Friday, December 08, 2023

Six mysteries with bookish people solving crimes at book events

V.M. Burns is the Agatha Award-nominated author of screenplays, children's books, and cozy mysteries, including the Baker Street Mysteries, the Mystery Bookshop series, the Dog Club Mysteries, and the RJ Franklin Mysteries. Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, she currently resides in Georgia just outside Chattanooga with her poodles. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Her latest book is Murder on Tour.

At CrimeReads Burns tagged "six cozy mysteries where murder didn’t just happen between the covers of the book" but at a book event as well. One title on the list:
Bake Offed by Maya Corrigan

In the eighth book in the Five-Ingredient Mystery series, cafĂ© manager Val Deniston and her grandfather plan to attend The Maryland Mystery Fan Fest. Granddad even competes in a dessert competition in which contestants assume the roles of cooks to famous fictional sleuths. Playing Nero Wolfe’s gourmet cook Fritz is an exciting challenge for Granddad. Granddad is steamed to learn his nemesis Cynthia Sweet will be playing Sherlock Holmes’s landlady, Mrs. Hudson. When Cynthia Sweet is found dead in her room, granddad is the number one suspect. Val must figure out which of the other festival goers killed the not-so-Sweet Cynthia before her grandfather’s goose is cooked.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue