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Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of more than twenty-five mystery books, including the Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their two dogs, a pug, Bean, and a chug, Dobby. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams. Learn more about Melissa at her website,, on Facebook @MelissaBourbon/Winnie ArcherBooks, and on Instagram @bookishly_cozy.

Mystery Maven 


Texas Cozy Mystery Panel with Murder by the Book

Virtual Events are here to stay. Below are a few of my most recent ones. You can find more on my YouTube channel

  • Virtual library events (20 Writing Tips: link)
  • Behind the Book short videos (Behind the Book, Dough or Die: link)
  • On the Book Warriors Facebook page, an online book club I run with fellow mystery writer, Diane Kelly, I’ve hosted author interviews that are then cross-posted to our YouTube channel (Example: a chat with Tonya Kappes: link)
  • Virtual author panels, including one hosted by Murder by the Book, an amazing mystery bookshop in Houston, Texas, which I had the pleasure of moderating (Texas Cozy Mystery Panel link) ;
  • the upcoming virtual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival (link)