Saturday, April 27, 2019


I'm so happy to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 4 in the Mystery Bookshop Mysteries
by V.M. Burns

Bookstore owner Samantha Washington sells and solves mysteries in North Harbor, Michigan—including the murder of her mother's wedding planner . . . 
Sam's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mystery is how they're going to pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks. Harold's snobby sister-in-law proposes a solution: engage flamboyant wedding planner Lydia Lighthouse. But their beacon of hope quickly sends everyone into a blind rage, most of all the groom-to-be. So when the maddening micromanager is strangled with her own scarf, it's a shock, but not a surprise.
It’s a case of art imitating life as Sam pens her next historical mystery set in England between the wars. Lady Daphne Marsh insists on marrying Lord James Browning on Christmas Eve, three weeks hence. But when the fop planning their wedding ends up with a knife in his back, she vows to nab the backstabber before she walks down the aisle.
Meanwhile, when she’s not writing, Sam and her beloved and boisterous Nana Jo rush to shine a light on Lydia's killer—so her mother's new husband won't spend his honeymoon behind bars . . .

RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, April 30!



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This is the first book I’ve read in the Mystery Bookshop series, and I have no idea why! I have known of the books, and if I check my TBR I’m sure I have the others there. Well, better late than never they say. But oh, the time I have wasted!

From the very first page of WED, READ & DEAD, I enjoyed the flow of the story. Yes. The first page. Can’t you just tell when you start a book rather or not it’s the one for you? I can. The words just seem natural and, well, flowing. Author V.M. Burns certainly has that style of writing I seek out.

From the characters, the location, the theme, and of course the mystery, I can’t find one bad thing to say about WED, READ & DEAD. The wonderfully twisty plot held me captive until the reveal. We’ll I’ve read in some reviews that those readers solved it easily, I myself didn’t see it coming. I love that protagonist Samantha Washington owns a mystery bookstore. It is a dream of mine. I also like that the character is writing a cozy mystery, and we get to read it as well! Kudos to author Burns for writing a book within this book!

I could spend all day listing positive adjectives about WED, READ & DEAD. Instead of doing that I’ll just say this. Read. This. Book! Now I’m off to search my TBR for the first three! 


About the Author

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at 

Author Links
Twitter: @vmburns 

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  1. Hello, Lisa, and happy Saturday!

  2. I know why! You are too darn busy but I am glad that you have discovered V.M. Burns. She has become one of my top 10 cozy authors and ties with 7 of them. I have loved every book! Wed, Read & Dead gives a great view of her warm style and the great characters. I love the mystery, but as always, it is her community of characters that has won my heart.

    1. LOL You are not wrong, Jeanie! I'm happy you love her books as much as I do!

  3. Don't you just love this cover!

    Thanks for your review on "WED, READ & DEAD" by V.M. Burns and for being part of the book tour.

    Love this author's books and can't wait for the opportunity to read this one.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Hi, Kay! If you loved the others, you will love this one for sure!