Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Murder for the Books - Cozy Mystery Review + Giveaway

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery 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.

My Thoughts:

It was very nice of Victoria Gilbert to write a mystery especially for me.  I mean a book containing all of my favorite things can't be by accident and a book that contains all of my favorite things AND lives up to its potential is quite a Christmas gift.  I love a librarian main character and I adore and old murder so having these two things combined was wonderful.  Throw in a solid well paced mystery and a heaping helping of old secrets and this reader was in bookish heaven.  I thought Amy made a great main character with her librarian's curiosity and love of research as well as her level headedness and sense of humor.  Richard, Aunt Lydia, Sunny, and the rest of the characters add a fun team feel, a bit of humor, and a real sense of community.  This was a really fun start to a new series with a great cast of characters and a fantastic premise.   Even with just one book this will be going on my auto buy list and I'm excited to see what happens next!  Rating:  Very Good

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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  1. Sounds perfect, if I read a cozy I want books in it!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting during my blog tour and for the review!

  3. Looks fun, love the sound of the librarian MC and the Blue Ridge setting.

  4. This is on my list of books to read, so I'm glad you loved it. It really does sound right up our alley!