For a long time I’ve known that I’m most likely the only sane person in my family. After reading the portrayal of my family’s antics in the MYSTERY BOOKSHOP MYSTERY SERIES by V. M. Burns, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m right. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family. However, that doesn’t change the fact that they’re crazy. I’m not saying my family is criminally insane. As a lawyer, I have dealt with the criminally insane, and thankfully no one in my family falls into that category. However, they are definitely not what the average person would classify as “normal.” I, on the other hand, am normal and lead a normal life.
You already know I’m a lawyer in North Harbor, Michigan. I practice criminal law and I have a reputation for being tough, which has earned me the nickname, ‘Pitbull.’ That’s a name I’m proud to own. I’m married and my husband, Tony, is a corporate attorney. We have twin boys, Christopher and Zaq, who attend, prestigious Jesus and Mary University (JAMU) in River Bend, Indiana. I had hoped that one (or both) of the twins would follow in their parents’ footsteps and choose careers in the legal profession, but neither of them seem inclined in that direction. Christopher is majoring in marketing and Zaq is into technology, but both seem to love spending their free time helping my sister run her mystery bookshop.
I have one sibling, Samantha Washington. Sam inherited a love of mysteries from our grandmother, Josephine Thomas (we call her Nana Jo). Both Sam and her husband loved mysteries and dreamed of one day opening a bookshop that specialized in mysteries. When her husband Leon died, she quit her job as a high school English teacher to pursue that dream. Sam also dreamed of writing British historic mysteries and she has also pursued that dream and writes in her spare time. Whether due to the mystery bookshop, her interest in writing mysteries or the fact that she spends a lot of time hanging around with Nana Jo and her crazy group of senior citizens, Sam has come into contact with more murderers than I have, and I’m a criminal attorney! Crazy, right? I mean, who deliberately gets involved with murderers, unless you’re getting paid to do it? Well, my sister, grandmother and their friends do. When things get crazy (and they always do), it’s up to me (the sane one) to try to keep them out of jail.
If you’re interested in seeing what mischief my family has encountered recently, check out the latest Mystery Bookshop Mystery, BOOKMARKED FOR MURDER.
After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .
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