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    Great Cozy Mystery!

    It’s autumn in Taylorsford, Virginia and everyone at the library is getting ready for the yard sale fundraiser. Amy, the library director, is at a local art studio to pick up a painting or two when she stumbles across the dead body of the artist with a palette knife in her chest. When a closet full of artwork is found in the studio, Amy is thrust into an investigation that will endanger her life and reveal secrets that some people would kill to stay hidden. The characters in this cozy mystery were very likeable and diabolically created. I didn’t know who the murderer was and I was surprised at the end. The plot moved at a fast pace and had enough twists and turns to keep me up late reading. I loved learning about the various aspects of the art world and how artwork can complicate an investigation. I can’t wait for the next Blue Ridge Library mystery. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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    Loved It

    **Thank you to Crooked Lane Books publishing and NetGalley for the copy in return for an honest review ** I loved this book. It’s the first one I’ve read by this author but won’t be the last. It’s also the first one I’ve read in the series. But that didn’t keep me from understanding it or enjoying it. There are, however, some things mentioned in this one that are related to the first one. That’s to be expected in a series because of the same main characters. I’m for sure getting the first one. I loved how there were a lot of twists and turns. And I know it’s not for everyone, but my favorite thing was how the authors included some romance with it. To me, that sort of makes it seem more real because it is a part of life in the real world, or it should be lol. Try this series out for yourself and see if you can guess who the murderer is. I think this series would appeal to both cozy mystery readers and also anyone who likes clean romance.
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    Small Town Secrets, Old and New

    When a local artist is murdered and forged paintings by the Masters are found, things hit closer to home than Amy and Aunt Lydia realized. 
Having lived in Virginia, I felt like I was back home. The characters are relatable and genuine. While this is the second in the series, I did not read the first and this was great as a stand alone. An engaging read. I look forward to reading the first book and future books in the series.
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    Inviting cozy mystery

    Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the second installment in A Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. It is October in Taylorsford, Virginia where Amy Webber, library director, is preparing for the annual Heritage Festival where the library hosts a yard sale table as a fundraiser. They have been busy gathering donations and Sunny Fields, Amy’s perky assistant, got a local artist to donate three paintings. Since Sunny drives a tiny car, Amy and her boyfriend, Richard agree to go with her to acquire and transport the works of art. They arrive to find the artist dead in her studio where she was stabbed with her own palette knife. Chief Deputy Brad Tucker arrive on the scene and his staff finds paintings in a hidden room. Amy, courtesy of her art history background, looks at the paintings and she discerns that they are expert forgeries. Hui “Hugh” Chen, an art expert, arrives in town and Aunt Lydia offers their guest room to him. He uncovers canvases belonging to Andrew Talbot, Aunt Lydia’s deceased husband, in the guest room closet that are replicas of renowned paintings. Had Andrew been involved in forging artwork? Amy delves into the murder and the world of art forgeries. She believes Kurt Kendrick is involved, but will Amy be able to prove he is complicit in the crime? Shelved Under Murder can be read alone. The author summarizes A Murder for the Books and provides background on the main characters. The mystery is complex as it explores the world of art forgeries. Unfortunately, the killer might as well have a neon arrow flashing over his head. I wish the author had made it harder to pinpoint the guilty party. Amy is an interesting main character. She is an intelligent woman with diverse interests. I love the home she lives in with Aunt Lydia. The descriptions of the beautiful Victorian and the town allowed me to visualize the scenes. I enjoyed the scenes where Amy was researching the artwork. We get to learn about resources available. I also liked the scenes with Amy and Sunny interacting with the patrons and helping them with their research requests. Despite what some people may think, libraries along with their librarians hold an important place in our society (a valuable resource). Sunny adds lightness to the story with her cheerful personality and outlook on life. I did feel that there was too much romance in the book. I would have preferred less lovey dovey moments (dating, kissing, thinking about Richard, and more). Shelved Under Murder is nicely written, but I did feel the pace could have been peppier. The long-winded ending wrapped up the mystery and answered all the lingering questions about the crime. My rating for Shelved Under Murder is 3.5 out of 5 stars. Shelved Under Murder is an inviting cozy mystery with congenial characters, lovely setting and a stimulating whodunit.
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    I look forward to more book in this strong series.

    Shelved Under Murder is more complex than most traditional cozies and yet it has a strong traditional feel. I was first drawn to this book when I saw that the main character was a librarian but I came to love all the core characters within the first few pages and continued to love everything about the book. My friends will have a blast with this new series, too.The main characters are not perfect and the unpleasant characters are not all bad. It is great to find depth of development in characters in a cozy mystery. In several areas the book did not go where I expected, but I see that as a plus since the plot was fascinating and well laid out. I believe that Shelved Under Murder will attract readers of all mysteries except thrillers. I was thrilled to receive an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley. It is the first book I have read by Victoria Gilbert but I will be going back to find the first book in the series and watching for future releases. I am excited to share this outstanding novel with friends and other fellow readers.
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