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The Plot Is Murder by V.M. Burns
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it was amazing

The Plot Is Murder is the first book in the A Mystery Bookshop Mystery series.

The Plot Is Murder is an excellent beginning to what I feel will be an exciting and humorous series.

Samantha, Sam to her friends, Washington is a recent widow who has gone ahead and followed through on her and her late husband’s dream of opening a bookstore.

Upon arriving at home after her last day of teaching she is surprised by her family and some close friends with a retirement/bookstore owner party. Later, after everyone had left Sam walking around her store imagining what it will be like when the shelves are stock and she is actually open for business. She is interrupted when a pounding on the front door disturbs her thoughts. At the door is Clayton Parker, the man who had listed the store for sale and who later tried to back out of the deal. He yells that he wants to talk with her. Being the last person she wants to talk to, ever, she turns and heads for her apartment, above the bookstore. The next morning as she is letting Snickers and Oreo, her Poodles out for their morning duties she sees the lifeless body of Parker laying in a heap in her backyard. As Detective Pitt begins to question Sam, she gets the distinct impression that she is being thought of as the killer.

When Sam’s granny, Nana Jo, learns the murder she promptly moves in to help keep her safe, and also being a lover of mysteries, thinks that she and Sam should start their own investigation. Nana Jo enlists the help of some her friends in the retirement community where she lives to help “dig up the dirt” on Clayton Parker. They soon learn that Parker was a rather ruthless businessman, so maybe he had upset someone in another real estate deal like he did Sam and they got rid of the problem. They also learn the there was marital discord between him and his wife and with a prenuptial agreement there no way for her to divorce him. In addition, they need to learn where his father and his two brothers got the money right after returning from the war to start buying up real estate and starting a real estate business.

In addition to opening her bookstore and something that Sam has kept a secret from everyone, is that she is an aspiring mystery author. Interspersed in Sam’s story the reader also gets to follow the story Sam is writing and hopes to get published. This story set in the English countryside follows the lives of Penelope Marsh, her sister Daphne and Victor Carlston. Victor feels he is in love with Penelope, while Penelope has eyes for another who she will find dead in a fountain in the families garden. But at the same time Daphne has feelings for Victor. Daphne and Victor end up working together to clear Penelope from the list of suspects and in doing so just might be what is needed for Victor to learn where his heart really lies.

The story is well-plotted and told with an interesting and believable cast of characters. The characters that I enjoyed the most were Nana Jo and her posse of retirement center friends. I can’t really call them older ladies, as most are about my age. There is Dorothy, Ruby Mae and last but not least, Irma. This little group of ladies has either children or grandchildren who can call on to help Sam and Nana Jo solve the case. They were all humorous, but Irma was by far the most humorous. Irma’s tends to be a little “salty” from time to time, but the others are quick to stop her her before she says anything nasty.

I’m anxiously looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Read Herring Hunt, due out April 28, 2018.
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Reading Progress

October 20, 2017 – Started Reading
October 20, 2017 – Shelved
October 28, 2017 –
page 28
October 31, 2017 –
page 74
November 1, 2017 –
page 123
November 2, 2017 –
page 138
November 3, 2017 –
page 221
November 4, 2017 – Finished Reading

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