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.

Publication Order of Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries Books

Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death by Killer Mop Doll (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crewel Intentions (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Revenge of the Crafty Corpse (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mosaic Mayhem (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Decoupage Can Be Deadly (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Patchwork Peril (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crafty Crimes (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Stitch to Die for (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scrapbook of Murder (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Drop Dead Ornaments (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sew Deadly Cruise (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Empty Nest Mystery Books

Definitely Dead (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Literally Dead (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Gertie Books

Talk Gertie to Me (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Elementary, My Dear Gertie (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Someone to Watch Over Me (As:Emma Carlyle) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lost in Manhattan (As:Emma Carlyle) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hooking Mr. Right: A Romance with Recipes (As:Emma Carlyle) (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Four Uncles and a Wedding (As:Emma Carlyle) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Magic Paintbrush (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finding Mr. Right (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Moms in Black: A Mom Squad Caper (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

Once Upon a Romance (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Top Ten Reasons Your Novel Is Rejected: And How to Avoid Them (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
We'd Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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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