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The Plot Is Murder

(2017)
(The first book in the Mystery Bookshop series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Agatha Award Best First Book (nominee)
The small town of North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookstore. But before the first customer can browse its shelves, the store's owner is suspected of her own murder plot . . .

Samantha Washington has dreamed of owning her own mystery bookstore for as long as she can remember. And as she prepares for the store's grand opening, she's also realizing another dream - penning a cozy mystery set in England between the wars. While Samantha hires employees and fills the shelves with the latest mysteries, quick-witted Lady Penelope Marsh, long-overshadowed by her beautiful sister Daphne, refuses to lose the besotted Victor Carlston to her sibling's charms. When one of Daphne's suitors is murdered in a maze, Penelope steps in to solve the labyrinthine puzzle and win Victor.

But as Samantha indulges her imagination, the unimaginable happens in real life. A shady realtor turns up dead in her backyard, and the police suspect her - after all, the owner of a mystery bookstore might know a thing or two about murder. Aided by her feisty grandmother and an enthusiastic ensemble of colorful retirees, Samantha is determined to close the case before she opens her store. But will she live to conclude her own story when the killer has a revised ending in mind for her?

"You'll love this delightful debut mystery with its charming and wacky cast of characters and a mystery within a mystery just to keep things interesting."
- Victoria Thompson, bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights

"A charming read - with murder, romance and lots of mouthwatering desserts."
- Laura Levine, author of Death of a Bachelorette

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"A great addition to the ranks of cozy mysteries." - Laurien Berenson


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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Plot is Murder (A Mystery Bookshop Mystery)
Author(s): V M Burns
ISBN: 1-4328-5349-X / 978-1-4328-5349-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
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November 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Author(s): V M Burns
ISBN: 1-4967-1181-5 / 978-1-4967-1181-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Plot Is Murder (A Mystery Bookshop Mystery)
Author(s): V M Burns
ISBN: 1-5200-8561-3 / 978-1-5200-8561-6
Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc
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November 2017 : Audio CD
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Title: The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop Mystery)
Author(s): V M Burns
ISBN: 1-5200-8557-5 / 978-1-5200-8557-9
Publisher: Dreamscape Media Llc
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November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Plot Is Murder
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November 2017 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Plot Is Murder
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November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Plot Is Murder
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November 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Plot Is Murder
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Kindle Editions

November 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Author(s): V M Burns
Publisher: Kensington
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