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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Saturday, March 6, 2021

Oh, the Places You’ll Go by V. M. Burns

Whenever a reader picks up a work of fiction, he or she expects to be transported into a different place, time, or universe. Some books take you into a fantasy world with dragons, elves, talking trees, and wizards. Other books transport you back to a time where “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Whether the best of times, or the worst of times, readers anxiously await the opportunity to travel.

Book journeys aren’t just reserved for readers. Long before a book makes its way to your bookshelves or To-Be-Read (TBR) stacks, authors have set sail and spent countless hours in research. Research for fiction can take a variety of forms. It could mean interviewing medical and legal experts (thank you Alexia, Chaney, and Abby), extensive reading of textbooks on geography, military battles, and poisons, or Internet searches about everything from railroad schedules to Scotland Yard. My recent excursion in A Tourist’s Guide to Murder, involved all of those and more.

As I sat down to write the 6th book in my Mystery Bookshop Mystery Series, I knew that I wanted my protagonist to travel. Since the first book released in 2017, there have been quite a few murders in the small fictional town of North Harbor, Michigan and it was time to venture out a bit. Also, since my protagonist, Samantha Washington, is an aspiring mystery writer, a trip across the pond to England provided the perfect back drop. Additionally, it’s been a number of years since I’ve traveled abroad and setting a mystery in England provided the perfect opportunity for a trip without any of the hassles of TSA or jet lag.

In March 2021, we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic where travel is limited. Nevertheless, we can all still get out and see the world by picking up a book. If you’re like me and long for a chance to see sites made famous by real and fictionalized characters of British mysteries, then pick up a copy of A Tourist’s Guide to Murder, and travel abroad with Sam, Nana Jo, and the girls. Explore the sites. Sift through the clues and red herrings and see if you can figure out whodunit.

While visiting the land of Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes, bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Samantha Washington finds herself on a tragical mystery tour . . .

Sam joins Nana Jo and her Shady Acres Retirement Village friends Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae on a weeklong trip to London, England, to experience the Peabody Mystery Lovers Tour. The chance to see the sights and walk the streets that inspired Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle is a dream come true for Sam—and a perfect way to celebrate her new publishing contract as a mystery author.

But between visits to Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel district and 221B Baker Street, Major Horace Peabody is found dead, supposedly of natural causes. Despite his employer’s unfortunate demise, the tour guide insists on keeping calm and carrying on—until another tourist on their trip also dies under mysterious circumstances. Now it’s up to Sam and the Shady Acres ladies to mix and mingle among their fellow mystery lovers, find a motive, and turn up a murderer . . .

Buy Links: Amazon, Apple, BAM, Bookshop.org, Google Play, Hudson, IndieBound, Kobo, Nook

About the author
V.M. (Valerie) Burns was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Dog Writers Association of America, Thriller Writers International, and Sisters in Crime. V.M. Burns is the author of the Dog Club Mystery series, the RJ Franklin Mystery series, and the Agatha Award nominated author of Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. She currently resides in East Tennessee with her two poodles. Readers can keep up with new releases by following her on social media.

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Website: vmburns.com


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Hi, Val! Any mystery about poodles is book with reading. Congrats and best wishes!

Molly MacRae said...

Your new book has all the elements I look for in escapist reading, Val. Picking it up today and looking forward to my UK "trip." Thanks!

Kait said...

Looking forward to my upcoming trip to the UK with Sam, Nana Jo, and the crew!

Shari Randall said...

Oh how I'd love to go on this tour! Looks like such a fun book. Congratulations, Valerie!

Debra H. Goldstein said...

Loved going on this tour... fun read. Agree with you that armchair travel has some benefits, but I'll be glad to get back to a mix of research from books and in person.

KM Rockwood said...

Just the book for those of us trapped journey-less by COVID.