BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert (Cozy Mystery)

Greetings Friends!
Today I have a review of the new cozy mystery A Murder for the Books, the first book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.


Genre:  Cozy Mystery 
Publication Date:  December 2017


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

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If you’ve been reading my blog for even a minute, you are more than likely aware that I love cozy mysteries featuring books, librarians, and libraries, so with that in mind, I was highly anticipating this read.

There are several mysteries and multiple story lines going on as everything unfolds with not much of it having to do with the library, but I did enjoy the aspect of the town’s archives being used as a means of finding out information to help solve much of what is going on, especially in regards to a very cold case. Secrets run deep in this small town, and while this particular story had more to do with family history and legacies, the large cast of shady characters will prove interesting to watch as the series progresses.

The pacing was somewhat slow as the story starts, but gradually picks up to an almost breakneck speed at its conclusion. I honestly started to wonder just how much more danger Amy, the main character, could get into before the end and the hits just kept coming! Amy’s ability to find herself in so many predicaments will definitely prove good fodder for future stories.

This is definitely something for fans of bibliophile cozys and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to Amy next!


Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director.

When not writing or reading, Victoria likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and is represented by Frances Black at Literary Council, NY, NY.

Victoria lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. This is her first Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours, Crooked Lane Books, and especially Victoria Gilbert! It was a pleasure providing a review!

Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!


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