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Friday, July 20, 2018

Shelved Under Murder

Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

by Victoria Gilbert

About the Book

Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Crooked Lane Books (July 10, 2018)

Hardcover: 300 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1683315957

Digital: ASIN: B075QJHPR9

Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.

October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library director Amy Webber, though, is slightly dreading having to spend two days running a yard sale fundraiser for her library. But during these preparations, when she and her assistant Sunny stumble across a dead body, Amy finds a real reason to be worried.

The body belonged to a renowned artist who was murdered with her own pallet knife. A search of the artist’s studio uncovers a cache of forged paintings, and when the sheriff’s chief deputy Brad Tucker realizes Amy is skilled in art history research, she’s recruited to aid the investigation. It doesn’t seem to be an easy task, but when the state’s art expert uncovers a possible connection between Amy’s deceased uncle and the murder case, Amy must champion her Aunt Lydia to clear her late husband’s name.

That’s when another killing shakes the quiet town, and danger sweeps in like an autumn wind. Now, with her swoon-inducing neighbor Richard Muir, Amy must scour their resources to once again close the books on murder.

What I Thought:

This is the second book in the Blue Ridge Library mystery series and this series just got a little better.  It is the time of year for the Heritage Festival and when a renowned artist is killed with her own pallet knife, the Sheriff's department recruit's Amy to help investigate. Another murder shakes the town of Taylorsford to the core and leaves everyone on the edge, so Amy has to work fast to solve the crimes. This book was very well written and flowed really well.  I enjoyed reading about this town as I live close to the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA.  I thought the plot was well thought out and very believable.  There were enough suspects to keep the story interesting but not too many to make the story overwhelming.  I look forward to visiting Amy and Taylorsford again soon.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

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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  1. Thanks so much for participating in the blog tour and for the review!

  2. Glad you enjoyed it. Cozy can be so much fun.

    sherry @ fundinmental