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April 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers

Wed, Read & Dead
By (author): V.M. Burns
9781496718297 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General Apr 30, 2019
$21.95 CAD
Active 5.49 x 8.24 x 0.72 in 272 pages Kensington
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…
Praise for The Plot Is Murder
“Readers of Carolyn Hart and Vicki Delany will appreciate the lively seniors, the humor, and the bookstore environment.”
Library Journal (Starred Review)

Story Locale: Michigan.

V.M. Burns returns with the fourth book in the Mystery Bookstore mysteries, taking place in a Michigan bookshop specializing in selling murder mysteries!

The Mystery Bookshop Series appeals to fans of Kate Carlisle’s The Bibliophile Mysteries (Signet), Lorna Barrett’s Booktown Mystery series (Berkley) and Donald Bain’s (Jessica Fletcher) Murder, She Wrote series (Signet).

Readers solve two murders in each book of the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series: the one that amateur sleuth / author/bookstore owner Samantha is experiencing as well as the historical mystery novel she’s writing.

The author goes to great lengths to extensively research the historical storyline, including delving into the popular culture of England between the wars.

V.M. Burns is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. She has two poodles who are the inspiration for the dogs on her book covers.

V.M. Burns also writes the pet-themed Dog Club Mystery cozy series, which is published under the Lyrical eBook imprint

V.M. Burns is the acclaimed author of screenplays, children’s books, and cozy mysteries, including the Dog Club Mysteries, the RJ Franklin Mysteries, and the Mystery Bookshop Series. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, V.M. Burns currently resides in Tennessee with her poodles. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Dog Writers Association of America, Thriller Writers International, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. She can be found online at

Author Residence: Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Marketing: Advance reading copies

Print and online advertising

Author appearances and promotions at select conventions

Email marketing and features via Killer Cozies eNewsletter and

Social media campaign including advertising, giveaways, bonus content and shareable images

Early reviewer promotions through NetGalley and Goodreads

Targeted library marketing and ARC mailings

Publicity outreach for reviews, roundups and feature coverage

Appearances at Malice Domestic 2019 in Bethesda (May 2019) and CozyCon: South 2019 in Houston (July 2019)

Cross-promotion with Puppy Who Knew Too Much (Lyrical TP, 2/19) and Bark If It’s Murder (Lyrical TP, 8/19)

Praise for The Bookshop Mystery Series:

“Set in North Harbor Michigan., Burns’s promising debut and series launch introduces mystery book lover and aspiring writer Samantha Washington…Extracts from the cozy Sam is writing, set in England in 1938, add spice.” - Publishers Weekly on The Plot is Murder

“Readers of Carolyn Hart and Vicki Delany will appreciate the lively seniors, the humor, and the bookstore environment.”—Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW for The Plot is 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

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