Mystery Author Panel

Read It Again Bookstore, along with the City of Johns Creek, Johns Creek Books, and Bookmiser, are excited to invite you to the Johns Creek Literary Fair. This is our festival's first year and we are starting BIG. We just confirmed our keynote speaker, Kristin Harmel. Don't forget to buy your books early from Read It Again Bookstore.

Do you love a good mystery? We do too! Join us Saturday, September 30 at 2 pm, for our Mystery Author Panel! We are so excited to welcome local mystery writers: Samantha Jayne Allen, V.M. Burns, and Vanessa Riley! 


Samantha Jayne Allen is the author of the Annie McIntyre Mysteries. Her debut novel, Pay Dirt Road, won the Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing, and the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest. She has an MFA in fiction from Texas State University, and her writing has been published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Common, and Electric Literature. Raised in small towns in Texas and California, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.

Annie McIntyre Mysteries:

Annie McIntyre never expected she’d return to her hometown after college, nor be drawn into the family business: a private investigation firm founded by her grandfather and his former deputy in the sheriff’s department. Annie finds a knack for crime-solving while searching the winding back roads and neon-lit honky-tonks of small-town Texas, uncovering corruption and long-held secrets that keep complicating her relationship to the place that holds such a tight grip on her heart. 
“Samantha Jayne Allen paints a detailed picture of small-town Texan life and invites readers along on a crime-solving adventure full of deepening family relationships and life lessons.” — Reader’s Digest on Pay Dirt Road


Valerie (V. M.) Burns is a mystery writer whose novels and short stories have been finalists for the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is the author of the Mystery Bookshop, Dog Club, RJ Franklin, and Baker Street Mystery series. Valerie is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association. She is also an adjunct professor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie now lives in the southeastern United States with her two poodles. Connect with Valerie at VMBurns.com.

Mystery Bookshop:

The small town of North Harbor on the shores of Lake Michigan is about to have a new mystery bookshop. But before the first customer can browse, the owner becomes a real-life murder suspect . . .


Fascinated by the Regency and early Victorian eras, Vanessa Riley made time for renaissance fairs, and period novels and films while obtaining her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Specialty RWA Chapters: The Beaumonde, and the Georgia Chapters, as well as the Historical Novel Society. Vanessa also juggles her military hubby, mothering a teen, and speaking at women's events. Visit her at www.vanessariley.com.

Lady Worthing Mysteries:

Bringing a vibrant edge and welcome diversity to the Regency genre, this exciting historical mystery series, Lady Worthing Mysteries, features an engaging heroine with an independent streak, a notorious past, and a decided talent for sleuthing . . .

Smart, witty, and refreshingly diverse, this new Regency-set series from acclaimed author Vanessa Riley combines her signature emotional richness and attention to detail in a historical mystery featuring a strong, clever, and captivating heroine . . .

Event date: 

Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

3630 peachtree pkwy
suite 314 - Read It Again Bookstore
Suwanee, GA 30024
Pay Dirt Road: A Novel (Annie McIntyre Mysteries #1) By Samantha Jayne Allen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250882929
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - March 14th, 2023

Hard Rain: A Novel (Annie McIntyre Mysteries #2) By Samantha Jayne Allen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250863812
Availability: Available online. Call store for local availability.
Published: Minotaur Books - April 18th, 2023

Next of Kin: A Novel (Annie McIntyre Mysteries #3) By Samantha Jayne Allen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250863836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books - April 23rd, 2024

Murder on Tour (Mystery Bookshop #9) By V.M. Burns Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781496739483
Availability: Available online. Call store for local availability.
Published: Kensington Cozies - November 28th, 2023

The Plot Is Murder (Mystery Bookshop #1) By V.M. Burns Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781496728999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington - December 29th, 2020

Murder in Westminster: A Riveting Regency Historical Mystery (The Lady Worthing Mysteries #1) By Vanessa Riley Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781496738691
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kensington - September 26th, 2023

Murder in Drury Lane (The Lady Worthing Mysteries #2) By Vanessa Riley Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781496738677
Availability: Available online. Call store for local availability.
Published: Kensington - October 24th, 2023