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    BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER by V. M. Burns

    BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER by V. M. Burns is the fifth book in the Mystery Bookshop series. Although part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone book. BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER is the wonderful cozy mystery about Samantha “Sam” Washington, her Nana Jo - Josephine Thomas, and the rest of the gang from Shady Acres Retirement Village along with a few extras taking a four day shopping excursion to Chicago via a chartered bus. The trip ends with one of the riders being murdered in the bus on the trip home. Feeling that the murderer had to be someone on the bus, which means they more than likely also residing at Shady Acres, Nana Jo convinces Sam to pull out her sleuthing skills to help them find the guilty party before they get away scot-free. It was time for the “crew” of Sam, Jo, Ruby Mae, Dorothy and Irma to start hunting for clues and flush out the culprit. Finding out that the victim, Max Franck, was an investigative journalist and author, they suspected that his murder may have bearing on his soon to be released book, a follow up on his book about the Kennedy assassination. The list of suspect are many. Some possibilities are a daughter very upset with him for not being tested in order to possibly save his granddaughter’s life, a bus driver with a murder conviction in the past, or a man wearing shades who was packing. Sam makes the decision to include Detective “Stinky” Pitt in on their investigation with the understanding that they share information. After all, he can get his hands to details and reports that they can’t. In return, he can take the glory for nabbing the bad guy. The stakes are raised and danger lurks when Irma’s room is searched and then she was pushed down the stairs. Another murder tops that off making Sam think that the murderer is getting nervous that they are getting too close. Is the method of murder used by the killer a clue to who the murderer is? Can they solve this riddle of crimes before someone else is murdered? Are they putting themselves in danger by asking questions? Will Sam put her life on the line to nab the murderer so they won’t slip out of town? V. M. Burns does an except job in her writing BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER keeping you turning pages feeling like you are one of the “crew” along the way while trying to figure out the whodunit before the reveal. I, for one, was entirely wrong and happy knowing she fooled me to the very end. In amongst all the clues and murders, she keeps us entertained with bits of Sam’s personal life as we learn about her sweet romance with Frank Patterson and her sweet interaction with Snickers and Oreo, her poodles, as well as getting to read a book within a book by reading the delightful murder mystery Sam was writing when taking a break. Loved BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER and I highly recommend it to anyone that loves a great mystery, a cozy mystery or an entertaining page-turning story. Once you pick it up, you will find it hard to put down. Always enjoy this author’s books and this one did not disappoint me at all.
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    I loved it!

    Number five in the series does not disappoint! The main character is also a writer, so there is a bonus in that there are two mysteries to solve within the book. This is not a distraction from the main story, but a compliment. The regular cast of characters are so endearing and I love to read about them! I really enjoy the relationship between Sam and Nana Jo. As well, I enjoy Nana Jo’s friends, who are written as smart, full of life and entertaining. The mysteries are well written and kept me guessing! I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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    A rather unusual murder mystery

    A rather unusual murder mystery, some enjoyable aspects yet a parallel story muddled rather than clarified the main plot for me. The characters are most enjoyable, some of the domestic detail also detracted from the for me. With thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and the author for my free copy to review in exchange for an honest opinion.
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    Enjoy!

    family-dynamics, friendship, murder-investigation, murder, situational-humor, verbal-humor, 1930s, contemporary, senior-citizens, cozy-mystery An older, lauded, self involved journalist is murdered while on a charter bus from Chicago to Michigan in current day. The bookseller is heading up the investigation with her Nana Jo and her cronies at the retirement village while using the writing of a mystery novel set in 1938 England to relax and clarify her thoughts. Both mysteries are entirely too engaging! Loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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    Ringing in the new year with murder

    Sam Washington has joined her Nana Jo and friends on a bus trip to Chicago. On the way home they’ve picked up a few new passengers and one is murdered on the bus. The man in questions turns out to be a Pulitzer Prize winning author whose latest book will shock the world when he unveils the true killer of Robert Kennedy. As Sam, Nana Jo and the ladies work to figure out who the murderer is, another victim is felled. Can the ladies figure it out before one of them is next? Or will their better halves be ringing in the new year solo? A fun series with two poodles, a group of women, and the friends and family who have their backs as they try to do the right thing.
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