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