A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert

A Murder for the 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 in...

Details A Murder for the Books

TitleA Murder for the Books
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Romance

Reviews A Murder for the Books

  • Rebbie
    This book has so much depth and richness to it that it's almost unfair to only call it a cozy mystery. It's so much more than that, although its roots do stay firmly planted within the cozy mystery genre, especially in regards to the wonderful way its written.A librarian named Amy Webber embarks on a trail to do the seemingly-impossible: help her neighbor Richard clear the name of the woman who was accused of murdering his great-uncle back in 192...
  • Carrie
    After leaving a horrid relationship Amy Webber moved in with her aunt in a quiet small town in Virginia. Taking a job as a librarian in the small town Amy always has her share of run in's with the quirky town residents but what she never expected was to find one of them dead in the archives. Richard Muir is new to town after moving into the farmhouse he'd inherited from his great uncle. Richard's family home comes with a bit of town folklore thou...
  • Susan
    Amy Webber was an academic librarian, before catching boyfriend Charles in a compromising position and making a scene. Beating a hasty retreat, she is now working at Taylorsford Public Library and living with her beloved Aunt Lydia. Although money is tight, she is happy working with her assistant, Sunny, and getting to know her regulars. One is Doris Virts, who is known to suffer from dementia. When she goes missing, both Amy and Sunny keep an ey...
  • Melindam
    ARC received via Netgalley by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.While I have had some share of cosy-mystery books, altogether I am not a big fan of the genre. I found that with most of them I had to work too hard to suspend the disbelief muscle (Police is not capable to accomplish what a self-made sleuth without training, background or clue can do - YEAH, RIGHT!) and it much diminished the entertainment value.I don't know exactly wha...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    3.5 STARS --- Disclaimer: This ARC was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.This is the first book in a new Cozy Mystery series and as a Library Assistant myself I enjoyed that the main character is a librarian. I appreciated that Gilbert realistically showed what life can be like for library staff -- quirky patrons, the library as a community space where library staff aren't pinched-faced shushers b...
  • Annie
    A Murder for the Books is book #1 in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries. This is a debut novel by Victoria Gilbert. A very enjoyable read that combines mystery with romance. I love the front cover of the book, so bright and vibrant. Amy Webber works in Taylorsford public library – a Carnegie library in need of a little TLC. Sunny, Amy’s best friend also works there as her assistant. Since moving to Taylorsford after leaving her previous job und...
  • Betty
    The first book in the Blue Ridge Library series and a new author for me. This is not the last book by this author as I will read her again. This is listed as a mystery but it is much more. There is a strong romance. A cold case that needed solving and an unusual motive for the murders. The characters are complex and descriptions will settle you into a mountain town's feelings. I especially liked the cesspool scenes, both times. I deducted one sta...
  • Kirsti
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book! Cozy mysteries and libraries just go together so well. Librarians make great sleuths, and are able to research and just KNOW things us poor average Joes don't. Amy is the perfect librarian, and although she doesn't know it, she makes a perfect leading lady .as well. Add to the mix a cast of excellent secondary characters and a super hot love interest ( A MALE DANCER!? -dro...
  • Karen
    A Murder for the Books by VIctoria Gilbert is the first in a new series about a librarian who has had bad luck in love, moved in with her ailing aunt and stumbled upon a new neighbor and together they find the murdered body of a former Library volunteer. With a crooked town leader, decades old mysteries to solve and some really good hunches Amy and her new neighbor discover town secrets, and cover ups all while getting to know each other a little...
  • Lisa Morin
    A Murder For The Books is an exciting start to a new series.I love reading books that have a brighter vibrant cover and the description definitely piqued my interest.Amy is a librarian, living in a small town and living with her aunt.Amy returned home after a disastrous relationship and she just wants to live a quiet life.Even though her aunt is determined to find a love interest for Amy, she is a great character and her love for Amy is apparent ...
  • Peggy R
    This is the first book in the Blue Ridge Library series by Victoria Gilbert. I was initially drawn to this story because I am a fan of those series that involve books or libraries. For reasons I can't quite put my finger on, I had a hard time getting into this book. The murder happens relatively soon so it wasn't like it took a long time for the mystery to get established. I didn't have a hard time connecting with the characters, which always mak...
  • Keith Willis
    I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of Victoria Gilbert’s debut mystery, A Murder for the Books. It just meant I got to read this wonderful story a little earlier than I’d planned—I’d already been waving my wallet and shouting “take my money” while I waited for the book to be released (pub date 12/12/17), because I was positive it was going to be a terrific read, and I was not disappointed.This is the first book in the planned “Blu...
  • Lisa Elizabeth
    I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot of depth in terms of the history and the characters and cold cases as well as the contemporary crime. It was well plotted and written and very satisfying. But it's the first book in a series and there's nowhere to go with this story. The story has been told so I don't understand how this can be the launchpad for a series and where the characters will go forward. I loved the book but I think it's a stand al...
  • Ellen
    This galley is the first for this author, and is an enjoyable cozy mystery. Amy is a librarian, fleeing the university library to find herself in a small town public library. There is mystery, murder, romance and a crew of fun characters. Recommend for cozy mystery lovers, and library lovers!
  • Sharon
    Review to come on release date
  • Robin
    Review posted on http://myshelf.comA Murder for the Books is the debut novel in the Blue Ridge Library Series. Amy Webber moves in with her aunt who lives in Taylorsford, a small, quaint town in the mountains of Virginia. Amy leaves her job as a university librarian after a very public and embarrassing breakup with her boyfriend. She now manages the town’s public library. Which is underfunded, needs updating but has no lack of personality thank...
  • Kathy Martin
    Amy Webber has come home to a small mountain town to live with her aunt after a love affair went wrong. She is now the library director of the Carnegie public library which is underfunded and in need of repair. One day she takes a trip to the Archives and finds the body of a local resident with dementia. Doris Virts has been shot. Amy, being sensible with a strong sense of what she is good at, leaves the investigation to the local police. She's b...
  • Kendrea Parsons
    A Murder For the Books by Victoria Gilbert is a great start to an interesting mystery series. As a book lover, I really enjoy mystery series featuring librarians as the sleuth and main character. I really liked Amy Webber, a small town librarian who's trying to start a new chapter in her life after a bad break-up. She was very likeable and easy to root for. Most of the other characters were likeable as well, but other than Amy's Aunt Lydia and th...
  • Verena
    While browsing the NetGalley website, I saw a cozy looking cover with a bookshelf and a table with a stack of books (oh, and a gun). The title said something with „books“. I got curious and clicked on the image to read what the book was about. „A Murder for the Books“ doesn’t sound like my normal reading and although the book was in the category Mystery & Thrillers and was about a murderer, I requested the ebook.My opinionWhen I think a...
  • Louise-Ellen Denham
    A Murder for the BooksTitle: A Murder for the BooksAuthor: Victoria GilbertFirst Published: Dec 2017Publisher: Crooked Lane BooksI got this book as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book follows Amy Webber, after a bad break-up Amy moves in with her aunt in an old historic town in the mountains of Virginia. After getting a job running the local library, life seems to be getting back on track for Amy. Suddenly ...
  • Anisaa
    A Murder for the Books is the first book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series! While working at the library one day, Amy Webber, the main character, stumbles upon a dead body in the library archives. The murder victim was an old library volunteer—a senile old woman who had no enemies. As she investigates the murder with her sexy new neighbor, she uncovers some town and family secrets that might just make the killer want her dead…This was ...
  • Allie Grace
    A Murder for the Books is a cozy mystery novel focusing on three mysteries simultaneously: one is a murder of an elderly woman in the archives room of the library in a small Virginia town, the second is a murder in the same town around the 1950s, and the third is a number of deaths even further back in history. This is ambitious, as it means there are a lot of characters to keep track of, and then remembering who all is related can get rather tan...
  • Sahitya
    Amy has moved to Taylorsford to live with her Aunt Lydia and work as the Library director at the local library. When her new neighbor Richard asks her help to research a murder that occurred in his house decades ago, both of them find a dead body in the archives. When they start digging deeper into both the historical and current murders, with the help of Lydia and her old friends, another body turns up. There are a bunch of shady characters who ...
  • Lori
    A messy break-up prompted Amy Webber to leave her job at a university library, accepting the position as director of a small town library where her aunt resides. The missing Doris Virts turns up dead in the library's archives. Amy meets dance instructor Richard Muir who purchased the home next to hers. The two begin researching his home's history. A lot of old family skeletons begin to rattle. This first installment felt more like a romance novel...
  • Sarah
    This cozy mystery weaves present day murders with mysteries from the past, making the story layered and interesting. There is also a potential love story, though the main character resists it, leaving the reader to cheer for her to change her mind and give her charming neighbor a chance. And of course the librarian in me enjoyed the book's library setting and librarian main character.I solved the mysteries halfway through the book, which usually ...
  • Homerun2
    3.75 starsA promising series debut. Academic librarian Amy Webber moves home to help out an elderly aunt after Amy has a public meltdown over a straying boyfriend and needs to put some distance between them.Amy is a likable main character, and so is her aunt. The surrounding small town ensemble is nicely fleshed out as well, including Amy's hunky neighbor Richard who weakens her determination to avoid romantic entanglements.The whole town is shoc...
  • Verity W
    *****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review*****I picked this one thinking that I'd already read one book in the series. And then discovered that it's a new series, but with a heroine with a backstory that's similar to the heroine's of Jenn McKinlay's library series and in some ways to Gethsemane Brown. But that's neither here nor there, unless you had the same moment as me!Anyway, this is a perfectly fine murder mystery about a body ...
  • Gail
    A promising start to a new cozy series. A Murder for the Books is well-written and features likeable characters, especially heroine librarian Amy Webber. Amy loses her university job when she reacts badly to catching her boorish boyfriend cheating on her and makes a public spectacle of herself. She retreats to her aunt's house in small town Taylorsford, Virginia.Tangled family histories and town secrets suppressed by earlier generations can be a ...
  • Darcysmom
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for free in exchange for an honest review. Victoria Gilbert has started her Blue Ridge Library Mystery series off with a bang! Amy Webber is a librarian and main character extraordinaire. She has recently left academia and is the director of the library in Taylorsford, a picturesque small town in Virginia. Amy is settling into her new job and life with her Aunt Lydia, when an el...