Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
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About Killer Words
Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)
7th in Series
Setting – North Harbor, Michigan
Publisher : Kensington Cozies (November 30, 2021)
Paperback : 256 pages
ISBN-10 : 1496728971
ISBN-13 : 978-1496728975
Digital ASIN : B08Y65TD1X
Bookstore owner and mystery writer Samantha Washington comes to the aid of the cop who once arrested her own grandmother . . .
Sam and Nana Jo are back in sleepy North Harbor, Michigan, where Sam is eagerly awaiting the publication of her first book. In search of more immediate excitement, Nana Jo hits the casino with her fellow Shady Acres Retirement Village gal pals—but they get more than they bargained for when they witness Detective Bradley Pitt decking mayoral candidate John Cloverton.
As Sam well knows, mystery novels are full of brilliant detectives, genius sleuths, and hero cops. Detective Bradley Pitt—aka “Stinky Pitt”—is another story. In the past, the dull-witted detective has mistakenly accused members of Sam’s family for crimes they didn’t commit. Now, it’s his turn: when Cloverton turns up dead, he’s arrested. With his predilection for polyester, Pitt has been wanted by the fashion police for years, but Nana Jo knows her former elementary school math student would never commit murder—it doesn’t add up. Somebody’s framed the flatfoot to take a fall, and Sam and Nana Jo must step in to restore the reputation and good name of Detective Pitt.
Sam is anxious knowing her first book will be published very soon but first in a weird and somewhat delightful twist of fate Detective Bradley Pitt, aka “Stinky Pitt”, gets some of his own medicine when he is arrested for murder after a public altercation, oh heck, it was a smackdown and the subsequent death of mayoral candidate John Cloverton. Sam. Nana Jo, Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae all witnessed the punch but the murder happened later.
There is no love lost between these ladies and the inept Stinky Pitt but Nana Jo knows in her heart he didn’t kill anyone. Positive he has been framed, Sam and the rest of the senior sleuths take on the case to be sure the book isn’t thrown at Detective Pitt.
I get excited when books in this series come out because I know I am in store for a very entertaining read of not one mystery but two.
The characters in the present-day mystery have become near and dear to me and I love catching up in all of their lives. This time there are a lot of things in flux for several characters that Sam has become dependent on. She also faces some exciting changes of her own, including adding the status of published author to her resume. All these characters have developed realistically which makes it very easy to identify with them in several ways. They are so funny especially the ladies from Shady Acres. They are also darn good gamblers and I love the way they spread out those winnings. Sadly, Oreo and Snickers are getting up there in age but at times they act like young pups. I know how that goes. No matter what they are always the best thing to come home to.
The characters in the British historical mystery, the book Sam is writing, are very interesting too. They always seem to be in the thick of something that includes murder. Set just before WWII Sam draws on a little history in her fictional accounts that engages readers as much as the current day encounters.
Both mysteries are clever with twists and turns and very well written and plotted. I really enjoy the way Sam works out the clues in the current mystery while plotting out her own novel. I also am amazed by the way she can write anywhere she can find a secluded spot even at the casino.
For me, this entire series is a must-read. The mysteries are solid and the characters are genuine. Each can be read on its own but take my word for it, they are like potato chips, you can’t eat, I mean read just one. Start at the beginning and sit back and enjoy and giggle a little bit too.
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About V.M. Burns
V.M. Burns was born and raised in the Midwestern United States. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Dog Writers Association of America, Thriller Writers International, is on the national board for Sisters in Crime. She currently resides in the warmer area of the U.S. with her two poodles. Readers can visit her website at http://www.vmburns.com
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Great Escapes Praise for Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Another fun cozy from V.M. Burns. It was delightful to be back across the one with Sam and the girls.
I enjoyed this read and I have a good size list of the previous titles on my Wish List now.
~My Reading Journeys
This makes for an interesting investigation as she pokes around along with Nana and her gang. Add in the bonus second story written by Sam throughout the book to really make it good. A great choice for cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
If you enjoy cozy mysteries and/or historical fiction, don’t miss Killer Words. It’s a racially diverse two-for-one mystery with the best ending ever. 5 stars and a favorite!
~Diane Reviews Books
Bottom Line: Killer Words met all of my preconceived, series-fan expectations, and then some. It was delightfully clever, sweet, and fun with some surprising twists and turns – and even some lovely romantic moments, too. Another entertaining & warmly written visit to the Mystery Bookshop!
~Reading Is My Super Power
One of many things I love about this series is that I feel we get two mysteries in one. Being a midwestern reader, I eagerly look forward to the next book.
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