This is the second book in V.M. (Valerie) Burns’s Mystery Bookshop series where protagonist Samantha “Sam” Washington runs a mystery bookstore but is also writing her own cozy, a historical set in 1938 England. Sort of a book within a book, a bonus story.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book which releases, tomorrow, April 24, 2018. I am really enjoying this series and can’t wait for the next book!
My Goodreads review:
Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Six months have passed in this story line since the last book and it was now fall. Dawson had gotten back to college and was a star football player going out with a very overbearing girl that he ended up breaking up with mainly because he could tell she was just a gold digger. When she ended up dead, all fingers pointed to Dawson so Sam and the Senior Sleuths knew that they had their job cut out for them. Dawson’s abusive dad was in the picture again, making things even more complicated but the sleuths wouldn’t let that deter them from finding out the truth. Hopefully no one else will get killed in the process!
This was another fun read and I think it was even better than the first book. As with the first book, whenever Sam needed a break from real life, she turned to her historical cozy she was writing which was set in 1938 England.
I just love how Nana and her friends get into the case and can come up with information from personal contacts and as in the case of Dorothy, going on dates with various men. Sam had two new male interests in her life but was one of them someone she should watch out for? One of them ends up being ok to date and I’m looking forward to her continuing her friendship with this man.
I did guess who did it this time too but I credit that with good clues that led up to it. I didn’t know the full reasoning so I can’t say I totally guessed. The take down was once again really exciting because it involved the seniors. At the end, Sam got a couple of wonderful surprises, which is another reason I just love her Nana Jo!
There was an excerpt for the next book which I am anxious to read but I wanted to get my review done first. You can’t go wrong with this well-written, fun mystery!