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Monday, February 22, 2021

A Tourist's Guide to Murder (Mystery Bookshop #6) by V.M. Burns

A Tourist's Guide to Murder

(Mystery Bookshop #6)

by V.M. Burns

Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Published January 26th 2021 by Kensington Books

Goodreads synopsis: 

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 . . .


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.

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