The Novel Art of Murder by V.M Burns

Title: The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop #3)

Author: V.M. Burns

Published on: 27 November 2018

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Samantha Washington’s grandmother Nana Jo is the main suspect in the murder of Maria Romanov. Nana Jo’s part in a play was given to Maria at the last moment and Nana Jo threatens Maria by saying that she would kill her. Hours later, Maria is found dead and Nana Jo is accused of murdering the actress. Sam makes a deal with Detective Stinky Pitt and tells him to give her some time to prove her grandmother’s innocence.

 I have a mixed opinions about this book. There are two stories – the point of view character is an author and writes stories. So, as the story proceeds, one gets to read the story that the Point of View character writes.

The first person narrator or point of view character is just mentioned as Sam until later in the book when Frank introduces her to Gunter as Samantha Washington. Of course, somewhere in between, there is someone who calls her Mrs. Washington, but for people like me who started with this as the first book in the series, it is a tad disappointing. I know Samantha Washington is mentioned in the blurb but I was hoping to see her name in the starting chapters too. This is not too much to ask, is it?


The story was good. Since there were two mysteries, I will go ahead and say that both the mystery solving bits were really good. The book is different from all the other cozy mysteries that I have read so far. I took some time to get used to the writing but as the story proceeded further, I started liking it. Sam’s novel was an interesting bit. A WWII story in a modern-day cozy mystery – Aye!

The characters were quirky and sometimes funny. Irma and her colorful vocabulary and bouts of coughs gave the story a touch of humor. And then there’s Nana Jo, with another colorful set of vocabulary and oodles of care and love for her beloved granddaughter Sam. The two poodles Snickers and Oreo made the cozy story complete. No cozy mystery is complete without a mention or two of a dog or a cat isn’t it? Dawson’s scrumptious cookies and Frank’s clam chowder … slurp!

The identity of the perp was unexpected and shocking (in both the stories). The mystery behind the locked room added a brilliant twist to the story. The mystery behind Magnus’ past and how it lead to his murder gave the story an unexpected twist. Overall, it was an entertaining cozy mystery.

There’s a giveaway for this tour. If you want to win a $10 amazon gift card, then do participate in the giveaway.

Giveaway details here.

Thank you. Lori Caswell from Escape With Dollycas for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. Thank you, Kensington books and NetGalley, for the ARC.

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