Book Review: Last Pen Standing (Stationary Shop Mystery #1) by Vivian Conroy #CozyMystery #Mystery #BookReview

Last Pen Standing

By Vivian Conroy


My review:

Delta has been gifted a sum of money from her grandmother and what better way to spend it than following her dreams to finally own a stationary shop. After teaming up with her friend Hazel at her shop, Wanted, in Tundish, Montana, Delta couldn’t be happier. Together they plan a crafting workshop at a local hotel, and on the night of the big event, one of the guests is murdered on the premises.

This murder becomes a mystery. Who would do this? Was there a brawl? An affair? There are multiple suspects in question, but authorities have no idea who the real perpetrator is. Delta becomes a detective along with others including the Paper Posse and an adorable canine to help solve the case.

I was attracted to the old, wild-west town setting right away and this just felt like the perfect book to be reading this time of year. The writing is descriptive and flows nicely, the story is interesting and keeps your attention, but I did find it drawn out in a few spots and even unbelievable at times. It didn’t bother me that much for it was easy to stay absorbed in the story. The author has a way of making you think one way, when it’s really not the case at all. These twists made up for other predictable parts. The book turned out to be a fairly quick read too.

As far as characters, I’d have to say Delta (the main character) was my absolute favorite. She’s such a good friend–determined to get to the bottom of this crime one way or another to help Hazel and her brother Finn. She’s strong, independent, and also loves dogs, so she’s likable from the get go. There was an urge for certain characters to connect, and while it didn’t work out that way, maybe in future installments it’ll happen. There wasn’t much backstory shared for many of the characters in the story, but with this being the first book of the series, I hope to learn more about them in future installments as well.

Overall, this was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I’ll admit that this isn’t my favorite genre, and it was a bit predictable, but I’m inspired to read more.


I’d like to thank the publisher, author, and Goodreads for sharing this book in a giveaway that I recently won. This is my own, honest review of the book.

Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Series: Stationery Shop Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (September 24, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492684031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492684039

From Goodreads:

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.

Thanks for reading my review! Have you read any books by this author, or any other cozy mysteries you’d like to share? Let’s chat below!

💜 Mischenko

14 thoughts on “Book Review: Last Pen Standing (Stationary Shop Mystery #1) by Vivian Conroy #CozyMystery #Mystery #BookReview

    1. This might have been my first, Teri. I thought it was good. The covers and titles always get me. It’s funny because my 8-year-old asked to read this when she saw the cover. 😂 We had fun going through some of the new mystery covers on Amazon after. There are some really good ones! Lol

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  1. Theresa Everton Pulyer

    I really liked this book. The paper posse had me laughing and I thought the trap-the-thief stunt just fit the tongue and cheekness of the book. Great review!

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  2. Noriko

    Aww, the cover is so cute!! Actually cozy mystery has become one of my favorite genres. As you said, it can be predictable yet it’s good when your brain is tired but want to read something.


  3. starjustin

    You must have meant your 9 year old. Lol.
    I’m like you, not to into this genre, but it sounded really different.
    Nice review! 👍🏻


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  5. I am so happy to see that you enjoyed this cozy mystery. I know it is outside your comfort zone, so good to see that you liked it enough to read the next one. Wonderful review of this one. I think I have this one to read, but will have to check.

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