Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Handmade Ho Ho Homicide

Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide

(An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery)
by Lois Winston

About Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide

Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Independently Published
Print Length: 212 pages
Digital ASIN: B07VG2QZXV

Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend (and possible spy) Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.
In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?
Christmas craft projects included.

Review: If you are looking for a cute holiday themed cozy mystery, this is definitely the book for you. This is probably one of the most relaxing books I've read recently. By relaxing, I mean a book I could get lost in and just enjoy, which I did, immensely.

You have a family member who is basically going all Grizwald with the Christmas decorations much to the chagrin of the neighbors. You have some crazy in-laws and other assorted relatives too.

The wacky characters make for a fun read, especially when her half brother in law is a suspect in the murder of a man that wasn't to thrilled with his decorations.

There is so much to love about this book, including one of the errors at the beginning when Bea Arthur is referenced as Maude's character in the Golden Girls.

I loved Anastasia and her family, because they were so goofy, from her cougar mother to Ira and his unpleasant children. Oh and there's the ex-Marine that comes to whip Ira's kids into shape. He reminded me a bit of Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

The holiday setting made this read even more fun

This was such a fun quick read and considering the length, I liked how the author wrapped up things without making it feel too hurried. I can't wait to read more of this series.

Rating: 4 flowers

About Lois Winston

USA Today 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 more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” In addition, Lois is a former literary agent and an award-winning craft and needlework designer who often draws much of her source material for both her characters and plots from her experiences in the crafts industry.
Author Links

Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog: www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com

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Lois Winston said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful review of Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

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