Debut author Victoria Gilbert comes to the blog today with the first in her Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, narrated by Amy Melissa Bentley. Please read on for my review of
A Murder for the Books
Amy is back in the small town where she grew up after a disloyal boyfriend and a major scene in the University library where she worked forced her to make some changes. Now back in Taylorsford Virginia, Amy has taken a job in the library and is rebuilding her life in ways unexpected. The house next door also has a new resident, Richard, a dance instructor and choreographer has moved into the family home, his from an inheritance. But, Richard wants to learn more about the secrets contained in his family, most importantly see if the woman his great uncle loved was, in fact guilty of murder.
There are questions galore – and somehow it appears that Doris’ murder is tied to the questions surrounding a long-ago trial for murder, the one that Richard wants to solve. Unfortunately, for them both, there are answers buried deeply beneath the town’s more ‘fluffy’ history, answers that someone in the present is willing to kill for if continued silence will be gained. A lovely mix of cold case, history, present dangers and deeply held secrets of many of the town’s families make this story a wonderful read – giving a research-led series of answers to unearth more clues as the story continues. Richly detailed, cleverly twisted and wholly engaging, this is a story for fans of mysteries who may want a bit more challenge from their usual cozy.
Narration for this title is provided by Amy Melissa Bentley and she brought Amy’s character to the forefront with a clear and concise presentation, allowing for her musings and emotions to show through. Richard was clearly presented and their interplay was solidly shown: other characters that appeared were distinct, present and provided a sense of ‘community’ in the story, a sense that was solidly presented in the text.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 4
Title: A Murder for the Books
Author: Victoria Gilbert
Series: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1
Also in this series: Shelved Under Murder, Past Due for Murder
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Amy Melissa Bentley
Published by: Crooked Lane Books, Tantor Audio
Published on: 17 April, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 11 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.