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DROP DEAD ORNAMENTS (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The coz...

DROP DEAD ORNAMENTS (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis with a character interview.

Drop Dead Ornaments
(An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston


What do you like best about the other main character(s)?

For all the problems author Lois Winston has dumped on me, with a few exceptions she’s given me a wonderful supporting cast. My co-workers, for the most part, are a great group of women, especially Cloris McWerther, our magazine’s food editor. She always stocks the break room with muffins, croissants, or pastries, providing me with breakfast each morning. She also saved my life—literally—in one book. And I do love my mother, despite her maddening idiosyncrasies. Of course there are a few people I’d rather didn’t populate the pages of Lois’s books, including my mother-in-law, my husband’s half-brother, and his spoiled-brat children, but Lois doesn’t seem to be interested in my opinions.

What annoys you? What makes you laugh?

What annoys me the most is my communist mother-in-law Lucille. I’m stuck with her as a permanent houseguest, thanks to my now-deceased husband Karl, who gambled away our life’s savings and ran up massive debts. Also, author Lois Winston, who thought it would be cathartic to write a character based on her own communist mother-in-law. I wish she’d chosen another character to help her overcome her psychological trauma. What did I ever do to her?

As for what makes me laugh, not a whole lot these days, except maybe Ralph, the Shakespeare-quoting parrot I inherited from Great-aunt Penelope Periwinkle.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

The best thing ever to happen to me, other than the birth of both my sons, is Zachary Barnes. He started out as my tenant when I needed to rent the apartment above my garage to help pay down the massive debt Karl accrued before dying. Zack is a photojournalist, but I suspect he’s got a side gig as a government agent. Or maybe the photojournalism is the side gig. He claims I’m delusional, that he’s just a photojournalist, but we’ve fallen in love anyway.

Of course, the worst thing that ever happened to me was the day my husband died, and I uncovered all his secrets. It really is true that the wife is the last to know. I’ve also had a few other really bad days since then, and they all involve people trying to kill me. I blame all this on the ex. No one ever tried to kill me before he dropped dead.

What is the one word you would use to define yourself? What is the one word others would use to define you?

Survivor. As much as I’ve wanted to crawl into bed, pull the quilt over my head, and never leave, I haven’t let the disastrous downturn to my life define me. I have to find a way to turn things around, especially for my sons. I’d have an easier time of doing that if Lois Winston would stop dropping dead bodies into my life.

I think others would say I’m fearless, although I really don’t think I am. I don’t seek out trouble, and I’d prefer never to deal with another murder for as long as I live. I’m no Jessica Fletcher. I’m more a reluctant amateur sleuth than an enthusiastic one.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My two teenage sons, Alex and Nick. As much as I regret having married Karl, if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have my sons. If I have to be honest, Karl was a great father to the boys, except for secretly draining their college accounts along with the rest of his financial crimes against his family. I tell Alex and Nick that addiction is an illness, and their father couldn’t help himself, but they’re not buying it. They’re extremely bitter, and truthfully, I don’t blame them. I’m bitter, too, but I try not to show it or let it get the best of me.

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About the Book

Drop Dead Ornaments (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Self Published
Print Length: 209 pages

Anastasia Pollack’s son Alex is dating Sophie Lambert, the new kid in town. For their community service project, the high school seniors have chosen to raise money for the county food bank. Anastasia taps her craft industry contacts to donate materials for the students to make Christmas ornaments they’ll sell at the town’s annual Holiday Crafts Fair.

At the fair Anastasia meets Sophie’s father, Shane Lambert, who strikes her as a man with secrets. She also notices a woman eavesdropping on their conversation. Later that evening when the woman turns up dead, Sophie’s father is arrested for her murder.

Alex and Sophie beg Anastasia to find the real killer, but Anastasia has had her fill of dead bodies. She’s also not convinced of Shane’s innocence. Besides, she’s promised younger son Nick she’ll stop risking her life. But how can she say no to Alex?

About the Author

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 nonfiction 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.
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Get carried away with love!