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  • Past Due?

    Spring has come to Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s May Day celebration to boost tourism. Library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a presentation by a local folklore expert. Then, a university student disappears during a bonfire. When the police start looking into the woman’s whereabouts, Amy’s boyfriend and neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest. Amy finds out that the missing girl was one of his students and he was one of the last people to see her. When the missing student is found unconscious in the mountains, with a dead body lying nearby, can Amy find the truth before Richard is arrested? This was a good mystery with an exciting plot that seemed a little drawn out in the end. I think the story could’ve finished three chapters before it actually ended. I also felt that the beginning was too abrupt, and someone unfamiliar with the characters would find it confusing. I couldn’t wait, though, to find out whodunit, and was surprised in the end. I would like to find out what happens next in this series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.

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  • Each one is better than the last!

    There's a lot going on in Taylorsville, Virginia and Amy Webber is smack in the middle of it all, or so it seems. From helping patrons at library to learning learning more about the local history from elderly residents and collecting their stories, Amy is a busy girl. Add to that a visit from her parents, and her boyfriend's parents at the same time and she's got her hands full. But when a local student disappears and a professor is murdered, Amy finds herself trying to figure out who done it. I really enjoy this series and this is by far my favorite one yet! While you can read this as a standalone, for those of us who enjoy the series, it's great to see the lives of the characters evolving and moving forward. It part of what keeps me coming back for the next installment. Speaking of which, I can't wait for the next entry in this series!

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  • Amy Webber has a new case to solve!

    Taylorsford is all atwitter as they prepare for the newly reinstated May Day festivities. Past Due For Murder begins by delving into the folk stories and legends of the area. There are a variety of tales that include the disappearance of two women over a century ago, the strange lights that arise from the forest floor that are attributed to fairies, and missing gold. Professor Raymond has spent the last few months in the library’s archives doing research with Amy’s assistance. Past Due for Murder is the third book in The Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, and I recommend reading the series in order. Past Due for Murder begins with a relaxed pace as we are eased into the multifaceted cozy mystery. In Past Due for Murder, there is the missing Lacey Jacobs, the murdered Mona Raymond, Amy worried about her relationship with Richard, the old tale of the two missing women and gold that vanished around the same time. The book starts off with the disappearance of Lacey and the murder then occurs a third of the way in. Amy uses her skills to investigate Mona’s death. She has several viable suspects and tension builds as Amy’s deductions lead her to the guilty party. The storylines all come together for a satisfying conclusion. I wish, though, that the whodunit had been harder to solve. Amy’s relationship with Richard is prominent throughout Past Due for Murder along with her past association with musician, Charles Bartos. There is a cute kitten, Loie in the story that has a perilous introduction. I especially enjoy the time spent at the Taylorsford library and their amazing archive room. The romantics will especially love the ending in Past Due for Murder. Past Due for Murder has fairies, May Day festivities, a cuddly kitten, a missing coed, romantic entanglements and a slain professor. Join Amy Webber on her latest adventure in Past Due for Murder.

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  • Shhh! No Guns in the Library!

    Not that there isn't drama and excitement and murder and mayhem, but somehow I think "gentle"--code for library quiet? I love the descriptions of Appalachian legends and the open-ended possibilities of the Folk. This is the third in the series and I've been fortunate to have read them in order so as to enjoy the unfolding relationships in the long-term story arc. But each tale does stand alone and any references to prior events are sufficient for the action in the current novel. I continue to greatly enjoy author Victoria Gilbert's interesting plots, relaxed prose, and fully detailed characters.

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  • Very good!

    romance, cozy-mystery, murder, librarian, suspense In a college town a whole lot happens below the surface, and this town's librarian seems to find herself in the middle of many things. She lives with her aunt as the family has lived there for several generations and her current love lives nearby and teaches at the college as does her former lover. Lots of integral characters populate this tale which centers around a missing student and an irascible professor who goes missing. Plenty of red herrings and plot twists to ratchet up the suspense before the missing are found and the danger targets the librarian. A very good read! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley.

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