Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Published by Crooked Lane Books on July 10, 2018 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, romance
Format & Length: e-book, 300
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Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.
October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.
The body belonged to a renowned artist who was murdered with her own pallet knife. A search of the artist’s studio uncovers a cache of forged paintings, and when the sheriff’s chief deputy Brad Tucker realizes Amy is skilled in art history research, she’s recruited to aid the investigation. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but when the state’s art expert uncovers a possible connection between Amy’s deceased uncle and the murder case, Amy must champion her Aunt Lydia to clear her late husband’s name.
That’s when another killing shakes the quiet town, and danger sweeps in like an autumn wind. Now, with her swoon-inducing neighbor Richard Muir, Amy must scour their resources to once again close the books on murder.
Shelved Under Murder is a cozy mystery and the second book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. While you don’t necessarily need to read the first, A Murder for the Books, before picking this up, reading them in order does provide extra background for the main characters that gives them extra depth in this story. There will be no spoilers for either book in this review.
With a fun and fast paced plot and a full cast of quirky characters, this was an enjoyable and easy read. I really liked seeing the continuation of the main characters’ stories along with attempting to solve the new mystery with them. This didn’t quite live up to its predecessor, with some parts being overly wordy or over explained. But I had so much fun reading it that it was easy to gloss past those sections.
In the end, Shelved Under Murder was an entertaining read and I’m excited to see what’s in store for these characters in the next installment, Past Due for Murder, expected to be published February 2019. I’d recommend this series to fans of cozy mysteries.