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V M Burns

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A pseudonym used by Valerie Burns

Valerie Burns  was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana.

She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Urban Studies. Valerie later went on to get a Master of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

By day Valerie is a Training Manager at a call center for an appliance manufacturer. At night, Valerie writes cozy mysteries, childrens books and screenplays.Valerie currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two poodles.Represented by Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
New and upcoming books
November 2023

Murder on Tour
(Mystery Bookshop, book 9)
Mystery Bookshop
   1. The Plot Is Murder (2017)
   2. Read Herring Hunt (2018)
   3. The Novel Art of Murder (2018)
   4. Wed, Read & Dead (2019)
   5. Bookmarked for Murder (2019)
   6. A Tourist's Guide to Murder (2021)
   7. Killer Words (2021)
   8. Bookclubbed to Death (2022)
   9. Murder on Tour (2023)
RJ Franklin Mystery
   1. Travellin' Shoes (2017)
   2. Motherless Child (2019)
   3. Steal Away (2020)
Dog Club Mystery
   1. In the Dog House (2018)
   2. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (2019)
   3. Bark If It's Murder (2019)
   4. Paw and Order (2020)
   5. Sit, Stay, Slay (2020)
V M Burns recommends
Death by Demo (2023)
(Home Renovation Mystery, book 1)
Callie Carpenter
"Death by Demo is the perfect intersection between a cozy mystery and a home renovation with none of the heavy labor or mess. Put down your sledgehammer and let recently divorced sleuth and contractor, Jaime Moore do all of the hard work. Grab a glass of Sweet Tea and a comfy seat and soak in the charm of this Southern-style cozy."
Mango, Mambo, and Murder (2021)
(Caribbean Kitchen Mystery, book 1)
Raquel V Reyes
"Mango, Mambo, and Murder is a delicious glimpse into Caribbean culture and cuisine, with a satisfying mystery, but don’t start reading if you’re hungry or in the middle of cooking. You may find that you’ve burned breakfast and are searching the Internet for Caribbean takeout. Don’t ask how I know this."
The Moonshine Shack Murder (2021)
(Southern Homebrew Mystery, book 1)
Diane Kelly
"If you're thirsty for a mystery overflowing with Southern flavor and a shot of humor, The Moonshine Shack Murder is sure to quench your thirst and whet your appetite for more."

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Anthologies containing stories by V M Burns
Midnight Hour (2021)
A chilling anthology of crime fiction from 20 authors of color
edited by
Abby L Vandiver

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