A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

by Victoria Gilbert


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ISBN-13: 9781683316077
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 69,652
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountain, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She holds a B.A. in Theatre, an M.A. in Library Science, a second M.A. in Liberal Studies, and is a member of Sisters in Crime. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is currently the library director for a visual and performing arts university, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. This is her first Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 4 Amy is back in the small town where she grew up after a disloyal boyfriend and a major scene in the University library where she worked forced her to make some changes. Now back in Taylorsford Virginia, Amy has taken a job in the library and is rebuilding her life in ways unexpected. The house next door also has a new resident, Richard, a dance instructor and choreographer has moved into the family home, his from an inheritance. But, Richard wants to learn more about the secrets contained in his family, most importantly see if the woman his great uncle loved was, in fact guilty of murder. There are questions galore – and somehow it appears that Doris’ murder is tied to the questions surrounding a long-ago trial for murder, the one that Richard wants to solve. Unfortunately, for them both, there are answers buried deeply beneath the town’s more ‘fluffy’ history, answers that someone in the present is willing to kill for if continued silence will be gained. A lovely mix of cold case, history, present dangers and deeply held secrets of many of the town’s families make this story a wonderful read – giving a research-led series of answers to unearth more clues as the story continues. Richly detailed, cleverly twisted and wholly engaging, this is a story for fans of mysteries who may want a bit more challenge from their usual cozy. Narration for this title is provided by Amy Melissa Bentley and she brought Amy’s character to the forefront with a clear and concise presentation, allowing for her musings and emotions to show through. Richard was clearly presented and their interplay was solidly shown: other characters that appeared were distinct, present and provided a sense of ‘community’ in the story, a sense that was solidly presented in the text. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun easy read I did find that there was a little too much detail at points I had trouble keeping track of the time line and the many characters but I enjoyed it and will definitely read a sequel if there is one
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
A Murder for the Books is Victoria Gilbert's debut into the very popular cozy mystery genre, and it was a pleasure for this reader to settle in and try and solve the mystery, mysteries actually - both old and new, along with our protagonist, librarian Amy. Nicely written and a little bit of a shock at the end, I'll definitely continue reading this series. Recommended for lovers of cozy mysteries!
Anonymous 18 days ago
A good book to read when you just want to be entertained. Murder is a heavy subject but this book is romantic with decent character development and just the right amount of action.
SunnyCarolinaGirl 6 months ago
Reading this book was a wonderful way to fill the Labor Day weekend. This is the first book that I have read by Victoria Gilbert, and I plan to start the second book, Shelved Under Murder, tomorrow. I liked Amy, Sunny, Aunt Lydia and Richard and the way that they interacted with each other and supported each other in this book. The small town of Taylorsford, Virgina sounds like a wonderful place where the people join together to help their neighbors when they need it. I was surprised by who had committed the murders, but understood their motive once the person was revealed. I liked that way that Amy used her research skills as a librarian to help solve the mystery from the past, and the way that Sunny, Aunt Lydia and Richard helped her dig for clues. I'm looking forward to reading the next book.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Fleeing a love affair gone wrong, university librarian Amy Webber moves back to her old family home in Virginia. While living with her aunt, she works as the director of the local public library. When Richard Muir, a dancer, and choreographer, moves in next door, he asks Amy’s assistance on an old murder case. After circumstances about the investigation are unearthed, and a woman is found dead in the library’s archives, Amy wonders if the town is ready for another scandal. A good mystery, in my eyes, is when I get so involved that I lose track of time reading. It was hard to get into this novel because the author seemed almost tentative. In the first couple of chapters, all Amy could do was clench and unclench her fingers. This repetition took me out of the story. Fortunately, the hesitation abated and I was able to enjoy a very well plotted whodunit with a wonderful surprise ending. I will look forward to Ms. Gilbert’s next mystery. I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
bookaholique More than 1 year ago
This was a fun first book to start off a new cozy mystery series. What avid reader wouldn't like a book that has a librarian as the mystery solver! It never occurred to me that the same research skills used by a librarian would translate over into looking for clues in this who done it. She not only solves the murder, but a few of the other town secrets as well. I wonder what's next for Amy. ARC from Crooked Lane Books via Netgalley
ekehlet More than 1 year ago
Amy Webber moves in with her aunt and takes a job at the local library after a bad breakup. Her neighbor, Richard, wants to prove the innocence of a previous owner of his new home and enlists Amy to help him. I liked the multiple storylines in A Murder for the Books. Besides the modern day mystery, Amy and Richard are trying to solve a murder that happened years ago. There is a lot of description and introduction since this is the first book in a new series, but it doesn’t take away from the story. I enjoyed this cozy and will be watching for the next book in the series.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 stars Fleeing a disastrous breakup, Amy Webber begins a new life in a quiet, small town in Virginia. Just when she’s starting to feel settled, there’s a murder that shakes this sleepy town to its core. As the bodies pile up, Amy takes the investigation into her own hands. With the help of the gorgeous choreographer next door, Amy may just find out more about the mystery and her family history than she ever bargained for. A Murder for the Books was an adorable cozy mystery. I loved how the characters were both quirky and entirely relatable. Amy herself was such an enjoyable protagonist, I’m looking forward to seeing future installments in this series. The murder mystery itself was a lot more complex than I had originally anticipated, I loved the red herrings the author included and how they kept me guessing. There were a few parts that felt a little slow to me but the pacing was generally good. The love story was adorable but a bit on the insta-love side. There was also a paranormal aspect to this book that took me by surprise. However, I ended up enjoying what it contributed to the story. I would recommend this book to readers who are looking for a cozy mystery with just a touch of the paranormal. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Oh, I am excited about this series. It is off to a wonderful start. Amy Webber has left her job as a college librarian and moved to her aunt’s home in Taylorsford, Virginia. She manages the town’s library which is quite different from her previous job. The residents of Taylorsford are an eclectic bunch. She is thankful her predecessor left her plenty of notes about her new patrons. Sadly, one of those patrons is murdered early in the story. Found on library property Amy finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Some are even pointing their fingers at her. She also meets her new neighbor Richard Muir, a dancer/teacher/choreographer. He has been renovating the house next door that he inherited from his uncle. He is very interested in his family’s history, especially a murder and a disappearance. He turns to Amy for help researching the archives to find answers. Maybe together they can solve the current case while finding answers in a cold one too. Ms. Gilbert has created such rich main characters. I felt drawn to them immediately. I wanted to know their family histories and get to know them better as themselves. There is a romantic spark between Richard and Amy. Amy tries to stop or ignore her feelings because it was a broken romantic entanglement that made her quit her last job. Richard is a patient man and is not giving up. Their interplay is touching and real. Amy’s aunt also likes Richard very much and is not beyond a little matchmaking between the two. There are two mysteries to solve in this story and they are seriously tangled up together. I did have an inkling about the 1925 case early on in the book, but that did not deter my enjoyment of following each and every clue. The current mystery was total surprising from start to finish. Several suspects had means, motive, and opportunity. The climactic reveal stunned me. It was exciting and action-packed. The suspense was at a high level. Victoria Gilbert walks that fine line keeping this cozy from jumping into the thriller lane. She has created a mystery story with great substance, tempered it with the beginnings of a romance and the exact right amount of humor. The characters are genuine and really shine throughout the entire book. I loved this story and wish I had Shelved Under Murder in my hot little hands right now. My escape to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains ended much too soon. I have my virtual bags packed for a return trip mid-July 2018.
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Nursing a broken heart and a bruised ego, Amy Webber flees to a small town in Virginia. Leaving a prestigious university job to become the director at the Taylorsville Public Library wasn’t part of her life plan, but it just might be what she needs at this point in her life. She is enjoying the slower pace of life. Living with Aunt Lydia, whom she has adored since childhood, has been good for both of them. Amy’s tranquility is upended when the tiny town is shattered by a murder. Not only is the body found in the library, but there may be a connection to one of Lydia and Amy’s long dead relatives. The mystery is too much for Amy to ignore. She begins to dig into the past with the help of her handsome new neighbor, Richard. There is just enough romance to lighten up the tension of the mystery that must be solved. Richard is not only a partner in the investigation; he is also clearly smitten with Amy. How long does her heart have to heal before she can trust anyone? Against her better judgement, Amy impulsively jumps into the investigation. The closer she gets to the truth; she realizes that many of the people she loves may be in danger. Will she find the answers she seeks before the killer strikes again? Murder for the Books is the first book in Victoria Gilbert’s new series. It is the perfect cozy mystery. The characters are interesting and can easily be seen as people you might know. The town sounds delightfully quirky with the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Shelved Under Murder, slated for publication July 2018. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from the publisher/author in connection with Killer Nashville in return for my review. Copyright © 2017 Laura Hartman
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a great start to a new series A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS by Victoria Gilbert The First Blue Ridge Library Mystery Taylordsford is a small Virginian town built on old families and secrets. Fleeing a disastrous breakup Amy Webber left the academic library of Clarion University and has come to live with her aunt and work as director for the town's public library. Although vowing to keep good looking artistic men at bay, Amy can't help but be intrigued by her neighbor's research, looking into an old town mystery. Instead of archival documents, however, they find the murdered body of an elderly patron. Who would want to kill the harmless woman? Was it a passing stranger? As Amy and Richard explore a mystery from the past they uncover secrets that may be deadly in the present. A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS is a great start to a new series. Interesting, well developed characters inhabit the pages along with a current murder and a mystery from the past. Romance does play an integral part of the story, but I enjoy the developing relationship between Amy and Richard. It enriches the characters and leads us to learn more about them and their motivations by seeing their reactions to each other. I appreciate Amy's research skills, and even learned some new tricks myself and I loved the hint of the possibility of the paranormal. The mystery is well plotted and pairing the current murder with a mystery from the past, along with family secrets, provides an added depth. There's a lot going on in this first Blue Ridge Library mystery, but that adds to the interest and I look forward to the next book in the series. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I was trying make a list of all the reasons I expected to like love this book. First there was the fact it's a Cozy. Small town. Library setting which btw I loved. I used to live in a pretty small town and loved the library. It wasn't really cozy though. 1st in the series. What I didn't realize was that A Murder By The Books is a bit of a thriller in that it is about a cold case. And it fits all those things I and most people enjoy about a cozy. The main character Amy ends up helping her neighbor Richard search to finds clues to what happened to his aunt who disappeared in 1925. All this and then things go haywire in town. Are Amy and Richard stirring up trouble? Are the towns folks hiding things? Will Amy and Richard become better acquainted? Hmm. Check it out you'll enjoy the ride! I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert is the first installment in A Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. Amy Webber is the library director for Taylorsford Public Library in Taylorsford, Virginia. Amy took this position after an incident at Clarion University with her ex-boyfriend, Charles Bartos. Amy is showing Richard Muir, Taylorsford’s newest resident, the archival building and she discovers the building is unlocked. They find the missing Doris Virts (escaped her caregiver again) inside and she has been murdered. Who would have wanted to kill Doris? Richard needs Amy’s help in proving that Eleanora Cooper did not kill her husband (the case is from the 1920s). Eleanora was acquitted of the crime, but the townspeople still did not believe her innocence. Eleanora disappeared after the trial and was never seen again. Richard’s great uncle Paul Dassin had been written a novel based on the trial and he had been in love with Eleanora. Richard inherited his new home from Paul and wants to finally prove Eleanora’s innocence. Is it possible the two crimes are related? Amy and Richard set out to get answers, but someone is not happy with their sleuthing. A Murder for the Books has one of my favorite premises—a library and a librarian as a sleuth. I appreciated the fact the Amy likes to solve mysteries (so do I). The book takes place over a matter of weeks as Richard and Amy look into the two murder cases. I did feel the book was a little too long and could have used some editing (and rewriting). There was too much speculation, reiteration, gardening, dancing and admiration of Richard’s physique. The writing is nice, but the pace was sluggish. The action picks up towards the end of the story, and then it slows back down again (the author dragged out the capture of the killer). I did like the library, town, and especially Aunt Lydia (great character). The mysteries had some intriguing aspects. However, readers will have no problem solving them long before the reveal (which I find disappointing). I wish the author had thrown a twist in towards the end to surprise readers. I felt the romance was too pronounced and it progressed at a rapid pace. I prefer a romance that plays out slowly over the course of a series (let the characters get to know each other first before they progress to the next level). It seems that Amy is rushing into a new relationship after getting out of a bad one (that caused her to move to another town and get a new job). Richard comes across as a creepy at times and slightly cheesy (especially his lines). The ghost element never came alive for me. It was there (more pronounced at the end), but it felt forced (the author did not pull it off). I believe the author tried to put too many plots into one book (I only summarized the main points). I am giving A Murder for the Books 3 out of 5 stars. I am interested enough, though, to read the next book in A Blue Ridge Library Mystery series which is Shelved Under Murder.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Murder For The Books is the first book in the A Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. I’ve seen the question “what is the best first line in a book?”. I would have to say mine would be from this book. That first line is: Anyone who claims there are no stupid questions has never worked in a library. Amy Webber has moved toTaylorsford after a very embarrassing episode with her boyfriend at a faculty event at Clarion University to assist her Aunt Lydia who is recovering from a recent leg injury. Amy was fortunate to fill the position of Library Manager at the local library. Richard Muir’s mother has given him the house she had inherited from her uncle. Cooper House, as it was referred to, had originally been owned by Don Cooper and his wife, Eleanora. Eleanora had been charged with killing her husband, but was acquitted and shortly after the trial, vanished into thin air. Muir’s great uncle, Paul Dassin had been a journalist and had covered the trial and was reportedly infatuated with Eleanora. Once Muir had renovated Cooper House and having recently moved in, he wanted to learn more about the house, the trial, and his great uncle. He sets off to visit the library to see what information they might have that he can study. Amy offers to help and they head for a small building behind the library where the archives are kept. As they enter the cabin-like structure Amy notices the lifeless body of an elderly lady lying in a pool of blood. Soon, Amy recognizes her as Doris Virts, a sweet lady with dementia. Back in the library, Sunny, Amy’s assistant, tells Amy that she had heard Doris saying that someone was following her, but because of her dementia, she didn’t pay much attention to her. Once Amy and Richard are able to start their research work they learn of another mystery that involved deaths at an orphanage that was on the lot next to the Cooper House. The deaths at the orphanage were put to poor management, but it looks like there might have been a cover-up by city officials. Although a couple decades separate these events, it seems that they might all be tied together. Victoria Gilbert provides the reader with a well-told story with a cast of appealing and believable characters. I’m looking forward to learning more about the main characters in future books. Both Amy and Sunny seem to have romances in the future, and it will be interesting to see if Sunny will follow through with her thoughts of running for mayor of Taylorsford. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this interesting series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A blurb will tell you the details of this mystery involving several generations of families in a historic town, an excellent but insecure librarian, and her new neighbor, a dancer almost too kind to be true. I don't like to give plot details, but I enjoyed the characters in this novel. There were lots of people with good hearts, though it's not a goody two shoes book. It just has people acting like real people, some villains you may or may not figure out ahead of time, and has many common elements of cozy mysteries like romance, and fact seekers who aren't officials doing investigating, but that aren't overdone. The writing style did not pull me out to the 4th wall, nor were there awkward plot inconsistencies, or anachronisms that can stop me in the middle of a book to ponder them instead of the plot. That is rare for me, though I'm forgiving of such things if a book has some good qualities. A few unexplained phenomena that could or could not be attributed to the supernatural bring some fun.