A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
Published by Crooked Lane Books on December 12, 2017 (expected)
Series: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #1
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, romance
Format & Pages: e-book, 336
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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.
I was really excited to read A Murder for the Books – between the cover and the description, I was anticipating a cozy mystery that would be perfect for curling up with when the weather cooled down in December. And I definitely got what I was looking for!
A cozy mystery with some depth, this story revolves around librarian Amy Webber, her family, and the small town she lives in with her aunt. I found all of the characters to be intriguing and Amy in particular to be incredibly relatable. In addition to the mystery, there was also a romantic storyline that was both realistic and fun to read.
With clear, concise writing and clever plotting, all the necessary clues were planted throughout the story for the reader to figure out the mystery alongside Amy. In fact, this was so well done I hadn’t even realized that A Murder for the Books was Victoria Gilbert’s debut novel until after I finished reading it!
Ultimately, this was an entertaining and easy read and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, Shelved Under Murder, expected to be published in July 2018. Definitely recommended.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.