Mama here, otherwise known as Flora Sudberry Periwinkle Ramirez Scoffield Goldberg O’Keefe. Dru invited me to her blog today to tell you all about my daughter’s latest adventure in Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, the third book in Lois Winston’s Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries.
I swear, I don’t know what’s gotten into Anastasia. Ever since her husband Karl Pollack permanently cashed in his chips in Las Vegas, revealing himself to be a no-good, lying louse, she thinks she’s Sherlock Holmes. Although, I don’t think even Sherlock Holmes stumbled across dead bodies at the rate my daughter does. Nor did Sherlock have as many people trying to kill him. You’d think Anastasia works in law enforcement given all those dead bodies, but she’s the crafts editor at a women’s magazine, for heaven’s sake! Hardly your typical life-threatening occupation. And yet, my daughter’s life keeps getting threatened. I tell you, it’s enough to turn this mother’s strawberry blonde hair gray. Thank goodness for Miss Clairol!
Being permanently saddled with Lucille, Karl’s communist mother, should be enough bad Karma for my daughter. Not by a long shot. The louse also left her with drained bank accounts and more debt than your average third world nation.
I had hoped there’d be one less thorn in our sides after author Lois Winston had the good sense to dump a stroke and brain tumor on the commie pinko at the end of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. I was so looking forward to having the bedroom all to myself! But then, much to my dismay, Lois didn’t kill off Lucille. The commie recovered, and in Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, Lucille is installed in an assisted living and rehab center. At least I have the bedroom all to myself temporarily, which is convenient since I have a new beau. Too bad Medicare will only cover a month of rehab for Lucille. Then, unfortunately, we get her back.
Of course, being Lucille, she does nothing but complain from the moment she arrives at the center, going so far as to threaten to strangle her extremely talkative roommate. Guess what happens next.
Things are looking up for me when Lucille becomes the prime suspect in the murder of Lyndella Wegner, a ninety-eight year old crafting maven with a penchant for ruffles, lace, and hedonistic pursuits. Maybe I shouldn’t have gloated so much over the prospect of Lucille spending the rest of her days behind bars. My daughter, being the Goody Two Shoes that she is, doesn’t believe the Bolshevik is capable of murder. Of course, I tell her to leave the investigating to the professionals, but does she ever listen to me? No. She sets out to find the real killer, once again putting her own life in jeopardy. Not that Lucille appreciates Anastasia’s efforts on her behalf, but like I said, my daughter’s a Goody Two Shoes.
Meanwhile, if Anastasia does get Lucille off the hook, the commie curmudgeon is going to be in for the shock of her life when she comes home to discover the existence of a long-lost relative who showed up at our door. I can’t wait to see the expression on her face. Maybe she’ll drop dead from shock.
And just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I’m really not a bad person. Just ask anyone other than Lucille. That woman can drive a saint to cavort with the devil. The only reason author Lois Winston keeps her around is because she’s the character readers love to hate. Or so she tells me.
** Lois is giving away one (1) autographed copy of REVENGE OF THE CRAFTY CORPSE. Contest open to US residents only and ends January 12. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **
Meet the author
Award-winning author Lois Winston writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series featuring magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack. Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, a January 2011 release, was the first book in the series and received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Kirkus Reviews dubbed it, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum” Death By Killer Mop Doll was released in 2012. Revenge of the Crafty Corpse is available now. Lois also writes romance, romantic suspense, humorous women’s fiction, and non-fiction under her own name and as Emma Carlyle.
Revenge of the Crafty Corpse is available in trade paperback and as an ebook.