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Bound for Murder

(Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Blue Ridge library director Amy Webber learns it wasn't all peace and love among the "flower children" when a corpse is unearthed on the grounds of a 1960s commune.

Taylorsford Public Library director Amy Webber's friend "Sunny" Fields is running for mayor. But nothing puts a damper on a campaign like an actual skeleton in a candidate's closet. Sunny's grandparents ran a
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
This turned out to be a light, entertaining read and not affected at all by the fact that I have previously only read #1. There had been some character development in the two in between books but nothing that made any difference to my understanding of events.

The story was good although a little far fetched from time to time and Amy seems determined to get herself into trouble. I enjoyed the relationship between Amy and her boyfriend. I did not at all foresee the murderer, in fact the identity
Bound for Murder is the first book that I have read by Victoria Gilbert. This cozy mystery is set in Taylorsford, Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains and was very enjoyable.

The female protagonist, Amy Webber, is a library director in a small town. She loves research and has helped the police in the past. While this is the fourth book in the series it worked well as a standalone novel, although it may add to the enjoyment and understanding of the characters to read them in order.

Amy’s best
Natalia  R
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Library director Amy Webber's best friend and co-worker Sunny Fields is running for mayor. But when a skeleton is found in her grandparents' farm, it threatens to put a damper on her campaign. With Sunny's grandparents under suspicion, Amy uses her research skills to help them prove their innocence.

This is a wonderful series and each book gets better and better. The story is well developed with enough suspects, twists, and turns to keep readers guessing until the reveal. As always, I love the
Sunny Fields was Taylorsford’s library director Amy Webber’s best friend; she lived with her grandparents on their property, which was an organic farm but used to be a commune back in the 60s. Amy loved research and had helped the police before, so when a skeletal body was found at the farm, she was happy to assist. But with the death looking like murder, and Sunny’s bid for mayor becoming uncertain, Amy set about finding and interviewing the commune members to get some answers.

When Amy started
Linda 📚
An interesting investigation into a missing person case livens and endangers the lives of library director, Amy Webber and her best friend and assistant, Sunny Fields. Author Victoria Gilbert lines the shelves with clues and distractions relating to a local commune in the 1960’s and the flow of drugs and resulting addictions that disrupted the lives of several families.

I found the key suspects an eclectic bunch and hard to tell if they’d cleaned up their lives since the 60’s, or not. My guesses
This was a fun mystery novel which is pretty fast paced and I could breeze through it in just a few hours. I liked the main character Amy and the meticulous research she did in trying to solve the murder mystery but unfortunately it was the actual mystery that I found a bit unrealistic. The connections drawn between a commune, hippies, drugs and music and lyrics after many decades seemed a bit far fetched and I can’t say I really liked many of the side characters either. But Amy and Richard were ...more
Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
The fourth book in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series, Bound for Murder was an enjoyable cozy mystery.

This installment finds library director Amy in the midst of another murder investigation when a body is found in her best friend Sunny’s grandparents farm. Although she doesn’t go looking for trouble, it always seems to find her as her insatiable curiosity is piqued. Alongside the plot of this mystery, the primary characters continue to be fleshed out and their relationships evolve to keep
Kate Baxter
3.5 / 5 stars

Looking for an enjoyable classic cozy mystery, then this book would suit you well. It stars Amy Webber, library director for the town of Taylorsford. She's definitely not your typical meek, four-eyed, mature librarian. She's bright, young, loves to do research and is curious to a fault. Perhaps a bit too curious. Her attempts to aid the local constabulary on yet another murder investigation draw the attention of a murderer who adamantly wants her to stop her sleuthing before someone
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a well-written series with interesting plots and believable characters. I was first introduced to author Victoria Gilbert with the book, Shelved Under Murder, the second in A Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. The book was fun and entertaining and inspired me to read the rest in the series. Bound for Murder is a delightful mix of mystery and charm. I won’t summarize the plot here since you can read the book description yourself. What I will say is the story is well-developed and the ...more
Prior to reading this book provided to me by NetGalley, I decided to read the first three books in the series and I'm really glad I did. I got to meet new characters in each book and watch them grow and see the town's people and how they interacted and so forth.

This series takes place in Taylorsford, Virginia, where Amy Webber is a librarian. She and Richard Muir have developed a love interest over the development of the series. In addition to that, they keep somehow stumbling across murder
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fast moving read with a lot of activity with unusual ending is the fourth book of the Blue Ridge Library series. Amy Webber is busy planning her wedding to Richard. Her friend and liberty assistant, Sunny Fields
has decided to run for major. Her opponent the current major has launch a negative campaign against Sunny. Things are going great until a construction crew find a skeleton on Sunny's grandparents' farm. Amy is helping the police by doing searches on missing people years ago. The
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
As Amy and Richard plan their future together while dealing with his mother, events are heating up for Sunny Fields, Amy's assistant at the Taylorsford Library, as her run for mayor is threatened by the discovery of a decades old skeleton on her grandparents organic farm. The grands had a commune on the farm in the sixties where they lived the life of hippies. That means that many of the residents were into drugs. The skeleton turns out to be a former commune member, a young man who has been ...more
Kerrin Parris
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Leslie Storey
Bound For Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the 4th book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series. The series focuses on Amy Webber, the library director in Taylorsford, Virginia. Amy’s best friend is Sunny Fields, who works with her at the library. In this book, Sunny is running for mayor. Sunny’s grandparents own Vista View, an organic farm that had been a commune back in the 1960’s. Amy, who is known for her research abilities, is asked by Chief Deputy Brad Tucker to research people who had gone ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I have read the first book in this series, but not books two or three. Reading this new one makes me want to go back and see what I missed, because this was excellent. A cold case with half the suspects missing or deceased, and the rest aren't talking. It was always going to be hard to work out what happened but the eventual resolution was very satisfying. It involved more than one character and time line in the end which
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I must have been lucked out with cozy mystery series that I read last year; I read most of the series diving right in the middle or without having read any of the previous books, but I hadn't had much trouble acclimatising myself with the stories, I could navigate my way through the books without many major issues.

With this book, however, it was an exception. It's not that I had trouble following the story, it was more that I had issues with the character dynamics and the character traits -
Jerri Cachero
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens to senior "hippies"? Well, in Bound for Murder, a 1960's commune is filled with intrigue, jealousy, "free love" and murder and becomes the setting for a past and present day mystery.

When the remains of a talented musician/songwriter are found on the commune property, Amy Webber is determined to prove that her best friend's, Sunny Fields, grandparents Carol and P.J. were not involved in the murder. Making matters worse, the grandparents are being unusually secretive and with Sunny
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the 4th A Blue Ridge Library Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Amy Webber’s friend and fellow library employee, Sunny Fields is running for mayor which is a relief to many of the citizens who dislike the incumbent. Sunny receives a call from her grandparents, Carol & P.J. Fields that the county dredging crew found a skeleton buried by the creek on their organic farm. They ran a commune on the grounds back in the 60s ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
BOUND FOR MURDER by Victoria Gilbert
The Fourth Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Sunny's grandparents are always mellow and full of light and love, after all, they ran a commune on what's now their now organic farm in the 1960s. But the county dredging up the creekbed adjoining their farm has them getting upset. The noise and possible destruction of trees is nothing compared to what the workers discover- a human skeleton. Everyone is quick to blame the grands, especially when the remains turn out to be
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m such a fan of this cozy, library-based, mystery series.

Bound for Murder is the fourth — and another great fun — instalment in Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library Mystery series.

One of my favourite things about this series is that it tends to combine Amy’s library-honed research skills with the mystery in really interesting and believable ways. There’s a mystery that has brought something new to light — in this one, we find a body at the farm of Amy best friend and mayoral candidate, Sunny
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fourth book in the series is the best yet! When an aspiring musician's body from the 1960's is found on her best friend's family land, Amy goes into investigative mode. While fifty years have passed since his death, the people associated with the commune on which he lived are, no amount of time has kept his killer from justice. There are many suspects with multiple motives, all of which keep the plot moving at a good pace.
Amy and Richard--her professional dancer fiance, who is now her
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bound For Murder is the fourth book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series.

Amy and Richard’s wedding is not too far off and Amy is anxiously awaiting her wedding day. Many of the residents of Taylorsford have been offering her wedding planning suggestion and Richard’s mother feels that anything in Taylorsford is suitable for the wedding of her son.

Amy’s assistant at the library, Sunny, is running for mayor of the town. Amy is willing to help any way she can, but still, she has to try to avoid
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the 3rd book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, and another enjoyable read. Amy Webber is the library director in Taylorsford, Virginia. Amy's best friend Sunny Fields is running for mayor. Unfortunately, a skeleton is found on her grandparents property, which use to be a hippie commune. Amy is determined to prove Sunny's family innocent. Once I started this book I could not stop reading it. It was a quick read that kept me guessing. I look forward ...more
Micky Cox
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment for this series! Fantastic characters that you can't wait to visit with again are well developed and set in a small town, particularly it's library as the main character is the head librarian. This may be the best book yet in the series and all have been plotted in intriguing, interesting and entertaining manners that keep your interest peaked and turning pages! The author does a great job of weaving the characters life stories through the plot in an organic way that ...more
Lisa Morin
This is a great series and each book just gets better and better. Amy and Richard make a sweet couple without taking away that it is a mystery. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
Note - I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A mystery! A traditional mystery! Most authors today write investigative thrillers, where the protagonist jumps from thug to another (not necessarily always a thug) who gives him/her some clue or lead that leads him/her to next thug (or just another person). While this makes a great read in it's genre, this book was a traditional mystery. A mystery where a crime was committed, there are few suspects and the protagonist
Like Jenn McKinlay's latest Library Lover's Mystery, Word to the Wise, Victoria Gilbert's Bound for Murder features a small-town library director in a darker situation than usually expected in a cozy mystery series. Illicit drugs, and a commune aren't usually typical in a cozy.

Amy Webber is the Library Director of Taylorsford Public Library in Virginia. The only other full-time employee is her best friend, Sunny Fields. But, Sunny is running for mayor, and there are sometimes a few political
Tam Sesto
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Bound for Murder is a mystery about a death involving a member of a hippy commune back in the 60s. Amy Webber, the library director at Taylorsford Public Library, attempts to solve the murder of the hippie who lived on the commune along with her best friend’s grandparents. As she works at solving the murder, she is also planning her own wedding and helping her best friend run for mayor.

I should have loved this book. It had a librarian as the amateur detective (reading since the age of 5, I have
Diane Hernandez
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, netgalley
Bound for Murder is the fourth book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. I’ve read them all and they just keep getting better. Maybe it is because the characters feel like old friends.

Amy and Richard make a great couple. I’m glad that Amy has gotten over her self-esteem issues from some of the prior books. They are now engaged. Everyone in the town is giving Amy suggestions for where to hold both the wedding and the reception. Hasn’t ever small town bride been through that? However,
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th installment in the Blue Ridge Library Series. Amy Webber is the town’s library director and her assistant is Sunny Fields. Sunny is the granddaughter of the local organic farmers (and former commune members in the 60’s). Sunny is running for mayor and when news hits that a body or skeleton is found on her grandparents farm things begin to turn ugly. The grands as they are called are suspicious of the police and are tight lipped about who the body might be. Amy begins ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-book
Victoria Gilbert writes entrancing and engrossing stories that pull you win and leave you wanting more!

Amy is being snowed under, but surprisingly NOT with work but with well meaning people giving advice on how to plan her wedding, as well as this her good friend Sunny is hoping to take a backseat at the library as she is running for the position of Mayor of Taylorsford (she would still work part time mind you) and then both of their worlds are turned upside down when a skeleton is found on the
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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

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Blue Ridge Library Mysteries (4 books)
  • A Murder for the Books (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1)
  • Shelved Under Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #2)
  • Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)