Michigan bookshop owner Samantha Washington’s tour for the launch of her new mystery novel is a whirlwind success… until life – or rather murder – begins to imitate fiction on the last stop at Michigan’s most prestigious literary festival!
While Sam wraps up her first whirlwind book tour, Nana Jo has kept Market Street Mysteries running smoothly. The last stop is a prestigious book festival in Sam’s hometown of North Harbor, Michigan. But not everyone thinks the guest of honor, bestselling author Judith Hunter, deserves stellar reviews. Sam witnesses nasty arguments between Judith and two different authors—who accuse her of plagiarism and sabotage . . .
When a publicist is poisoned during a cocktail reception, Sam wonders if the killer missed the intended target. It’s a twist that echoes the plot of Sam’s mystery, Murder at Wickfield Lodge. But fact can be stranger—and deadlier—than fiction. How much collateral damage is the killer willing to risk? With feisty Nana Jo and the girls from Shady Acres Retirement Village lending a hand, Sam tries to solve the case before the festival delivers another fatality . . .
About the Author
Valerie (V. M.) Burns is a mystery writer whose novels and short stories have been finalists for the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is the author of the Mystery Bookshop, Dog Club, RJ Franklin, and Baker Street Mystery series. Valerie is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association. She is also an adjunct professor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie now lives in the southeastern United States with her two poodles. Connect with Valerie at VMBurns.com.
Praise for The Mystery Bookshop Series by V.M. Burns
“A bookstore owner helps a cop she doesn’t even like fight a murder charge…Despite the complex plotting, quirky characters are the heart of this cozy.” —Kirkus Reviews on Killer Words
“Colorful characters and just enough mystery trivia boost the fast-moving plot. Cozy fans are sure to have fun.” —Publishers Weekly on A Tourist’s Guide to Murder
“Cozy fans get two mysteries for the price of one: The intuitive heroine finishes her novel and solves a murder.” —Kirkus Reviews on A Tourist’s Guide to Murder
“Wed, Read & Dead deliciously delves back into the life of Samantha Washington…This charming page-turner is a must-read for any animal lover who loves a good mystery.” —Modern Dog Magazine
“This two-in-one mystery satisfies on so many levels, with this fifth in the series being as fresh and unique as the first.” —Kings River Life Magazine on Bookmarked for Murder
“As good as any Jessica Fletcher story could be, Burns has a way with words and her characters are absolutely riveting. There is no doubt this is one series that will continue for a good, long time to come.” —Suspense Magazine on Read Herring Hunt
“Readers of Carolyn Hart and Vicki Delany will appreciate the lively seniors, the humor, and the bookstore environment.” —Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW on The Plot is Murder “Adventure and chaos ensue in this fun whodunit.” —Woman’s World Book Club Pick for The Plot is Murder
“With plenty of fun and a mystery within a mystery, readers will eat this one up.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel on The Plot is Murder