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Wed, Read & Dead

(Mystery Bookshop #4)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Bookstore owner Samantha Washington sells and solves mysteries in North Harbor, Michigan--including the murder of her mother's wedding planner...

Sam's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mystery is how they're going to pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks. Harold's snobby sister-in-law proposes a solution: engage flamboyant wedding pl
Paperback, 263 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Wedding bells will soon be ringing for Samantha’s mom Grace who is set to be married on Christmas Eve to Harold Robertson. With just 3 weeks to make all the arrangements including the dresses for the bride and her daughters who will be her bridesmaids. The family gets together to meet the groom’s family and go over details. That is when his sister-in-law reveals her gift of a wedding planner even as she degrades the bride feeling she is not good enough for her brother-in-law.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Wed, Read & Dead by V.M. Burns is the fourth book in her Mystery Bookshop series and was one of those books that grabbed my attention from the first chapter. I laughed so hard at Sam while envisioning her trying on bubble gum pink bridesmaid dresses for her mother's wedding.

I wish there was something new that I could say about Ms. Burns writing that I haven't said previously. It's so much fun to read two mystery stories within one book which Ms. Burns gives us in each book of this series. He
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read in the Mystery Bookshop series, and I have no idea why! I have known of the books, and if I check my TBR I’m sure I have the others there. Well, better late than never they say. But oh, the time I have wasted!

From the very first page of WED, READ & DEAD, I enjoyed the flow of the story. Yes. The first page. Can’t you just tell when you start a book rather or not it’s the one for you? I can. The words just seem natural and, well, flowing. Author V.M. Burns cer
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sam’s mother is planning a wedding in 3 weeks, to her wealthy beau Harold. How to get it all planned when her future mother-in-law doesn’t like her, get a wedding planner Lydia, who overrides everything the couple wants and charges huge amounts. When Lydia is killed everyone is afraid Harold will be blamed, since he was upset with her. Sam goes all out to find out who did kill her while watching 2 children that are found hiding in a store. Sam is also writing a book and between chapters of the s ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Well it's always fun to catch up with Sam and Nana Jo, plus all the girls in their quirky group of sleuths. Give them a mystery and they all get involved in their own way. It WAS kind of obvious who the target was from the start; they might as well have put an x on her head. There was also a moment where Smaug in the Hobbit was called a dinosaur. He's a fire drake, or a dragon.

I love the network Sam is creating around her
Jerri Cachero
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I enjoyed visiting with two of my favorite cozy mystery characters, Sam and Nana Jo! Reading the Bookshop Mystery series feels like coming home to visit friends and seeing what they're up to - this time it was a wedding and a murder!

When Sam's mother decides a wedding, in three weeks time, is just what she'd like, Sam and her family and friends try to make it happen. However when the wedding planner is murdered, and her mother's fiance is the prime suspect, the crime solving crew swi
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the fourth book in the Mystery Bookshop series and the first that I read. I will now go back and read this series from the beginning. This is a character driven, humorous, cozy mystery with so much going on, I had no problem whipping through this book. The main murder does not take place until about 30% of the way in, but that did not deter my enjoyment of this story. Sam's and Jenna's mother is getting married to wealthy Harold and he will do whatever it takes to make his bride-to-be ha ...more
The Cozy Review
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: Mystery Bookshop - Book 4
Author: V.M. Burns
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Bookstore
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 272

Arriving soon from Kensington Books is the new addition “Wed, Read & Dead” to the Mystery Bookshop Series by V.M. Burns. There is a cozy within a cozy in this book, both will make readers happy, keep them intrigued, and turning the page.

Wed, Read & Dead is a two for one book. The main character, Samantha Washington owns a mystery bookstore and writes mysteries as wel
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wed, Read & Dead was another great installment in the Mystery Bookshop series featuring an exciting and interesting plot.

Mystery bookstore owner, Samantha Washington, is in the peak of busy season in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But after her mother announces she will be getting married on Christmas Eve, Sam has to squeeze in wedding planning between her hours in the store. With everyone overwhelmed, the groom’s sister-in-law hires wedding planner Lydia Lighthouse to plan the affair. B
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
While this was my first read by V. M. Burns, it won’t be my last!

The main character Sam is a young widow who is starting over with a new love and a couple of new careers – writing British historical cozies (how’s that for specific?) and running a mystery bookstore. Her family and friends who’ve become family are a very important part of her life, so she’s rarely sharing the scene with less than a handful of other people. Between her sassy Nana (who would purse whomp if she knew about my coined t
Peggy R
I love this series but I think this book might just be my favorite so far. When I pick up a Mystery Bookshop story I am transported from the first pages to the west side of Michigan. Ms. Burns writing has such great descriptions that I can picture the town and all the places. Part of it might be that I live in Michigan, but most of it is attributable to the author's writing style. I am a fan of the book within a book. In fact, I enjoy the historical mystery Sam is writing just as much as the mys ...more
RO G'ma
Wed, Read & Dead (Mystery Bookshop Book 4 is the fourth book in V. M. Burns’ Mystery Bookshop series. This is an entertaining read with a great cast of characters and an interesting mystery. The smoothly paced storyline is well plotted, with laugh out loud moments, and lots of twists, clues, and red herrings to keep readers engaged and guessing. The well-developed characters are likable, diverse, and fun. The main character is writing a mystery book that is included within the storyline that ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wedding bells are ringing for Sam's mother, Nana Jo, and her wealthy fiancé Harold. On a tight deadline, his snotty sister decides to hire a bullying wedding planner who is murdered shortly thereafter. Her nasty reputation both personally and professionally ensures that there are plenty of suspects with differing motives. Sam and her sleuthing Seniors want to solve this case yesterday to clear the aisle for the bride and groom to be married by Christmas. There are also two foster children who Sa ...more
Miss W Book Reviews
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Wed, Read & Dead is Book 4 in the Mystery Book Shop Series by V.M. Burns.
This was a great read! Sam is an incredible character and I was laughing out loud at some parts.

This book doesn't have just one mystery, but two! The characters are likeable and the story is so well written.

The characters Nana Jo, Dorothy, and others are so fun, I feel like I know them.

Highly recommend this mystery and this author.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This was the best book of the series thus far. The victim was easy to figure out but the twists and turns along the way had me second guessing my theory about the killer. I ended up being right in the end however, but that's besides the point.

Throughout the book, we see the true meaning of family, both biological and those that are chosen.

The book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I laughed, cried and was scared for some of the characters throughout the book. While it ended on a ha
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wed, Read & Dead is the fourth installment in the Mystery Bookshop series set in North Harbor, MI and featuring widowed mystery bookstore owner, Samantha Washington. Sam has her hands full helping her mother, Grace plan her upcoming Christmas Eve nuptials to the wealthy, Harold Robertson.

Grace is starting to feel self conscious about meeting Harold's family and when she meets his brother Oscar and his snotty wife Margaret her worst thoughts are realized. Margaret looks down her nose at Grace
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Wed, Read & Dead is the fourth installment in the Mystery Bookshop series, I haven't read any previous books but was able to follow along. The story grabbed my attention right away! I am very happy I chose to read this book and plan on reading the other 3 as soon as I can.

Bookstore owner Samantha Washington sells and solves mysteries in North Harbor, Michigan--including the murder of her mother's wedding planner...

Sam's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mys
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I swear each book in this series is even better then the one before! It is like getting two books for the price of one. We get the current time mystery being solved my Sam the owner of the mystery bookstore while she also writes a historical cozy for us to follow. Provides a great taste of both for the reader to savor though the main mystery gets the most page time as it should. Sam's mom is getting marr
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started at the end of this series, with this book, but loved the characters and didn't feel left out of the storyline! I can't wait to catch up with the earlier books. This is a fast paced, mystery, filled with fun characters and such a lovable family who will have you laughing in no time. One of my favorite characters is Irma - you just don't know what's going to come out of her mouth next! An extra special bonus, is a story within a story, as our main character is a cozy mystery writer. To w ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Ms Burns series and this book was a very good one.
I enjoyed it, had fun and sometime I laughed out loud at Nana Jo antics.
It's well written, entertaining and fast pace, one of those books you cannot put down once you start it.
The mystery was solid, full of twists and turns, and it was great even if it wasn't hard to guess the culprit.
It was great to meet again the cast of characters, as enjoyable and likable as usual.
The historical mystery part was a bit weak but I enjoyable and it
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this mystery. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of fun little side stories. I absolutely love this series. So fun and entertaining!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wed, Read And Dead is the fourth book in the Mystery Bookshop Mysteries series.

Samantha “Sam” Washington’s mother, Grace, is planning on getting married in three weeks and if Sam has to try on one more, less than beautiful, bridesmaid dress, she will scream. Grace is more concerned with meeting her husband-to-be, Harold Roberstson’s family. Her fears were well-founded when she met her future sister-in-law, Margaret. Margaret is snobbery personified and looked down on Grace and the rest of her fa
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Wed, Read & Dead, the fourth book in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series, bookstore owner and author Samantha "Sam" Washington is juggling the holiday shopping rush at the bookstore and the upcoming wedding of her mother, Grace Hamilton to Harold Robinson, a member of one of Southwestern Michigan’s wealthiest families. With just three weeks until the nuptials, a wedding planner is hired to orchestrate the special day. But Lydia Lighthouse, touted as the wedding planner to the elite is in ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series and this latest entry didn't disappoint me. I'm glad I wasn't drinking a beverage when I started it or my e-reader would have drowned. The various shades of pink for the crazy brides maids dresses that Sam has to try on and model had me in stitches. Later, when table clothes come up in conversation, I lost it again. By then I knew who I wanted to be the murder victim. Sam, Nanna Jo, her mom, Grace and her sister all wanted a piece of her. I wanted to join the li ...more
Laura Reading
For better or worse, in good times and bad, til death... or until everything goes wrong.
Sam's mother is trying to plan a wedding in less than a month and at Christmas! To deal with the stress, Sam writes a historical novel about, well, let's just say that art and life are reflecting each other. Harold, the groom, seems like a sweetheart of a man. Could he possibly be accused of murder before the happy couple can walk down the aisle?

The victim is a nightmare wedding planner. Multiple people want
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th installment in the Mystery Bookshop series. I love that this is set in Michigan and the author describes the area perfectly. This has a mystery within a mystery (in the book Sam is working on). Samantha Washington has her bookstore and is writing a historic mystery in which the wedding planner is killed. In real life Sam’s Mother Grace is planning a wedding on Christmas Eve to Harold and his sister hires a wedding planner as her gift to them. The wedding planner Lydia ends up dea ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Mystery Bookshop series. It opens directly after book 3 finishes. Sam's mother announced her intention to marry Harold at the end of book 3 and now she wants to be married by Christmas, which is 3 weeks away. Harold's sister-in-law brings in a wedding planner who seems a bit shady. A couple of days later the wedding planner is dead. Harold is a suspect because he was very angry about the wedding planner making Sam's mom cry.
Sam needs to find out who the killer is S
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors and book 4 was the best yet. It started out with big laughs over poor Sam trying on horrible bridesmaid's dresses and I definitely could relate to that experience (although I didn't find it so funny when I had those ugly dresses on). Nana Jo and the girls are back to help Sam, and Frank takes an active part too. I love that he helps and doesn't hinder. So many great characters and there's a murder plus a mystery to solve so Sam gets ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We'd, Read, and Dead is an entertaining read. I like all of the characters, but Nana Jo is especially sarcastic, sassy, and a hoot. Sam"s mother is getting married in less than two weeks and a pushy in law has hired a snooty wedding planner who charges outrageous fees, but never pays anyone. She ends up being murdered and Sam races with her grandmother and her band of fun friends to solve the murder. Other suprises are added: getting the in law drunk, the bride punching someone, and two vagabond ...more
***** A cozy mystery set in the Midwest wraps itself around a prewar British cosy mystery being written by the main character who operates a bookstore. Samantha is a widow like her Nana Jo and they are tasked with gathering their friends to put a wedding for the mom in the three weeks before Christmas. Enter the in laws, a villainous wedding planner, a pair of orphans, and an inept small town policeman. The mystery novel she is writing rather mirrors the current goings on and helps Samantha see ...more
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V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in
Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs,
British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the
Midwest she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern
Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award

Other books in the series

Mystery Bookshop (5 books)
  • The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #1)
  • Read Herring Hunt (Mystery Bookshop, #2)
  • The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #3)
  • Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop, #5)