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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 (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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This book started with a bang then quickly fizzled out. The mystery took too long to get under way (40% in or so) and was pretty weak. The whodunit was easy to solve at the start and the "mystery" is just a series of confirmations of that imo. Aside from the dry, witty humor (loved), I found almost everything else to be frustrating. Especially Anastasia's home life. She's nothing but a spineless doormat to her family.

Another problem I had, which really is the reason for my lower rating, is the grammar/formatting in this book. It's really awful. Good thing I picked this up when it was free. I really can't recommend this one either... not until it gets cleaned up of the bad formatting prevalent on Every. Single. Page. Makes it difficult to read at times and obvious it was neglected after its conversion. Very disappointing.
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I love a good cosy novel to curl up and take me away to another world and this novel didn't disappoint. With a wry sense of humour and wacky, fun characters, Ms. Winston introduces you to the character of Anastasia Pollack and her mad cap family who all live with her. Her mother who collects husbands because they all die on her, and her Mother in law who spouts communists views and blames everything on people being anti- communist including her husband's disappearance when her son was a child. Her two teenage son aren't much help around the house as most young men aren't. and poor Anastasia is facing financial ruin because of her recently deceased husband.Her husband dropped dead while gambling all their money away, and their teenage son's college funds. If that wasn't bad enough Anastasia finds her boss murdered in her office and it looks like someone has set her up for the fall. Then she starts getting calls from someone threatening her life and those of her children of she doesn't pay the 50g's her husband owes. I won't tell you anymore of the story but this book is delight from start to finish. Bits of humour and great writing makes this a cosy you'll love to read.
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