Friday, December 13, 2019

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns


Today I'm participating in the Bookmarked for Murder Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle copy of the book.  

About the book . . .

Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop Mystery)
 Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (November 26, 2019)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496718313
ISBN-13: 978-1496718310
Digital ASIN: B07P9MR138

Synopsis . . . Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington's shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .

After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it’s a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver’s seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .

My review . . . Murder seems to find bookstore owner and aspiring author Sam Washington wherever she goes. In the latest installment of the Mystery Bookshop series, Sam, Nana Jo, and their tight-knit group of friends from Shady Acres Retirement Village are returning from a shopping trip to Chicago when one of the bus passengers, an author who has snuggled up to the flirty Irma, is found dead in his seat.  When the death is ruled a homicide, the bus driver and all other passengers are under suspicion.  Who killed Max Franck and why?  And as Sam, Nana Jo, and their band of sleuthing seniors attempt to answer these questions, danger strikes even closer to home as a second murder victim—Shady Acres resident Sarah Jane Howard—is discovered.  Are the murders connected?

The feisty seniors turn up all sorts of helpful information through their small-town network, but it is up to Sam to make sense of it all.  Sam turns to her tried and true method of writing to help her process the clues and her own thoughts about the crimes.  As she develops the story line of her latest British historical cozy, her theory on the current murder investigation crystallizes. Will Sam be able to identify the killer before further harm befalls the residents of Shady Acres?

In the Mystery Bookshop series, Burns has created an inviting bookstore setting and cast of endearing family and neighbors who are devoted to each other through thick and thin.  Their gregarious personalities and laugh-out loud antics add to the overall enjoyment of the reading experience.

Giveaway . . . Enter the Bookmarked for Murder Giveaway of a $20 Amazon Gift Card by using this link. 

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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Purchase links . . .

Blog Tours 

Tour Participants . . .
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December 2 The Ninja Librarian -REVIEW 
December 2Lisa Ks Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
December 3Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW 
December 3Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW 
December 4Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW 
December 5 Laura’s Interests – REVIEW 
December 5Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
December 6The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW 
December 6Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW 
December 7Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT 
December 7Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW 
December 8Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW  
December 9My Reading Journeys – REVIEW 
December 9Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 
December 10Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT 
December 10Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW 
December 11Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW  
December 11Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT 
December 12I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT 
December 12The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT 
December 13Book Club Librarian– REVIEW   
December 13Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Bookmarked for Murder from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other book-related blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated. 


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