Last Pen Standing
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I liked the story, but I found it dragged on in places. I also had a ha ...more
On her first night in town Delta and Hazel host a crafting workshop at ...more
Delta and her friend Hazel are co-owners of Wanted, a charming paper crafts store located in the old sheriff's jail in Tundish, Montana, a tourist town located in the old West. After Delta moves to the town a murder occurs and Hazel and her brother Finn become prime suspects. Now Delta has to prove them innocent or lose her friend and dream of owning a store forever.
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What I liked/loved about this book:
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What I Liked:
The classic catch-the-murderer trap utilized. Delta and Jonah create a simple trap to catch the murderer, and though the killer realizes it is a gotcha mom ...more
The book was well written and the person who committed the murder was not discovered until the very end of the book, which kept me glued to the book until I found out "who dun it".
I plan on recommending this book to all my friends for a good fast read of a cozy mystery. The Main Character is Delta Douglas who is going to invest some money into he ...more
This mystery features all the tropes of most cozy series these days: woman leaves behind old life (including boring job and/or deadbeat partner and/or big city life) to pursue the unexpected opportunity to start a new life in a small, picturesque town doing either exactly what she always wanted to do (knit, paper crafts, bake, etc.) or what she n ...more
They never expected to find on the their first day of their much anticipated workshop, a body of a well known figure murdered whilst a full scale party was going on, and that her friend's brother ...more
This is a good first in a series. I piq ...more
Wanting her grandmother to see the return on her investment, Delta is eager to share pictures and updates to document her progress. But as soon as she arri ...more
I love stationary and all things having to do with stationary, so I really wanted to love this book, but it fell short for me. I would have liked more development with the stationary shop theme, ...more
Last Pen Standing is the first in a new series, the A Stationery Shop Mystery Series, by Vivian Conroy. This series is set in scenic Montana. Delta is just moving to Montana as the new co-owner of a stationery store business with her friend Hazel from college. Hazel has also moved her troubled brother Finn to the small town for a fresh start and soon the three of them find themselves embroiled in a open murder ca ...more
I was thrilled the series is set in Montana. A state on my bucket list of places to travel. She combined that with retired K-9 dogs and I was hooked.
I am not a crafter but this book has piqued my interest. I had no clue what washi tape was and have since watc ...more
Good mystery with a fun setting and characters. Wanted, the stationery story, sounds so fun and would be a place I would definitely visit. So I loved the store angle/theme for this cozy series. I enjoyed the characters - Delta and the Paper Possee as well as the former cop and the dog, Spud. Lots of suspects for the murder and all of them had reasonable motives once Delta ...more