Scrapbook of Murder by Lois Winston is the sixth book in the “Anastasia Pollack Crafting” mystery series. Published: October 2017
Crafts and murder don’t normally go hand-in-hand, but “normal” deserted crafts 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.
This is a great book that I devoured in one sitting. I love the antics of Anastasia as she sets out to find who put her friend in the hospital and in another case, a frivolous lawsuit is filed against her friend. Putting two and two together and you just know that Anastasia will solve both cases and it’s the visually descriptive narrative that keeps me engaged in all that is happening from the discovery of the letter, to Cloris’ lawsuit concerns to Lucille up to her old tricks and to Zack who know exactly what Anastasia needs. All the gang is here and it was a joy to visit with them once again. This is one of the best books in this delightfully entertaining whodunit and I hope there are more stories in the future. Bonus, of course, are scrapbooking tips.