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Review ❤️ Past Due For Murder by Victoria Gilbert

February 22, 2019

past due for murder victoria gilbert

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 tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first—but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire. 

The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished—or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy. 

When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events—and a dead body lying nearby—an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.

Release Date: Feb 12, 2019
Series: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Book: 3
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Price: $10.99


Amy Webber, library director in Taylorsford, Virginia, is helping to organize a research project dealing with local folklore. Professor Mona Raymond is contributing to the project and can be hard to take, but knows her subject well. When one of her student assistants disappears, Amy’s boyfriend Richard becomes a suspect. Richard seems to be hiding things, but Amy knows he would never harm a young woman. Professor Raymond hints that she has dirt on Amy’s ex-boyfriend Charles that could destroy his career. Amy uses her research skills to dig up information to try to solve the case and learns there are many people involved who are keeping secrets. When a murder occurs, Amy’s search for the truth could put her own life in danger.

This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. I read the book prior to this one, which is recommended to keep track of all the characters. The storylines with the missing student and then later the murder victim are both interesting and there are plenty of suspects. I like that Amy is able to use the skills she has as a research librarian to find clues the police can’t. However, I think it’s a missed opportunity that Amy and Sunny are shown assisting library patrons, but no specific books are talked about. Adding these details would make the library setting more realistic and would be a fun treat for readers.

The folklore project plays a large role in the plot which give the story uniqueness. There is a May Day celebration at the end of the book which is interesting, but I had hoped more time would be spent in the story discussing the planning of the event. The pacing of the book is a bit uneven with parts of the book flying by and other portions dragging. There are many unlikable characters introduced in this installment and even one of the good guys acts like a jerk in the beginning of the book. I was interested in how Amy would solve the case and was surprised when the solution was revealed. The story continued past the closure of case with exciting developments in Amy’s life which I’m sure will be explored in the next book. Overall, I enjoyed the book and think it will appeal to fans of Jenn McKinlay’s Library Lovers series.

~ Christine

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