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Valerie Burns
South Bend, IN
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Valerie Burns is the author of the Agatha Award nominated Mystery Bookshop Mystery Series (Kensington Press), two-time finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Award for her RJ Franklin Mysteries (Camel Press), and the author of her Dog Club Mystery series (Lyrical Underground).


  • MFA, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA), 2015 M.A., University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), 2003 BA, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 1987


  • MYSTERY BOOKSHOP MYSTERY SERIES (Kensington Press) The Plot is Murder (November 2017) Read Herring Hunt (April 2018) The Novel Art of Murder (November 2018) Wed, Read, and Dead (April 2019) Bookmarked for Murder (November 2019) A Tourist's Guide to Murder (January 2021) Killer Words (November 2021) DOG CLUB MYSTERY SERIES (Lyrical Underground) In the Dog House (August 2018) The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (February 2019) Bark If It's Murder (August 2019) Paw and Order (August 2020) Sit, Stay, Slay! (December 2020) RJ FRANKLIN MYSTERY SERIES Travellin' Shoes (July 2018) Motherless Child (September 2019) Steal Away (October 2020) SHORT STORIES "Vermeer Affair" Midnight Hour: A chilling anthology of crime fiction from 20 authors of color (November 2021)


  • Crime Writers of Color; Member Dog Writers of America; Member Sisters in Crime, Inc (SinC); Grants and Awards Coordinator; National Board Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA); Board Member


  • 2017 Agatha Award finalist; Best First Novel, THE PLOT IS MURDER 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist; Mystery, Multicultural Fiction, TRAVELLIN' SHOES 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist; Mystery, STEAL AWAY