Wed, Read & Dead (Mystery Bookshop) 

by V.M. Burns


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Kensington (April 30, 2019) 
Paperback: 272 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496718291 
ISBN-13: 978-1496718297 
Digital ASIN: B07G6RDBRV

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 . . .

 For better or worse, in good times and bad, til death... or until everything goes wrong.
Sam's mother is trying to plan a wedding in less than a month and at Christmas! To deal with the stress, Sam writes a historical novel about, well, let's just say that art and life are reflecting each other. Harold, the groom, seems like a sweetheart of a man. Could he possibly be accused of murder before the happy couple can walk down the aisle?

The victim is a nightmare wedding planner. Multiple people want her dead, from clients she has bilked out of thousands of dollars, to vendors never paid for their services, and others who get entangled in her schemes.

Adding to the confusion and stress are other romantic gestures, a couple of adorable, aging poodles, more family than can ever be comfortable together at one time, and two young children who show up unexpectedly (and hungry.) I was interested in the genealogy aspects of this novel.

I love the local flavor in the books in this series. The characters are wonderful and relatable.
Nana Jo and her friends are such a treat.

Will this wedding planning have a happy ending? Will Sam be made to wear the pink tulle nightmare or the tablecloth plaid? 

Enjoy reading and find out. 

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

Author Links:
  Twitter: @vmburns
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  2. Thank you for your review on "Wed, Read & Dead" by V.M. Burns and for being part of the book tour.

    Love this cover and can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list. Always enjoy this author's books.
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