Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Murder For The Books by Victoria Gilbert-Great Escapes Tour Book Review/Giveaway

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.
And others are saying 
What really got me about this one, was how different this book is from a normal cozy. Librarian, Amy, is trying to clear the name of a woman who went missing back in 1925 for her neighbor, Richard. (Is that a potential love interest I see?)
Right there you have something totally unique. It makes this a cold case cozy!
~A Chick Who Reads
Excellent writing with some great new characters all set to make you want to read some more.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
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.
~Author Teresa Trent
And I thought
I  was trying make a list of all the reasons I expected to like  love this book. 
First there was the fact it's a Cozy.  Small town.  Library setting which btw I loved.  I used to live in a pretty small town and loved the library.  It wasn't really cozy though.  1st in the series.   
What I didn't realize was that A Murder By The Books is a bit
of a thriller in that it is about a cold case.  
And it fits all those things I and most people enjoy about a cozy. 

The main character Amy ends up helping her neighbor Richard search to finds clues to what happened to his aunt who disappeared in 1925.  
All this and then things go haywire in town.  Are Amy and Richard stirring up trouble? 
Are the towns folks hiding things?  
Will Amy and Richard become better acquainted?   
Check it out you'll enjoy the ride!

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
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  1. this really sounds interesting. I have not read too many mysteries. But would like to give some a try
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  2. This sounds like my kind of read. Really looking forward to reading it.