Monday, December 11, 2017

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: A Murder For The Books

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 
ISBN-13: 978-1683314394 
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.
Review: I'm a sucker for cozy mysteries, and I love finding new series, especially when I find them at book one.

Yay, I did this with this series!!!

What really got me about this one, was how different this book is from a normal cozy. Librarian, Amy, is trying to clear the name of a woman who went missing back in 1925 for her neighbor, Richard. (Is that a potential love interest I see?)

Right there you have something totally unique. It makes this a cold case cozy!

How cute does that sound?

But not to worry, their are some present day murders that happen to keep things interesting.

A wonderful start to a new series!

Rating: 5 flowers

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.
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Victoria Gilbert said...

Thanks so much for hosting part of my blog tour and the lovely review!

diannekc said...

I'm really looking forward to reading the book. It was featured in the USA Today section in the local paper as a new book worth reading.

holdenj said...

This looks great! I like the idea of both the library and a cold case!

John Smith said...

I love the classic library on the cover--although I think the hard surface on the desks like that is usually green!

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