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Monday, October 14, 2019


Today marks the kick-off of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide, the eighth book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery Series. Over the next two weeks Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide will be featured at twenty-two different blog and review sites. Stop by these sites each day for guest posts and interviews with author Lois Winston and me, her reluctant amateur sleuth. You’ll also find a few craft projects, reviews, and a Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win one of five e-copies of Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide that will be given away at the end of the tour. Hope to see you on the tour!

Book Tour Schedule
October 15 – A Chick WhoReads – (review)
October 15 – Reading is My Superpower – (craft post)
October 16 – Brooke Blogs – (craft post) 
October 16 – I'm All About Books – (spotlight) 
October 17 – The Book Decoder– (review) 
October 18 – Hearts & Scribbles – (author guest post) 
October 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – (review) 
October 19 – FUONLYKNEW – (spotlight) 
October 20 – Cozy Up With Kathy – (author interview) 
October 21  Here's How It Happened – (character guest post)
October 22 – Mysteries with Character – (author interview) 
October 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – (author guest post) 
October 23 – Laura's Interests – (spotlight)   
October 23 – Baroness' Book Trove – (review) 
October 23 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – (spotlight)
October 24 – Celticlady's Reviews – (spotlight) 
October 24 – My Reading Journeys – (review) 
October 25 – I Read What You Write – (spotlight) 
October 26 – Literary Gold – (spotlight) 
October 26 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – (author interview) 
October 27 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author – (spotlight)
October 28 – My Journey Back – (character guest post) 

Handmade Ho-Ho Homicide
Two and a half weeks ago magazine crafts editor Anastasia Pollack arrived home to find Ira Pollack, her half-brother-in-law, had blinged out her home with enough Christmas lights to rival Rockefeller Center. Now he’s crammed her small yard with enormous cavorting inflatable characters. She and photojournalist boyfriend (and possible spy) Zack Barnes pack up the unwanted lawn decorations to return to Ira. They arrive to find his yard the scene of an over-the-top Christmas extravaganza. His neighbors are not happy with the animatronics, laser light show, and blaring music creating traffic jams on their normally quiet street. One of them expresses his displeasure with his fists before running off.

In the excitement, the deflated lawn ornaments are never returned to Ira. The next morning Anastasia once again heads to his house before work to drop them off. When she arrives, she discovers Ira’s attacker dead in Santa’s sleigh. Ira becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder and begs Anastasia to help clear his name. But Anastasia has promised her sons she’ll keep her nose out of police business. What’s a reluctant amateur sleuth to do?

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