A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

A Murder for the Books

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 lur...

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  • Susan

    Amy Webber was an academic librarian, before catching boyfriend Charles in a compromising position and making a scene. Beating a hasty retreat, she is now working at Taylorsford Public Library and living with her beloved Aunt Lydia. Although money is tight, she is happy working with her assistant, Sunny, and getting to know her regulars. One is Doris Virts, who is known to suffer from dementia. When she goes missing, both Amy and Sunny keep an eye out for her. However, when Amy’s handsome new ne

    Amy Webber was an academic librarian, before catching boyfriend Charles in a compromising position and making a scene. Beating a hasty retreat, she is now working at Taylorsford Public Library and living with her beloved Aunt Lydia. Although money is tight, she is happy working with her assistant, Sunny, and getting to know her regulars. One is Doris Virts, who is known to suffer from dementia. When she goes missing, both Amy and Sunny keep an eye out for her. However, when Amy’s handsome new neighbour, dance instructor and choreographer, Richard Muir, asks to see the library archive, they virtually trip over the body of elderly Doris Virts. Who would want to kill an old lady and why was she in the library archive anyway?

    This is a fun mystery, which sees Amy team up with Richard; not only to investigate the murder of Doris Virts, but also to research an old case. Richard’s Great-Uncle, Paul Dassin, wrote a novel based on the case of Eleanor Cooper, who was accused of killing her husband. Secrets run deep in a small town and Amy and Richard will have to work hard to lay the past to rest to rest.

    I suspect this will be the first in a series and so there is a lot about setting the scene and introducing us to all the characters; from property developing mayor, Robert Blackstone, to Bradley Tucker, the County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy. The small, meandering town, consisting mainly of one long main road, is also virtually a character in itself, while there is more than a hint of romance between the two main characters. An enjoyable and gentle crime novel, which will appeal to lovers of cosy crime. I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, for review.

  • Rebbie

    This book has so much depth and richness to it that it's almost unfair to only call it a cozy mystery. It's so much more than that, although its roots do stay firmly planted within the cozy mystery genre, especially in regards to the wonderful way its written.

    A librarian named Amy Webber embarks on a trail to do the seemingly-impossible: help her neighbor Richard clear the name of the woman who was accused of murdering his great-uncle back in 1925 (his great-uncle's wife).

    This turns out to be mu

    This book has so much depth and richness to it that it's almost unfair to only call it a cozy mystery. It's so much more than that, although its roots do stay firmly planted within the cozy mystery genre, especially in regards to the wonderful way its written.

    A librarian named Amy Webber embarks on a trail to do the seemingly-impossible: help her neighbor Richard clear the name of the woman who was accused of murdering his great-uncle back in 1925 (his great-uncle's wife).

    This turns out to be much more complicated than originally thought, because it involves family secrets that some people might not want discovered.

    If you like murder mysteries a la cozy-style, then you should love this one because there's actually more than one murder mystery to solve in this novel.

    This was a highly enjoyable story, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    Thanks to Netgalley.

  • Melindam

    ARC received via Netgalley by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    While I have had some share of cosy-mystery books, altogether I am not a big fan of the genre. I found that with most of them I had to work too hard to suspend the disbelief muscle (Police is not capable to accomplish what a self-made sleuth without training, background or clue can do - YEAH, RIGHT!) and it much diminished the entertainment value.

    I don't know exactly what attracted me to this book -possibly the cover &a

    ARC received via Netgalley by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    While I have had some share of cosy-mystery books, altogether I am not a big fan of the genre. I found that with most of them I had to work too hard to suspend the disbelief muscle (Police is not capable to accomplish what a self-made sleuth without training, background or clue can do - YEAH, RIGHT!) and it much diminished the entertainment value.

    I don't know exactly what attracted me to this book -possibly the cover & title & setting, I can't seem to resist books about books -but I was pleasantly surprised this time.

    Maybe because the crimes that are investigated have their roots in the past and the main character, Amy, as a librarian has access to archived documents and her family turns out to be deeply involved both in the past and present instances.

    Also the setting of quirky town with close-knit community worked well. The plot was very well-structured with hidden agendas, slowly growing-tension, emerging closet skeletons.

    The romance between Amy and Richard was OK, but HEA was happening a bit too fast, even though they are a likeable couple.

  • Carrie

    After leaving a horrid relationship Amy Webber moved in with her aunt in a quiet small town in Virginia. Taking a job as a librarian in the small town Amy always has her share of run in's with the quirky town residents but what she never expected was to find one of them dead in the archives.

    Richard Muir is new to town after moving into the farmhouse he'd inherited from his great uncle. Richard's family home comes with a bit of town folklore though being that it's rumored that the original owner

    After leaving a horrid relationship Amy Webber moved in with her aunt in a quiet small town in Virginia. Taking a job as a librarian in the small town Amy always has her share of run in's with the quirky town residents but what she never expected was to find one of them dead in the archives.

    Richard Muir is new to town after moving into the farmhouse he'd inherited from his great uncle. Richard's family home comes with a bit of town folklore though being that it's rumored that the original owner was poisoned by his wife. Wanting to look into the matter Richard headed to the local library but instead of family history he finds himself in the middle of a current crime. Richard and Amy end up working together to see if they can solve the murders in their town.

    A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert is the first book in the cozy Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. This first book is one that has the characters trying to solve more than one mystery so I would have expected to be completely caught up in this story but unfortunately that wasn't the case.

    I never really could put my finger on any one thing within that didn't grab me as much as I would like with this book but it didn't pop out and grab me either. I think I just didn't connect with these characters as much as I would like to and it was also a tad slow for my taste. The writing was good and normally with more going on I'd rate higher but in the end this one was just average to me.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Brenda

    Taylorsford in Virginia was a peaceful, quiet town with historic significance and when Amy Webber moved there to live with her Aunt Lydia after she’d had a fall, Amy fell in love with the place. Director of the local library, she also enjoyed her job – her love of books was well known. But when Amy had to venture to the archive room with a patron one day, she was shocked and horrified to find the body of a local identity lying in a pool of blood on the floor.

    Richard Muir had recently renovated t

    Taylorsford in Virginia was a peaceful, quiet town with historic significance and when Amy Webber moved there to live with her Aunt Lydia after she’d had a fall, Amy fell in love with the place. Director of the local library, she also enjoyed her job – her love of books was well known. But when Amy had to venture to the archive room with a patron one day, she was shocked and horrified to find the body of a local identity lying in a pool of blood on the floor.

    Richard Muir had recently renovated the old farmhouse next to Amy and her aunt. He’d inherited it from his great-uncle and as he was new to the town, decided to investigate the local history. He went to the library to do his research, where he met Amy – and was pleasantly surprised to discover she was also a researcher into the history of Taylorsford.

    When another murder occurred, both Richard and Amy began their investigations in earnest. But was it putting them in terrible danger? After all, there was a murderer amongst them.

    is the 1st in the Blue Ridge Library mysteries by Victoria Gilbert and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast paced, the action and tension had me flying through the pages. The characters are well done – Aunt Lydia is exceptional; Sunny is as her name implies and Amy and Richard set the tone of the novel. I’m looking forward to book 2 in the hopefully not too distant future, and highly recommend

    for fans of the genre.

    With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read and review.

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆

    I give “A Murder for the Books”5 out of 5 Cozy Stars! I loved this fun and bookish cozy mystery! I am always drawn to books that are book related in some way and it makes me feel proud to be a bibliophile. This book intrigued me from the very first line, “Anyone who claims there are no stupid questions has never worked in a library.” I could relate to this sentence because I am a member of my local Friends of the Library Association and so I do volunteer work at the library, book sales and etc.

    I give “A Murder for the Books”5 out of 5 Cozy Stars! I loved this fun and bookish cozy mystery! I am always drawn to books that are book related in some way and it makes me feel proud to be a bibliophile. This book intrigued me from the very first line, “Anyone who claims there are no stupid questions has never worked in a library.” I could relate to this sentence because I am a member of my local Friends of the Library Association and so I do volunteer work at the library, book sales and etc. I also volunteer at a small local bookstore when my body is able and receive new books as payment! Which is awesome! I have been asked some crazy questions to say the least. I loved the characters in this book and thought they were well written. At one point, I thought the book was a bit slow but the surprising twists and everything else made up for it resulting in my 5 star rating. I also loved how descriptive this book was with the historic town!😁 I definitely recommend this cozy!💖📚

  • Betty

    The first book in the Blue Ridge Library series and a new author for me. This is not the last book by this author as I will read her again. This is listed as a mystery but it is much more. There is a strong romance. A cold case that needed solving and an unusual motive for the murders. The characters are complex and descriptions will settle you into a mountain town's feelings. I especially liked the cesspool scenes, both times. I deducted one star because I felt the plot has been a number times.

    The first book in the Blue Ridge Library series and a new author for me. This is not the last book by this author as I will read her again. This is listed as a mystery but it is much more. There is a strong romance. A cold case that needed solving and an unusual motive for the murders. The characters are complex and descriptions will settle you into a mountain town's feelings. I especially liked the cesspool scenes, both times. I deducted one star because I felt the plot has been a number times.

    Amy Webber and Richard Muir join together to find an answer of how his Great-uncle, Paul Dassin die. Richard wants to prove his wife did not kill his uncle. As they searched archive records, two new murders occur. Both victims had ties to the to Paul. There are a number of suspects to keep you guessing. The murders and the cold are skillfully brought together as one. The closing part was hectic and I felt Any went through more than enough danger, some of it unnecessary.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    3.5 STARS --- Disclaimer: This ARC was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    This is the first book in a new Cozy Mystery series and as a Library Assistant myself I enjoyed that the main character is a librarian. I appreciated that Gilbert realistically showed what life can be like for library staff -- quirky patrons, the library as a community space where library staff aren't pinched-faced shushers but instead love books and want to share their know

    3.5 STARS --- Disclaimer: This ARC was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    This is the first book in a new Cozy Mystery series and as a Library Assistant myself I enjoyed that the main character is a librarian. I appreciated that Gilbert realistically showed what life can be like for library staff -- quirky patrons, the library as a community space where library staff aren't pinched-faced shushers but instead love books and want to share their knowledge of researching and the library's numerous services with the public etc. Libraries are cool, y'all!!

    There is a good mystery here and it was more complex than I was expecting. Actually, there's not one but three mysteries, in two time frames, that are being solved! This raised this book up to a Cozy Mystery 2.0 designation - it has all the makings of a typical Cozy but with the additional mysteries and the tension at the end it gives readers a little something more.

    The writing was good (if overly descriptive at times) and I think this was a solid start to a new series. There are a lot of characters to keep track of which became a little messy and convoluted figuring out how people were related to each other. But within this group, Gilbert gives her readers a gaggle of shady characters, each of whom could plausibly be the culprit, to keep her readers guessing. There is a romance (but of course!) but I wasn't quite as smitten with it as the characters were with each other. It had an Insta-Love vibe and smelled strongly of fromage. I think the story could have easily done without it.

    While the book felt a little sluggish in the beginning the energy ramps up considerably in the end for a solid conclusion. Overall, this was a good start to a new series with a solid community of characters, a nice small town feel and a main character who can get into enough scrapes to keep things interesting. Readers are also left with some questions regarding certain secondary characters which could prove to be good fodder for future story lines.

  • Carolyn

    Amy Webber has returned to her home town after running away from her job as a college librarian after she found her boyfriend cheating on her in the library and created an embarrassing scene. Now she has to be content living with her aunt and working as the town librarian in the little town where she grew up. Life becomes a little more interesting when she discovers that a young dancer and choreographer, Richard Muir, has moved into the property next door that he inherited from his parents. Rich

    Amy Webber has returned to her home town after running away from her job as a college librarian after she found her boyfriend cheating on her in the library and created an embarrassing scene. Now she has to be content living with her aunt and working as the town librarian in the little town where she grew up. Life becomes a little more interesting when she discovers that a young dancer and choreographer, Richard Muir, has moved into the property next door that he inherited from his parents. Richard is interested in finding out more about local and family history and in particular a murder trial of a woman accused of poisoning her husband and recruits Amy to help him with his research. However, their research is temporarily put on hold when they discover a dead body in the library building where the town archives are stored.

    A cross between a cosy mystery and a cold case investigation, Ms Gilbert skilfully manages to weave the current day murder mystery with both present day and historical events. Although Amy has sworn off men after her previous experience there is a nice romance brewing with Richard. There is a good supporting cast of characters in Amy's Aunt Lydia, her colleague Sunny, local police officer Brad and her noxious second cousin and town councillor Sylvia. Although there were several plot threads to juggle and tie together, the plot moves along at a good pace and the murderer took a while to be revealed as all the pieces, past and present were slotted into place.

  • Juli

    After the end of a bad relationship, Librarian Amy Webber moves to small-town Virginia to live with her aunt. She feels the mountains and a new job running the local library ought to help her forget her cheating boyfriend. She begins to settle into her new life and starts helping a neighbor, Richard Muir, with research on local history, including an old murder case. When a local woman is found murdered in the library archives, Amy and Richard wonder if the killing is tied to their investigation

    After the end of a bad relationship, Librarian Amy Webber moves to small-town Virginia to live with her aunt. She feels the mountains and a new job running the local library ought to help her forget her cheating boyfriend. She begins to settle into her new life and starts helping a neighbor, Richard Muir, with research on local history, including an old murder case. When a local woman is found murdered in the library archives, Amy and Richard wonder if the killing is tied to their investigation of the cold case. Soon more people who have information on the old poisoning case start turning up dead. Amy and Richard know they need to discover facts quickly to prevent more deaths.

    This book is just so much fun to read! There are quirky small-town characters, a run down library that needs updating, a love interest for the main character, a cold case that's heating up again, and a killer determined to prevent the truth from being revealed. It's a nice mix of cold case investigation and cozy mystery. The story has a bit more "meat'' to it than some cozies...well-written, great characters and a great mystery plot! I will definitely be reading more of this series! I'm not going to say much more about the characters or plot as I want to avoid spoilers, but I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy the cozy genre!

    A Murder for the Books is the first book in the new Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. The second book, Shelved Under Murder, will be out in July 2018.

    To find out more about the author and her cozy series, check out her website:

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**


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