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Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) – Paperback by Lois Winston

The title alone made me stop for a second look. A murder mystery centered around a crafts editor at a fashion magazine and her industrial glue gun? Count me in! First thing I wanted to know was – what was the method? Hot gluing the nostrils and lips shut so the victim couldn’t breathe? Well, not exactly…


When Anastasia Pollack’s husband permanently cashes in his chips at a roulette table in Vegas, her comfortable middle-class life is suddenly kaput. She’s left with two teenage sons, a mountain of debt, and her hateful, cane-wielding Communist motherin-law. Not to mention stunned disbelief over her late husband’s secret gambling addiction, and the loan shark who’s demanding fifty thousand dollars.
Anastasia’s job as crafts editor for a magazine proves no respite when she discovers a dead body glued to her office chair. The victim, fashion editor Marlys Vandenburg, collected enemies and ex-lovers like Jimmy Choos on her ruthless climb to editor-in-chief. But when evidence surfaces of an illicit affair between Marlys and Anastasia’s husband, Anastasia becomes the number one suspect.

This is a light, fast-paced read (I finished in one day) with a lot of action, teeming with snappy one-liners and zingers. Be ready for a double quadruple serving of bad luck for our heroine, Anastasia. While most people would crawl into fetal position, Anastasia keeps her chin up and plows onward until her business is back in order.

The plot is trimmed with outlandish, zany characters that weave in and out of the main plot. While at times I felt like I needed to stop and take a breath because the story moved almost too fast, I loved Winston’s glowing gift of snappy comebacks. I giggled a lot while taking this one in. I could see Winston with a second career as a sitcom scribe.
This is the first in a series of Anastasia Pollack crafting mysteries, and Chapter One of the next title, Mop Doll Murders, is included at the back of Glue Gun.

Oh! I appreciated the clever crafty ideas within the story as well.
“The police had confiscated my computer, desk chair, all my supplies, and – worst of all – the three dozen satin birdseed roses scheduled for this morning’s photo shoot.” 

If you like crafty mysteries, this is a must-have for your collection!


Kathy 🙂

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