Books are all readers life and trust me living without them is like having a house without furniture or a body without a soul. It is so hard to not read books. I really pity people when they say that they don’t read books. 75% of my friends don’t read books and I feel really weird between them so I decided to be weirder. I started a blog and reviewed books now that the mess is done, allow me to get weirder and review books.

Hello and welcome to my blog: Magical BookLush.

A great platform is built for bloggers around the world, this platform helps bloggers review novels that haven’t been published yet. It’s very good and is very helpful. It is called NetGalley. I recently started using this application and reading the books in them.

Bookmarked For Murder by V.M. Burns.

I sincerely thank Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

So let’s start, shall we?

Book Description:

Author: V.M Burns.

Publisher: Kensington Books.

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers.

Chapter: 21 chapters.

Pages: 256 pages.

Series: Mystery Bookshop, #5.

Time: 13 hrs and 30 minutes.

Publishing / Published: 26 November 2019.

Official Review:

Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .

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 . . .

Review taken from NetGalley.

Critics Ratings:

NetGalley Reviewers: 5/5 stars.

Goodreads: 4.56/5 stars.

Taken from their specific platforms.

My Summary.

After a nice shopping in Chicago, Sam, her grandmother Nana Jo and all her friends from the Shady Acres Retirement Village are returning to their homes in a chartered bus when suddenly during an unexpected break, one of their fellow passengers is found dead in his seat. As Sam and all the others team up and decide to unite and expose the killer, they put the lives of everyone in danger, only to discover that there is more mystery behind the murder and the killer doesn’t like loopholes and interference.

My Summary:

A Must-Read.

This story is a must-read. A great concept and beautifully written novel. I will tell you everything in sequence.


Great characters and my favourite is Sam, that should be obvious. Nana Jo is a really crazy but cute character, I loved all the characters and their interactions are smooth and clean.


Great storyline but I found some things missing and would like to share them. One is that the story lacked an interesting twist, I wasn’t shocked to find that person the killer. I was bored for some time as the story had been stretched. I loved the concept and style.

Why 4.5 stars:

4.5 stars were given to this novel for the great concept, storytelling style and I loved the way the writer played with the words and created a funny and awesome concept. I also loved the story but I had to take 0.5 stars because of the lack of twist and the killer wasn’t shocking. Even a cozy mystery could be turned interesting although I really liked the writing and everything, I missed the total enjoyment a cozy mystery can give to me.

I hope the writer and publishers won’t have any problem with me but I just gave my honest opinion. To finish with, this book is a must-read and is very funny and at some points very intriguing. You should definitely try it

This book will be out soon so you better get your blankies out for a nice and cozy read. This book deserves a nice book club discussion.

That’s it for today, like, share and follow my blog for more upcoming novels’ reviews.

Comment and tell me what do you think about this book and do you like cozy mysteries?

Signing Out_X

Thank you for your valuable time


  1. I must say I do prefer a book with a twist at the end, but perhaps cosy mysteries tend not to have this?

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    1. No, I have read quite a lot of cost mysteries but this seemed kind of straight and quite obvious too me. I don’t know if it was because I read too much or because of the movies describing the way it will go but it is really and humourous in away. I enjoyed it but the end was kind of flat. You should try it, Stevie. Maybe you can help me out see what’s wrong with it.

      Everything is fun until the killer is at loose but once caught the story’s ending becomes flat and doesn’t work out with me. I expected more. 🙄✌

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      1. Perhaps that’s the difference between a cosy mystery and one more graphic?

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        1. Maybe but not this one. I know a friend who read part 2 of this series and loved it like crazy. It was awesome, she said. So I might give that a try to see if all the stories are like this.

          Besides I am reading a cozy right now. 🙂✌

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  2. I’m glad you liked it! The book does sound very interesting.

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    1. It is interesting but kind of flat at the end. You should try it. 😁🙄 after you finish all the half pending books😈

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  3. I’ve found that overall, cozies don’t tend to have many twists.🤷🏻‍♀️

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    1. I have read many too but this was a little too untwisty except murder there was nothing much. I would have got bored if the story writing wasn’t awesome.

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        1. I know but the concept and story were great. You should try it. 😁✌ how is your health?

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            1. Why don’t you request it on NetGalley? It’s still there. I am glad you are okay😁✌

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              1. I’ve got quite a few books I’m reading sonI think I’ll wait.

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                1. No problem, I am looking forward to their reviews. 🙂✌

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  4. Not a fan of ‘Cozy’ books. They are a little too ‘Cozy’ for my liking. 🙂 🙂
    I want to be on the edge of my seat reading a thriller, not noticing a lack of ‘twistiness’!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I like them when I get too tired and don’t want my head to pain I read cozy. I love thrillers too. Twistiness is something I love but cozy has it little and this one had none at all.

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