Past Due for Murder:
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
About the Book
Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library 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.
What I Thought:
It was a delight to return to Taylorsford, VA. I have read the first book in this series and was completely taken in by it, so when given the opportunity to read this one, I jumped at the chance. In this story, the mayor of Taylorsford has decided to revive the May Day Celebration. Amy is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore artist. During the bonfire, a local college student goes missing. When Amy's possible lover interest, Richard Muir becomes the prime suspect, Amy has to put on her sleuth's hat to prove he is innocent, even though he is not very forthcoming, even with her, as to his alibi for the night. I really enjoy all the characters in this series as they seem like real people to me. I also like the sitting because I live in West Virginia close to the Virginia state line and the Blue Ridge Mountains. I thought this book was well written and flowed well like the other book in the series I have read. Even though this could be a stand alone, I was glad that I had read at least one of the other books in the series as it helped a little with backstory. The mystery in this one was great as there were several suspects and the conclusion was well devised and took me totally by surprise. I look forward to more in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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.Author Links:
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/
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