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Last Pen Standing

(Stationery Shop Mystery #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Will this paper trail run cold?

As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana's stationery shop WANTED, Delta Douglas knows how to organize a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn't the onl
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Delta has been gifted a sum of money from her grandmother, and what better way to spend it than following her dreams to finally own a stationary shop. After teaming up with her friend Hazel at her shop, Wanted, in Tundish, Montana, Delta couldn’t be happier. Together they plan a crafting workshop at a local hotel, and on the night of the big event, one of the guests is murdered on the premises.

This murder becomes a mystery. Who would do this? Was there a brawl? An affair? There are multiple susp
Natalia  R
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delta Douglas is thrilled to be the new co-owner of a stationery shop with her best friend, Hazel. However, on her first night in her new hometown, a guest is murdered at the hotel where they are hosting a crafting workshop. The police immediately arrest Hazel's brother, Finn, who was seen behaving suspiciously at the crime scene. Hazel tries her best to protect her brother which results in her also being arrested. With the help of her new friends, Delta is determined to solve the murder and get ...more
LAST PEN STANDING by Vivian Conroy is a cozy mystery and the first book in the Stationery Shop series. Delta Douglas was gifted some money by her grandmother which allowed her to quit her job as a graphic designer and pursue her dream job. She invests the money in a partnership business that her college friend Hazel runs in Tundish, Montana. The business is a stationery shop and Delta plans to create a line of products for the store using designs from sketches she has done. While Delta will focu ...more
Delta Douglas joined her good friend Hazel as the co-owner of the stationery shop Wanted, in the small Montana town of Tundish. She was excited, as when her gran had gifted her some money, it had enabled Delta to follow the dream she’d had for as long as she could remember. Wanted was filled with imaginative and exquisite stationery items which she was determined to add to using her own artwork, sketches and designs.

The night of a crafting workshop at Taylor’s Lodge, there was also a party in a
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
LAST PEN STANDING was a well plotted mystery. I'll be on the watch for more from author Vivian Conroy. ...more
Chatting About
I’m a fan of stationery, pens, ink stamps, cards, and journals, so I knew this book would appeal to me. The gorgeous cover had me at Hello! I liked the concept for the setup of this debut cozy series and enjoyed the rural autumn descriptions in the foothills of Washington State.

Protagonist Delta Douglas uses a monetary gift from her Gran to purchase co-ownership in a stationery shop run by her friend, Hazel. Delta and Hazel present a craft workshop at a local hotel owned by the Taylor family on
Dawn Michelle
I requested this book simply because my friend [who is new to the cozy genre] told me I should and because it was about a stationary shop. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love things in the stationary department. In fact, most people I know steer me clear of that area in ANY store because once there [much like a bookstore], I am a lost cause. I am glad to say that this book, much like most of my beloved stationary, did not [mostly] disappoint.

What I liked/loved about this book:
*Delta. She
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delta Douglas is thrilled when her grandmother gives her the money to do whatever she wants with her life. It’s an easy choice for Delta. She goes into business with her best friend, Hazel, who owns a stationery shop called WANTED. Delta always loved crafting and a stationery shop is the perfect outlet for her. She moves to the small town of Tundish, Montana where the shop is located.

Delta immediately joins Hazel in giving a crafting workshop in a local hotel. Everything is going wonderful until
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I'm a huge fan of Vivian Conroy's cozy mysteries, they're fun. This is the beginning of a new series by her. We meet Delta, who inherits money from her grandma, and decides to co-own a stationary shop with her best friend, Hazel. When Delta moves to the small town in Montana, she immediately falls in love with her new store, Wanted, and can't believe her dreams are coming true. However, things turn quickly when at a crafting evening she and Hazel find a woman dead in the bar. From there, Hazel e ...more
Peggy R
This is the first book in a new series and the first book I've read by this author. I like the premise and was interested in the fact that the protagonist was the co-owner of a stationery store. Unfortunately, it was very hard for me to engage in the story and the characters. I found the characters to be a bit flat and the plot to drag a bit in sections. I also felt that some of the actions of the characters were unbelievable. Yes, in cozy mysteries sometimes we suspend belief to make some situa ...more
Jammin Jenny
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this first entry in a new cozy mystery series. It's set in Montana, where one of the MCs. Delta Douglas, has decided to quit her job and use the money her grandmother gave her to buy-in to a stationary shop with her best friend from college. When she arrives, she joins her friend and co-owner Hazel in running a crafting workshop at a local lodge. There is a murder at the lodge and her friend's brother Finn is ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Delta Douglas has come to Tundish, Montana to follow her dreams. Her grandmother has gifted her inheritance early so she can go into business with her best friend Hazel as co-owner of a stationary store set up in an old sheriff’s office, complete with jail cells. Hazel has fittingly named the store WANTED. Delta’s plans include developing her own line of crafting supplies and products.

Delta arrives in town just in time to help Hazel host a workshop at The Lodge Hotel. The hote
Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy is the first book in A Stationery Shop Mystery series. Delta Douglas had been working as a graphic designer at an ad agency until she received a sizable check from her Gran on her thirtieth birthday. It allowed her to make her dream come true of owning a stationery shop where she can use her sketches to create a line of products. Delta invests in her best friend’s shop, Wanted in Tundish, Montana (the town with a heart of gold). While Delta is prepared for the ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A solid start to a new cozy series! This one is set in a stationery shop in Montana. Delta Douglas has used the money her grandmother gave her to buy into a stationery store with her best friend from college, Hazel. Their place is full of gold mine themes and is housed in a former sheriff's building/jail. Someone is murdered at a local hotel on the night Delta and Hazel are running a workshop in a conference room. When Hazel ends up behind bars, Delta starts investigating to clear her friend's n ...more
Nancy Baker
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A strong start to a new series. Delta Douglas moves to Tundish, Montana to live her life's dream of producing her own line of stationery products while also being a co-owner of a stationery shop. Immediately things go from "glitter to murder" and now Delta needs to help clear her friend and her friend's brother from bogus charges.

I look forward to getting to know the characters better in future books. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Delta moves to Tundish to become a partner with her friend Hazel at a stationary store. When a murder takes place at a hotel where they’re hosting a crafting class, Hazel and her brother, Finn, become the prime suspects. Delta, along with former police officer Jonas, and the Paper Posse (those who attend crafting events held by the stationary store), take it upon themselves to try to figure out who really committed the crime.

I liked the story, but I found it dragged on in places. I also had a ha
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
It was a fun read, and the only reason it took so long is that I own my copy and was reading it between ALL the library books I kept ordering.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This was fun! Who knew that Stationery could be a cozy theme? But oddly it works, and this time around we have a sleuth who actually really investigates. Delta actively involves herself in the investigation and the police are on the back foot the whole time. It helps that she befriends a former policeman early, so she has access to ideas that she might not otherwise.

I loved the obvious yet not so obvious suspect, and the w
Cynthia Moore
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Delta receives a monetary gift from her grandmother that she then uses to buy into a partnership of a store with her friend in a tourist town in Montana. She just gets to town and immediately there is a murder at the lodge during a party. Her friend Hazel is arrested along with Hazel's brother, for the murder.
I found the story to be stilted and stiff. The characters were either stereotypes or interchangable. I honestly had a hard time remembering which was Delta and which was Hazel. None of the
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars
So boring. I couldn't finish it. I had such high hopes for this book and it is an utter snoozer.
The Cozy Review
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Stationery Shop Mystery - Book 1
Author: Vivian Conroy
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Craft/Hobby
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Page Count: 288

Publishing Date: September 24, 2019

From Poisoned Pen Press comes a new cozy mystery series “Stationery Shop Mystery “ Last Pen Standing by author Vivian Conroy. This book is a nice start to a new series that will grab the reader’s interest. The stationary business is captivating and unusual, which should keep readers, especially crafters, enthusiastic, and hap
Angela Maria Hart
Mar 31, 2020 marked it as to-read
We will be discussing this book tonight over on my YouTube channel, Books Are My Hart. 7:00 PM EST.
Jody Holford
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a new author to me and I truly enjoyed so much about this book. The setting is fabulous and I want to visit a stationary shop just like Wanted. Hosted a book talk on this one with Angela Hart. Great read
Jamie Bowen
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Delta Douglas realises a dream of hers when with her friend, they run a stationery shop in Montana. Settling into her new home and getting to know people, Delta starts to feel at home. But then they get dragged into a murder mystery and at a hotel and Delta starts to discover all sorts of secrets which might even affect her dreams and the future of the shop. But working with former policeman Jonas and his ex K9 police dog, Spud, they set out to solve the crime before it takes the wrong people do ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Last Pen Standing is the debut of the Stationery Shop Mystery series featuring Delta Douglas and set in the small, former gold mining town of Tundish, Montana. Using a monetary gift from her grandmother Delta purchases half of Wanted, a stationery/crafting shop housed in the old Sheriff's office. Giving up her job in Cheyenne, Wyoming, relocates to Tundish and moves in with old college roommate and now business partner, Hazel.

On her first night in town Delta and Hazel host a crafting workshop at
Kory Bull
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series with a western town as a setting. I loved this book, I am a huge fan of books set in the western states and with an old west vibe. From the first page Vivian Conroy describes the setting and characters beautifully. I enjoyed the main character Delta and I smiled every time the Paper Posse showed up to help Delta solve the mystery. The mystery has a lot of great clues and suspects. This book was delightful from the first page to the last and I can't wait to ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series by Vivian Conroy.

I was excited to find yet another series I want to follow. This story was just fun. I loved the outlaw take on the town’s image and how the stationery shop was called WANTED. I feel like I need Clue-like pack of cards with their photos in order to keep track of the Paper Posse and all their nicknames verses their real names, where they work, what their gossip expertise is, etc. There was a terrific grapevine i
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Last Pen Standing by Vivian Conroy is a fantastic start to the Stationary Shop Mysteries! Even if I wasn’t a stationary (and all the do-dads that go along with it) lover, I would still have been drawn in by the detailed descriptions of Montana’s gorgeous countryside, the wildlife, the hotel, and, of course, Wanted, the stationary store, as well as the rest of the town.

Conroy’s descriptions, even down to the smallest of erasers, makes you feel like you are actually there seeing the scene, feelin
This is the first book in a new series by this talented author. It features Delta Douglas as the lynchpin of the investigation into the death of a guest at the local hotel. Her grandmother decided to give Delta most of her inheritance whilst she is still alive, hoping to see who Delta will use the money to follow her dreams. Delta has gone into partnership with her friend, owning and running a stationery shop in Tundish, Montana.

When she moved to the small town location, she never dreamed that s
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