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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 an 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 . . .


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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 an 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 . . .

30 review for A Tourist's Guide to Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Sam, Nana Jo, Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae are off to England for a Mystery Lovers Tour, what could go wrong? Well before they even leave the country, Sam oversleeps and they miss their shuttle and have to drive all the way to the airport in Chicago. When they arrive Sam realizes she forgot the pack something very important but Ruby Mae, who reminds me a lot of my dad because no matter where they go they know someone, finds a member of her extended family at the airport to help Dollycas’s Thoughts Sam, Nana Jo, Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae are off to England for a Mystery Lovers Tour, what could go wrong? Well before they even leave the country, Sam oversleeps and they miss their shuttle and have to drive all the way to the airport in Chicago. When they arrive Sam realizes she forgot the pack something very important but Ruby Mae, who reminds me a lot of my dad because no matter where they go they know someone, finds a member of her extended family at the airport to help. But then Irma’s flirtations get them unwanted special attention. They finally make it onto the plane where Sam has a major breakdown but it pays off in the end. They fly across the pond where soon after landing Dorothy creates a little chaos of her own. Happy to arrive at the hotel it soon becomes apparent that the drama will continue when the namesake of the Mystery Tours, Major Horace Peabody is found dead. The death is ruled to be from natural causes and the tour continues, but when another member of their tour group dies of suspicious means, the ladies from Michigan believe there is a murderer afoot. Channeling the great characters of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle they are going to do what they do best and uncover a killer. ___________ I love these characters! This time they all seem to get equal time as they tour some fabulous places and meet some interesting people. They had me snickering and laughing out loud several times. I am happy to say London survived their visit even though a couple of the new characters did not. I did miss Oreo and Snickers but I am sure they had plenty of love and care while the ladies traveled hither and yon. I really enjoy that there are two separate mysteries in each book. The main one set in the present time and the historical one aspiring author Sam is writing that features the occupants of Wickfield Lodge, the English country home of Lord William March. Lady Elizabeth and her niece Lady Penelope are worthy amateur sleuths themselves. Both mysteries are very well-plotted. While Sam’s creative juices flow in her writing it helps settle and order her thoughts regarding the current mystery she is trying to solve. Both mysteries have substantial twists and turns that really kept me on my toes. At first, it was a little hard to read the mystery within the mystery but now I crave it and can’t wait to have the parallel mystery start. It is a clever way to write a book and I find it very entertaining. The setting this time brought me so much joy. I will never be able to travel the streets of London or the English countryside to walk in the footsteps of the classic mystery authors I have come to love. It was a pleasure to tag along with Sam and the Shady Acres ladies on their journey. Solving a mystery or two and the trip to Scotland Yard were just added delights. A Tourist’s Guide to Murder was just that. I escaped right into this book and was captivated from beginning to end. Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone but for maximum enjoyment and to get to really know these wonderful characters you should read them all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    A Tourist's Guide to Murder was another amazing installment in the Mystery Bookshop series that sees our characters head to England. Samantha Washington, Nana Jo, and the ladies from Shady Acres Retirement Village are headed to London for a weeklong mystery tour. For Sam, it's a dream come true to walk the streets of some of her favorite mystery writers. But after the head of the tour is found dead under mysterious circumstances and another member of the tour dies shortly after, Sam knows somethi A Tourist's Guide to Murder was another amazing installment in the Mystery Bookshop series that sees our characters head to England. Samantha Washington, Nana Jo, and the ladies from Shady Acres Retirement Village are headed to London for a weeklong mystery tour. For Sam, it's a dream come true to walk the streets of some of her favorite mystery writers. But after the head of the tour is found dead under mysterious circumstances and another member of the tour dies shortly after, Sam knows something is up. With the help of her friends, Sam sets out to uncover the murderer before the tour takes an even darker turn. The mystery in this book was very well done and I loved the addition of the mystery tour as it added a very unique element to the story. The different setting was also a nice change of pace. From the start, it's clear that a number of characters have it out for the man who heads the tour company. The author does a great job making you believe any of them could have been the killer. The second murder only made things more interesting and I enjoyed watching Sam try to connect the two crimes. Overall I was happy with the way the case wrapped up. The characters in this series are fantastic and this book was no exception. The Sleuthing Seniors in particular are amazing and I love how each woman brings her own skills to the table allowing the group to cover more ground. Sam's writing career has taken the next step in this installment as Sam has received an offer to publish her books from a mystery book publishing company. I've enjoyed watching Sam's journey with her writing throughout the series. While on her trip Sam uses any spare moment she can find to write the next novel in her British cozy mystery series. One thing I really enjoy about these books is how Sam uses her writing to work out any theories she has about the real-life case she's trying to solve as the parallels between the cases are always interesting. Overall A Tourist's Guide to Murder was just as fantastic as the rest of the series and I'm looking forward to future installments. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Tourist's Guide to Murder ia V.M. Burns 6th entry into her Mystery Bookshop cozy series.Sam is a mystery bookstore owner and a historical cozy mystery author. Oh, and along the way, Sam and the girls have solved a mystery or two..In this book, Sam. Nana Jo. Ruby Mae, Irma and Dorothy are off to London England on a mystery lovers tour. They are looking forward to seeing the areas that gave such authors as Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Arthur Conan Doyle the concepts and the ideas for their no Tourist's Guide to Murder ia V.M. Burns 6th entry into her Mystery Bookshop cozy series.Sam is a mystery bookstore owner and a historical cozy mystery author. Oh, and along the way, Sam and the girls have solved a mystery or two..In this book, Sam. Nana Jo. Ruby Mae, Irma and Dorothy are off to London England on a mystery lovers tour. They are looking forward to seeing the areas that gave such authors as Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Arthur Conan Doyle the concepts and the ideas for their novels. Of course, murder is underfoot and the girls divide and conquer to solve the murders. When they put their heads together no one gets by them ! I just love Sam's Nana Jo! Another thing I enjoyed in this book was the background information regarding the authors of old, especially Agatha Christie. The readers should be aware that the historical mystery that Sam is writing is written within the book itself; two mysteries in one - historical and present day. Thanks so much to NetGalley. Kensington Publishing and V.M. Burns for allowing me to read and review this book. The release date is 26 Jan 2021

  4. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Tourist's Guide to Murder by V.M. Burns was another fun and engaging adventure with Samantha, Nana Jo, Ruby Mae, Dorothy and Irma. It was an incredible opportunity to experience Great Britain and many settings that were featured in mysteries written by many British authors or settings that influenced their writing. With a well-crafted quickly paced plot, several suspects, a few deft twists and turns that kept me guessing, I didn't put this book down until I finished it. Ms. Burns' descriptive w A Tourist's Guide to Murder by V.M. Burns was another fun and engaging adventure with Samantha, Nana Jo, Ruby Mae, Dorothy and Irma. It was an incredible opportunity to experience Great Britain and many settings that were featured in mysteries written by many British authors or settings that influenced their writing. With a well-crafted quickly paced plot, several suspects, a few deft twists and turns that kept me guessing, I didn't put this book down until I finished it. Ms. Burns' descriptive writing has developed the characters so well over these last few books that I feel like I could easily be friends with all of these ladies. Samantha's historical mystery within the mystery was a lovely cozy historical that tied right in with Samantha and the Shady Acres ladies current murder mystery. I look forward to more mysteries with Samantha, Nana Jo, Ruby Mae, Dorothy and Irma. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    It’s been a few years since I read one of the books in V.M. Burns’ Mystery Bookshop series. A Tourist’s Guide to Murder reminds me how much I enjoy the cast and the parallel storylines in these books. Samantha Washington, owner of Market Street Mysteries Bookstore, is taking a dream trip to England, along with her grandmother Nana Jo and her friends from the retirement village. Peabody Mystery Lovers Tour will take the amateur sleuths to mystery sites in England, including Agatha Christie’s home It’s been a few years since I read one of the books in V.M. Burns’ Mystery Bookshop series. A Tourist’s Guide to Murder reminds me how much I enjoy the cast and the parallel storylines in these books. Samantha Washington, owner of Market Street Mysteries Bookstore, is taking a dream trip to England, along with her grandmother Nana Jo and her friends from the retirement village. Peabody Mystery Lovers Tour will take the amateur sleuths to mystery sites in England, including Agatha Christie’s home and Torquay. But, there’s all kinds of excitement before they even leave. Sam’s agent calls to say a publisher is offering her a three-book deal for her British cozy historical mysteries. And, that group of women can’t leave O’Hare without causing an uproar at the airport. They’re destined to be involved in trouble. They may be tired, but they recognize an argument between the owners of the tour group, Horace Peabody and Clive Green, the tour guide. It seems to be an odd group of tourists, some with unusual relationships with Peabody. Who has reasons to want the man dead, though? Although DI Rupert Nelson seems incompetent, and unwilling to look beyond the obvious for a killer, Detective Sergeant Moira Templeton is shrewd enough to listen to the amateur sleuths. While I enjoy Sam, Nana Jo and all their cohorts, I really appreciate the parallel story. As an author, Sam writes her historical mystery in quiet moments and late nights. It’s a continuing cast from book to book, and the current mystery, set in 1939 at the English country home of Lord William Marsh, includes a murder mystery that resembles the current one that Sam and her friends investigate. Sam’s historical mysteries often contain clues readers will catch for the ongoing mystery. I would imagine it’s hard enough to keep one mystery plot straight, but Burns juggles a contemporary one with its cast, and a historical one with a separate cast of characters. Fans of cozy mysteries will appreciate the interesting characters Burns introduces, and the clever solutions to both stories. Even if you haven’t read the earlier books in the series, you can start with A Tourist’s Guide for Murder. However, if you want a fun cozy series that offers you the chance to read two storylines at once, start with the first in Burns’ series, The Plot is Murder.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    I really enjoy this series, now Sam is on a roadtrip to England with Nana Jo and her lady friends, while she is looking to do research for her cozy mystery writing, you know looking after that crazy senior crew is going to be a full time job and then some. Sure enough a mystery lovers tour turns into a real mystery when not one but two people on the tour turn up dead. Can Sam figure out what happened while keeping her crazy crew safe??? It well worth going along for the ride to find out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    4.5 stars “What could possibly go wrong?” A Tourist’s Guide to Murder is full of humor and heart, with a clever mystery in the coziest of cozy settings – a mystery lovers’ tour of England. There is much that I love about this series by V.M. Burns, and all of these elements shine in A Tourist’s Guide to Murder. Sam is a wonderful & relatable heroine who is following her dreams, with a great wit and a sharp mind ideal for solving mysteries. But while Sam may be the star of the series, Nana Jo & her 4.5 stars “What could possibly go wrong?” A Tourist’s Guide to Murder is full of humor and heart, with a clever mystery in the coziest of cozy settings – a mystery lovers’ tour of England. There is much that I love about this series by V.M. Burns, and all of these elements shine in A Tourist’s Guide to Murder. Sam is a wonderful & relatable heroine who is following her dreams, with a great wit and a sharp mind ideal for solving mysteries. But while Sam may be the star of the series, Nana Jo & her Shady Acres gang steal the spotlight often (sorta like the Golden Girls, if the Golden Girls were diverse & knew martial arts lol). This group, along with Sam’s witty narrative, kept me giggling throughout the story. The mystery was well-done and full of several misdirections and classic red herrings, made all the more cozy by the fact that it’s set on this tour of England, covering authorly locations related to Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, etc. There’s one particular nod to classic mysteries that totally made my day, but I don’t want to say more for fear of ruining your discovery of it when you read this book for yourself. My first suspicions of whodunit proved true but Burns nearly had me convinced of a couple of other suspects before all was said and done. Bottom Line: I really enjoy this Mystery Bookshop series by V. M. Burns, and A Tourist’s Guide To Murder is my favorite installment so far! The writing voice (also Sam’s 1st person narrative) is witty and engaging, and readers will easily love the characters and the setting. The case is full of twists and turns to keep you guessing, ideal since it’s set on a mystery lovers’ tour of England. I also appreciated that it was free from bad language, which is sadly becoming rarer in the cozy mystery genre. Loved this book & can’t wait for more adventures with this group of ladies! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Love this series! Fun story, and I love the story within a story. Reading about Sam and Nana Jo and the gang is always a fun time. Fantastic read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    A Tourist's Guide to Murder is the sixth book in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series and continues to entertain me as a reader. I love the characters in this series. They are all diverse and play their own part in each story. This time around, Sam, Nana Jo, and the rest of the ladies from the retirement village are off on an adventure to England. Sadly, murder does not give Sam a holiday, and she finds herself confronted with two murders on her murder mystery tour. We also get a glimpse of Sam's A Tourist's Guide to Murder is the sixth book in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series and continues to entertain me as a reader. I love the characters in this series. They are all diverse and play their own part in each story. This time around, Sam, Nana Jo, and the rest of the ladies from the retirement village are off on an adventure to England. Sadly, murder does not give Sam a holiday, and she finds herself confronted with two murders on her murder mystery tour. We also get a glimpse of Sam's new novel as she takes a break occasionally from solving the murders and sightseeing to write. I love how she wove what was going on in real life into her own cozy mystery. I do have to say that I did miss Dawson, the twins, and the rest of the residents in North Harbor that usually make an appearance in these books. However, the ladies do what they do best and each one takes a role in gathering information to assist Scotland Yard to wrap up the murders. I enjoyed the nod to the classic board game Clue that was included in the plot. There are some nice twists in one of the murders that I didn't see coming and there are a few suspects for the reader to focus on. I enjoy this series and look forward to seeing what the author has in store next for her readers. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shelle Perry

    o … The Ladies have planned a trip to London and the surrounding areas for a romp through the locations made famous by Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and their equally famous contemporaries. What could go wrong? Before they even leave the country, they miss the airport shuttle, almost miss their flight, lose their seats on the plane and their luggage disappears for parts unknown. Just when they try to put it all behind them, the director of the tour company is found dead. Sam tries to r o … The Ladies have planned a trip to London and the surrounding areas for a romp through the locations made famous by Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and their equally famous contemporaries. What could go wrong? Before they even leave the country, they miss the airport shuttle, almost miss their flight, lose their seats on the plane and their luggage disappears for parts unknown. Just when they try to put it all behind them, the director of the tour company is found dead. Sam tries to resist Nana Jo’s nudging her into investigating the murder, she is on vacation after all, but when a second person is found dead it is time to assemble her investigators and find out what is going on. First off let me say how much I enjoy the detail given of the tour and its destinations. I will forever be an armchair tourist, as much as I would love to visit these places that mean so much to the authors and stories that started me reading, I will probably never see them first hand. This story delivers not just one cozy, but two. The first set in modern times starring Sam and her Ladies, and the second in-story historical cozy being written by Sam as the first story progresses. The idea is a bit hard to get used to at first, but it isn’t long before the reader sucked into the twists and turns in both mysteries. Tucked away in this story are so many little tidbits of Classic mystery. From the wrong turn/witnessing an incriminating disagreement to the almost hidden corners where Sam, in such a Miss Marple-like way, could sit quietly and “accidentally” overhear the occasional bit of drama that may or may not be important. Each and every member of the mystery tour was Christie-classic, cleverly introduced into the story, shrouded in intrigue, dripping with hidden backstory, and not always what they claim to be. Of course, there is the Holmesque inspector to round things off. Nana Jo and her retirement village friends are vibrant, filling in the corners of this story. They are outrageous, over-the-top, and in your face, and, with their specilialized talents, just about the best team of investigators, any amateur sleuth could want. They kept me laughing and feeling for poor Sam at times. Early in the story, she references “herding cats” and the image never left my head. Some readers collect book boyfriends as they read along, I adopt grandparents of all stripes. I adore the whole bunch of these gals. This is a series more than worth the time it takes to read it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angel White (Certified_Book_Nerd)

    Samantha, Nana-Jo and the Shady Acre gang are headed to England to take part in the Peabody Mystery Lovers Tour where some of the greats such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle walked, lived and wrote. While on the tour, it seems murder wants to take the forefront of their fun as Horace Peabody is found dead. Now, far from home and their vacation on hold, it's up to Samantha and the girls to do what they do best...get nosy and get to solving the crime. Man I missed this series!! I just love Samantha, Nana-Jo and the Shady Acre gang are headed to England to take part in the Peabody Mystery Lovers Tour where some of the greats such as Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle walked, lived and wrote. While on the tour, it seems murder wants to take the forefront of their fun as Horace Peabody is found dead. Now, far from home and their vacation on hold, it's up to Samantha and the girls to do what they do best...get nosy and get to solving the crime. Man I missed this series!! I just love the characters, the banter between them and the fun they have. The cozy-within-a-cozy is great too as you can see Samantha's mind at work solving the real mystery while she writes. So the question now is...how long is the wait for the next one 😂😂

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Watch out England, Samantha, Nana Jo, Irma, Dorothy and Ruby Mae are on the way to take The Peabody Mystery Lover's Tour! Where the ladies go - murder follows! When Major Peabody is murdered along with another tour member, it's up to the ladies to figure out "whodunit" before becoming an Agatha Christie mystery novel come to life! I loved the location of the book! The descriptions of London and the villages they visited were wonderfully written. The ladies were on point and being in another count Watch out England, Samantha, Nana Jo, Irma, Dorothy and Ruby Mae are on the way to take The Peabody Mystery Lover's Tour! Where the ladies go - murder follows! When Major Peabody is murdered along with another tour member, it's up to the ladies to figure out "whodunit" before becoming an Agatha Christie mystery novel come to life! I loved the location of the book! The descriptions of London and the villages they visited were wonderfully written. The ladies were on point and being in another country did not slow them down in their sleuthing. The book was full of humor and kindness along with mystery - a trademark of the author that I love. The twists and turns of the story reflected the "mystery within a mystery" as Samantha was working on her next novel. I can't wait for the next adventure! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    This is a wonderful instalment in the Mystery Bookshop series. Sam, Nana Jo, and their four retired friends are still just as fun but this time they are on a mystery lovers tour of England. I loved traveling to a new location and the tour fit in perfectly with the mystery and the cozy that Sam is writing throughout. It's great to get two mysteries in one book. I like the "fictional" mystery story just as much as the main one. If anything, I wish there'd been more about London and tourist stops. This is a wonderful instalment in the Mystery Bookshop series. Sam, Nana Jo, and their four retired friends are still just as fun but this time they are on a mystery lovers tour of England. I loved traveling to a new location and the tour fit in perfectly with the mystery and the cozy that Sam is writing throughout. It's great to get two mysteries in one book. I like the "fictional" mystery story just as much as the main one. If anything, I wish there'd been more about London and tourist stops. I couldn't get enough. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Number six in the series does not disappoint, and is my favourite in the series! 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. This latest o Number six in the series does not disappoint, and is my favourite in the series! 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. This latest offering takes the main characters to England, and what a treat it is! 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    This is a very fun series. I love the book within a book, so that I have two stories to follow. I am very invested in the "books" being written by the MC. Both mysteries keep me guessing. I also enjoyed going to England and having a mystery to solve there. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a very fun series. I love the book within a book, so that I have two stories to follow. I am very invested in the "books" being written by the MC. Both mysteries keep me guessing. I also enjoyed going to England and having a mystery to solve there. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Wow! This book is so good! It is entertaining, witty, cozy-mysterious, full of unexpected twists and turns, and so-well written! Whenever I picked up "A Tourist's Guide to Murder", I was whisked away on a sleuthing adventure in England, and found myself guessing up until the very end. This is the sixth book in V. M. Burn's "Mystery Bookshop", but the first I have read, and I definitely think the book can work as as stand-alone novel as well (however, after reading this one, I definitely want to Wow! This book is so good! It is entertaining, witty, cozy-mysterious, full of unexpected twists and turns, and so-well written! Whenever I picked up "A Tourist's Guide to Murder", I was whisked away on a sleuthing adventure in England, and found myself guessing up until the very end. This is the sixth book in V. M. Burn's "Mystery Bookshop", but the first I have read, and I definitely think the book can work as as stand-alone novel as well (however, after reading this one, I definitely want to read the others from before too, and hope this series will continue!). Her storytelling is spectacular, and she truly knows how to bring her characters to life right from the start. All of their personalities are distinctly clear, and I could envision and every one. It is so clear the Ms. Burn's is extremely passionate about what she is writing. Samantha, her grandmother Nana Jo, and some of Nana Jo's friends travel to England to go on a tour specifically designed for lovers of mystery novels. When they arrive, things very quickly start to go wrong, and not everything is at it appears to be. Little could they have expected what occurs, or that they will decide to become involved and try to help solve the case. I really enjoyed getting to read the snippets of one of the novels that Sam is writing, and felt that is really mirrored what is going on in the story quite well. I think it added to the story, and as the tension begins to build on the tour, it does in her story as well. I found this really interesting! I do feel that the plot took a little too long to get in to in terms of the characters arriving in England, and to really start moving with the mysteries. I also wish that the author would have delved further into each location, and the history and connection to various authors' mystery works. While it is mentioned and spoken off, sometimes this felt a bit rushed, and I wish we would have seen more of it. I also wish that the two adorable puppies on the cover had more to do with the story in some way. However, even with these things said, none of this took away from my enjoyment of the novel in any way. If you enjoy cozy-mysteries, I highly recommend this book! I found myself reading into the early hours of the morning to see whodunit, and what and how everything worked out. My mouth dropped quite a few times, and there are clues brilliantly placed throughout that are brought together brilliantly (no spoilers here!). Thank you so much to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC of this book, I so enjoyed it! All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    V.M Burns and the Mystery Bookshop series are among my favorite cozies. Having Sam, an author, as the main character and a cast of retired busybodies who stick their nose into everything is always a joy and makes some interesting storylines. The newest addition, A Tourist's Guide To Murder is a good read. But… I found that it wasn’t as exciting as the others in the series. There were too many things that were predictable and far too many that were unbelievable. This is a quick, easy to read book V.M Burns and the Mystery Bookshop series are among my favorite cozies. Having Sam, an author, as the main character and a cast of retired busybodies who stick their nose into everything is always a joy and makes some interesting storylines. The newest addition, A Tourist's Guide To Murder is a good read. But… I found that it wasn’t as exciting as the others in the series. There were too many things that were predictable and far too many that were unbelievable. This is a quick, easy to read book which contains enough intrigue and a fun plot to keep readers happy. It just wasn’t as entertaining as I thought it should or could have been. Sam and company head across the pond to London. It’s a great idea to place them in the world of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and it would have been great if the two authors could have played a more significant role in the investigation or at least one that wasn’t just lip service. Even though a few incidents lead readers to think of a Christie book, it just wasn’t enough for me. Sam’s book, which is a book within this book, was a bit more interesting to me than the actual cozy. Unfortunately, the mystery in the book-within-a-book was as easy to figure out as the actual murder mystery in a Tourist's Guide To Murder. I love cozies that do a book-within-a-book, and V.M. Burns does this better than most. From the author’s perspective, the two plots worked together, but they didn’t from my perspective as a reader. The killer, unfortunately, is easy to spot, and the motive equally so. Most readers will know who the culprit is from the beginning. Most of the suspects are easy to like. The evidence is clear and easy to follow. And, of course, the Shady Acres crew are lovable and irritating all at the same time, just as they should be. Ms. Burns writes cozies that always leaves readers wanting more, and this one was no exception. Having the main character as an author who is finally after six books about to be published may be too realistic. The chances of having a successful cozy series where readers will love every single book are impossible yet this author and series continue to make readers smile and come back again and again. All of the above said, especially the parts of the book that I didn’t care for, I would still read this book and any other books in this series, and I look forward to the next installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I have been enjoying this interesting series. Each of these books has a mystery inside a mystery. This book has our protagonist, mystery bookstore owner and cozy mystery author, Sam on a tour in England with Nana Jo and her friends. They are on a mystery lovers tour where they will see places where famous mystery authors such as Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Arthur Conan Doyle either lived or got their ideas. Sam is hoping to get inspiration for her novels. Of course wherever Sam, Nana Jo, I I have been enjoying this interesting series. Each of these books has a mystery inside a mystery. This book has our protagonist, mystery bookstore owner and cozy mystery author, Sam on a tour in England with Nana Jo and her friends. They are on a mystery lovers tour where they will see places where famous mystery authors such as Agatha Christie, Dick Francis and Arthur Conan Doyle either lived or got their ideas. Sam is hoping to get inspiration for her novels. Of course wherever Sam, Nana Jo, Irma, Ruby Mae and Dorothy go, murder seems to follow. This was a well-written story with the secondary plot being the book Sam is writing. I really enjoy how V.M. Burns has both stories parallel each other with similarities, yet also differences to make them both interesting. The ladies (ie Sleuthing Senior Citizens) are wonderful characters. I love the relationship Sam has with her Nana Jo, it is loving, humorous and realistic. The chemistry between the friends is fantastic. They are all so different from one another, but get along so well and their strengths and personalities complement one another. The double murders were interesting, especially the mode of them. I did figure out who the culprit was relatively early in the story, even though there were many possible suspects. I enjoyed learning about the various authors and where they lived and got their inspiration. I did miss Sam's dogs in this one, but hopefully they will return in the next book. Reading about Sam's evolution as an author has been a great part of this series, and in this book she finally gets an offer to publish her first book. I enjoyed how this book wrapped up as well as the conclusion to the one Sam is writing throughout the story whenever she gets a few extra moments. Both had some tense moments, which also added a bit of suspense and tension. Overall, this was a fun and interesting cozy mystery. One I read straight through when I sat down with this book. I recommend this one to those who enjoy a fun cozy mystery. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and ideas shared are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I loved A Tourist's Guide to Murder. Like the author, I too am living vicariously through books (and television) through this travel ban. I've dreamed of visiting Great Britain for many years and am still dreaming. And, as I'm sure you fellow cozy mystery lovers will agree, a mystery lovers tour of England would be so much fun! So, I'm very jealous of Samantha, Nana Jo, and the ladies from Shady Acres....just not the murder part! Though this is only the 2nd Mystery Bookshop Mystery book I've read I loved A Tourist's Guide to Murder. Like the author, I too am living vicariously through books (and television) through this travel ban. I've dreamed of visiting Great Britain for many years and am still dreaming. And, as I'm sure you fellow cozy mystery lovers will agree, a mystery lovers tour of England would be so much fun! So, I'm very jealous of Samantha, Nana Jo, and the ladies from Shady Acres....just not the murder part! Though this is only the 2nd Mystery Bookshop Mystery book I've read, I feel a deep connection with Sam. I am a young(ish) widow, and I love mystery books. I used to dream about owning a bookshop close to the ocean, but now, I just dream of visiting bookshops by the ocean (okay, everywhere!). Sadly, small, independent bookshops seem to be going the way of the dinosaurs. I do love reading cozy mystery books that involve bookshops though. They allow me to escape and step into the shoes of the main character. I adore the characters in this series. They are so much fun, and they're definitely my dream tour companions. These ladies have no issues flitting about with the other tour members....some more than others...If you've read any of this series, you know who I'm talking about! Their personable personalities give them the advantage when it comes to solving murder(s)! The "suspects" open up to them so easily because they're easy to talk to; therefore, it's easy(ish) for them to gather clues and snoop around. The mystery in A Tourist's Guide to Murder isn't easy to solve. You'll find lots of clues, but, beware! Lots of red herrings lurk within its pages. I obviously loved the setting in this cozy, and I'm still dreaming of my dream trip there. Now, if I could only find these ladies in real life to accompany me! I am so looking forward to reading more books in this delightful cozy mystery series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    A Tourist's Guide to Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #6) by V.M. Burns. I found this book so exciting since I've wanted to take a mystery lovers tour in England and/or Scotland for years. That's just what this story was about. The information inside was well researched by this author. Page 82 reveals that the address 221 B. Baker Street actually never existed. the address for Sherlock Holmes was originally 239 Baker Street but was changed to 221 B. Baker Street after the Abbey National Building Society A Tourist's Guide to Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #6) by V.M. Burns. I found this book so exciting since I've wanted to take a mystery lovers tour in England and/or Scotland for years. That's just what this story was about. The information inside was well researched by this author. Page 82 reveals that the address 221 B. Baker Street actually never existed. the address for Sherlock Holmes was originally 239 Baker Street but was changed to 221 B. Baker Street after the Abbey National Building Society began receiving mail for sherlock Holmes at their address. They then decided to change their address to 221 B. Baker Street. That was all news to me and so glad to learn of it! In Chapter 21 we learn how excited Samantha was to arrive at the Grand Hotel in Torquay where Agatha Christie and Archibald Christie spent their honeymoon. The vivid descriptions of the hotels along the tour, the Cotswold (home for many a mystery series) and the landscape made my day. Of course, the story within this tour with the characters of Sam, Nana Jo and the girls brought me back to a comfy cozy atmosphere. Frank and Sam's relationship seems to be blossoming with possibly a happy future together. This book with the grand mystery lovers tour brought a smile to my face and hours of enjoyment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the sixth book in the Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns. This story was a bit different than her others. The setting was in Europe. They were going on a mystery tour in London to help Sam with her writing. I have to admit that my least favorite part of this is the story inside the story. It is cool, written well and a good shtick, but I am more interested in the current mystery than the one going on in Sam’s historical cozy. I enjoyed the mystery but thought the entire book cou 4.5 stars This is the sixth book in the Mystery Bookshop series by V.M. Burns. This story was a bit different than her others. The setting was in Europe. They were going on a mystery tour in London to help Sam with her writing. I have to admit that my least favorite part of this is the story inside the story. It is cool, written well and a good shtick, but I am more interested in the current mystery than the one going on in Sam’s historical cozy. I enjoyed the mystery but thought the entire book could have been fleshed out a bit since the story inside the story was taking up so much valuable space where more current plot points could be placed. I do enjoy the series overall and recommend it highly. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This sixth book in zVM. Urns’ Mystery Bookshop series is an excellent addition to a wonderful cozy mystery series. The trip through London and other parts of England is delightful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steph Elias

    A Tourist's Guide to Murder is a really fun cozy mystery. It is also a mystery inside a mystery. In other words, the main character is a writer and is in the process of writing her book while they are in England. I found the characters hilarious and well written. The setting was a lot of fun as well, I can't really say much more about that without giving some key points away. I gurantee you will really enjoy this one, it is very clever and a whole lot of fun. A Tourist's Guide to Murder is a really fun cozy mystery. It is also a mystery inside a mystery. In other words, the main character is a writer and is in the process of writing her book while they are in England. I found the characters hilarious and well written. The setting was a lot of fun as well, I can't really say much more about that without giving some key points away. I gurantee you will really enjoy this one, it is very clever and a whole lot of fun.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    There's actually two cozy mysteries here. One tells the story about Michigan bookshop owner/soon-to-be-published-author Samantha and her madcap senior sleuths in England on a mystery tour, and interspersed in the opposite chapters is the 1939 British cozy that she works on when stressed. Each is a good cozy, but the current day one is filled with humor as well as the expected interesting characters, plot twists, and red herrings. I enjoyed the read and laughed out loud at some of the fun! I reque There's actually two cozy mysteries here. One tells the story about Michigan bookshop owner/soon-to-be-published-author Samantha and her madcap senior sleuths in England on a mystery tour, and interspersed in the opposite chapters is the 1939 British cozy that she works on when stressed. Each is a good cozy, but the current day one is filled with humor as well as the expected interesting characters, plot twists, and red herrings. I enjoyed the read and laughed out loud at some of the fun! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wai

    A cross between Miss Marple and The Golden Girls with a bit of Cluedo thrown is how I would describe Sam, her Nana Jo and her friends Irma, Ruby Mae and Dorothy, who get involved in solving a real-life murder mystery whilst on holiday. I have to admit, I almost gave up half way through reading but glad that I hung in there as the story picked up pace and became more interesting after the murder. Having a secondary story, one which Sam was writing, was, in my opinion, both distracting and not need A cross between Miss Marple and The Golden Girls with a bit of Cluedo thrown is how I would describe Sam, her Nana Jo and her friends Irma, Ruby Mae and Dorothy, who get involved in solving a real-life murder mystery whilst on holiday. I have to admit, I almost gave up half way through reading but glad that I hung in there as the story picked up pace and became more interesting after the murder. Having a secondary story, one which Sam was writing, was, in my opinion, both distracting and not needed - even confusing at times, or in murder mystery speak, "a red herring".

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Fun addition to a wonderful cozy series Sam and her crew of older sleuths with big personalities take a trip to England for a Mystery Lovers Tour. Though I missed some of the regular supporting characters, the new location made up for it. This is fine as a stand alone though I recommend the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the sixth book in this charming cozy mystery series. I have enjoyed each book in the series . As a mystery lover reading a book about a mystery bookstore and a protagnist with a great love of mysteries and books is delightful. I highly recommend this series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity, Sam and her Grandmother, with friends from the Retirement Village are thrilled to be leaving together for a vacation trip to England for a tour of all the British Crim This is the sixth book in this charming cozy mystery series. I have enjoyed each book in the series . As a mystery lover reading a book about a mystery bookstore and a protagnist with a great love of mysteries and books is delightful. I highly recommend this series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity, Sam and her Grandmother, with friends from the Retirement Village are thrilled to be leaving together for a vacation trip to England for a tour of all the British Crime authors settings in England. A comedy of errors occurs at the airport with all the ladies that leaves them rattled but they are soon on their way and arrive in England with their tour group. When a member of the tour is argumentative and putting everyone on edge its no surprise when he is murdered. Sam and her Grandmother are on the case and soon have clues and suspects abound as they try to enjoy the tour and solve the murder before leaving England. This was so entertaining. Everyone that enjoys mysteries will love this book and the tour. I enjoyed all the author references and the way the author brought England to life for the reader. The sleuth was very well crafted and kept me guessing to conclusion. I like Sam as a protagnist and all the supporting charcters are likable and add to the story. Very well done to the author.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Mystery within a mystery and even though I figured out both killers pretty quickly, it didn't take away from the pleasure of finding out how the sleuths figure it out. Lovely travels through England's mystery sites. Loved the clever twists along the way. The seniors always provide for lots of entertainment. I did miss the hometown folks though. Mystery within a mystery and even though I figured out both killers pretty quickly, it didn't take away from the pleasure of finding out how the sleuths figure it out. Lovely travels through England's mystery sites. Loved the clever twists along the way. The seniors always provide for lots of entertainment. I did miss the hometown folks though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 6th installment in the Mystery Bookshop series. Samantha along with Nana Jo and her friends from the Shady Acres Retirement Village (Irma, Ruby Mae and Dorothy) head to London for a Mystery tour which sounds so fascinating considering she also writes mysteries. When the head of the tour company dies and the tour guide insists to carry on and be calm (aha keep calm and carry on!), However, when another guest on the tour dies under mysteries circumstances, Samantha and the ladies figur This is the 6th installment in the Mystery Bookshop series. Samantha along with Nana Jo and her friends from the Shady Acres Retirement Village (Irma, Ruby Mae and Dorothy) head to London for a Mystery tour which sounds so fascinating considering she also writes mysteries. When the head of the tour company dies and the tour guide insists to carry on and be calm (aha keep calm and carry on!), However, when another guest on the tour dies under mysteries circumstances, Samantha and the ladies figure they cannot escape the need to solve a mystery. I love the idea of all these ladies in the UK and going to all the historic sites of Sherlock and Agatha Christie. This series never disappoints and I look forward to the next installment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    When Sam innocently asked, "What could possibly happen?" about her upcoming trip to England with Nana Jo and the girls, she had to have some inkling that craziness and murder would follow. From the airport in Chicago to the airport in England and beyond, this was a roller coaster trip you don't want to miss! Irma was at her hilarious best again, and sweet Ruby Mae seemed to be related to someone everywhere she went just when they needed a friend. And they met a new friend in England that I'd lov When Sam innocently asked, "What could possibly happen?" about her upcoming trip to England with Nana Jo and the girls, she had to have some inkling that craziness and murder would follow. From the airport in Chicago to the airport in England and beyond, this was a roller coaster trip you don't want to miss! Irma was at her hilarious best again, and sweet Ruby Mae seemed to be related to someone everywhere she went just when they needed a friend. And they met a new friend in England that I'd love to see come visit them or at least keep in touch with her. After a couple of murders, the Mystery Lovers' Tour was turning into the real deal. I was glad that Sam was able to find an ally in the female Detective Sergeant, because her DI co-worker was worse than good old Det. "Stinky" Pitt back home! I didn't really know whodunit, so I enjoyed the ride with my favorite characters. The showdown was exciting--boy, if only Nana Jo had her peacemaker with her! I kind of hope the next book recaps their trip with friends at home. That alone would be hysterical! Love, love, love this series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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