Monday, May 6, 2019

Meet Nana Jo from the Mystery Bookshop Series

Hello, everyone. My name is Josephine Thomas, but my granddaughters call me, “Nana Jo.” Sam wanted me to stop by and introduce myself, so here I am. You’ve probably read about my granddaughter, Samantha Washington and me in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series by V. M. Burns. Sam is the star of the books, and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

It’s been a lot of fun hanging out with my granddaughter at her bookshop, Market Street Mysteries. I’m the one who first introduced both of my granddaughters to mysteries. I bought both Sam and Jenna their first Nancy Drew books, but Sam was the only one who took to them. Jenna was more interested in Earl Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason books, which probably explains a lot about their career choices. When I worked, I was a math teacher, but that’s been a while back. Nevertheless, I stay active doing martial arts like aikido and ju jitsu.  I also like to dance, play poker and have fun with my friends from the retirement village, Irma, Dorothy and Ruby Mae. The girls and I like to have fun, even though sometimes it gets us into trouble. Thankfully, I’m a crack shot and always keep my peacemaker nearby, just in case a little heat is needed. Life is short, so I’ve learned to make the most of it while I’m here.  Like Brigitte Bardot once said, I’m “old enough to know better, but still young enough to go ahead and do it.” Of course, she was talking about being thirty, but the same thing applies when you’re more than double that age. And, if you don’t know who Brigitte Bardot is, then you’re too young to understand what I’m talking about.

Anyway, my granddaughter’s latest antics are in the newest book that just release on April 30th, WED, READ & DEAD. Check out the summary below and then pick up a copy of the book. I think you'll enjoy it.


Sam's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mystery is how they're going to pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks. Harold's snobby sister-in-law proposes a solution: engage flamboyant wedding planner Lydia Lighthouse. But their beacon of hope quickly sends everyone into a blind rage, most of all the groom-to-be. So, when the maddening micro-manager is strangled with her own scarf, it's a shock, but not a surprise.

It's a case of art imitating life as Sam pens her next historical mystery set in England between the wars. Lady Daphne Marsh insists on marrying Lord James Browning on Christmas Eve, three weeks hence. But when the fop planning their wedding ends up with a knife in his back, she vows to nab the backstabber before she walks down the aisle. 

Meanwhile, when she's not writing, Sam and her beloved and boisterous Nana Jo rush to shine a light on Lydia's killer-so her mother's new husband won't spend his honeymoon behind bars. . .


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  1. It's nice to meet you, Nana Jo!

  2. Thanks for joining us and sharing this book. I'm also a retired math teacher.