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Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Novel Art of Murder

The Novel Art of Murder
(Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns

About the Book

The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Digital ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q

Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is trying to keep her grandmother from spending her golden years in an orange jumpsuit . . .

The small town of North Harbor, Michigan, is just not big enough for the two of them: flamboyant phony Maria Romanov and feisty Nana Jo. The insufferable Maria claims she's descended from Russian royalty and even had a fling with King Edward VIII back in the day. She’s not just a lousy liar, she's a bad actress, so when she nabs the lead in the Shady Acres Senior Follies—a part Nana Jo plays every year in their retirement village production—Nana Jo blows a gasket and reads her the riot act in front of everyone.

Of course, when Maria is silenced with a bullet to the head, Nana Jo lands the leading role on the suspects list. Sam’s been writing her newest mystery, set in England between the wars, with her intrepid heroine Lady Daphne drawn into murder and scandal in the household of Winston Churchill. But now she has to prove that Nana Jo’s been framed. With help from her grandmother's posse of rambunctious retirees, Sam shines a spotlight on Maria’s secrets, hoping to draw the real killer out of the shadow

What I Thought:

I looked forward to returning to the town of North Harbor, MI, and visiting with Samantha and her crew again.  In this installment of the series, it is time for the Shady Acres Senior Follies, and Nana Jo always nabs the lead role, but this year, flamboyant Maria Romanov snags the lead from her.  Nana Jo feels Maria is a phony and the two get into a loud argument.  When Maria is found dead, Nana Jo is the main suspect.  Samantha steps in to clear Nana Jo's name and when another murder occurs, Samantha wonders if there are two killers or one.  This was well written story that flowed well.  I was entertained throughout the story by the quirky characters.  I liked the setting of Shady Acres.  I really liked the character of Nana Jo, she is quite entertaining.  The ending took me by surprise and kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to more in this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

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
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