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Friday, December 23, 2011


In two weeks Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the critically acclaimed mystery series about yours truly (hence the series name of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries), will be released. So today I’ve invited Lois Winston, the author responsible for telling my stories, to talk about the new book. -- AP

Thank you, Anastasia. It’s a pleasure to be allowed to write about your adventures. Given your life and family, you make my job rather easy.

Hey, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relatives…or even what you inherit from them.

Very true.

So I understand with this book you’ve chosen to write about my foray into morning television. Why don’t you give our readers a bit to whet their appetites for the book?

In Death By Killer Mop Doll crafts editor Anastasia Pollack’s stress level maxes out when her well-intentioned mother meets and seduces TV producer Lou Beaumont. Suddenly, Anastasia and her fellow American Woman editors find themselves roped into unpaid gigs for a revamped morning TV show. However, not everyone involved enjoys the idea of the overhaul, and a disgruntled staffer takes action by trashing the studio set. When that doesn’t halt production, vandalism escalates to murder, and a member of the production team is found with one of Anastasia’s knitting needles plunged through his heart.

The network decides the show must go on, but morning TV turns crime drama as a blackmail plot is uncovered, and another body is found. Because Anastasia fears the killer might go after her and Mama next, she has no recourse but to launch her own investigation. Unfortunately, her snooping lands her directly in the killer's unforgiving spotlight.

Don’t remind me! That was one harrowing experience, and unlike the time I found myself locked in a killer’s trunk, this time I didn’t have any of my trusty craft tools to help set me free.

Well, we don’t want to give away too much, but I suppose it’s safe to say that you did live to get involved in yet another murder investigation.

Yes, but readers will have to wait until next year for that one. Meanwhile, Death By Killer Mop Doll, will be available from all the usual suspects, both brick and mortar and online. For those of you who’d prefer the e-book version, that will be available next month.

Lois will also be going on a virtual blog tour throughout January to promote
Death By Killer Mop Doll. As part of the tour, she’ll be giving away 5 copies of the book. To enter the drawing, just post a comment to any of the blogs on the tour or to today’s post. You can find the schedule for the blog tour on the sidebar to the right.

In addition, Lois will be giving away 3 copies of
Death By Killer Mop Doll on Goodreads.

And since I’m sure many of you are wondering exactly what a mop doll is, be sure to stop by next Friday when Lois returns with a bit of mop doll lore. Meanwhile, read more about Lois and an excerpt from
Death By Killer Mop Doll at her website. -- AP


Liz said...

Goodness, Lois, I hope Anastasia doesn't draw you into any of her adventures.

Happy holidays and a very successful New Year!

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, Liz. You never know with Anastasia. Or her zany family. Happy holidays to you, too!

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Does a killer mop doll do floors?

traveler said...

this inventive and creative book sounds compelling and unique. happy Holidays. Best Wishes.

Pat Dale said...

What's the world coming to when you can't even trust a mop doll? I bet this book's a killer, too. LOL
Season's greetings from Missouri, Lois!

petite said...

Happy holiays and best wishes. This adventure is definitely a new approach.

Lois Winston said...

Never, Kevin! and neither do I. ;-)

Pat, mop dolls are cute. You have to watch out for who's wielding them, though.

Happy holidays, all!

Patricia said...

I LOVE your titles, Lois. And this one sounds like another great (and funny) whodunit.
Nice interview!

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, Patti!

Robin Allen said...

Fun interview, AP. Lois sounds like a talented and beautiful chronicler of your life.

Jane R said...

I have been waiting patiently for this second book in the series. Such great titles... who can resist? I sure can't. Looking forward to reading about the "killer mop doll"!

Kathy said...

I haven't read the first book yet so now I can read one right after the other

Theresa N. said...

Those knitting needles can be hard to use some times but thank fully I've never injured anyone.
Theresa N

Lois Winston said...

Aw shucks, Robin. Thanks!

Jane, I hope I don't disappoint, and you enjoy this next installment.

Kathy, now you'll only have to wait a year for book 3.

Theresa, I have to admit, I have stabbed myself once or twice with a knitting needle. ;-)

Barbara D. said...

Lois, I read "Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun" in Feb. & I've been anxiously awaiting "Death By Killer Mop Doll." I'm sure it will be another crazy Anastasia cozy that won't disappoint. I also enjoy your blog & you really deserved the "Awesome Blog Award".

Lois Winston said...

Thanks, Barbara! I hope You enjoy Death By Killer Mop Doll, and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog.