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A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at R...

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview and a giveaway. Enjoy!

A Murder for the Books

A Blue Ridge Library Mystery 

by Victoria Gilbert


Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017) 
Hardcover: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1683314394 
E-Book ASIN: B072396C2L

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 lures her into trouble.

Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families... including her own.

When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

Author Interview

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I hope my books are read by everyone, but certainly anyone who enjoys cozy and/or traditional mysteries would be the target audience. In addition, I believe that readers who like stories about small-town life, libraries and books, and history would appreciate this series. Of course, being a cozy, the book contains no graphic violence or sex, and includes a minimum of “salty” language. But never fear – it features enough action, adventure, twisty mysteries, and romance to get readers’ minds working and hearts pumping!

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

The title was developed in conjunction with my editor and others at Crooked Lane Books. I originally had a different title, but my publisher thought something else might work better in the market, so submitted several suggestions to them and we decided on the current title together.

My editor, Faith Black Ross, suggested the series title, which I immediately loved and approved.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I love Amy, my protagonist, and all of my other characters, but one of my favorites has to be Richard Muir – Amy’s new neighbor. Richard is a professional contemporary dancer who has now decided to focus on choreography and teaching dance. He’s handsome and buff, but he’s also sweet, self-effacing, loyal, funny, and totally charming. I love the fact that he isn’t what Amy – or most people – expect, given his performing arts career and his good looks. He really surprises a lot of the other characters in the book with his personality and actions, and I always love that in a character.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
My series is set in a historic small town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia. It just so happens that I grew up in a similar location – in fact, the town of Taylorsford is an amalgam of many of the small towns in the county where I was raised.

I am also a librarian, although I have never worked in a public library except in New York City –which is a very different experience from working in a small town public library! However, I have frequented many smaller public libraries over the years, so I combined that knowledge with my own academic library experience to depict the library in the series.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I have a background in the performing and visual arts – my undergraduate degree was in theatre and I was a costume designer at one point in my life. I have also studied music and have sung with several chamber choirs and choral ensembles. We had horses when I was living at home, so I can ride. I am also a strong swimmer, an excellent cook, and a good gardener.

Oh, and I am a natural speed-reader – I can honestly read seven books in as many days.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I can be contacted via my website – there is a contact page that sends messages to a dedicated email that I check every day. My website also lists my social media links, news about my books, my event schedule, and other information.

Here are all my social media links – I welcome follows!

What can we expect from you in the future?

The second book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series – SHELVED UNDER MURDER – will be published by Crooked Lane Books in July 2018. (It’s already up for preorder, by the way). There will definitely be a third book in this series, and perhaps (hopefully) more. I also plan to write other mysteries – I am currently developing a historical cozy series.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Please leave a review on Amazon, B&N, or wherever you prefer! Honest reviews are always welcome – I appreciate everyone’s varied opinions on my books.

Also, if you like my books, please recommend them to your family and friends. Word-of-mouth is one of the best forms of publicity for books.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you for allowing me share my words with you!

About the Author

Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. She has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director.

When not writing or reading, Victoria likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and is represented by Frances Black at Literary Council, NY, NY.

Victoria lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats. This is her first Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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1 comment

  1. I really like the library setting of this book! Sounds like a great read.


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