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Last Pen Standing

(Stationery Shop Mystery #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  53 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
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Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press
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    Natalia  Ramlal
    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
    Linda
    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
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    Lisa Ks Book Reviews
    LAST PEN STANDING was a well plotted mystery. I'll be on the watch for more from author Vivian Conroy.
    Holly
    Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, 2019
    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
    Maureen
    Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Kirsti
    Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    The Cozy Review
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Cynthia Moore
    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
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    Stacey
    Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Joy
    Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Notebooks and erasers and Washi tape, oh my. Add some heartfelt characters who are easy to get behind, and we have a series opener that avoids the canned feeling of so many cozy mysteries. The chapters in this one are a bit long, and the reveal feels drawn out a bit past the suspense point, becoming almost anticlimactic. Nevertheless, Delta, Hazel, Jonas, and Spud have become friends that I look forward to following for a long time.
    Nora-adrienne
    Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Brenda
    Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Jerri Cachero
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A new to me author that I enjoyed! I love to read crafting mysteries and this paper craft store setting was a fun read!

    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.

    The descript
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    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
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    TessaTalksBooks
    Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Last Pen Standing is a delightful new cozy series by Vivian Conroy with an unexpected wild west twist. Reading the novel is like sitting down with your favorite unsolved puzzle - as fascinating to experience as it is to solve. Despite a slow start, once the Paper Posse is introduced, the pace picks up, and the excitement begins.

    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
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    Tari
    Oh this was really good! I'd never read anything by this author before, but now I'd like to explore her other cozy series. These characters really grew on me! Hazel and Delta were such good friends and fell right back into how easily they got along in college. Mrs. C of the Paper Posse was a real character, and even though we only met some of the others via text, I could tell that they were fun too. I loved how Delta and Jonas just connected when it came to sleuthing. Even though he was a former ...more
    Mary
    Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I gave this book a five star rating. Because it was one of the best Cozy mysteries I have read in awhile. It was given to me from Net Galley as an ARC.

    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
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    Laura Salas
    May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Although I'm not super crafty, I have found that I really enjoy reading cozies featuring crafty main characters. Journals as a plot point? Count me in!

    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
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    Grace Koshida
    Delta Douglas gets some inheritance money from her Gran which allows her to quit her marketing job in the city and move to the small Montana town of Tundish to become the co-owner of WANTED, a stationery shop with her college friend Hazel. Delta and Hazel are hosting a crafting workshop at the historic Lodge Hotel which is also hosting its annual swanky gold miners dinner and dance. The evening turns deadly when hotel guest Vera White is discovered stabbed to death in the bar. The pompous sherif ...more
    Mystica
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It is an idyllic story. You use your inheritance to set up a partnership in an idyllic village background to do what you love to do. This was the beginning of Delta's dream to set up a paper craft business in association with her best friend in an area which was a village but also a tourist destination.

    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
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    Kathy
    Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is the first book in a new cozy series. Delta Douglas has used money inherited from her grandmother to buy part ownership in a stationery store owned by her best friend from college, Hazel. During a craft workshop the pair is running at a local hotel, someone is murdered. Investigation leads to Hazel’s brother and ultimately to Hazel. Delta springs into action to find out who the murderer is and to clear Hazel’s name, using her new friends in the area.

    This is a good first in a series. I piq
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    Becky
    Last Pen Standing is the first installment in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. The basic premise is that Delta received an inheritance from her grandmother and used the money to buy part of her college roommate Hazel's stationery shop and become her business partner. Delta is great at drawing and paper crafting, and wants the chance to be her own boss. This being a cozy mystery, of course a murder takes place at a local hotel soon after Delta moves into town. Hazel's brother is immediately su ...more
    Cinthi
    Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    What would you do if a family member gave you a financial windfall? When Delta’s grandmother gives her some money rather than waiting for her to inherit it, she has some choices to make on how to spend it. So she quit her job and moved to Tundish. Montana to become her friend’s business partner at Wanted, a stationery and paper crafting store.

    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
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    Sarah Dykes
    A first in a new cozy mystery series, we meet Delta, who is following her paper craft dreams by becoming co-owner of a stationary store with her college pal, Hazel. At their first workshop together, a murder occurs at the same hotel as the workshop, and Delta quickly gets involved in solving the mystery.

    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,
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    AngryGreyCat
    May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received a copy of Last Pen Standing from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

    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
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    Shoshana Frank
    As the new co-owner of Wanted, Tundish Montana’s exclusive stationary shop, Delta Douglas is excited to settle in and learn about the town. These plans are foiled when her very first crafting workshop with her friend and co-owner Hazel, ends with a murder at the local hotel. When the suspects and arrests reach too close to home with Hazel and her brother Finn in the crosshairs Delta steps in to investigate. With the help of the local crafters, Paper Posse, and ex-police officer, Jonas, Delta str ...more
    Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
    A solid four stars. This is the first book I’ve read by Vivian Conroy and I will definitely be checking out her other books. She kept the story going with making sure enough red herrings were evident to keep the reader guessing the killer.

    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
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    Jan
    Delta comes to small town Montana to get out of her rut and make her dream come true by partnering with her friend in operating a stationery store and giving classes. Just after the first class a rather wealthy woman with local connections is murdered and the friend's brother seems to be railroaded as primary suspect. Enter a former K9 handler/wildlife guide/photographer, a group of other shop owners who also want the right suspect arrested, and a substantial suspect pool. Let the sleuthing begi ...more
    Jaymie
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

    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
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