About A Tourist’s Guide to Murder
A Tourist’s Guide to Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
6th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2021)
Paperback: 256 pages
Digital ASIN: B087YRY1S4
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 . . .
About V.M. Burns
V.M. (Valerie) Burns was born and raised in the Midwestern United States. She currently resides in the warmer region of the country in East Tennessee with her two poodles. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Dog Writers of America, Crime Writers of Color, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime. Valerie is the author of the RJ Franklin Mysteries, the Dog Club Mysteries, and the Agatha Award-nominated Mystery Bookshop Mystery series.
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I absolutely loved V. M. Burns’ book, A Tourist Guide to Murder! Even though it is the sixth in her Mystery Bookshop series, it’s the first of her books I’ve read. I will definitely be looking for the first five (and beyond?).
First of all I love to travel, so she had me with the title. Then the two black poodles on the cover piqued my pet-interest. (But sadly they are left at home this time.) And then, when I dove into the first chapter and met Samantha and her outrageous, hilarious, and lovable senior grandma and friends, I was hooked. And then…and then… I discovered her protagonist was also a mystery writer. And this was the best surprise I had, for half, well, a third at least, of the book has not one but TWO mysteries going – one with Sam and all traveling to England, and the other in the 1930’s in an upstairs/downstairs manor house with Lords and Ladies . So fun!
Okay, here’s how it went. Sam set up readers even before leaving home that she was writing a historical mystery. Just a peek at the characters – one of them so despicable, you just knew HE would be in the victim. And then the travelling group is off to London. And before the Mystery Lovers Tour barely gets started, there is a… murder! The “why” is pretty clear, but the list of people who disliked the man is long. But, the tour must go on (and we get delightful glimpses of Mystery-England as well as the group).
Then a second murder!! But the senior citizens with Sam have talents you would never guess, and hopefully they will use them to discover the murderer(s) before one of the gals bites the dust. (And remember we are also following the historical murder mystery as well, interspersed in just the perfect places with the modern story.)
This book has two very satisfying murder mysteries, both solved by the end. Like I said, I will be reading MORE of V.M. Burns’ books. Why don’t you?
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