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Revenge of the Crafty Corpse

(Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Midnight Ink (first published January 1st 2013)
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I quite enjoyed this book, although I didn't realize it was third in a series. I have to wonder if the first two will be spoiled for reading due to the rough plot summaries provided in this one; I guess I'll have to see.

The main character, Anastasia Pollack, is lively and engaging, the secondary characters are vivid and interesting, the plot works out pretty well. The victim was so fascinating, actually, that she almost overshadowed the rest of the cast - despite appearing only once and being de
Hope Smash
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I am forever wishing there were half stars. If there were this book would be a 3.5. I really enjoyed the plot of this and Anastasia as a main character was endearing. My main issue was with the level of tropes that were used, the spelling/grammatical errorsand the repetition. We get it Anastasia, you're broke! That fact should have been referenced maybe max 5 times, the rest was just gratuitous. I didn't realise this was the 3rd book on the series until I had already started. I feel like the aut ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Review originally published on I Feel So Unnecessary

Crafts editor Anastasia Pollack takes an extra job in an assisted living facility leading a crafts class to earn some extra cash. When her mother-in-law's roommate is killed. Anastasia sets out to prove her um, difficult mother-in-law is not the killer. But will Anastasia's craftiness lead to her demise?

My review: This is book 3 in the series and the first one I've read. I found it to be a humorous read with a neat mystery and well developed c
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
learned about making sewed yoyos - definitely going to make some decorative pillows!
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This quirky cozy features Anastasia Pollack, recently-widowed crafts editor of American Woman magazine. Anastasia's late husband had gambled away their life savings leaving her household in a mountain of debt. What's worse: Anastasia's family has the makings of World War III under her roof with her communist-loving mother-in-law clashing with her multiply-married (and widowed) mother sharing space with Anastasia, her two teenage sons, and their assorted pets.

In this third installment, Lucille, t
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Revenge of the Crafty Corpse
By Lois Winston
“Revenge of the Crafty Corpse,” the third in the Anastasia Pollock crafting mysteries by Lois Winston, has taught me many things. Among them: I will not wear purple (it doesn’t look that great on me anyway, so that’s not much of a sacrifice); I will not, under any circumstances, open my home to both my Commie-leaning mother-in-law or my often-wed but soon-divorced, desperately-seeking-sex mother. Nor will I ever check into an assisted living/rehab cente
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, cozy-mystery
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
Nancy Rogan
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in this crafting mystery series and I enjoyed it as much as the first two. I like all the crafting references and the easy reading style. It has a dog, a cat, a parrot and a little romance thrown in as well as a mystery with a nice twist - just what a cozy should be. The idea of living with a mother and mother-in-law who are constantly bickering and totally out of touch with reality gets a little old, but at least Anastasia stands up for herself and doesn't give them everyth ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Third book in the series, I have read them all. Author needs to start moving forward with the characters. We know Anastasia is broke, we hear about it every other page and in this book we know she sweats, again constant descriptions of sweaty clothes. Both mothers are cartoon characters and what purpose did bringing Ira into the book accomplish.

Its time she stood up for herself and set some unbreakable ground rules in her own home. I find it totally unbelievable that Zach wants to be involved wi
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable third read in the Anastasia Pollack series with Ms. Pollack taking a second job as a weekend crafts director at the retirement facility where her mother-in-law is rehabilitating after an injury. Holding court is a 96-year-old woman who has two major talents; all kinds of crafts from needlework to making her own clothes (she can do anything with her hands) and well, to put it delicately, she "entertains" the gentlemen of the home nightly...which leads to raucous situations with the resi ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read the first two books of the series. Liked the first book well enough to go for the second. Should have stopped there.

Nothing to recommend here. The plot wasn't really all that interesting. The characters are mostly unlikeable. The language could be improved. This book just mostly left me cold. I'm not sure why I bothered to continue to read it, except perhaps I kept hoping it would get better.

This particular book was just too fraught with bad role models, unbelievable actions by barely b
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Anastasia is trying to survive after her husband dies, leaving lots of debts. She has 2 teenage boys, a pain-in-the-ass mother-in-law and a husband-seeking mother all living with her. So when the opportunity arises that Anastasia could earn some extra money at a second job, she takes a chance. Now she is working 2 jobs. Her mother-in-law is in a rehab nursing home for her recent brain surgery and the nursing home needs a arts and crafts instructor. That is Anastasia's new part-time job. But she ...more
Jan 23, 2016 added it
Shelves: mystery, series
Book three in this hilarious, two-starred series 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, Anastasias cantankerous mother-in-law becomes a prime suspect. Anastasia discovers th ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Lucille, Anastasia Pollock's mother-in-law from hell, is unwillingly in a rehab facility and Anastasia is given what seems like the golden opportunity to make a few extra bucks by filling in as a weekend art teacher. Since her husband died leaving her with a lot of debts, Anastasia is eager for the chance, even though that means cutting back on things like sleep. Lucille becomes a murder suspect when her roommate is killed, and Anastasia can't let an innocent woman (well, of murder) be punished. ...more
Linda Andrews
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anastasia Strikes Again

Anastasia Pollack is back and her life is crazier than ever. Still looking for ways to pay of her late husband's debt, she takes a job at the home currently housing her communist mother-in-law. When a resident ends up dead, Anastasia ends up investigating. Like the other books, this one has a side of crafts to go with the murders. The mystery kept me guessing until the end and I really enjoyed the development of the characters and the relationship between Anastasia and her
D.L. Williams
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute story, centers around a woman whose husband gambled away their funds and then died, but not before dumping his Mother in his wife's lap. This time around, Anastasia has (temporarily) dumped her mother in law in a retirement home so she can get physical therapy. In the mean time, she is approached to lead the arts and crafts at the home while the real teacher is out having a baby. When two of the women are snuffed out, Anastasia takes it upon herself to figure out who-dunnit. ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
For something I am only willing to give 2 stars, I really did enjoy it. I'm wavering between 2 and 3. It was easy, fluffy, sort of interesting navigation of a nursing home mystery. The inserted instructions on how to make fabric crafts was a novelty, but I skipped it; not what I was there for. Publishers' Weekly said it was full of laughs--eh, notsomuch, but lighthearted and the protagonist was mostly relatable. ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
Nothing better than finding a new author. Cozy but not cloying--check. Feisty and flawed heroine--check. Vivid and amusing secondary characters--check. Complex but largely believable plotting --check. Snarky and appreciative crafting--bonus!! Definitely want to read more by this author. DPL book.

Reread in a frothy mystery blitz. Still very enjoyable.
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book and looking forward to the 4th one in the series.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I just love this series. Each one gets better. Cannot wait for the next installment!!! (Soon, I hope?:)
Sep 20, 2013 marked it as to-read
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May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. That's the bottom line. Unrealistic characters aside, I enjoyed it. ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Fun! I could relate to the weather being in the midst of a North Jersey heat wave. I liked the setting of Sunnyside and all the fun characters.
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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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