A weary widow with a bump of curiosity finds herself in big trouble.
Crafts editor Anastasia Pollack’s two teenage sons are the least of her problems. Her household also includes her much-married mother and her Bolshevik mother-in-law, who are constantly fighting. A parrot, a cat and a dog intensify the chaos. Since the death of her husband, a secret gambler who left her broke, the only bright spot in her life has been the hunky photographer who rents her garage apartment and occasionally cooks dinner. Things seem to be looking up when Anastasia’s mother meets Lou, a wealthy TV producer who likes her idea of changing a sleazy tabloid show into a lifestyle remake program using the staff of American Woman magazine. Anastasia and her fellow editors are none too pleased to learn that they will have to do twice as much work for the same money—plus put up with the two nasty stars of the tabloid show and a muumuu-clad, whip-cracking assistant producer with ideas of her own. Things go from bad to worse when Lou is found stabbed with Anastasia’s knitting needle. Anastasia, who’s had some luck as a sleuth (Assault With a Deadly Glue Gun, 2011, etc.), can’t stop herself from investigating the murder, putting herself in danger from a coldly determined killer.
Several crafts projects, oodles of laughs and an older, more centered version of Stephanie Plum.