Thursday, February 21, 2019

Past Due For Murder - Cozy Mystery Reivew

Rating: Very Good
Source: NetGalley

Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first―but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.

The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished―or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.

When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events―and a dead body lying nearby―an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've really enjoyed the first two books in this series so I had to read this one!

My Impression:  This book had two of my favorite things - a librarian main character and a missing persons case.   I especially enjoyed the folklore angle to this one with all the old stories and legends.  I've always liked the history element of this series and this really made that extra special.  I enjoyed catching up with Amy and Sunny and the rest of the regulars of Taylorsford.  I also thought it was kind of nice to see Richard in a role other than the very perfect boyfriend though I'm sure Amy didn't find it so!

The mystery as usual kept me entertained.  Though it takes a bit for the first murder victim to make an appearance it was clear from the very first chapter that something was most decidedly amiss. It was fun to puzzle everything else from the "huh something doesn't seem right" all the way up to the "something has gone catastrophically wrong".  I was hooked from the beginning to the end and thoroughly enjoyed figuring out the whos and the whys along with Amy.

If you're looking for a fun cozy with a little bit of history and characters you want to be freinds with this is a great choice.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  Gilbert is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery authors.

Would I Recommend this Book?  I would!  This entire series has been really great.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. The folklore angle definitely sounds fun! Cute cover too. Libraries and small towns go so well with murder haha!

  2. This sounds like such a fun series. I need to start it already!

  3. I don't read enough cozy mysteries. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how long the series are. This one sounds cute. Great review.

  4. I have this series waiting for me. It really looks so good.

  5. Nice to have another cozy mystery series that you enjoy. I think coming back to the same characters and seein the development is usually very rewarding.

  6. I am really looking forward to reading this one. I just love Victoria Gilbert's books.

  7. This sounds wonderful! It has been a while since I read a good cozy.

  8. This is a series I want to read! And in your last post I need to read more of that series! OMGosh, you always make me want to read all the cozies.