Lois Winston is a cozy mystery author best known for writing the acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series.

In addition to her work writing cozy mysteries, Lois also 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. Prior to becoming an author, Lois worked as a literary agent. She was also an award-winning craft and needlework designer which definitely helps to inspire her series and the characters in it.

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Publication Order of Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries Books

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death by Killer Mop Doll (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crewel Intentions (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Revenge of the Crafty Corpse (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mosaic Mayhem (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Decoupage Can Be Deadly (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Patchwork Peril (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crafty Crimes (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Stitch to Die for (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scrapbook of Murder (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Drop Dead Ornaments (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Sew Deadly Cruise (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stitch, Bake, Die! (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Guilty as Framed (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sorry, Knot Sorry (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Empty Nest Mystery Books

Definitely Dead (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Literally Dead (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Gertie Books

Talk Gertie to Me (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Elementary, My Dear Gertie (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Someone to Watch Over Me (As:Emma Carlyle) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lost in Manhattan (As:Emma Carlyle) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hooking Mr. Right: A Romance with Recipes (As:Emma Carlyle) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Four Uncles and a Wedding (As:Emma Carlyle) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Magic Paintbrush (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Finding Mr. Right (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moms in Black: A Mom Squad Caper (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Collections

Once Upon a Romance (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel Is Rejected: And How to Avoid Them (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dreams & Desires of Romance Tales, Vol. 2(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bake, Love, Write(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
We'd Rather Be Writing(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like Lois Winston Books, You’ll Love…

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun is the first book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery series. The book introduces us to Anastasia just as she loses her husband. He leaves her with two teenage boys, a ton of debt, and a hateful mother-in-law. She had no idea about her husband’s gambling addiction and now a loan shark is demanding she pay him fifty thousand dollars. Pollack is working as crafts editor at American Woman Magazine and her troubles continue when a dead body is found on her desk chair. The victim is the fashion editor who it turns out was having an affair with her husband. Now, Anastasia is the top suspect and she must work to clear her name and find the killer before he strikes again.

Another good book in the series is Drop Dead Ornaments. The seventh book in the series sees Anastasia’s son with a a new girlfriend. Anastasia meets the girl’s father and finds that he is a man of secrets. Her suspicions are quickly proven to be correct when a woman turns up dead and he is arrested for the murder. Anastasia’s son and his new girlfriend beg her to help clear his name, but she’s not quite convinced of his innocence. That said, she has always had trouble saying no to her kids.

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