, but there is too much over the top yelling and ridiculous situations. If she could leave out the grandmas it would go a long way in improving the story. Too much space is devoted to their antics which are't funny and add nothing at all to the story, in fact, they are the most irritating part. I had a very hard time even staying with the book long enough to complete it. The only redeeming factor is that the solution to "who done it" was an interesting puzzle that was not easily discerned. It was a free book for me, but I definitely would not recommend purchasing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ghira on January 13, 2012
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I didn't expect much from this book - especially with the title "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun" - but I THOROUGHLY enjoyed it! Don't get me wrong, this is not literature by any means, but if you want a quick, fast, funny read, give it a shot.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Gould on September 7, 2011
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I'm on chapter five or so, and I just can't torture myself any longer. I bought this book based on its starred review in Publisher's Weekly. If it's starred, it's gotta be good, right? Um, no. The author tries too hard to be funny, but when you're not, you're not. The main character, with whom we're supposed to sympathize, is cracking jokes about her husband who died unexpectedly a few weeks earlier. Everything is a joke--her husband's death, the murder at the office, the mobster threatening to hurt her children. So, unless the reader can relate to these hysterical circumstances, the book is just page after page after page of sophomoric humor.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruth S. Vogel on March 21, 2011
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I usually don't read mysteries. But I had heard about this book, and been told that it had something to do with crafts and with the magazine industry--two things I know about in a second-had way. So I thought I would give it a try.

I loved it; it was delightful! The characters--esepcially Anastasia's mother and mother-in-law--were fun and funny. The combination of the odd characters and the pile-up of catastrophes and near-catastrophes kept my interest and made "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun" seem perfect for a film or a TV movie. I hope we will be reading more from Lois WInston about Anastasia and her family in the near future.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LeV1ckStat1c on January 19, 2012
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I AM GLAD THIS BOOK WAS FREE.
Unfortunately, that is the most positive thing I can say. I have no idea how it rated so high unless people have very low standards or perhaps they were paid?

The first thing I disliked was the author's excessive use of obscure words, making me think of the author as someone with an inferiority complex trying to live up to unspoken standards. While reading a story you should be drawn into the world of the characters, not feel like you are a way for the author feel better about herself.

After deciding to continue, I found myself thinking about the author again. This time as an utter moron for the multitude of grammar and punctuation errors. After forcing myself to believe it was a typing error when the book was converted, I found myself wondering why anyone would write a character to think with haughty words just to have them speak in vulgar slang. Iwas once advised that cursing makes even the most intelligent person sound like an idiot. I understand what was meant now. I'm not accusing the author of being smart, but she obviously knows how to use a thesaurus to make her seem pompous, she should have found a better way to express her characters' emotions.

At this point I was so annoyed with the author's thinly veiled self-loathing portrayal of herself (her bio even says she had been a craft editor) that I was expecting to see her at my front door waiting for me to pay to listen to her problems.

Among all of these literary faux pas were undeveloped characters that appeared to be an after-thought to the author's rambling descriptions of non-essential elements in her story. To make these descriptions even less tolerable, the author used far too many cliches.
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