V. M. Burns is the author of the Mystery Bookshop series, as well as many other works. Her latest book is The Novel Art of Murder, now out from Kensington Books. Burns was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. She currently resides in Tennessee with her two poodles, Coco and Kenzie. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can visit her website at vmburns.com.