A Murder for the Books
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
E-Book ASIN: B072396C2L
Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families... including her own.When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.
About the Author
Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director.
When not writing or reading, Victoria likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and is represented by Frances Black at Literary Council, NY, NY.
Victoria lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. This is her first Blue Ridge Library mystery.
Author Links:Website/blog: http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/
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REVIEW*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
What a great start to a new series. Any is the director of the very small library in a small town in Virginia near some mountains. This introduces a library element to the story before the murder even happens which is right up my alley since I work in one too. It as enjoyable getting to the characters while being taken on the tipsy turvy ride of the murder investigation. There were lots of little things mentioned along the way that helped lead the way to a finale that my guess was far from. Excellent writing with some great new characters all set to make you want to read some more. If you enjoy cozy mysteries you really have to try this one. I really enjoyed it so it gets 4/5 stars.
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