Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (February 12, 2019)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07D2GYM25
Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.
The first word that comes to mind is EXCITING. There is a lot going on between these covers.
From a slightly paranormal start, local folklore legends and bobbing, mystical, unexplained lights, to mysterious relationship issues. People who are not supposed to be around show up and others disappear or act strangely. Relationships are complicated but this storyline adds extra twists and zags. Then when men librarian Amy has feelings for are implicated in dasterdly doings, she can't keep her nose and talented, resourceful, research skills and curiosity from getting involved to prove them innocent. Add to that grumpy hermits (one with a shotgun,) meeting the parents scenarios, and a search for gold, real, imaginary or fae and this book will take you on a twisty journey.
It did appeal to me from a library researcher perspective.
I also like the friendship aspects.
About the Author
Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.
Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books, which has since been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and the first three were or will be produced in audiobook by Tantor Media.
Victoria also just inked a 2-book deal with Crooked Lane for a new cozy series, the Booklovers B & B series, set in historic Beaufort, NC.
A member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/
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