I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun on March 20, 2014
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When Anastasia Pollack’s husband permanently cashes in his chips at a roulette table in Vegas, her comfortable middle-class life craps out. She’s left with two teenage sons, a mountain of debt, and her hateful, cane-wielding Communist mother-in-law. Not to mention stunned disbelief over her late husband’s secret gambling addiction, and the loan shark who’s demanding fifty thousand dollars.
Anastasia’s job as crafts editor at American Woman magazine proves no respite when she discovers a dead body glued to her desk chair. The victim, fashion editor Marlys Vandenburg, collected enemies and ex-lovers like Jimmy Choos on her ruthless climb to editor-in-chief. But when evidence surfaces of an illicit affair between Marlys and Anastasia’s husband, Anastasia becomes the prime suspect.
Anastasia Pollack is up to her neck in problems. She’s newly widowed – finding out only after her husband’s death that he wasn’t who she thought he was. Karl was a gambling addict who swindled away their life savings, plotted to steal his mother’s life savings and get her run over with a car, spent his sons’ college funds, and got in bed with a loan shark…a loan shark who is now coming to call on Anastasia.
She certainly doesn’t need to discover the dead body of a much-despised coworker in her desk chair…killed by her hot glue gun. Anastasia ends up a murder suspect at the same time she is trying to figure out how to keep the loan shark from collecting on his debt.
I liked this story a lot. There were a few language issues I didn’t think were necessary to the story (strong cursing, but only a couple of times). They didn’t add to the story at all, and I feel they could have been left out. Anastasia is a character that I liked right away – I just felt bad for her and the predicament she was placed in. She was saddled with all this debt, dealing with both her mother-in-law and her mother under her roof, as well as two teenage sons (who were the ones cursing a few times). Between that, work, and all the crazy problems like murder and mob loan sharks, Anastasia had a lot going on. But she was pretty smart and it was nice to kind of see a flawed character. She knew she wasn’t the best looking or smartest woman out there, but she wasn’t trying to be either. I will read more in this series.