Good morning, my name is Samantha Washington (call me Sam) and I’m excited to be here today. My author, V. M. Burns asked me to introduce myself, so here I am.
I’ve lived and worked in Southwestern Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan all of my life. For most of my adult life, I worked as a high school English teacher. I was happily married and my husband, Leon, and I were big mystery lovers. I love British historic cozies while Leon preferred more gritty noir and detective books. One of our dreams was that one day (when our ship came in) we’d quit our jobs and open a mystery bookshop. In fact, we even had the perfect building picked out. It was located downtown North Harbor and the locals referred to it as “The Gargoyle” building because of the Gargoyles which were attached to the external facade. However, when my husband was dying, we had a revelation. Life is short—too short. That’s when Leon made me promise that I wouldn’t wait for that elusive ship to come in. He made me promise that I would take the insurance money, sell our house and buy the building we had dreamed of and open a mystery bookshop. So, when he died, that’s exactly what I did.
Buying the building wasn’t easy. After the sellers accepted my offer, the listing realtor did everything in his power to stop the sale. Apparently, he had a better offer (at least, that’s what he said). However, despite his best efforts, I closed on the building. There was a loft space above the main level and I moved in there with my two toy poodles, Snickers and Oreo. It was hard without Leon, but owning a mystery bookshop wasn’t my only dream. I also dreamed of writing British historic cozy mysteries. So, I started writing to fill in the lonely nights. Things were going along pretty well, until the realtor who listed the building was found murdered in my back courtyard. Given the nature of our last interactions, the police looked upon me as their prime suspect. The lead detective wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but that didn't stop him from pointing the finger at me.
Thanks to my grandmother, Nana Jo, and her friends from the retirement village, I managed to clear my name. If you’re interested in finding out how, check out the Agatha Award nominated first book in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery Series, THE PLOT IS MURDER. The truly cool thing is that you’ll have the opportunity to read my British historic cozy mystery at the same time. There are two mysteries to solve in every book.
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