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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Past Due For Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)



Past Due for Murder

(Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)

by Victoria Gilbert


Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books




Goodreads synopsis: 

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.



***


4.5 stars


This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library mysteries by Victoria Gilbert.


A missing girl in dire straights stumbles over the dead body of a woman. And before the police can question her, she is put into a coma due to her injuries. The girl had gone missing during a bonfire put on by the Library and so Amy Webber finds herself looking into things much to the dismay of the local police and her new boyfriend.


This story is filled with a lot of the goings on in the every day lives of the main cast, especially in the lives of Amy and her dancer instructor boyfriend, Richard. I love seeing the daily lives of book people because that makes them feel more real for us. I am enjoying this series a bunch and definitely want to read other books in this series and will get on that ASAP!


The mystery is filled with red herrings which took me on many a wild goose chase while trying to figure out whodunit. I was totally surprised by the culprit. And it makes complete sense that Amy was the amateur sleuth since she was unknowingly connected to it all in a number of ways, one being that her boyfriend was the missing girl’s dance instructor, which was a fact unknown to Amy at the time. Plus, there were other shocking connections that totally blew me away. Great story! Great mix of a fab cast and a stellar story.


If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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