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A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
E-Book ASIN: B072396C2L
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 in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.
Gust Post by the Author
My protagonist, Amy Webber, is a librarian. Of course, she loves to read and mentions having numerous books in the “To be read” (TBR) pile that threatens to engulf her nightstand.
I was curious (being an author, I often am) so I snuck into Amy’s bedroom and checked out this TBR pile to see what she might be reading next. Here’s what I found:
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P. D. James
The late P. D. James is one of Amy’s literary idols and she’ll never pass up a chance to read more of this celebrated mystery author’s works. The depth of understanding of human psychology, compassion, and sheer brilliance in the writing shines throughout all of James’ books, and Amy’s sure this posthumous collection of stories will prove no different.
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley
Amy’s been a fan of John Crowley since she stumbled upon a used copy of his World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Little, Big, which was first published in 1981. Magical, yet touching on deep truths, Crowley’s novels are guaranteed to make readers think and ponder the mysteries of life—something Amy really enjoys. She’s pretty sure Crowley is actually a true mage in disguise as an author.
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Yes, this released in 2015, but sometimes librarians don’t get to read books as quickly as they would like. Amy has loved all of Anne Tyler’s books, with The Accidental Tourist being one of her favorites. She is constantly amazed at how Tyler can create characters and settings that feel so absolutely true-to-life. She suspects perhaps Tyler has a bit of magic in her fingers as well.
Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell
Rendell is another one of Amy’s favorite authors, and she can’t wait to read this mystery master’s last book. It was published in 2015, but it’s been so popular at the Taylorsford Public Library that Amy just got her hands on it. Amy recommends any of Rendell’s earlier books as well, especially the Inspector Wexford series, and likes to let library patrons know that Rendell also wrote books under the penname, Barbara Vine. A Dark Adapted Eye is one of her favorite Vine novels.
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Amy loves a good cozy mystery, and Louise Penny writes some of the best. This latest installment in the Inspector Ganache series promises to keep Amy reading all through the night. Clever, insightful, and filled with wonderful characters, Penny’s mysteries are some of Amy’s favorite books across all genres.
Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay
No Cats Allowed by Miranda James
Speaking of cozy mysteries, Amy always loves those that feature libraries and librarians, so of course she follows both the Library Lover’s series by McKinlay and the Cat in the Stacks series by James. Lots of charming characters, clever clues, and fun fill both these series, with the added bonus of library settings and book talk!
Amy also loves a classic mystery, so there’s usually a volume or two by Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey in her TBR pile. Because a great story can be read more than once (or twice, or three times…)
Finally, Amy’s TBR pile always includes a couple of classics of children’s literature. She loves to re-read these books from time to time, just to leap once again into their magical depths. This time I spied A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
What’s in your TBR pile? Please share in the comments if you would like!
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.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/
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