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The second in the stationery shop mystery series! The scissors are sharpened and the cardstock stacked for Delta Douglas' latest workshop: a 3D cardmaking event at socialite, Lena Laroy's, birthday extravaganza. As co-owner of Wanted, the local stationery shop, Delta is ready to wow her guests with her one of a kind crafts. But, at this party, paper isn't the only thing ben The second in the stationery shop mystery series! The scissors are sharpened and the cardstock stacked for Delta Douglas' latest workshop: a 3D cardmaking event at socialite, Lena Laroy's, birthday extravaganza. As co-owner of Wanted, the local stationery shop, Delta is ready to wow her guests with her one of a kind crafts. But, at this party, paper isn't the only thing bent out of shape. When a threatening present is unwrapped and the guest of honor's sister-in-law is discovered dead by the trees, Delta realizes another killer is loose in her small town. Before the cake is even cut, suspects appear from the folds, and Delta and her Paper Posse must analyze the evidence to track the culprit down. But, with Lena's list of enemies a mile long, Delta soon discovers this case has more dimensions than she bargained for.


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The second in the stationery shop mystery series! The scissors are sharpened and the cardstock stacked for Delta Douglas' latest workshop: a 3D cardmaking event at socialite, Lena Laroy's, birthday extravaganza. As co-owner of Wanted, the local stationery shop, Delta is ready to wow her guests with her one of a kind crafts. But, at this party, paper isn't the only thing ben The second in the stationery shop mystery series! The scissors are sharpened and the cardstock stacked for Delta Douglas' latest workshop: a 3D cardmaking event at socialite, Lena Laroy's, birthday extravaganza. As co-owner of Wanted, the local stationery shop, Delta is ready to wow her guests with her one of a kind crafts. But, at this party, paper isn't the only thing bent out of shape. When a threatening present is unwrapped and the guest of honor's sister-in-law is discovered dead by the trees, Delta realizes another killer is loose in her small town. Before the cake is even cut, suspects appear from the folds, and Delta and her Paper Posse must analyze the evidence to track the culprit down. But, with Lena's list of enemies a mile long, Delta soon discovers this case has more dimensions than she bargained for.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    4.5 stars For Letter or Worse is the second book in Vivian Conroy's Stationery Shop Mystery series. Delta Douglas and her best friend Hazel are co-owners of a stationery shop in Tundish, Montana. They have been hired to do a 3D cardmaking workshop at the birthday party of former model and celebrity, Lena Laroy. During the party, Lena finds a threatening message on one of the gifts. Shortly after that, her sister-in-law is found dead outside. Delta can't help herself, and with the help of her frie 4.5 stars For Letter or Worse is the second book in Vivian Conroy's Stationery Shop Mystery series. Delta Douglas and her best friend Hazel are co-owners of a stationery shop in Tundish, Montana. They have been hired to do a 3D cardmaking workshop at the birthday party of former model and celebrity, Lena Laroy. During the party, Lena finds a threatening message on one of the gifts. Shortly after that, her sister-in-law is found dead outside. Delta can't help herself, and with the help of her friend Jonas, decides to do some sleuthing. This was an enjoyable mystery, with lots of twists and turns and several suspects to keep you guessing. The descriptions of the store and town were charming and rich in detail. Most of the characters are developing nicely and I feel like I'm really starting to get to know them better, particularly Delta, Hazel, Jonas, and Ray. However, I cannot say the same for the Paper Posse ladies. They still feel very one dimensional to me, which is such a shame because I think they would add so much more to the story if they were more fleshed out. I'm hoping to see more character development for them in the third book. All in all, I thought this was a wonderful addition to the Stationery Shop Mystery series. I look forward to the next book. Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    FOR LETTER OR WORSE by Vivian Conroy is a cozy mystery and the second book in the Stationery Shop series. Delta Douglas was gifted some money by her grandmother which allowed her to quit her job as a graphic designer and pursue her dream job. She invests the money in a partnership business that her college friend Hazel runs in Tundish, Montana. The business is a stationery shop and Delta plans to create a line of products for the store using designs from sketches she has done. While Delta will f FOR LETTER OR WORSE by Vivian Conroy is a cozy mystery and the second book in the Stationery Shop series. Delta Douglas was gifted some money by her grandmother which allowed her to quit her job as a graphic designer and pursue her dream job. She invests the money in a partnership business that her college friend Hazel runs in Tundish, Montana. The business is a stationery shop and Delta plans to create a line of products for the store using designs from sketches she has done. While Delta will focus on the creative side of the business, she also needs to learn a lot about the running of a business from Hazel. This book takes place about one month after book one in the series. Delta and Hazel have been asked to do a 3-D card-making workshop at a birthday party at one of the wealthy estates on Lake Geneva. When a threatening present is opened and a body is found at the edge of the grounds, Delta can’t help getting involved trying to solve the cases. Delta is a likeable character who is definitely someone you can root for. The main secondary characters enhanced the story but their depth is still lacking. Hopefully, this will improve with the next book in the series. The world-building enhanced the setting and gave me a clear sense of place. There were plenty of twists and turns and several potential suspects. Themes include murder, greed, family relationships, secrets, friendship and much more. Overall, this was an enjoyable mystery, but the intensity that I expected wasn’t there. There are some unusual plot twists. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, then you may want to check this one out. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series as well as checking out other books by this author. Poisoned Pen Press and Vivian Conroy provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review and opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Wanting to expand their client base, friends and co-owners of Wanted Stationery Shop, Delta, and Hazel agree to host a 3D cardmaking workshop at former model Lena Laroy’s over the top birthday bash. As the guest of honor opens her gifts, one clearly upsets her. The gift is clearly a threat and the police are alerted. Before the threat can even be addressed a scream rings out. Lena’s sister-in-law’s dead body has been found. Not again, the last thing Delta needs is to get caugh Dollycas’s Thoughts Wanting to expand their client base, friends and co-owners of Wanted Stationery Shop, Delta, and Hazel agree to host a 3D cardmaking workshop at former model Lena Laroy’s over the top birthday bash. As the guest of honor opens her gifts, one clearly upsets her. The gift is clearly a threat and the police are alerted. Before the threat can even be addressed a scream rings out. Lena’s sister-in-law’s dead body has been found. Not again, the last thing Delta needs is to get caught up in another murder investigation but she agrees to help her friend Jonas Nord, a retired Detective, dig through the suspects and clues to find the killer. ______ In this second book of the Stationery Shop Mysteries, we are getting to know these characters better. Delta is emerging as a strong protagonist. She and Jonas make a great team. There are plenty of suspects so they have their work cut out for them. They do get some assistance from The Paper Posse, a group of women that know every little thing that happens in town and if they don’t they know someone who does. They communicate through text messages so readers are mostly in the dark about who they really are. I hope these characters are more fleshed out in future stories. I am also hoping Delta’s grandmother is featured prominently in the next book. She was my favorite this time and we just met her. I am also getting a better picture of the stationery shop itself. A Wild West Sheriff’s Office complete with the cells and furnishings. Hazel has tried to keep the sheriff’s office intact as much as possible while displaying some artifacts to show the town’s history while also displaying all the goods for sale. It sounds like an interesting place but every time they add new stock or talk about adding specialty items by mind starts to think how crowded the store must be. I just have to expand my imagination and make the shop as large as possible. The mystery had a nice set of twists and turns. Everyone at the party is a suspect and there is the probability that someone ventured onto the property just to commit murder and left without anyone seeing. This is also not the first murder at this fancy estate and that adds extra intrigue to the story. I did enjoy the way Delta pushed her way into situations and the way mystery was wrapped up. With characters that continue to evolve and a strong mystery For Letter or Worse is an enjoyable addition to this series. I look forward to book 3.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    3.5 stars Book 2 takes us back to Tundish, “the town with a heart of gold,” to see how Delta is settling in. The shop has been invited to provide a card-making workshop as an activity at a high-profile birthday party, where many characters, both old and new are gathered when the crime occurs. Conroy manages a large cast in this one and still succeeds in developing the relationships and personalities of the central few. Speculation about the crime becomes a bit tedious after a while as plot develo 3.5 stars Book 2 takes us back to Tundish, “the town with a heart of gold,” to see how Delta is settling in. The shop has been invited to provide a card-making workshop as an activity at a high-profile birthday party, where many characters, both old and new are gathered when the crime occurs. Conroy manages a large cast in this one and still succeeds in developing the relationships and personalities of the central few. Speculation about the crime becomes a bit tedious after a while as plot development, but otherwise, the pacing and reveal feel comfortable. I very much like the ending; it absolutely does its job of convincing me to read book 3 as soon as it drops. Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    This is a solid, 3 star cozy mystery. There are quite a few fun elements in this story [though not nearly enough about the store "Wanted" in this one - I want MUCH more of the stationary store and all its goodies. And yes, it is because I have a serious "problem" in the stationary department! LOL], but unfortunately, there are some issues as well. And that is what kept it from being a 4 star read for me. 1. NO ONE who has a job [meaning Delta in this book, but a lot of MC's in other books] seems This is a solid, 3 star cozy mystery. There are quite a few fun elements in this story [though not nearly enough about the store "Wanted" in this one - I want MUCH more of the stationary store and all its goodies. And yes, it is because I have a serious "problem" in the stationary department! LOL], but unfortunately, there are some issues as well. And that is what kept it from being a 4 star read for me. 1. NO ONE who has a job [meaning Delta in this book, but a lot of MC's in other books] seems to have to actually WORK at said job. Hazel is a much nicer and much more accommodating boss and friend than I have ever had in my entire working life. Jonas is both able to do several jobs AND sleuth, so it is possible. Delta needs to learn that and stop leaving her friend in the lurch. She might as well have stayed in Cheyenne since she is not really going to be in at the business she bought into. I do hope this changes in the next book. 2. It is ICED TEA, not ice tea. I was hoping this was just a simple mistype, but it is in the book + times, so I believe it is the author. One can hope that they caught that before publishing the book. [Yes, I know that this seems trivial, but in reality it isn't. If you are going to write books, you need to use proper spelling, pronunciation, and idioms of language]. 3. They were doing a lot of "diving" into places; the car, a shop, the shower. Apparently, "diving" is the new "ran into" or "got into quickly" etc. There were times it seemed rather dangerous to be "diving in", and I wonder at the overuse of the word [also see "springing into action"] [Again, I realize this seems nitpicky, but if it is affecting the reading of the book, it becomes important. When it is said over and over and the reader starts rolling their eyes at every mention of said word and how it is being used, it absolutely becomes important]. 4. Is it just me, or are the criminals in cozies becoming easier to disarm and capture? Where is the former excitement of the reveal? It used to be, you'd get to 80% and your pulse would start racing and you'd be on the edge of your seat, wondering who it was and would everyone be safe. Now it is just boomboomboom and everyone is caught and there is no drama at all. It is all rather tepid to be honest. **When I wrote this note while I was reading it, I didn't realize it was really a faux reveal [to throw us off I guess. The real reveal was later, and unfortunately, this was also rather tepid, as I had guessed who the killer was early on, so this was anticlimactic to me]. It was still very fast, and very tepid. 5. (view spoiler)[ This part really bugged me [and in discussing it with a friend that read this book as well, found out it bothered her as well]. Would you [Jonas], as a former cop, after "getting the bad guy", leave the girl to "wrap up the statue, put it back in the box and follow behind"? I think no. What if this guy hadn't been working alone? WHY would he leave Delta alone in the aftermath of a dangerous situation is beyond me. There are so many variables there and even though Delta was safe, he put her in danger by having her do his job. NOT. COOL. JONAS. (hide spoiler)] 6. Why are pantsuits "crisp"? <--This isn't a complaint. I am genuinely interesting in knowing why they are referred this way. Overall, this was a decent read. And the things that bugged me are not enough to make me NOT want to read another one. I like Hazel very much and I like all of the other side characters. and the introduction of Gran [Delta's grandmother] and the adorable historian [who's name escapes me at this moment], both whom I hope become regulars in this series. I even like Delta for the most part. She is creative and effusive and seems like a nice person, aside from that whole "I own a business that I don't really need to work in" business. This is a pretty decent series and I am glad to have read this one. Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I gave the first book in the Stationery Shop Mysteries, Last Pen Standing, five stars, but I feel like Vivian Conroy pulled back with book two, For Letter or Worse. There is so much potential for character development with the Paper Posse and we don’t get as much in book two. And whereas the animals shined in the first book, we barely see any of them in For Letter or Worse. The descriptions of Montana, Wanted (the stationery shop), and the estate where the birthday party is held are all done ver I gave the first book in the Stationery Shop Mysteries, Last Pen Standing, five stars, but I feel like Vivian Conroy pulled back with book two, For Letter or Worse. There is so much potential for character development with the Paper Posse and we don’t get as much in book two. And whereas the animals shined in the first book, we barely see any of them in For Letter or Worse. The descriptions of Montana, Wanted (the stationery shop), and the estate where the birthday party is held are all done very well, and this seems to be where Conroy really shines. We do get a new character that moves to town who I think will be excellent in future books and will fit in nicely with the Paper Posse. And Delta’s romance is advancing a bit, and we see a potential love match for Hazel. I’m actually a bit more excited for Hazel’s romantic partner, if it actually happens, because I can see a lot of interesting ways he can help with mystery solving in future books. As for the mystery itself there were a couple of similarities to the first book, with a conversation being overheard but not knowing who was talking, and while the killer wasn’t the same relations to the victims, I felt they still had an interchangeable persona… I would explain more, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. Even with those two similar situations Conroy still gave a lot of red herrings and a couple of characters with really strong potential to be the killer. At one point I was certain I knew who the killer was, but later changed my mind when more information became available. I’m looking forward to book three, The Glitter End, which comes out at the end of September. I hope Conroy gets more in depth with her character’s personalities and we get to see more of Spud, Nugget, and the new arrival to town!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I love the idea of a stationary shop being the setting of a cozy mystery - it was fun and different from the norm so I was excited to read this book even though I didn’t read the first in the series. Plus Vivian Conroy never disappoints with her historical mysteries so I thought it was be a good read. Delta owns the stationary store and when they’re doing a party, there’s a murder and Delta starts her sleuthing. There’s many possible suspects and the mystery behind it all turns more complex as D I love the idea of a stationary shop being the setting of a cozy mystery - it was fun and different from the norm so I was excited to read this book even though I didn’t read the first in the series. Plus Vivian Conroy never disappoints with her historical mysteries so I thought it was be a good read. Delta owns the stationary store and when they’re doing a party, there’s a murder and Delta starts her sleuthing. There’s many possible suspects and the mystery behind it all turns more complex as Delta starts questioning things. Delta was likable with an awesome supporting cast of characters. The small town cozy vibe was nicely described with some historical tidbits added to give it a nice visualization of the town. I’m definitely going back to read the first book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    For Letter or Worse by Vivian Conroy is the 2nd book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. Delta Douglas is excited to be a co-owner of a stationery shop with her best friend Hazel. Delta and Hazel are giving a 3D cardmaking workshop at an elite birthday party,when someone turns up dead. The mystery was full of twists and turns, and is fast paced and has well developed characters and plot. I must admit that I enjoyed the 1st book better, but I'm look forward to reading more books by this author For Letter or Worse by Vivian Conroy is the 2nd book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. Delta Douglas is excited to be a co-owner of a stationery shop with her best friend Hazel. Delta and Hazel are giving a 3D cardmaking workshop at an elite birthday party,when someone turns up dead. The mystery was full of twists and turns, and is fast paced and has well developed characters and plot. I must admit that I enjoyed the 1st book better, but I'm look forward to reading more books by this author, and can't wait for the next one in the series. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys cozy mystery books. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Interesting and different setting and occupation. The notebooks and such sound dreamy. Good mystery. Kept me guessing till the end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Delta and Hazel are back again in this cozy mystery by Vivian Conroy. When a death turns out to be murder, Delta finds herself wrapped up in another murder investigation. I found parts of this book to be quite good, but I also found some parts really dragged on. I really didn’t enjoy it until Delta’s grandma showed up, I like her a lot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the second book in the Stationery Shop mystery series by Vivian Conroy. I have a thing for stationery and so this cozy concept really appeals to the pen/paper hoarder in me. Delta Douglas and her friend, Hazel are back in this exciting mystery surrounding a card making workshop. The dead body ends up being dressed nearly exactly like the woman who asked Delta and Hazel to bring their workshop to her birthday extravaganza. This fact makes the reader waffle back and forth wondering 4.5 stars This is the second book in the Stationery Shop mystery series by Vivian Conroy. I have a thing for stationery and so this cozy concept really appeals to the pen/paper hoarder in me. Delta Douglas and her friend, Hazel are back in this exciting mystery surrounding a card making workshop. The dead body ends up being dressed nearly exactly like the woman who asked Delta and Hazel to bring their workshop to her birthday extravaganza. This fact makes the reader waffle back and forth wondering who was really the intended victim. Great mystery and character development in this one. Delta’s grandmother was a great addition to this series. Her worries are the worries of many elderly people. She lost her house due to a road being paved through her neighborhood. I hope Conroy brings her in as a recurring character. Looking forward to more books in this series. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mystica

    This is part of the Stationery Shop series but I think you can come into this book as a stand alone. Delta Douglas has achieved her dream of owing a paper goods shop in a small town and is very happy with her work. Being offered a workshop at a socialite's birthday party did not really fit in with the celebrities and people who were the invitees but Delta and her partner Hazel were very happy to be invited. They did not expect the birthday girl to be threatened and for the police to arrive and a This is part of the Stationery Shop series but I think you can come into this book as a stand alone. Delta Douglas has achieved her dream of owing a paper goods shop in a small town and is very happy with her work. Being offered a workshop at a socialite's birthday party did not really fit in with the celebrities and people who were the invitees but Delta and her partner Hazel were very happy to be invited. They did not expect the birthday girl to be threatened and for the police to arrive and a murder to take place when the police were actually present on the premises! In a typical cosy mystery style, the story develops from there with missing items from a museum, missing husbands and daughters set amidst the gossipy ladies of a small town who seem to know everyone's business before they know it themselves. No secrets can be kept in this town. This was a light hearted mystery murder read, which was ideal reading material in the present pandemic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Delta Douglas and her best friend and business partner Hazel are hired to put on a special card-making workshop at the home of a former model and television star. Delta and Hazel are disappointed that none of the wealthy guests at the birthday party of their client, Lena Laroy, seem interested in crafting. The party gets interesting, however, when Lena begins opening presents and one of the gifts contains a threat. Soon after that, Lena’s sister-in-law who was dressed similar to the guest of hon Delta Douglas and her best friend and business partner Hazel are hired to put on a special card-making workshop at the home of a former model and television star. Delta and Hazel are disappointed that none of the wealthy guests at the birthday party of their client, Lena Laroy, seem interested in crafting. The party gets interesting, however, when Lena begins opening presents and one of the gifts contains a threat. Soon after that, Lena’s sister-in-law who was dressed similar to the guest of honor, is found murdered outside. Delta finds herself in the middle of an investigation to discover if it was Lena or her sister-in-law who was the actual target and who wanted one of these women dead. This is the second book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series, but I missed the debut in the series. Reading that book may have helped me in connecting with the characters. For the first third of the book, I kept getting Delta and Hazel mixed up because nothing stood out between their personalities until that far into the book. Their friends, members of the “Paper Posse” who all enjoy paper crafting and gossip, really blur together even though they help Delta gather clues to help solve the murder. The murder mystery itself is interesting as Delta helps her friend Jonas solve the case. Delta isn’t sure if she wants to keep her relationship with Jonas as strictly friends and sleuthing partners or if she would be interested in romance. Her back and forth became a little tedious to me as the book went on. Hazel has the same situation with a man she finds attractive. The way they acted, it was hard to figure out their ages because they seemed immature in this aspect of their lives. I like the way Delta is protective of Hazel, whose past experiences make her hesitant to assist in the murder investigation. Delta also shows her concern for her grandmother who comes to town later in the book and I like that side of her. If the main characters in the book were fleshed out more to make them come alive, I think the series has a lot of potential. The plot is great and the Montana setting is interesting. Another thing that the series needs is more about the actual crafting. Perhaps the first book had more of this, but in this book the workshop is talked about but since nobody participated, no information about making the cards is shared. I then assumed there would be some kind of project, tips, or something at the end of the book but there wasn’t. This was very disappointing. Since the plot kept my interest, I would rate the book 3.5 stars, but I think there was a lot of missed potential to the book. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 2nd in the Stationary Shop mystery series. Delta Douglas and her business partner Hazel are co-owners in a stationary business Wanted. They have been invited to do a 3D card workshop at the birthday party of Lena Laroy. Lena is a former model and celebrity and both Hazel and Delta are excited to see how the other half lives on the beautiful lake. As they are getting ready Delta runs into Jonas who is at the birthday party at the request of Calvin Drake Lena’s husband. As Lena is open This is the 2nd in the Stationary Shop mystery series. Delta Douglas and her business partner Hazel are co-owners in a stationary business Wanted. They have been invited to do a 3D card workshop at the birthday party of Lena Laroy. Lena is a former model and celebrity and both Hazel and Delta are excited to see how the other half lives on the beautiful lake. As they are getting ready Delta runs into Jonas who is at the birthday party at the request of Calvin Drake Lena’s husband. As Lena is opening her birthday presents she is being fawned over by her nephew by marriage Randall and being glared at by her sister in law Sally. Lena freaks out as a bottle of her perfume is marked with a death sign. Jonas calls the police and Hazel and Delta have basically no one at the cardmaking class since there are tents with manicures etc.. As Delta leaves their tent, the dogwalker Zara comes running and screaming that there is a dead body in the forest area. Delta cannot determine if the body is that of Lena or Sally as they were both dressed in very similar outfits. The body is Sally but the concern is was the murderer after Sally or after Lena. Jonas feels bad that the murder happened while the police were there investigating the perfume bottle so he asks Delta for her help to do some investigating. Delta wants to spend more time with Jonas and since she was at the house when the murder happens she is more than willing to do a little digging and get some help with the ladies from the paper posse. One surprise istors Delta’s Grandmother arrives in town and Delta is hoping she can get her to stay for good. This was a good mystery and the story moves at a good pace. Lots of suspects as Sally had secrets as does Lena. Enjoyed this installment and looking forward to the next in the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Myarn

    For Letter or Worse by Vivian Conroy 3.5 stars (Stationary Shop Mystery #2) This is the second book following 2019's Last Pen Standing. The main characters are Delta Douglas co-owner of Wanted, a stationary store, Hazel, the other co-owner and long time friend and the members of the Paper Posse - individuals that own or work in local businesses and hear everything that can be heard. This book opens with Delta and Hazel being invited to hold a workshop at the birthday party of Lena Laroy, the wife For Letter or Worse by Vivian Conroy 3.5 stars (Stationary Shop Mystery #2) This is the second book following 2019's Last Pen Standing. The main characters are Delta Douglas co-owner of Wanted, a stationary store, Hazel, the other co-owner and long time friend and the members of the Paper Posse - individuals that own or work in local businesses and hear everything that can be heard. This book opens with Delta and Hazel being invited to hold a workshop at the birthday party of Lena Laroy, the wife of wealthy Calvin Drake. Also at the party is Jonas Nord, a former K-9 handler that helps former K-9 dogs back into mainstream life. A body is found in the woods, it is Sally Drake, the sister of Calvin Drake and the investigation is on. Who killed Sally Drake? Was it a case of mistaken identity, because Sally and Lena wore similar outfits or did Sally have an enemy? I didn't read "Last Pen Standing", so this was my first introduction into the Stationary Shop Mysteries. I found the mystery interesting, but I couldn't get engrossed in the characters. Delta appears to have a curious streak that gets her into situations and most of the time local law enforcement is not kind. I was surprised at who the villain was and that is this book saving grace. I think that if I had read the first book I might have enjoyed this book more. Thank you Netgalley and Poisoned Pen Press for this ARC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I enjoyed another book trip to Tundish, Montana and the unique stationery store called Wanted that Delta and her bestie Hazel ran. I loved how the older ladies aka the Paper Posse (business owners in town and customers of Delta's) were very in tune to tech and always started a message chain on their phones when there was a new murder. I could totally feel for Delta and Hazel when no one showed up at the celebrity birthday party to their tent to make cards. I've been at craft shows where I've sol I enjoyed another book trip to Tundish, Montana and the unique stationery store called Wanted that Delta and her bestie Hazel ran. I loved how the older ladies aka the Paper Posse (business owners in town and customers of Delta's) were very in tune to tech and always started a message chain on their phones when there was a new murder. I could totally feel for Delta and Hazel when no one showed up at the celebrity birthday party to their tent to make cards. I've been at craft shows where I've sold nothing, sort of the same thing, except Delta and Hazel got paid to be there no matter if anyone did cards with them or not. Jonas and Delta seemed to be growing just a tad closer. And they made great sleuthing partners once more. The free-spirited poodles that the celebrity woman Lena owned actually came in handy when they helped with a big clue in the case. There was an interesting twist at the end, and although I'd sort of seen it coming, I hadn't guessed the killer. I liked how they went about catching the person. Everything was wrapped up well at the end. Gran had come to visit, and I hope given her current circumstances that she'll put down roots and stay in Tundish, at least for a while. I loved Jonas's dog Spud in the first book, but he wasn't around very much at least not in a major way. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Delta is at the birthday party of a famous former model going through a widely-publicized divorce. Lena Laroy is rich and beautiful, but it seems that someone may want her dead. When a woman who wore a similar dress to Lana's is found dead at the party, police think Lana was the intended target. Could it be her ex-husband, who probably wants more money before the divorce? Or the weird new dog walker who seems to know nothing about dogs and is getting cozy with Lena's brother? Delta and the Paper Delta is at the birthday party of a famous former model going through a widely-publicized divorce. Lena Laroy is rich and beautiful, but it seems that someone may want her dead. When a woman who wore a similar dress to Lana's is found dead at the party, police think Lana was the intended target. Could it be her ex-husband, who probably wants more money before the divorce? Or the weird new dog walker who seems to know nothing about dogs and is getting cozy with Lena's brother? Delta and the Paper Posse of scrapbooking ladies decide to look into the case when the police make an arrest they don't think is correct. It doesn't hurt that Delta's crush is also looking into the case, but she's not sure about his feelings toward her. I enjoyed Delta's grandmother's appearance in town and look forward to where that storyline goes in future installments. And though I did like this cozy mystery, I didn't like it as much as the first in the series (called "Last Pen Standing"). My issue with both novels is basically the same - I love the idea of a stationary store and I wish more of the plot took place in the store. This story took place almost entirely at a local mansion. The last book took place mostly in a local hotel. FTC disclosure: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the second book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. I enjoyed the first in series and this was absolutely charming and enjoyable as the first book. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. In this fun next in series we return to our protagnist Delta and her local stationary shop "Wanted". This is a popular shop loved by locals in her small town of Tundish, Montana. I love the local feel of this series and how well the author desc This is the second book in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. I enjoyed the first in series and this was absolutely charming and enjoyable as the first book. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. In this fun next in series we return to our protagnist Delta and her local stationary shop "Wanted". This is a popular shop loved by locals in her small town of Tundish, Montana. I love the local feel of this series and how well the author describes small town Montana to her readers. Delta has a group called the "Paper Posse" that do crafting at her shop on a regular basis and have become her friends. Delta Douglas and her best friend and partner Hazel are hired to put on a special card-making workshop at the home of a television star. They soon find out none of the wealthy pretentious attendees want anything to do with crafting cards. When a threat occurs and all are on edge a murder occurs. Delta is in the middle of an investigation to find the true suspect and solve the mystery. This is a enjoyable series with fun crafting included. I look forward to the next in series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Cozys are extrememly infomative and great way to learn new things such as the uses of washi tape, a crafting tape found at Wanted. This Stationary Shop Mystery involves 3D card making, a socialite birthday party, and murder. Once again stationary store co-owner Delta is asked by former police officer Jonas Nord to get to the bottom of a mystery. Stella, Delta's friend and business partner has her back and the Paper Posse (Tundra's very active adult ladies) are buring up the cell lines hunting do Cozys are extrememly infomative and great way to learn new things such as the uses of washi tape, a crafting tape found at Wanted. This Stationary Shop Mystery involves 3D card making, a socialite birthday party, and murder. Once again stationary store co-owner Delta is asked by former police officer Jonas Nord to get to the bottom of a mystery. Stella, Delta's friend and business partner has her back and the Paper Posse (Tundra's very active adult ladies) are buring up the cell lines hunting down clues to help. This story was full of action from the get go with plenty of suspects to go around. Is it the over wrought model/wife, the wealthy interior decorator/husband, the young and coquetish dog walker, the local designers who were pushed aside, a golden boy nephew, the mysterious workerman, or the ghost of tragedies past. No need to have read the first book to be able to follow along. Definetly a page turner with a suprise ending, a surprise in so many ways and a little bit of a cliff hanger, but isn't that what makes a cozy so good in addition to the well developed characters and the smidge of potential romance for maybe both of the Wanted gals?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    In a small Colorado tourist town, Delta and Hazel have set up a stationary/scrapbooking shop. When they are called on to do a workshop at the house of a local bigwig, as part of the celebration of his new wife's birthday, they certainly don't expect that the bigwig's sister will get murdered. Delta gets involved because Jonas, her maybe-love-interest, private-detective-who-was-a-cop (I think), was hired to watch over the wife, Lena, a former model who'd apparently been getting threats. Soon the In a small Colorado tourist town, Delta and Hazel have set up a stationary/scrapbooking shop. When they are called on to do a workshop at the house of a local bigwig, as part of the celebration of his new wife's birthday, they certainly don't expect that the bigwig's sister will get murdered. Delta gets involved because Jonas, her maybe-love-interest, private-detective-who-was-a-cop (I think), was hired to watch over the wife, Lena, a former model who'd apparently been getting threats. Soon the case is complicated by art thefts, delinquent brothers, secret offspring, terrible dog walkers, and Delta's grandmother, but they will get it sorted out. I liked this one fairly well, though I gave up on trying to distinguish the vast cast of characters. The setting of the town is nice, and I liked that the main character was not a suspect. I'm kind of over the maybe-love-interest waffling in this kind of book, though--the authors of this type of series always stretches the romantic tension out book after book and that just gets irritating. I prefer what Donna Andrews did, in marrying off her main characters and they're still in love even when they irritate each other.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Delta Douglas is part owner of a stationary store with her friend, Hazel. Named Wanted, it has a large local following, especially by the Paper Posse Ladies. Paper crafts are their thing with a side of crime investigation as they help Delta and Hazel track down a killer. What should have been a fun event - a 3D craft themed birthday event for a local celeb - Lena Laroy - turns out to be anything but fun. During the party a threatening note is discovered followed by the very dead body of Lena's si Delta Douglas is part owner of a stationary store with her friend, Hazel. Named Wanted, it has a large local following, especially by the Paper Posse Ladies. Paper crafts are their thing with a side of crime investigation as they help Delta and Hazel track down a killer. What should have been a fun event - a 3D craft themed birthday event for a local celeb - Lena Laroy - turns out to be anything but fun. During the party a threatening note is discovered followed by the very dead body of Lena's sister-in-law. Not new at sleuthing, Delta, along with Hazel, Jonas and the Paper Posse Ladies start their investigation and the list of suspects gives them a lot to work with. Full of twists, turns and red herrings, this is a well crafted mystery that kept me engaged to the last page. I will definitely be adding the next in the series to my TBR list. My thanks to the publisher Poisoned Pen Press and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tove R.

    An enjoyable cozy mystery, with the right kind of small town vibe, quirky characters, and a crime (or two) to solve. I like Delta, the main character, her Gran, and the other people in her life. The sister of a rich man is murdered at his party. There are several suspects. Was the sister such a quite and innocent woman after all? What’s the story behind the new dog walker? What is the rich man’s wife hiding? Why did she argue with a waiter? So many questions to be answered, but people are not wi An enjoyable cozy mystery, with the right kind of small town vibe, quirky characters, and a crime (or two) to solve. I like Delta, the main character, her Gran, and the other people in her life. The sister of a rich man is murdered at his party. There are several suspects. Was the sister such a quite and innocent woman after all? What’s the story behind the new dog walker? What is the rich man’s wife hiding? Why did she argue with a waiter? So many questions to be answered, but people are not willing to tell the truth. Mr Richy Rich hired a man to look after his wife at the party, because someone has been threatening her. There is also an old mystery to be solved. This is not the first murder at this house... I definitely want to read more books in this series! A perfect read for a lazy weekend morning.

  23. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Delta Douglas and her business partner are hosting a workshop at a birthday party for a celebrity. When the birthday girl’s sister in law is found dead, Delta adds her sleuthing hat to her entrepreneur hat. While she vowed not to get involved this time, she can’t help but love a good mystery and it appears the murder is a copy cat killing from years ago, right down to the location. Delta begins to question everyone and everything about the killing, teaming up with her crush to try and figure it a Delta Douglas and her business partner are hosting a workshop at a birthday party for a celebrity. When the birthday girl’s sister in law is found dead, Delta adds her sleuthing hat to her entrepreneur hat. While she vowed not to get involved this time, she can’t help but love a good mystery and it appears the murder is a copy cat killing from years ago, right down to the location. Delta begins to question everyone and everything about the killing, teaming up with her crush to try and figure it all out before the killer strikes again. A solid second entry in this series set in an Old West mining town. The nod to the history of the town and its past is done well in both the stores in the town and the basis for this whodunit. Looking forward to more in this series and the author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Geez- Hazel and Delta are happy to get a gig at a birthday party for local celeb Lena and then....Lena's sister in law Sally is murdered! At the party! Delta opened her paper store in Montana along with Hazel in the hopes of starting a new life but what she's found is that in addition to selling stationery, she's become a pretty good sleuth. This is the second outing in the series and fine as a standalone. We're all getting to know the characters together and while Hazel and Delta are pretty wel Geez- Hazel and Delta are happy to get a gig at a birthday party for local celeb Lena and then....Lena's sister in law Sally is murdered! At the party! Delta opened her paper store in Montana along with Hazel in the hopes of starting a new life but what she's found is that in addition to selling stationery, she's become a pretty good sleuth. This is the second outing in the series and fine as a standalone. We're all getting to know the characters together and while Hazel and Delta are pretty well formed there's still others who would benefit from more rounding. It's a classic cozy with a few good twists that will keep you guessing. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Crafting cozy fans should give this a try.

  25. 5 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. For Letter or Worse is the second in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. The theme and the setting of this series are both just amazing. I love stationery and the locale of Tundish, Montana stands out. Even the idea of the store being located in a repurposed jail building is unique and adds to the sense of place. The store owners are called on to host a craft table for a wealthy woman’s birthday celebration which e I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. For Letter or Worse is the second in the Stationery Shop Mystery series. The theme and the setting of this series are both just amazing. I love stationery and the locale of Tundish, Montana stands out. Even the idea of the store being located in a repurposed jail building is unique and adds to the sense of place. The store owners are called on to host a craft table for a wealthy woman’s birthday celebration which ends abruptly with a murder. After events in the first book, Delta is no stranger to being in the middle of an investigation and she seems to be pulled into this one as well. Fine cozy mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Only got about a quarter of the way through this before I DNF. I just found that the author hit the reader over the head with the clues, a little too heavy-handed for me. I also just didn’t particularly care for the characters, just didn’t seem to be clicking with any of them. I’m coming in at the second book in the series so that may be part of the problem. Decided not to rate it because of that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This to me is a really good example of an enjoyable cosy mystery. It ticks all the 'cosy' boxes, but it's not too saccharine or unbelievable, or 99% romance with a too-easily-tied-up crime round the edges. Full review is up on my blog. This to me is a really good example of an enjoyable cosy mystery. It ticks all the 'cosy' boxes, but it's not too saccharine or unbelievable, or 99% romance with a too-easily-tied-up crime round the edges. Full review is up on my blog.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    A good cozy mystery, engrossing and entertaining. I liked the well written plot, the likable and fleshed out cast of characters and the lovely setting. The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and it kept me guessing. It's the second in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine A good cozy mystery, engrossing and entertaining. I liked the well written plot, the likable and fleshed out cast of characters and the lovely setting. The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and it kept me guessing. It's the second in a series but it can be read as a stand alone. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    This book was ok to me. I really didn't like the main characters or any of the characters too much and couldn't get to into the mystery of who killed Sally. There just didn't seem to be an spark to it. #For Letter or Worse #Netgalley ''' This book was ok to me. I really didn't like the main characters or any of the characters too much and couldn't get to into the mystery of who killed Sally. There just didn't seem to be an spark to it. #For Letter or Worse #Netgalley '''

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    I enjoyed the mystery and it kept me guessing. I like the small town and glad Gran has come for a visit. I like the posse. I look forward to more. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest reveiw.

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