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Written by Vivian Conroy


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Will this paper trail run cold?

As the new co-owner of Tundish Montana’s stationery shop WANTED, Delta Douglas knows how to organize a killer crafting event. Creativity and cardstock are all she needs to move one step closer to her ultimate dream: developing her own line of crafting products. But on the night of the workshop, at the swanky hotel venue, glitter isn’t the only thing found sprawled on the floor. A hotel guest is discovered dead in the bar, and amid the confusion, Delta’s best friend is suspected of the crime.

Enlisting the help of her Paper Posse and Spud, her canine sidekick, Delta dives into the investigation.

But with many high-powered suspects on the line, Delta soon realizes her sleuthing may come with deadly consequences.


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Well-Plotted with Suspect-a-Plenty!    Stars 5


I have read a fair amount of ‘cosy’ mysteries over the years; I’m happy to say this one is different altogether!

Delta Douglas has packed up and moved to Tundish, Montana, having become part owner of a stationery shop – with a difference. As well as stocking all manner of paper craft goodies, there are also workshops to encourage their customers to make full use of the materials available. Arriving in time for the first evening workshop, Delta is shocked when a dead body is discovered at a nearby glittering event and, as her new partner is under suspicion, she cannot stop herself from investigating .. with a little help from her new friend Jonas and his dog.

As I’ve come to expect from the author, this is a well-plotted tale with plenty of characters and, yes, suspects a-plenty! With a whole town to get acquainted with there are a great mix of characters to meet, each with their own idiosyncrasies. Set in a picturesque locations, I can see there will be lots of scope to expand this series. As you would expect, there are plenty of lighter moments and I just adored the nicknames of the ‘Paper Posse’. The store is quirky and easily imaginable from the descriptions, and I’m already looking forward to the next in series. Nothing to complain about here, and I can find no reason not to award this one a full house of stars, with a recommendation to all lovers of good cosy mysteries to add this one to their list without delay!

My thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for my copy via NetGalley, and to the author for always advising on social media of upcoming releases! As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: cosy mystery
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication Date: 24 September 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Author Bio


VIVIAN CONROY discovered Agatha Christie at thirteen and devoured all the Poirot and Miss Marple stories. Even more fun than reading was thinking up her own fog-filled alleys, missing heirs and priceless artefacts. So Vivian created feisty Lady Alkmene and reporter Jake Dubois sleuthing in 1920s’ London and the countryside, first appearing in A Proposal to Die For. For the latest on #LadyAlkmene, with a dash of dogs and chocolate, follow Vivian on Twitter via @VivWrites


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