Cozy Mystery Review and Giveaway: Murder for the Books

Dust off that library card, because today we find out about Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert. Wouldn’t it be fun to work in a library? I don’t think I would have time for work–just reading. In my case, this rule also applies to donut shops and candy stores.

Yes, the Prize Guy is hidden in this post.  Enter for a chance to win a signed hardcover of A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert with some swag.  

About the Book

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.



My Review-5 Stars

When Amy, a librarian, finds herself in the middle of a suspicious murder in town, she also finds that she is attracted to her new neighbor who is a professional dancer. Amy lives with her aunt Lydia and the town is still talking about an age-old story from the fifties when the children of a nearby orphanage were all poisoned. I found this to be a very entertaining mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat. The author does a really good job of keeping the action going throughout the telling of the story.


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About the Author

Victoria Gilbert

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.


9 thoughts on “Cozy Mystery Review and Giveaway: Murder for the Books

    • You are very welcome! Loved the book.

  1. I really hope I get lucky here. The book looks amazing but neither the Brooklyn or Queens County libraries (where I have cards) seem to have ordered it to put in circulation.

  2. Thank you for the giveaway! I love mysteries set in libraries or having to do with books

  3. Thank you for hosting Murder for the Books on your blog. It looks to be an interesting read. Also thank you for information concerning a giveaway.

  4. This looks really good–I’d love to read it!

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