Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
Published by Crooked Lane Books on January 7, 2020 (expected)
Series: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #4
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, romance
Format & Length: e-book, 242
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Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn’t all peace and love among the “flower children” when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune.
Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber’s friend “Sunny” Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate’s closet. Sunny’s grandparents ran a commune back in the 1960s on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges when human remains are found in their fields–and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental.
With Sunny’s mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says “not yet” to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend’s family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can’t find whoever killed these “flower children,” someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave.
The fourth book in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series, Bound for Murder was an enjoyable cozy mystery.
This installment finds library director Amy in the midst of another murder investigation when a body is found in her best friend Sunny’s grandparents farm. Although she doesn’t go looking for trouble, it always seems to find her as her insatiable curiosity is piqued. Alongside the plot of this mystery, the primary characters continue to be fleshed out and their relationships evolve to keep the overall story arc moving from one book to the next.
What this series does very well is take the genre conventions of a cozy mystery and add a touch of eccentricity. Between the quirky characters and mystery plots that are a bit out there, these books are different than other cozy mysteries I’ve read. They also go just a bit deeper to address meaningful themes that are always on point.
Ultimately, Bound for Murder was an entertaining and fun read. If this sounds like your kind of book, definitely give it a shot!