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Saturday, February 16, 2019

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Cozy Mystery)


PAST DUE FOR MURDER
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery #3
by
Victoria Gilbert

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Number of Pages: 304 pages


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Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.

Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire. The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy. When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth.






I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This is a series that I have had the opportunity to read from the beginning and I have really come to enjoy my time in Taylorsford, which is far from a quiet little town! Murder, mayhem, and mischief abound; however, the town's folklore was on full display in this installment and really made things even more interesting! 

While I was initially drawn to the series because it featured a librarian and the library she works at, the focus is actually on the town and its various myths, legends, or tall tales. Amy's innate curiosity and interest in historical preservation not only creates the perfect means for finding answers, but to also putting her right in the middle of it all. Secrets continue to run deep in this small town and I absolutely love how Amy is the vehicle for getting to the truth. Her confidence shines brilliantly through her work both on and off duty; however, her ability to trust in love remains shaky at best if not slightly annoying at worst. 

The pacing was quite remarkable this time around as the suspense built gradually to such an unpredictable and satisfying conclusion. As always, the mystery continues to be quite elaborate, while the additional story lines and well developed  and diverse secondary characters add those subtle red herrings and fun twists needed to keep readers guessing until the very end. 

This series continues to build the layers of a fascinating community that I look forward to returning to each time. While definitely a solid selection for fans of bookish cozies, the more mature and thought-provoking mystery elements, plot points, and themes add dimension and appeal that makes this series a cut above the standard cozy and highly recommended!




Raised in a historic small town in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.
Victoria’s first cozy mystery series, the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, garnered her a three-book deal with Crooked Lane Books, which has since been expanded to five books. The first two books in the series have been optioned by Sony Pictures Television, and the first three were or will be produced in audiobook by Tantor Media.
Victoria also just inked a 2-book deal with Crooked Lane for a new cozy series, the Booklovers B & B series, set in historic Beaufort, NC.
A member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel.
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GIVEAWAY INFO!

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Many thanks to Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and Victoria Gilbert! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
February 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
February 11 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST
February 11 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT  
February 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
February 12 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW
February 13 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
February 13 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
February 13 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 14 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
February 14 – Rae’s Books and Recipes – SPOTLIGHT
February 14 – The Montana Bookaholic – SPOTLIGHT
February 15 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
February 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
February 15 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
February 16 – Laura`s Interests – REVIEW
February 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 16 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW
February 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 17 – Curling Up by the Fire – REVIEW
February 18 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – REVIEW, GUEST POST
February 18 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
February 19 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
February 19 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 20 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
February 20 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
February 21 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
February 21 – The Book Diva’s Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
February 22 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
February 22 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for participating in my blog tour and for the thoughtful review!

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  2. This book summary sounds very good. Thanks for sharing.

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