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Wed, Read & Dead

(Mystery Bookshop #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  115 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 weddin
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington
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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.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
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 certain
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. Her wr
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that this is my favorite book in the series so far! I absolutely loved the added story line about the two kids named Lexi and Angelo that showed up while Sam and Nana Jo were investigating the latest murder (with Stinky's immediate blessing no less!). I was pleasantly surprised and happy to find out that this was a Christmas season book too, so it was like getting a Christmas gift.

There was a sneaky little clue that told me right away who the killer was, so I knew before Sam did. Anot
Dale Harcombe
Two and a half stars
Mystery bookshop owner Samantha is in for a trying time. Her mother Grace is marrying her wealthy fiancé Harold Robertson in three weeks. How on earth will they manage to pull together a wedding in that short space of time? Harold’s sister in law who is the most obnoxious snob hires a wedding planner, Lydia Lighthouse. Suddenly the bride is being bypassed on all decisions concerning the wedding, venue, wedding dress guests etc. Lydia manages to upset everyone and most of all
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
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 term, I’m sure of it), her sister and brother-in-law, her nephews, ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
I'm in love with this series. The cast of characters are zany and fun to follow. I'm also very interested in the story within the story, with our heroine bookshop owner also writing her next novel to help her deal with real life.

I can't wait for the next book to come out, and I highly recommend the series.
Bookstore owner Sam Burns is happy her mother is marrying her wealthy, adoring beau but Sam is NOT happy about her mother's choice of bridesmaid dresses. Little does Sam know that wearing a frilly, pink Southern Belle concoction is the least of her concerns. When Sam's family meets Harold's family sparks fly. His sister-in-law, Margaret, insists Sam's mother isn't good enough for Harold. Sam and Nana Jo are fighting mad. Margaret condescends to pay for a wedding planner to help organize the wedd ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: burns
Wed, Read & Dead (Mystery Bookshop, #4) by V.M. Burns.

This is the 4th in the Samantha Washington Bookshop series and my 4th. I've been enjoying every new entry and intend to continue. Sam's mother Grace has become quite serious about her future including a prominent man in the community Harold Robinson. No one could be more astonished but thrilled for her than Sam and her sister Jenna. A wedding is planned cutting very close to Christmas. as a matter of fact it's planned for Christmas Eve.
But 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
The Cozy Review
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 well. She
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. But w
RO G'ma
Wed, Read & Dead 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 provides a second mystery an ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Number four in the series does not disappoint!
The main character is also a writer, so there is a bonus in that there are two mysteries to solve within the book, which is a bonus and not a distraction from either story.
The regular cast of characters are so endearing and I love to read about them! I especially enjoy the senior citizens, who are written as smart, full of life and entertaining.
The mysteries are well written and kept me guessing!
I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I volu
Miss W Book Reviews
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.
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: obs
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I must go back to the beginning now and read the first three! What appealed to me initially is the author herself, as I've started reading one of her other series, the dogs, and the setting in Michigan. What will keep me coming back for more is the complex mystery, watching the protagonist write her own cozy mystery, the characters who I would love to know, and, of course, the dogs. Even though I am primarily a cat person.

Samantha owns a store
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 mystery
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot get enough of this series! Ms. Burns weaves a story within a story like no one else. Both sets of characters, intertwined within the Mystery Bookshop are delightful. I am especially fond of Samantha’s Nana Jo, and her crazy friends from the Senior Center. As Samantha attempts solve the mystery involving her mother’s wedding planner, (an obnoxious woman,) before the groom is arrested for murder, Nana Jo and her senior sleuths decide to help solve the case!

One of the best cozy mysteries t
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
I loved this mystery. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of fun little side stories. I absolutely love this series. So fun and entertaining!
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Lengthy rant follows. This is not a review, but a reminder to myself not to pick up any more books from this series.

First impression:

Although this book seems to have good reviews, my first impression does not give me much hope. Perhaps it is because I like to use books as a means of escape, and the cold, snowy Michigan location is not a place that would satisfy this need.

Nor do the characters seem all that like-able. Samantha describes her mother as a princess, and wonders how she can
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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

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