A Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1) by Victoria Gilbert

A Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1)

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 (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1)

TitleA Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1)
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Reviews A Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1)

  • 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...
  • Carolyn
    Amy Webber has returned to her home town after running away from her job as a college librarian after she found her boyfriend cheating on her in the library and created an embarrassing scene. Now she has to be content living with her aunt and working as the town librarian in the little town where she grew up. Life becomes a little more interesting when she discovers that a young dancer and choreographer, Richard Muir, has moved into the property ...
  • Brenda
    Taylorsford in Virginia was a peaceful, quiet town with historic significance and when Amy Webber moved there to live with her Aunt Lydia after she’d had a fall, Amy fell in love with the place. Director of the local library, she also enjoyed her job – her love of books was well known. But when Amy had to venture to the archive room with a patron one day, she was shocked and horrified to find the body of a local identity lying in a pool of bl...
  • 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...
  • Juli
    After the end of a bad relationship, Librarian Amy Webber moves to small-town Virginia to live with her aunt. She feels the mountains and a new job running the local library ought to help her forget her cheating boyfriend. She begins to settle into her new life and starts helping a neighbor, Richard Muir, with research on local history, including an old murder case. When a local woman is found murdered in the library archives, Amy and Richard won...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    I give “A Murder for the Books”5 out of 5 Cozy Stars! I loved this fun and bookish cozy mystery! I am always drawn to books that are book related in some way and it makes me feel proud to be a bibliophile. This book intrigued me from the very first line, “Anyone who claims there are no stupid questions has never worked in a library.” I could relate to this sentence because I am a member of my local Friends of the Library Association and ...
  • Jenny
    A Murder for the Books is book one of the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series by Victoria Gilbert. Richard Muir came to the Taylorsford Public Library to do research, and while he was there the Librarian in charge, Amy Webber found a body in the Libraries Archives. The death of Doris Virts changed Richard Muir, and Amy Webbers lives forever. The readers of A Murder for the Books will continue to follow the investigation into Doris Virts death and...
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsOh, I am excited about this series. It is off to a wonderful start.Amy Webber has left her job as a college librarian and moved to her aunt’s home in Taylorsford, Virginia. She manages the town’s library which is quite different from her previous job. The residents of Taylorsford are an eclectic bunch. She is thankful her predecessor left her plenty of notes about her new patrons. Sadly, one of those patrons is murdered e...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • QNPoohBear
    Amy Webber has taken a job as Library Director in the small town of Taylorsford in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She’s hoping for a fresh start after a relationship disaster made it impossible to stay at her academic job. Plus, her Aunt Linda is unable to live alone in the ancestral family home. Amy has her fair share of odd regular library visitors, including Doris Virts, a paranoid, elderly woman and a mysterious person who returns bo...
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    I was really excited to read A Murder for the Books – between the cover and the description, I was anticipating a cozy mystery that would be perfect for curling up with when the weather cooled down in December. And I definitely got what I was looking for!A cozy mystery with some depth, this story revolves around librarian Amy Webber, her family, and the small town she lives in with her aunt. I found all of the characters to be intriguing and Am...
  • 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...
  • Melanie
    A Murder for the Books was a fantastic read with a wonderful mystery and a delightful group of characters.After her relationship imploded, Amy Webber retreats to the quiet mountain town in Virginia where she spent summers in her youth. Previously a university librarian, Amy takes an open position managing the local underfunded library to forget about her cheating ex. With all of her time and energy focused on keeping the library afloat, Amy has n...
  • Sharon
    Reviewed for Netgalley and Crooked Lane BooksA debut novel worthy of a best-selling author. "A Murder For The Books" offers the reader not just your run-of-the-mill cozy mystery. It has twists and turns aplenty, family secrets, murder and even a touch of the paranormal.With a storyline that flows well, it kept me interested and wanting to find out who the killer was and what motivated them to kill in the first place. The characters are well writt...
  • Jessica Wilhoite
    I just finished this book and it was a nice start to a new series. I was completely shocked at the revelation of the murderer, I had suspects, but the murderer was not one of them.I like reading cozies where the main character is a librarian trying to solve the crime, as I am a librarian myself :) It will be interesting to see where this series goes and I'm looking forward to book #2.I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
  • Annette
    This is an excellent first book in a new series. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery plot, characters and setting. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
  • Mayda
    Not exactly how she planned her life, but nevertheless, Amy finds herself living with her elderly aunt and working at a small library. She left her job at a college library due to an unhappy event with her boyfriend, but her handsome new neighbor, Richard, will soon make her forget all about her former relationship. And if he doesn’t, then researching an old murder case that resulted in a courtroom acquittal but a popular condemnation might. An...
  • 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 did have a hard time connecting with the characters, which always makes ...
  • May Is Fungi From Yuggoth The Haunted Reading Room
    Review: A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS (A Blue Ridge Library Mystery #1) by Victoria GilbertI quickly fell in love with this cozy mystery series, set in a historic, quaint (and nearly economically depressed) community in a valley near Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Librarian Amy Webber has to leave her position at a university library after her emotions overrule good sense, and moves in with her widowed Aunt Lydia in Taylorsburg, and becomes the Librar...
  • Valerie
    4.5 rounded up.I absolutely loved this book. It didn't quite have the pizzazz that puts it up to a 5-star read for me, but it is definitely a solid 4.5!A book that makes me laugh from the very first sentence is definitely worth my time to read. I'm a librarian so I'm interested in all cozy mysteries with a library setting and this one did not disappoint!I really enjoyed our two main characters, Amy and Richard. They're both well-rounded, develope...
  • 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 ...
  • Carole Jarvis
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2k2SPImA Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert is a well-crafted cozy mystery that begins a promising new series. It features several appealing elements … small-town setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a head librarian as the protagonist, romance, star-crossed lovers, family histories with secrets, and two murders to solve – a contemporary and a cold case. Everything worked togethe...
  • Nessa
    That's the way it begins with many of these mysteries...something bad happens in the protagonist's life; a career change, a relationship fallout, but you always see how it turns out for the best. That of course is the case for our gal Amy who starts a new life with her aunt in a new town with a new job as a librarian. Amy meets a new friend who is considered an outsider and they align forces to figure out their family histories and the murders in...
  • Jodi
    The book grew on me. It was a slow start, and I’m not 100% thrilled with Amy. She just wasn’t likable. The other thing that irked me was the lackluster attempt at the paranormal. It didn’t fit in and could have been left out and not changed anything in the book. 3.5 *
  • Nora-adrienne
    This is an amazing first in a new series. The characters just jumped off the page at me. Enjoyed it immensely and can't wait for the next book in the series.