Tuesday, February 28, 2023

A Murder for the Books

 A Murder for the Books is the first book in the Blue Ridge Library series by Victoria Gilbert. I appreciated this book as it demonstrated some of the skills that librarians utilize in their daily lives. I found Amy to be an endearing character who had visible faults that she was aware of and acknowledge to her family.  I appreciated Gilbert intertwining a plot line that addressed those insecurities and highlighted how they played a role in the arts.   This mystery had many facets to the story that were weaved together quite proficiently and in a logical fashion.  For readers interested in genealogy and family history this is a great story that incorporates that topic as a main plot driver.   I look forward to reading more in the series and learning about Amy and her relationships with Richard, her Aunt, and Sunny.  

A Murder for the BooksA Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very engaging first book in the Blue Ridge Library mysteries. Amy is a well developed character who is overcoming the devastating outcome of her previous relationship. The results of which not only affected her personal but also her professional life. Ms Gilbert represented this blow to her self confidence very accurately and made it easy to want to know Amy.
The mystery is filled with family secrets as well as past tragedies in the town. At the center of it is the struggle within a small town to preserve its heritage vs a new development that will line the pockets of a chosen few. Just how far will the elite go to protect their investments

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #28  
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #  22 
  3. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes VA
  4. Alphabet Soup Author Edition #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge  V
  5. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 1
  6. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 -1
  7. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #24
  8. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #20
  9. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #6
  10. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #20
  11. Craving for Cozies  Book #17
  12. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #45  Shot #4
  13. Medical Examiner Challenge 8 Toe Tags (2 poison/3 shot/2 old age/1 pushed)
  14. 52 Book Club  #the52bookclub2023  #22 A Body Positive Message
  15. Around the Year in 52 Books #4. A book with an interracial relationship
  16. Bookworm #45 Read a book where the main character is a dancer
  17. Beat the Backlist #BTB2023  #27 it’s a trope! (your favorite)
  18. Nerdy Bookworm  #NerdyBookwormChallengeXO #45. Read a book with a close proximity romance
  19. Nerd Daily #thenerddaily #nerdreading2023 #15. THRIFTED OR GIFTED
  20. Pick your Poison  # 81 A book by an author who has a pet listed in their bio
  21. Read with Allison #4 Book From 2022 TBR

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