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Key to a Murder
by Vicki Vass

This was a fun mystery and a little different from the average cozy.
~A Chick Who Reads

This was a book that kept me on my toes. I love a good cozy mystery and this one hit the spot.
~Books, Dreams, Life

This was an interesting story. I got my attention and kept it. I really enjoyed the friendship between Anne and CC, I felt they really had each others back.
~Melina’s Book Blog

I have been following this wonderful series since book one, A SPOONFUL OF MURDER. Each time a new book comes out, I’m more excited than I was for the one before. And as a finally read each new book, my excitement proves justified…
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

Definitely a great book for cozy mystery lovers who enjoy great antiques along with their history and the mystery will leave you reading until the last page to figure it out!
~Community Bookstop

Key to a Murder: An Antique Hunters Mystery
4th in Series
Cozy Cat Press (August 12, 2016)
Print Length: 176 pages


A mysterious woman appears on the doorstep of Great Aunt Sybil’s Attic in the middle of the night. Owner Anne Hillstrom lets her in, only to have the woman die in her arms. With no final words, and only an old lantern clutched to her chest, the dead woman provides Anne and her partner CC precious few clues to discover her murderer or why she spent her last moments in their antique store. The two Antique Hunters search for clues, finding themselves entangled in a centuries-old mystery leading them to a cemetery in Ireland where a ghost from the past has left them a cryptic message, and a killer has left them no choice but to discover his identity before he kills again. On their journey, the two best friends encounter antiques, romance and the key to a murder.

Interview with this Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I’m not sure. I’ve been writing as long as I can remember, almost as long as I’ve been reading, and I started reading when I was 4.

What genres do you write in?

I primarily write cozy mysteries but I do have a science fiction novel that was recently published. I also write nonfiction for various publications.

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

Who doesn’t love Nancy Drew? I’ve always loved mysteries and I especially love cozies because you get to know the characters and can create worlds that bring them to life over an extended time frame.

How did you break into the field?

I wrote my first cozy mystery for fun. It literally flowed from my fingertips. My husband then sent it to Cozy Cat Press, and she offered to publish the series. Since then I have published three more in the series and one more in a new series called Gem Hunter and another one based on the near-real adventures of my next door neighbor, Grandma Jan, in the Postman is Late.

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I’d like to give them a break from the everyday and share my love for history.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Creating the world and watching the characters develop. It is so exciting to see the story develop. Often I don’t know what’s going to happen as I write so I’m just as curious as my readers.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Finding time. I have lots of ideas but find my time limited between taking care of a 6-month-old puppy and my full-time job.

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Just write. I had a writing teacher tell me long ago that you cannot wait for inspiration, you have to sit down and write. I try to write a little every day. You can always go back and fix the story but the important thing is getting the idea down.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I read everything and I have several books going at once. I am currently reading the Secret History by Donna Tartt, the Romanovs, the Witches of Salem and the new John Grisham novel.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I am very similar to one of my characters. I love to shop. One day I may look for the books I read as a girl while another day I’ll scour for antique jewelry or collect McCoy pottery. Often my finds work their way into my stories.

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

I am on facebook at or I have my own website at


pixel (2)About This Author

With a passion for shopping and antiques, Vicki Vass turned in her reporter’s notebook to chronicle the adventures of Anne and CC, two antique hunters who use their skills to solve a murder case.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

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1 Comment

  1. Vicki Vass

    Thanks for hosting me. I appreciate it.

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