A murder for the books

by Victoria Gilbert.

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This cozy mystery series debut about a crime-solving librarian in small-town Virginia is “one of the best” (New York Journal of Books) 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.
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Booklist Review: "After causing a huge scene at a Clarion University reception when she discovered her boyfriend was having an affair, Amy Webber left the university and is now the director of the Taylorsford Public Library, living in the small Virginia town with her Aunt Lydia Talbot. Excitement comes to town when Richard Muir arrives at the library looking for proof that Eleanora Cooper was innocent of her husband's long-ago murder. While Cooper was acquitted of the murder and quickly disappeared from the area, the townspeople believed she was guilty. Muir's great-uncle, however, who wrote a fictionalized book about the case, believed in her innocence, and Richard would like to finally vindicate her. Matters are complicated when Richard and Amy find Doris Virts, who suffered from dementia, murdered in the archives. While investigating Virts' murder and the Cooper case, the two begin to believe the cases may be tied to a secret hidden by the town's leaders. The mystery is nicely framed by details of library work and research.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Amy Webber, the narrator of Gilbert's captivating first novel and series launch, escaped an embarrassing end to her last job and romance by returning to her ancestral family home in insular Taylorsford, Va., where she is now the town librarian. Amy's next door neighbor is the handsome, forthright, and single Richard Muir, a classically trained dancer and college instructor, who inherited an old house that once belonged to his late great-uncle, novelist Paul Dassin. According to town gossip, the house's original owner was poisoned by his wife, Eleanora Cooper, with whom Paul was in love. Eleanora was acquitted of the crime, then disappeared. Richard asks Amy to assist in his research to clear Eleanora's name. Amy and Richard's discovery of a body in the public library archive building puts them on a path leading toward terrifying family secrets-and solutions to both past and present murders. Cozy fans will look forward to seeing more of the appealing Amy. Agent: Frances Black, Literary Counsel. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Series Gilbert, Victoria. Blue Ridge library mystery.
#1 - A Murder for the books
#2 - Shelved under murder
#3 - Past due for murder
#4 - Bound for murder
#5 - A Deadly edition
#6 - Renewed for murder
Subjects Mystery
Electronic books.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Crooked Lane Books,2017
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781683314400
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