Vanessa Gray Bartal

Best-selling cozy mystery and romance author


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1. Has spent more than three decades searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, only to come to the conclusion that a bad chocolate chip cookie does not exist. 

2. Almost reached bucket list goal of visiting 50 states, three more to go.

3. Spent a fun and productive year handing out samples at the grocery store.

4. Owns more plants than shoes and purses combined.

5. First sentence she ever said to her husband: Do you want my ham?

6. Renovated two houses, despite lacking all skill with every possible tool.

7. Her favorite books are the ones she has never published, more than a dozen YA novels.

8. Selects a song for each book she writes in order to fulfill secret dream of being person who makes movie soundtracks.

9. As a 911 dispatcher, once accidentally ended a call with, "I love you, bye!"

10. Wastes too much time reading about her Myers-Briggs personality type. INFJ's unite! (Separately, of course.) 

What readers are saying

I don't leave reviews for many books... but I just have to for this series. This is some of the best writing I've come across in a while, especially in the romantic murder mystery vein. I've torn through the first three books already and just ordered two more... the banter between (Lacy) and the characters is so witty. I really struggled today not to laugh aloud...

Vanessa Gray Bartal painted such vivid pictures at times, I found myself laughing out loud and then looking around to see who may be watching... I loved the twist, I never saw it coming

This was the most wonderfully emotional book I have ever read. It brought up a tidal wave of emotions from deep sadness to joyful tears. This book is a keeper that will be read whenever I need a reminder of what a true loving person should be like. McRae is who I want to grow up to be.


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News & Events

  • Morning Cup of Murder Audiobook Release Coming Up Summer 2020!
    Aug 07, 2020, 10:00 AM
    Morning Cup of Murder Audiobook Release


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