Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns


  Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)

by V.M. Burns

About Killer Words


  Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop) 

  Cozy Mystery 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.


   One of many things I love about this series is that I feel we get two mysteries in one.
Sam Washington not only runs a bookstore focused on mysteries, and we learn alot about other authors and series as we visit, she is also a budding author herself. I enjoy the snippets we get about her work in progress as much as the crimes she helps solve in her regular life.
This time the crime involves someone close to, but not admired by, Sam and her circle of Senior Sleuths. A murder is committed and a detective is the top suspect.
Why does it seem the rest of the officials are willing to accept this and not look harder for evidence to prove him innocent?
Even though the detective has not been their friend or fan in past cases, the Senior Sleuths still want to see justice served, and all feel the cops have the wrong man.

It is fun to hang out with Sam and friends between the casino, bookstore and various other gathering spots. We get to see Jenna in action in the courtroom.
There is some movement on the romance front, but it does not take away from the mystery aspects of book. It looks like the future will be bright without too many negative changes.

Being a midwestern reader, I eagerly look forward to the next book.

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

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