Monday, October 11, 2021

Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho, I'm seriously relating to a Disney cartoon

Sing along with me. . . 

Book edits and kitchen remodels don't mix!

I've been working on editing changes, proofreading galore on book two of my cold case series, all 

while engrossed in a kitchen remodel and choking on dust and chaos. To tell you how much I miss my sink, stove, and dishwasher is an understatement. It was supposed to be completed last Thursday. But, in the time of COVID, we all know supply chain is hit and miss--the sink didn't come in and my contractor can't do the granite without a sink.  Moreover, I'm constantly stopping my edits to deal with a subcontractor.

This morning, with my blog date utmost in mind, I waded through volumes of email for inspiration and spied something that did my heart proud--fellow Stiletto blogger Dru Ann Love's review of yet another Stiletto member, Lois Winston. 

Because I couldn't agree more with Dru's review of Lois's Stitch, Bake, Die!, I thought I'd repost Dru's musings giving full credit that her review ran on Dru's Book Musing first. I happen to heartily agree.

I also want to go a step further before I post Dru's opinion and say if you are a crafter interested in baking or stitchery, get thee this book. There's a baking and stitching competition underfoot in this amateur sleuth mystery and the recipes and instructions in the back of the book are just an added bonus.

With that said, here's Dru's review:

Dru’s Short Musing:

In this fast-paced and action-packed whodunit, Anastasia Pollack and BFF Cloris are hosting a workshop when murder interferes in the conference activities. The more they get to know the attendees, the more it becomes apparent that these people are not what they seem. With both on the case, they have some unraveling to do to find a killer hiding in plain sight where everyone is a potential suspect. The mystery was nicely executed, with bits and pieces of clues here and there as well as humorous interludes that enhanced the telling of this tale. This is another great addition to this engagingly entertaining series and I’m patiently waiting for the wedding of the century. 

Stitch, Bake, Die! by Lois Winston

Series Name: Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery #10
Genre: Cozy
Release: October 4, 2021

With massive debt, a communist mother-in-law, a Shakespeare-quoting parrot, and a photojournalist boyfriend who may or may not be a spy, crafts editor Anastasia Pollack already juggles too much in her life. So she’s not thrilled when her magazine volunteers her to present workshops and judge a needlework contest at the inaugural conference of the New Jersey chapter of the Stitch and Bake Society, a national organization of retired professional women. At least her best friend and cooking editor Cloris McWerther has also been roped into similar duties for the culinary side of the 3-day event taking place on the grounds of the exclusive Beckwith Chateau Country Club.

The sweet little old ladies Anastasia is expecting to meet are definitely old, and some of them are little, but all are anything but sweet. She’s stepped into a vipers’ den that starts with bribery and ends with murder. When an ice storm forces Anastasia and Cloris to spend the night at the Chateau, Anastasia discovers evidence of insurance scams, medical fraud, an opioid ring, long-buried family secrets, and a bevy of suspects.

Can she piece together the various clues before she becomes the killer’s next target?

Crafting tips included.

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About the Author:  Donnell Ann Bell is an award-winning author, including finalist in the 2020 Colorado Book Award, she is the author of Black Pearl, book one of a series, and is currently editing book two. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, or Bookbub. Sign up for her newsletter at



  1. Donnell, What a great endorsement for Lois's book! I'm not a crafter, but I'm guessing I can still enjoy it vicariously. Looking forward to it.

  2. Donnell, thanks for posting Dru's review of Stitch, Bake, Die! Wishing you a swift end to your kitchen chaos and looking forward to seeing pics.

    Gay, you don't have to be a baker or a crafter to enjoy the book. ;-)

  3. Thanks, Gay, Lois will attest I am not crafty. But I know so many who are and after reading this book, I know chefs and embroiderers alike will love it!

  4. This book sounds like so much fun - thanks for sharing that review.
    Donnell, I hope your kitchen woes are soon over! xo Shari

  5. Thanks, Shari. It was fun to write. Donnell was a doll to post it.

  6. Thank you Donnell for the shout-out. I've been following Lois' series since book #1.


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