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Bound for Murder

(Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  671 ratings  ·  216 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 co
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 wa
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 fri
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 wa
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
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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 Chinnici
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
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've loved this series from the beginning! There was a cold case to start things off, then the bodies started falling. Amy was actually helping the police with research into the cold case which involved a 60s commune on the farm where Sunny lived with her grandparents. There was a nice variety of suspects, and Amy managed to make one of them nervous enough to start sending her threats and taking shots at her.

I wasn't sure about the killer, so that was a good twist along with who the cold case k
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 endi ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Library Director Amy Webber finds herself in the middle of another murder mystery, this time one that happened sometime in the 1960s.

Amy’s friend Sunny Fields needs her help. A skeleton has been found on her grandparent’s farm. A farm with a colorful past. Her grandparents, Carol & P.J. Fields, ran a commune there back in the days of free love and enlightenment. The skeleton is soon identified as a member of the commune who was thought to have followed his dream and headed Wes
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 skeleto
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 case
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
Sue Em
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Any Webber's life is pretty good right now, a wonderful fiancee, dream job as director of the Blue Ridge Library and supportive friends and family. But her BFF's grandparents have found a skeleton on their organic farm, a farm that served as a commune back in the days of peace and love. Amy can't help getting involved to help figure out the skeleton's identity and clear the name of her friend's family. A fun series. Fast paced, well written with an engaging cast of characters. Thanks to netgalle ...more
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 ca
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 mis ...more
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 - esp
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Sunny is running for mayor, and her friend Amy is behind her. But her campaign hits a major snag when a skeleton is found on Sunny’s grandparents’ property. Back in the 60s, they briefly had a commune there, with all the problems drugs and free love brought. They reformed decades ago, but when this skeleton was identified as a former resident, it came back to bite them. This is a fast paced tale, with clues and a red herring or two to trip up readers trying to solve the mystery. The bodies start ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When an old corpse's remains turn up on a farm that once housed a hippie commune, Amy Webber helps the police with a bit of research and helps the farm's owners warn old commune members. Of course, she ends up asking questions of her own which endanger her. She's also making wedding plans with Richard and helping with Sunny's mayoral campaign. While there are several obvious clues pointing to the responsible person, the author incorporates enough red herrings to make it interesting, even for tho ...more
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
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 dis
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ng
I hadn't read the other books in the series, but it didn't really affect my ability to follow this mystery. The premise (murderous secrets of an old hippie commune being unearthed by a small-town librarian) was interesting. As I am about the same age as the protagonist and her friend, I could in some ways relate to her, although most elder millennials I know would avoid using landline phones or chatting up eccentric strangers in person like the plague. Anyway. The plot moves quickly. This would ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-cozy
I'm sad to report that this was my least favorite of the series. Thus far the characters have been interesting but this story line was too predictible, too soon and the dialog between the engaged couple wears thin. ...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 nex
Karen Hollins-Stallman
“Bound for Murder” by Victoria Gilbert Is the 4th instalment in the "Blue Ridge Library Mystery" series. I really enjoyed it and hope to catch up on the series before the next one releases.

I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it almost straight through. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises, I did suspect the killer but then thought no...

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, and I loved the characters which are well developed. I loved the fr
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-virginia
Library director Amy Webber is preoccupied by her engagement to her neighbor, dancer Richard Muir, and also the mayoral campaign of her best friend and assistant Sunny. But everything must go on hold when a skeleton is found on the property of Sunny's grandparents, who run an organic farm, but who once ran a commune. It's fairly clear that murder was afoot, especially when a local woman who lived on the commune is killed in a purported robbery. There are rather obvious clues to the killer, and a ...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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Blue Ridge Library Mysteries (5 books)
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