News & Reviews

“This debut cleverly integrates a historical cozy within a contemporary mystery. In both story lines, the elder characters shine; they are refreshingly witty and robust, with formidable connections and investigative skills. Readers of Carolyn Hart and Vicki Delany will appreciate the lively seniors, the humor, and the bookstore environment.” – Library Journal for THE PLOT IS MURDER

“Burn’s latest tale is an entertaining cozy with a bite. The debut of her new Mystery Bookshop series stars a bookshop owner who also writes British cozies, giving readers a story inside a story and two brainteasers for the price of one. Fans will enjoy the witty dialogue, realistic depictions of settings, a plot that is a fantastic mix of humor and suspense, and a great lead-in to book two. The characters are an eclectic bunch, the heroine is the real deal and the madcap senior sleuth team is a blast.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“Set in North Harbor, Mich., Burns’s promising debut and series launch introduces mystery book lover and aspiring writer Samantha Washington.” Publishers Weekly

“What a wonderful story that grabbed my attention immediately quickly becoming a page-turner as I had to know how this was going to end. I love the pacing and the comfortable tone that made it easy to follow as each chapter gave me enough to narrow down the list of suspects. Also liked the story within a story that mirrored “real-life” in North Harbor. The author did a great job in staging this engaging mystery abound with lovable characters like Nana Jo, Dorothy, Irma, Ruby Mae, Dawson, Sam and of course Oreo and Snickers. The mystery was expertly written keeping me glued to the pages and I enjoyed how everyone played a pivotal role in the apprehension of the killer. The narrative was visually descriptive, making me feel a part of the action as the ladies searched for clues and Sam’s property became victimized. This was a great debut and I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully entertaining series.” – Dru’s Book Musing

“Overall, a good start to a new cozy mystery series! I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series!” Night Owl Reviews, 4 Stars