A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS
SERIES: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Cozy Mystery
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.
A Murder for the Books is the first in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. There were a lot of things I really liked about this book — a lot of unusual ideas for a cozy mystery, and a lot of things which were just done very well. However, there was jump some spark missing, which kept this book from really clicking for me personally. Despite that, I think a lot of mystery readers would really love this book. In fact, I’ll probably continue the series to see if the next book just clicks for me because then I’d be giving this a much higher rating.
Things I liked about A Murder for the Books.
* The protagonist, Amy, is a librarian. She is also really sensible and investigates the mystery in quite practical ways. I liked her.
* The love interest isn’t a cop (points for originality) but a dancer and choreographer. He’s a great guy, very supportive and not controlling. However, the relationship feels a little rushed.
* Amy has body insecurities which are discussed and debunked. There’s some nice body positivity.
* There’s actually two mysteries here — the main “cozy” body found in the library, and a cold case around a local poisoning and how it relates to Amy’s family.
* There are some really great secondary characters, especially Sunny (Amy’s cheery friend and co-worker and lovable but meddlesome Aunt Lydia.
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