V M Burns

A Conversation With
Cozy Mystery Author VM Burns


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Published: July 22, 2020

Cozy mystery author, VM Burns (www.vmburns.com) talks with me about her three cozy mystery series:

  • Mystery Bookshop Series
  • Dog Club Mystery Series
  • RJ Franklin Mystery Series

We talked about:

[00:01:04] How reading cozy mysteries had a great effect on VM Burns decision to start writing cozy mysteries of her own.

[00:04:42] Valerie talks about her sleuth in the Bookshop Mystery series, Samantha Washington, who is writing a British historical mystery as part of the stories in this series.

[00:10:28] We talk about Nana Jo and her group of feisty older ladies who are key characters in the Bookshop Mystery series. VM Burns shares her inspiration for these characters.

[00:21:06] Her inspiration for setting the Bookshop Mystery series in an actual bookstore that specializes in mysteries.

[00:25:36] We learn about the inspiration for Samantha's two toy poodles, Snickers and Oreo.

[00:27:02] We talk about the “Dog Club Mystery” series. Also, I learn about free style dancing in dog shows.

[00:35:40] Valerie lets me know about the new books coming out in each of her three series.

[00:36:16] We talk about the fifth book in the Bookshop Mystery series which has a locked room theme.

[00:39:13] We talk about Valerie's RJ Franklin mystery series.

[00:43:35] How she uses Pinterest to keep track of the different stories in each of her mystery series.

Midnight Hour
In the Dog House
The Puppy Who Knew Too Much
Bark If It's Murder
Paw and Order
Sit, Stay, Slay
The Plot Is Murder
Read Herring Hunt
The Novel Art of Murder
Wed, Read & Dead
Bookmarked for Murder
A Tourist's Guide to Murder
Killer Words
Bookclubbed to Death
Murder on Tour
Travellin' Shoes
Motherless Child
Steal Away