ARC Review: Last Pen Standing

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SERIES: Stationery Shop Mystery #1






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.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.


Last Pen Standing is the first in a new cozy series of Stationery Shop Mysteries. It’s the first time I’ve come across a cozy based around a stationary shop — notebooks, wrapping paper, washi tape — and I found it really refreshing. With the current trend for bullet journaling, it’s a really smart, up-to-date angle and a nice break from the usual books, baking and quilting.

I really loved the series premise. The setting is a historic little goldrush town with lots of back-to-nature activities in the immediate vicinity. It’s quaint and idyllic, and I really enjoyed spending time there. This particular story features the local hotel, a very upmarket affair, which brings in an added bit of high-society glamour and scandal.

I really liked the main character, Delta. She’s artistic and driven, and I really like watching her finding her feet both in the little stationary shop and with the local group of outlaw-inspired crafters-turned-sleuths, the Paper Posse.

The mystery itself was really good, with lots of potential suspects and red-herrings. I really like the way Delta went about solving the crime, especially her work with the Posse and her stationary-based evidence board.

Last Pen Standing is a great new cozy and I’m really looking forward to continuing with the series as it progresses.


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10 thoughts on “ARC Review: Last Pen Standing”

  1. Didn’t you just love the Paper Posse? They cracked me up with their wild west names and their nosy determination to find out info. And a stationary store in an old jailhouse – never in a million years would have thought of that. Great review!

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