Title: Revenge of the Crafty Corpse
(Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #3)
Author: Lois Winston
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: January 8, 2013
Personal Rating: 4 Stars
About the Book:
Welcome to the dysfunctional world of crafts editor Anastasia Pollack. After her gambling husband croaked and left her with more bills than you can shake a knitting needle at, Anastasia takes a part-time job leading a crafts class for a group of unruly seniors at Sunnyside Assisted Living Center. When one of the craftier residents, Lyndella Wegner, turns up dead, Anastasia's cantankerous mother-in-law becomes a prime suspect. Anastasia discovers that Lyndella was more notorious than her fabric yo-yos and x-rated dryer-lint paintings--and her scandalous past may just help solve the murder.
I was lucky enough to grab this book from Netgalley. Even though this is the third in the series and I have book one on my Kindle, a freebie, I was not completely lost with historical facts. The author does make reference to prior events but provides enough detail to not be completely lost on a new reader.
I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. Anastasia is a great main character. She’s tough and caring. Having been through the wringer in prior books, she is trying to make her life better. As she takes on the part-time job at the assisted living center, she finds herself strapped for time and away from the house. This situation creates freedom for several family members living at her home and definitely adds to events happening at her house while she is gone
Oh and the bird, it quotes Shakespeare. Amazing! But hilarious at times when situations are tight and questionable.
The crime was not easy for me to figure out, but was a lot of fun to follow. Very clever how Anastasia was able to find the link when the cops could not. I really enjoyed following her path to solving the crime.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of cozy mysteries. I am definitely going to read book one which is waiting for me on my Kindle very soon.