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Thursday, October 10, 2019


Replica of the Addams Family house, once located in Westfield, NJ
Sometimes the stars align, and for the town of Westfield, NJ, where the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries (those books author Lois Winston writes about me) take place, such is the case this October. Westfield is the hometown of cartoonist Charles Addams of The Addams Family fame—Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsly and their extended family. Last year the town decided to celebrate their favorite son by holding Addamsfest. This year’s Addamsfest also coincides with the release of the new Addams Family movie. Perfect timing, right?

Store windows all over town are painted for Addamsfest. 
If you live within driving distance of Westfield, NJ and love Halloween and The Addams Family, you won’t want to miss Addamsfest. You can check out the schedule here. Unfortunately, Charles Addams’ house burned down many years ago. So don’t expect to find a tour of the Victorian he used as a model for the home in his cartoons, but in honor of Addamsfest, there’s a replica (shown above) on a small patch of land in the middle of the lake in the center of town.

And if you do come for some of the events, who knows? You just might bump into me. I’ll be out and about tracking down a killer terrorizing my neighborhood. You can read all about it in A Stitch To Die For, currently on sale through the end of October.

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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