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by VM Burns
Kensington Books, January 2021
256 pages
ISBN: 1496728955

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In this sixth installment in V.M. Burns's Mystery Bookshop series, Samantha Washington, along with her grandmother and her grandmother's friends from the Shady Acres Retirement Village, have left the town of North Harbor behind for a vacation in England, where they have joined the Peabody Mystery Tours. In between visiting the Sherlock Holmes museum at 221B Baker Street in London and an Agatha Christie museum in the seaside town of Torquay, Sam, assisted by Nana Jo and friends, also finds herself investigating two murders-—those of Horace Peabody, the owner of the tour company, and one of the other tourists. When police finger the wrong suspect, Sam and her group jump in to investigate.

Sam, owner of the Market Street Mysteries bookstore, has another reason to be on this tour: she’s gotten a contract to write a mystery book herself and is using the trip for research. The tour inspires Sam as much as the murders do. Elements of the murders on the tour weave themselves into her story, which she writes in time snatched between touring and murder-solving. The story, set at Wickfield Lodge, a Downton Abbey-type manor house, provides the reader with another mystery within the mystery.

Readers will enjoy the lighthearted bantering and antics of the older women. Nana Jo, Ruby Mae, Dorothy, and Irma balance out the more serious Sam, but they also play critical parts in helping her solve the murder and capture the killer. And, with most of us unable to travel at the moment, readers also should enjoy being able to see the sights of England through the eyes of the characters. Having been on a similar tour, I can say that the descriptions in A Tourist's Guide to Murder are true to life—-minus the murders, of course.

Reviewed by Lourdes Venard, February 2021

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