Virginia is for More Mysteries...

Virginia may be for lovers, but to nineteen authors, Virginia is for Mysteries: Volume II. The anthology of nineteen short stories, set in and around the Commonwealth, features Virginia landmarks and locations such as Virginia Wine Country, the Poe Museum, Luray Caverns, Colonial Williamsburg, the Great Dismal Swamp, Nimrod Hall, the Barter Theater, and Mill Mountain, to name a few.

The stories transport readers across the diverse backdrop of the Old Dominion to a unique and deadly landscape, filled with killers, crooks, and criminals.

Authors: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Adele Gardner, Debbiann Holmes, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Maggie King, Kristin Kisska, C. B. Lane, Vivian Lawry, Michael McGowan, Kathleen Mix, Jayne Ormerod, Yvonne Saxon, Rosemary Shomaker, Rosemary Stevens, Linda Thornburg, Heather Weidner, Lee A. Wells, and Ken Wingate

“The second volume of Virginia is for Mysteries is another entertaining adventure travelogue taking you across one of the U.S.’s most scenic states, with Mayhem and Revenge your traveling companions and Malice serving as your travel guide. From Jamestown to Luray Caverns, and from a gritty Thelma and Louise-style tale of loyalty and friendship to witty tips for disposing of a troublesome office mate—I think you’ll enjoy this road trip.”

G.M. Malliet, Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor Mysteries

 “Relentlessly suspenseful and completely engaging! You don't have to be from Virginia to delight in this terrific collection of twisty and clever mysteries.”

             Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award Winning Author

"Mystery fans will find a lot to love about Virginia is for Mysteries II.”

Mary Burton, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

  “Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II offers a sparkling selection of stories packed with passion, jealousy, and vengeance, in the past and the present. Carefully detailed with evocative settings from Richmond to Roanoke, the Luray Caverns to Williamsburg and Jamestown, these tales prove that when it comes to murder, there’s always something new in the Old Dominion. I loved it!”

Ellen Byerrum, Author of The Crime of Fashion Mysteries

 “A deliciously wicked mix of mysteries, with plenty of Southern ‘charm’ —Virginia style.”

Mollie Cox Bryan, Author of the Agatha-nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries

Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II is a collection of smart, sassy, and spine-tingling tales.”

Ellery Adams, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Books by the Bay Mysteries, Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries, and Book Retreat Mysteries

“Whether you've lived in Virginia or just driven through, you'll find familiar settings in this dark and twisty anthology. From wine shops to college campuses, these nineteen short stories will take you on a trip you won't soon forget!”

 Diane Vallere, Nationally Bestselling Author of the Material Witness, Madison Night, and Style & Error Mysteries

“From revenge to the supernatural and everything in between, this fabulous collection of tales from the Old Dominion will keep you turning pages into the wee hours. I loved every single story!”

LynDee Walker, Agatha Award-Nominated Author of Cover Shot

“From classic whodunits to light romance and historicals, Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II is a wild ride of deadly deeds crisscrossing the Commonwealth. Anyone who has traveled across Virginia will love the familiar and cherished settings, from the Blue Ridge to the Chesapeake Bay.”

Leah St. James, Award-winning Author of Romance and Suspense

“Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II is an amazing collection of mystery short stories – something for every mystery-loving reader. Contemporary or historical, even blood-chilling, but always entertaining – each of these mysteries kept me guessing until the end. The familiar Virginia locations were such a plus!”

Grace Greene, USA Today Bestselling Author, Author of the Emerald Isle, NC Series & Virginia Country Roads Series

“They are back with great tales situated across the Commonwealth. A wonderful read for anyone interested in places for mystery.”
Tina Glasneck, Author of the Spark before Dying Series

“Diabolical, creative plots and absolutely wicked solutions abound! Cunning endings you didn’t see coming and tales so well-crafted one might believe they’re reading actual Virginia history. These clever stories prove there are almost no limits to the things women will do for their friends—or to their enemies! The authors of this anthology have outdone themselves again. Virginia is for Mysteries II will leave you impatient for volume III.”

P. J. Woods, Author of The Hour To Reap

“Buckle your seatbelt for a thrilling tour of the Commonwealth—from Tidewater to the Blue Ridge, from Richmond to Roanoke—with this cool collection of cleverly crafted crime stories!”

 Alan Orloff, Agatha-nominated Author of Running from the Past

“From Virginia’s wine country and the Shenandoah Valley to Fort Monroe, the Dismal Swamp and points beyond, the second volume of Virginia is for Mysteries offers a stunning collection of mysteries by Virginia’s premier mystery writers that features rich characters, complex plots, beautiful descriptions and the rich heritage of the Commonwealth. Truly the best short-story mystery available.”

Judith Lucci, Author of the Alex Destephano Medical Thrillers and Michaela McPherson Mysteries

“Murder and mystery lurk behind every hairpin turn of Virginia’s winding country roads. This collection is an entertaining guide to the Old Dominion’s dark past and present.

There is no shortage of ways to die in Virginia. Whether it is in an amusement park, a swamp, a luxury hotel, or a hurricane, you can’t beat the Commonwealth for dramatic locations to meet your end. Let this collection be your travel guide to some great places and creative ways to die in the Old Dominion.”

                                    Christopher Semtner Curator, Edgar Allan Poe Museum

“I’m a transplanted Virginian and reading the nifty short stories in Virginia is for Mysteries made me want to take a road trip home. There are wonderful things to do and see in Virginia. If you're a mystery lover, you'll want to use this anthology as your guidebook.”

Frankie Y. Bailey, Author of the Lizzie Stuart and Hannah McCabe Mysteries


Virginia is for Mysteries

Set in and around the Commonwealth, each story features a Virginia landmark, from the Cape Henry Lighthouse to Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery and transports readers across a rich and very deadly landscape.

Authors: Meredith Cole, Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Smita Harish Jain, Maggie King, Vivian Lawry, May Layne, Michael McGowan, Yvonne Saxon, Rosemary Shomaker, Fiona Quinn, Linda Thornburg, and Heather Baker Weidner

Virginia is for lovers...except when it’s for killers, crooks, and criminals.
— Mary Miley, author of THE IMPERSONATOR.
A delightful and engaging collection.
— Mary Burton, a USA TODAY best selling author
Creepy, diabolical, and completely delightful! Who knew these otherwise charming authors could be so cleverly sinister? One after the other, these terrific and twisty tales tantalize you, tease you, and surprise you!
— Hank Phillipi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author
Mystery, mayhem, and murder have found their their way into the Old Dominion in these suspenseful tales.
— Ellery Adams, NEW YORK TIMES best selling author