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Past Due for Murder

(Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  173 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 touri
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Brenda
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
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Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
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
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LORI CASWELL
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
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
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Amy
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
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
Melanie
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
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Shelly
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
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
Betty
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
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Tari
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
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JoAn
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
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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
Ann
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
Fred
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
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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
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
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Kristina
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
Tracy
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
frugalitymom
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.
Meg Gustafson
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
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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
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Paula
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
August Is Azathoth HPL 129 August 20!
Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3

Library Director Amy Webber is one determined heroine. Like fools who tread where angels fear to go, Amy perseveres even in the face of danger; and danger never scares her off. In the past year, she has faced multiple killers and much personal danger, but that never stops her. This is a heroine to admire! At the moment, her relationship with beloved neighbor Richard appears to be a little rocky, or at least he is being secretive. The composer who once badly broke h
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Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I am so in love with this series!! Set in a small mountain town full of great people you can love and an adorable library. We catch up with Any who runs the library just as they are heading up for a May Day festival. This is where the story gets interesting as we get several things going on all at once. There is a missing girl, eventually a dead body, and not one but two other cases that may be connected
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Kory Bull
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series and was just as good as the first two books. This book had lots of twits and turns with two different murders happening. There is also changed in Amt and Richards relationship, that will change their relationship in the future. I definitely recommend this book and seriss
Amy
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Past Due for Murder is the first book I have read by Victoria Gilbert. It is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series.
Two girls missing, is there a treasure of gold coins, rumors, aliens or fairies all made this a well written murder mystery. The story kept me guessing as I got further into the book.
I now need to go back and read the first two books.

I received an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it. Opinions are my own.
Jypsy
Past Due For Murder is a cute cozy mystery. I like the library being involved in the story. It's entertaining and a fast read. No big surprises. Fans of cozies will enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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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.
She holds a B.A. in Theatre, a M.A. in Library Science, a second M.A. in Liberal Studies, and is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.
When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her tim
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