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Death by Killer Mop Doll

(Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack's stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow American Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia's mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 8th 2012 by Midnight Ink (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Crafts editor Anastasia Pollack isn’t happy when she and her fellow magazine editors are required to add a morning TV show to their schedule, especially when they won’t get paid any extra. Anastasia has a hard enough time fitting everything in on a daily basis with her family at home and the different personalities at work. But the show’s producer happens to be engaged to her mother, so how can she refuse? Then when the studio is ransacked and the producer ends up dead, she can’t help getting in ...more
Jeanie Jackson
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-amateur
I enjoyed this well paced cozy mystery even better than the first as I got to know the characters better. I enjoy that although Anastasia does get into predicaments, for the most part her actions make sense in the situation she faces. So often that is not true even of good cozy mysteries.
A few of Anastasia's money worries are lessened and the loan shark it out of the picture, so now she should be able to breathe a bit in spite of having to care for a home with too many people who don't pull thei
Sara Thompson
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with the Anastasia Pollack mysteries. There's humor and a touch of romance that makes Anastasia realistic. I love the twists and turns in her life that don't sour and weigh down the stories. I'm not even sure one needs a mystery to make these stories interesting. Just reading how she deals with two teens, a mother in law, and her mother all under her roof with a dog, a cat and a parrot are entertaining enough. Through in her steamy tenant, Zack and everything else is just gravy. ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Light and fun...good book to take one's mind off of real life. Well written. ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Well-done light-weight chick-lit mystery...this is the second in the series.
Susan Oleksiw
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Anastasia Pollack loves her job creating articles for a crafts magazine, but when the editor informs her and the other writers that they now have to develop material for a TV show without additional pay, she and the other staff have no choice but to go along. The just-bounced co-hosts, Monica and Vince, are only two of the long list of people furious at the new format. But before they get very far, the studio is trashed and the producer dead. This is only the first murder, and at each one is fou ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Death by Killer Mop Doll" came into my possession at just the right time. I won this book as I was recouping from a medical procedure. Lois Winston has the ability to make me care about her main character Anastasia Pollack. Anastasia, now a widow, is coping with two teenage sons plus keeping her Mother and Mother-in-law from their daily verbal battles. Office coworkers and bosses keep Anastasia on her toes with her daily craft editor grind plus the newest project; a tv show. Throw in company mu ...more
Elise Ochoa
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Second time reading.
Received in Goodreads giveaway.

It was a fairly quick read. The first time I read it I didn't care for it at all. This time around it was more enjoyable. I found it funny and the way she viewed her stressful situations/life and her sexy tenant was relatable. Overall an enjoyable book. I'll be looking for the next book in the series (not to mention finding the first to read!).
Ellen Dark
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
A cozy in which the characters use the f word? It's true, so be warned. I skipped the instructions of making various mop dolls that were distributed throughout the book. I wonder if I'm compulsive enough to search out the third in the series. We'll see. ...more
Peggy Clayton
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was funny and also good. At times I was laughing out loud and I like when a book can do that. It was also a good mystery. Lois hit a home run with this!
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Overdue bills and constant mother vs. mother-in-law battles at home are bad enough. But crafts editor Anastasia Pollack’s stress level is maxed out when she and her fellow American Woman editors get roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. Before the glue is dry on Anastasia’s mop dolls, morning TV turns crime drama when the studio is trashed and the producer is murdered. Former co-hosts Vince and Monica—sleazy D-list celebrities—stand out among a lengthy li
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Anastasia Pollack leads a pretty chaotic life. She's the mother of two teenage sons whose husband not only recently left her widowed, but also responsible for an exuberant amount of debt. She also resides with a Shakespearian spouting parrot, her spiteful mother-in-law and a mysterious, cute tenant named Nick. Her mother just returned home from a cruise, engaged once again, and eager to marry husband number five. If that's not enough, the American Woman editors are roped into taking on additiona ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anastasia Pollack is having a rough, well, life. Raising two teenage sons alone would be enough without the constant pressure of having both her mother and her mother-in-law live with her - plus a Shakespeare-spouting parrot, and a militant dog. The mothers hate each other, Anastasia's dead husband has left them massively in debt, and her poor-paying job has now piled on a tv show spot with no extra pay. Not to mention the dead body on set - impaled by one on Anastasia's Mop Dolls! No stranger t ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Death by Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the crafting mystery series. Lots of light-hearted fun and laughter considering the tension in the Pollack household. Three women living together would be trying for anyone, let alone tossing a murder in the mix. The romance between Anastasia and her renter is beginning to develop. I do wish the publisher would have separated the instructions for the crafts from the body of the mystery. Would have preferred to see them at the end of a chapte ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-new-york
The editors of American Woman magazine, including crafts editor Anastasia Pollock, are forced to work on a morning television show without anymore pay, in part because Anastasia's mom Flora new fiance Lou, producer of the show, adopts her idea. When there's a murder on the set, the police don't really know who to suspect, but there turns out to be a lot about Lou's life that Flora didn't know about. As usual, Anastasia is struggling with her busy work life, her two teenagers, her grouchy mother- ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
he story was interesting with bits of fun and romance thrown in the mix. Anastasia's life is filled with lots of outstanding debts, a crazy mom who is thinking of marrying again for the 6th time, a crazier mother-in-law, two teenage boys, and a hunky tenant over the garage. Anastasia works as a crafts editor for a magazine who has just decided that the magazine group will help in producing new segments for the parent company's TV show. More work for the same money is a sore spot for all the maga ...more
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I know there is an audience for this type of book, but I'm not it. I'll be honest - I'm a doll collector, and I picked this book up because it involves dolls. Turns out that was not a good reason.

It was too chaotic, full of unbelievable things happening right and left, interspersed with cutesy family scenes and a romance that was also hard to believe given how haggard our heroine was made out to be. Definitely not the series for me. Even as a light read to pass the time, this book did not cut it
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the cover and title I was imagining something voodoo-like, you know, with a mop doll instead of the usual :D But this turned out to be not so, and am I ever grateful! :)
Full of humour, action, some internal struggles, neverending animosities that poor Anastasia has to endure. Her reward? Well. How about a very hot photo-journalist renting a room above her garage...? :D
can't wait for #3 :D
Chi Dubinski
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anastasia Pollack, a recent widow, is overwhelmed with money and family problems. When her employer, American Woman magazine, produces a television show, Anastasia and her colleagues discover they are required to put in extra time on the job for free. This is the second in a very funny mystery series.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Crafting and crime go hand in hand in this fun series. Anastasia moves from the magazine business to tv in this foray. As usual she is saddled with the debts and single motherhood thrust upon her when her gambling husband died suddenly. The romance and intrigue with her boarder is heating up as well. Quite enjoyable!
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read it in one day...enjoyable sequel in the Anastasia Pollack crafting series; smart-aleck style, colorful characters with even more colorful pets; I did figure out the culprit, but there was a major twist I did not see coming so that was enjoyable...already put the next entry in the series on hold at the public library...
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Like the first one, good mind fluff. However, by this time, you begin to get a little frustrated by the sheer amount of coincidences that happen just to make this come out the way it needs to. It's funny. The characters are a hoot. The plot is really thin. ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the characters and their adventures in this terridic mystery series! Lois spins an awesome plot that keeps me wanting more. I can't wait for #3! ...more
Darrell James
Nov 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
I met Lois in person at the 2011 Bouchercon conference in St Louis, she is so sweet and so funny. I can't wait to read her current book!! ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Great. I love her just as much (maybe a little more!) as Stephanie Plum. Can't wait for the next installment. ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. It dragged a little. Still an enjoyable read. ...more
Julia Wilson
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book kept me enthralled. The crafts seemed a bit dated. Don't understand why the author would include them when she was ridiculing them. Love the romance. ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
What did I think of this book? Funny, funny, funny, hilarious, and very cute.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sybermoms-2012
Second in a series; definitely better than the first. I wish Anastasia would spend some more time in NJ though, and not as much in NY. ;-)
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT!! a fun & adventurous book.
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USA Today and Amazon 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

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