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A Murder for the Books

(Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,518 ratings  ·  491 reviews
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 lur ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Crooked Lane Books
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This book has so much depth and richness to it that it's almost unfair to only call it a cozy mystery. It's so much more than that, although its roots do stay firmly planted within the cozy mystery genre, especially in regards to the wonderful way its written.

A librarian named Amy Webber embarks on a trail to do the seemingly-impossible: help her neighbor Richard clear the name of the woman who was accused of murdering his great-uncle back in 1925 (his great-uncle's wife).

This turns out to be mu
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After leaving a horrid relationship Amy Webber moved in with her aunt in a quiet small town in Virginia. Taking a job as a librarian in the small town Amy always has her share of run in's with the quirky town residents but what she never expected was to find one of them dead in the archives.

Richard Muir is new to town after moving into the farmhouse he'd inherited from his great uncle. Richard's family home comes with a bit of town folklore though being that it's rumored that the original owner
First a disclaimer - I am not a fan of cosies generally so three stars from me is good!

A Murder for the Books had a good story and likeable main characters. The romance was reasonable and the mystery was pretty good. I did not guess the main culprits until nearly the end. It was all very readable but....

The dialogue was so weak! Small village or not, people really do not go around slandering other people to their faces . Or if they do I am lucky I have never met it in real life. Also I was neve
While I have had some share of cosy-mystery books, altogether I am not a big fan of the genre. I found that with most of them I had to work too hard to suspend the disbelief muscle (Police is not capable to accomplish what a self-made sleuth without training, background or clue can do - YEAH, RIGHT!) and it much diminished the entertainment value.

I don't know exactly what attracted me to this book -possibly the cover & title & setting, I can't seem to resist books about books -but I was pleasant
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Webber has returned to her home town after running away from her job as a college librarian after she found her boyfriend cheating on her in the library and created an embarrassing scene. Now she has to be content living with her aunt and working as the town librarian in the little town where she grew up. Life becomes a little more interesting when she discovers that a young dancer and choreographer, Richard Muir, has moved into the property next door that he inherited from his parents. Rich ...more
Taylorsford in Virginia was a peaceful, quiet town with historic significance and when Amy Webber moved there to live with her Aunt Lydia after she’d had a fall, Amy fell in love with the place. Director of the local library, she also enjoyed her job – her love of books was well known. But when Amy had to venture to the archive room with a patron one day, she was shocked and horrified to find the body of a local identity lying in a pool of blood on the floor.

Richard Muir had recently renovated t
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy Webber was an academic librarian, before catching boyfriend Charles in a compromising position and making a scene. Beating a hasty retreat, she is now working at Taylorsford Public Library and living with her beloved Aunt Lydia. Although money is tight, she is happy working with her assistant, Sunny, and getting to know her regulars. One is Doris Virts, who is known to suffer from dementia. When she goes missing, both Amy and Sunny keep an eye out for her. However, when Amy’s handsome new ne ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the end of a bad relationship, Librarian Amy Webber moves to small-town Virginia to live with her aunt. She feels the mountains and a new job running the local library ought to help her forget her cheating boyfriend. She begins to settle into her new life and starts helping a neighbor, Richard Muir, with research on local history, including an old murder case. When a local woman is found murdered in the library archives, Amy and Richard wonder if the killing is tied to their investigation ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars rounded up. Though not quite perfect, is highly enjoyable. A murder mystery and secrets to uncover in a small Virginia town, where everybody knows each other. The local young librarian ends up right in the middle of it all, along with her new good looking next door neighbor, with just a dash of romance.
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I give “A Murder for the Books”5 out of 5 Cozy Stars! I loved this fun and bookish cozy mystery! I am always drawn to books that are book related in some way and it makes me feel proud to be a bibliophile. This book intrigued me from the very first line, “Anyone who claims there are no stupid questions has never worked in a library.” I could relate to this sentence because I am a member of my local Friends of the Library Association and so I do volunteer work at the library, book sales and etc. ...more
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Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! An amazing start to a new series. I love the characters and can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of The Cozy Mystery Bookclub for 2019 and I am so glad that this was chosen. Here we follow Amy the Director of the Library in Taylorford. After a pretty nasty breakup she is forced to move from one job into another and to head to her family's homestead to help her Aunt Lydia recover from a nasty fall.

She is bound and determined to make her life in Taylorford something to be proud of while mending her broken heart. She has vowed to herself to not date men for the time bei
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh, I am excited about this series. It is off to a wonderful start.

Amy Webber has left her job as a college librarian and moved to her aunt’s home in Taylorsford, Virginia. She manages the town’s library which is quite different from her previous job. The residents of Taylorsford are an eclectic bunch. She is thankful her predecessor left her plenty of notes about her new patrons. Sadly, one of those patrons is murdered early in the story. Found on library property Amy finds h
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 STARS --- Disclaimer: This ARC was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This is the first book in a new Cozy Mystery series and as a Library Assistant myself I enjoyed that the main character is a librarian. I appreciated that Gilbert realistically showed what life can be like for library staff -- quirky patrons, the library as a community space where library staff aren't pinched-faced shushers but instead love books and want to share their know
A Murder for the Books is book #1 in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries. This is a debut novel by Victoria Gilbert. A very enjoyable read that combines mystery with romance. I love the front cover of the book, so bright and vibrant.

Amy Webber works in Taylorsford public library – a Carnegie library in need of a little TLC. Sunny, Amy’s best friend also works there as her assistant. Since moving to Taylorsford after leaving her previous job under a cloud, Amy has been living with her Aunt Lydia.

Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
The first book in the Blue Ridge Library series and a new author for me. This is not the last book by this author as I will read her again. This is listed as a mystery but it is much more. There is a strong romance. A cold case that needed solving and an unusual motive for the murders. The characters are complex and descriptions will settle you into a mountain town's feelings. I especially liked the cesspool scenes, both times. I deducted one star because I felt the plot has been a number times. ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
A Murder for the Books is book one of the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series by Victoria Gilbert. Richard Muir came to the Taylorsford Public Library to do research, and while he was there the Librarian in charge, Amy Webber found a body in the Libraries Archives. The death of Doris Virts changed Richard Muir, and Amy Webbers lives forever. The readers of A Murder for the Books will continue to follow the investigation into Doris Virts death and Richard Muir and Amy Webber blossoming romance.

Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Murder for the Books is the beginning of a good mystery series in a small town in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Amy Webber was a librarian at a small university, Clarion University, until her boyfriend finds a replacement for her. Amy makes a scene at an event that is too embarrassing and leaves the university and moves in with her aunt to take a position as a library director where she works with her close friend, Sunny Fields. She is perfectly happy living a quiet life until she meet ...more
Ann Lou
A librarian who solves murder through research? Count me in! A little different than my other murder books but still enjoyable.

It started a little slow for me but then picked up pace. Amy and the people in Taylorsford are a mix of characters. The intrigue and gossip of a small town.

A few mysteries have been resolved in this book including past ones.
Amy Webber has taken a job as Library Director in the small town of Taylorsford in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She’s hoping for a fresh start after a relationship disaster made it impossible to stay at her academic job. Plus, her Aunt Linda is unable to live alone in the ancestral family home. Amy has her fair share of odd regular library visitors, including Doris Virts, a paranoid, elderly woman and a mysterious person who returns books to the wrong places on the shelves. Amy is almos ...more
Kate Olson
Another new-to-me series, this one a cozy library mystery that I listened to via my Audible subscription. The narration was great, and I enjoyed the story so much, especially the body positive message and the sweet romance. Oh, and LIBRARY, of course. I already downloaded book 2 from Scribd.
Nicole Chinnici
I was really excited to read A Murder for the Books – between the cover and the description, I was anticipating a cozy mystery that would be perfect for curling up with when the weather cooled down in December. And I definitely got what I was looking for!

A cozy mystery with some depth, this story revolves around librarian Amy Webber, her family, and the small town she lives in with her aunt. I found all of the characters to be intriguing and Amy in particular to be incredibly relatable. In addit
Chris Conley
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any mystery that involves a library, research and old houses has got my interest. This one has all of that and more. I immediately got the next book from the library and ready to see what comes next! Good mystery and some really icky small-town characters.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert is a well-crafted cozy mystery that begins a promising new series. It features several appealing elements … small-town setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a head librarian as the protagonist, romance, star-crossed lovers, family histories with secrets, and two murders to solve – a contemporary and a cold case. Everything worked together to make an enjoyable reading experience.


Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

Cozy mysteries and libraries just go together so well. Librarians make great sleuths, and are able to research and just KNOW things us poor average Joes don't. Amy is the perfect librarian, and although she doesn't know it, she makes a perfect leading lady .as well. Add to the mix a cast of excellent secondary characters and a super hot love interest ( A MALE DANCER!? -drool-) and you've got yourself an outstanding first
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @netgalley for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

I have read quite a few cozy mysteries over the past fifteen years so I’m always pleased when one takes me by surprise. This book definitley caught my attention. The mystery portion was really well done and ended up including three different cases that spane over several generations. Even with the various characters and storylines, I had no problem following along and keeping everything straight. The author did a fan
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a well-written and well-plotted mystery! There were some twists and turns, memorable characters that I already can't wait to visit again and an awesome side mystery along with the murders that occurred. I definitely didn't guess the killer! (Edited to add: You will be happier if you read this book first, then go on to book two, which I am currently reading as I edit this post.)

Amy Webber was the library director at the Taylorsford Public Library in Taylorsford, VA. Her best frieind
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Murder for the Books by VIctoria Gilbert is the first in a new series about a librarian who has had bad luck in love, moved in with her ailing aunt and stumbled upon a new neighbor and together they find the murdered body of a former Library volunteer. With a crooked town leader, decades old mysteries to solve and some really good hunches Amy and her new neighbor discover town secrets, and cover ups all while getting to know each other a little better. This is a charming start to the series fo ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small quaint town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, new town librarian is shocked to find a body in the Archives. While helping her new handsome neighbor do research concerning a long dead relative the two cases seem to be colliding. Well written with some good twists this will be an interesting series to follow. This is book 1 in the Blue Ridge Library series. It hits all the interest buttons for me with a great hero librarian, a Virginia setting and lots of friends and neighbor ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Murder for the Books was a fantastic read with a wonderful mystery and a delightful group of characters.

After her relationship imploded, Amy Webber retreats to the quiet mountain town in Virginia where she spent summers in her youth. Previously a university librarian, Amy takes an open position managing the local underfunded library to forget about her cheating ex. With all of her time and energy focused on keeping the library afloat, Amy has no time for her sexy new neighbor who has asked for
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Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountain, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian.

When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

Victoria is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of Ameri

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