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Past Due for Murder

(Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  938 ratings  ·  223 reviews
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 tou
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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The local folklore was fascinating and the student outing around the bonfire was going well with the professor’s tales taking everyone in. But it was the person Amy Webber spotted on the edge of the clearing that gave her pause. She hadn’t seen him in a long time – what was he doing there?

Amy was the director of the local Taylorsford Library, and research for the upcoming May Day festivities was part of her job. With her offsider Sunny, the two worked well together. The realization that one of t
Nicole Chinnici
3.5, rounding up.

Past Due for Murder, the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, continues to follow the zany cast of characters from the first two books in yet another mystery.

“Fact is fact, and fiction is fiction, and story is often a blend of both.”

While still technically a cozy mystery, this book toes the line a bit, with more frequent action than you’d typically find in the genre. And this plot had plenty going on, keeping the story moving. Although the pacing was a bit incon
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Past Due for Murder takes us to Taylorsford, Virginia just in time for Spring and the town’s May Day celebration. Our protagonist Amy Webber has opened up the library archives for a professor and her students to research the local folklore. The will be making a presentation at the celebration. One of these students disappears during a bonfire event and police have organized a search. They also question the man in Amy’s life, Richard Muir. He was the woman’s dance instructor an
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. Amy Webber is a librarian living in a small town in the Virginia part of the Blue Ridge mountains. Even though there is a nearby university, Appalachia folklore continues to play an important role in the consciousness of the locals, especially the older generation. They recall an unsolved disappearance of two young ladies from the late 1800's, one of whom was engaged to be married. As the book progresses, Amy can't help but think that this ...more
Gail C.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free advanced digital copy of Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series featuring amateur sleuth Amy Webber. While the mystery stands alone, there are frequent references to earlier books in the series which provide information about the experiences Amy has had solving earlier mysteries. There are also secondary characters who seem to be regular characters in the series. It appears that to ful ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been enjoying this series very much and Past Due for Murder was a great addition to the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries. As we meet up with our protagonist, Amy Webber, we find her at a Spring Bonfire where a local folklorist is sharing stories about missing girls and fairies luring them with lights. Amy is also working with a local professor and her students on a research project about the town's history and folklore to share at the revived May Day celebrations. When one of the students goe ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Past Due for Murder was another great installment in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series with an intriguing case for Amy to solve.

In a bid to boost tourism in Taylorsford, the mayor has brought back the town’s May Day festival after fifty years. To help out, library director Amy Webber is helping organize a presentation by a local folklore expert as part of the festival. But when one of the expert’s students goes missing, everything is put on hold to find the girl. To make matters worse, Amy
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Past Due for Murder is the third in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. A female student from the local university has gone missing. She is later found next to a dead body, but the student has no recollection of the events that brought her to where she was found. Suspicion is cast on Amy’s former love interest (Charles) and Amy’s current love interest (Richard). Could one of them harbor a sinister side? Although the book started off slow for me, it happily picked up the pace and I was engro ...more
Micky Cox
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another excellent addition into the Blue Ridge Library series! This one really takes the characters further into their development and strengthens the personalities of each. I was already pleased with the character development that the author had built, but this book really enhanced the characters even further. That enhancement made an exciting plot even more interesting and intriguing. If you are looking for a great cozy mystery to get started with then this series is the one for you! While you ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc, e-books
The third edition of Blue Ridge Library series is another pleasing episode. There are mystery lights on the ridge, rumors are plentiful about what is causing the lights. Was it faries or aliens? What happened to the 2 missing girls from 1848? Is there a treasure of gold coins somewhere?
Taylorsford, Virginia has brought the Maypole back to highlight their spring festival. After the festivities, a young girl is missing and search for spread into mountains. Richard was her dance instructor and has
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite book in the series, and the ending was just awesome! I hadn't quite guessed the killer, because the author is very good at using red herrings.

When a local college student went missing then was found near the body of her professor, the police weren't sure what to think, since there was no weapon found. Amy had talked to the woman just a few days before that and she'd told Amy she had some dirt on a local man and also the man Amy used to date, Charles Bartos. Amy just ha
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The town is getting ready for the May Day festival, when a college goes missing. She is found later which no memory of what happened and a dead body lying next to her, Amy’s neighbor is one of the suspects. Amy’s old boyfriend comes to town, Amy’s neighbor is jealous. Suspicion also falls on an old hermit who has the reputation of carrying his rifle to control trepasses. There are some mountain stories going around about some missing girls in the 1800’s who took the gold and were never heard of ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. I confess it did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book; but once I was there, I couldn't put it down.

Ms. Gilbert not only presented a delicious twisted mystery but took the time to delve more deeply into Amy, Richard and Sunny's characters in this book. She also added some secondary characters (both Amy and Richard's parents) that really allowed me to understand Amy and Richard a little better
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have truly enjoyed reading the first 3 books in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. This book so far is my favorite one in the series.

Amy and Richard continue their detective work, even though they aren't detectives; however, before the story ends it is indicated that she just might be trained and become a real detective but that's yet to happen.

A new character or two are introduced: Charles Bartos (Amy's ex-cheating boyfriend) and Karla Dunmore, Richard's ex-dance partner who (when they
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love visiting with Head Librarian Amy Weber and her friends in Taylorsford, VA. Spring is on the way and the town is planning a May Day celebration with an spotlight on local folklore and legends. When one of the Clarion College students vanish, Amy's boyfriend Richard becomes a prime suspect. When the girl is finally found wandering a mountain trail with no memory the dead body next to her is now a focus. This is book 3 in the Blue Ridge Library cozy series and it's a good addition. I enjoyed ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Library director Amy Webber finds herself involved in another murder investigation when a student goes missing and the demanding professor, who researched the local "fae" and lights legend and its connection to a pair of girls who went missing in the 19th century, turns up dead. Her boyfriend, the last to see the missing student, becomes the prime suspect. We meet many colorful characters in the course of the book. There's a lot going on in the book, but I never got things confused as I do in so ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert has us journeying to Taylorsford, Virginia. Amy Webber is the director of the Taylorsford Public Library and is hosting an event for the local Girl Scout troop. Professor Mona Raymond, a folklorist, is sharing folktales and local legends from the Blue Ridge Mountains with the girls. Amy has been assisting Mona with her research and learned about the fairy lights, two women who disappeared in 1879, and missing gold. Two of Mona’s students who are assisting ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Past Due For Murder is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series.

Mayor Blackstone wants to bring back the May Day celebrations from years past and has asked librarian Amy Webber to plan a program for the upcoming May Day. Amy asks Mona Raymond who has done extensive research on two girls that disappeared decades ago and who had probably died from exposure. But some people feel that they were lured in the underground court and forced to dance at fairy balls. When the bonfire where
Lisa Morin
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Past Due For Murder is the third book in the series.
I did enjoy most of the book, but there were times I felt the story dragged on a bit.
Amy Webber is a library director and has a knack for solving mysteries. This story involves a missing person, a murder and some interesting folk lore.
The author does make references to the prior books, and though it can be read as a stand alone, the other books would shed light on some of the back story.
I would recommend this series to those readers who enjoy a
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the next installment in the Blue Ridge Library cozy mysteries and it is just as good as its predecessors. Head librarian Amy Webber is back again and this time she must not only help find a missing girl, solve a murder mystery, make peace with past heartbreak, and keep faith in her current love. Oh and there is the town folklore/legend project for May Day which she and her staff are helping a local professor to compile. The same professor who ends up dead, found not to far from where a m ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always love heading to Taylorsford and the Blue Ridge Library. In this story, the past meets the present meets the past - an old mystery is stirred up by a local professor who ends up murdered, and the other element of the past is that Amy's former flame, Charles is back.

I had suspicions about the murderer in this one and I was right to a point - red herrings and all :)

The ending was my favorite part - read it to see!

4.7 stars

I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
Chris Conley
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun series.
Kendrea Parsons
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Past Due for Murder is the 3rd Blue Ridge Library mystery by Victoria Gilbert. This is one of those cozy mystery series that just gets better with each new book. I truly love all of the main characters, even the shadier ones like Kurt. This book has several unexpected twists for the main characters, some bad, but some are really good. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book to see what happens next. As for the murder mystery itself, it was well-written and left me guessing. There are a f ...more
Amy Webber is helping folklorist and lecturer Ramona Raymond from Clarion University with help on her latest project. Mona is convinced that the two local girls who disappeared in the mountains in 1879 were taken by fae or evil fairies. When one of her students goes missing in the mountains, the police don't want to hear stories about "the folk" they want facts and the fact of the matter is that Amy's boyfriend Richard was also one of Lacey's professors and she was last seen running out of his o ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Past Due for Murder is even better than the first two books in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries and I loved both of them. As a librarian, I enjoy the seeing her loving her job and seeing the job realistically presented, but I think I would enjoy those parts just as much if I were not a librarian. I love the romance when they are together, but sometimes I want to shake her when she has doubts about Richard, then I remind myself that it is her romantic past creating the toruble and that we all car ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent edition to a wonderful series! Full of twists and turns that leaves you wanting more and enjoying each moment until the end when the killer is caught.
This was an okay story and the mystery, too convenient. Too bad I love the setting of this book. I wouldn't go out of my way to read the next. ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although this is the third book in the Blueridge Library Mysteries, it the first book I have read by Ms. Gilbert. At first, I felt a little behind in knowing the characters, yet Ms. Gilbert brings you up to speed quickly with their background stories and the murders that happened in the past.

Our protagonist is Amy Webber, director of the town’s library. As the director she was assisting one of the professors and her students from the local university in researching the folklore of the area. Whe
Patricia Romero
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Library Director Amy Webber is back with another mystery to solve. 

It's Spring in Taylorsford and Amy is helping local students and their professor research  the local folklore.

First up a bonfire with a gifted storyteller. There have long been talk of bobbing lights and fairies, missing gold and missing girls. When one of the girls at the bonfire disappears, things get a bit tense.

Mountain people aren't know for their openness and the good professor has been poking in some very sensitive areas t
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
There were quite a few mysteries interwoven in Past Due For Murder making for an interesting read. You do need to pay attention, though, so you don't lose any of the clues and to keep the plot straight as there were quite a few characters. It did seem to take a long time to get to the end, however (maybe that was due to the various sub-storylines) and some of the reasoning behind the main murders seemed to stretch the imagination. I did like the storyline about the mountain lights and the 1879 d ...more
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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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