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Monday, October 1, 2018


Last year I wrote a post about why I hate HalloweenWell, another year has gone by, Halloween is only a few weeks away, and my feelings about the day haven’t changed. However, as much as I loathe Halloween, as a crafts designer, I have to put my feelings aside and create Halloween-themed crafts, as does my pseudo-doppelganger author. Featured above are some Halloween designs she created for the 2015 Halloween issue of Just CrossStitch magazine.

I have it on good authority that author Lois Winston isn’t all that keen on Halloween, either. Frankly, I think she uses me to exorcise her Halloween demons. Why she has to project her fears onto me, dumping her emotional baggage on me, is something I’ll never understand. Just look at the mess she got me into during Halloween in A Stitch to Die For. Even the jack-o-lantern cookie on the cover gives me the willies! With one glance at that diabolical pumpkin, you know Lois has it in for me.

However, if you like Halloween-themed mysteries, you should enjoy watching me deal with all sorts of things that go bump in the night—whether real or a figment of my author’s imagination.

A Stitch to Die For
An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery, Book 5

Ever since her husband died and left her in debt equal to the gross national product of Uzbekistan, magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack has stumbled across one dead body after another—but always in work-related settings. When a killer targets the elderly nasty neighbor who lives across the street from her, murder strikes too close to home. Couple that with a series of unsettling events days before Halloween, and Anastasia begins to wonder if someone is sending her a deadly message.

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