ARC Review: Bound for Murder

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SERIES: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #4




Bound for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #4)

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 commune back in the 1960s on their organic farm. But these former hippies face criminal charges when human remains are found in their fields–and a forensic examination reveals that the death was neither natural nor accidental.

With Sunny’s mayoral hopes fading, Amy sets her wedding plans aside, says “not yet” to the dress, and uses her research skills to clear her best friend’s family. Any of the now-elderly commune members could have been the culprit. As former hippies perish one by one, Amy and her friends Richard, Aunt Lydia, and Hugh Chen pursue every lead. But if Amy can’t find whoever killed these “flower children,” someone may soon be placing flowers on her grave.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.


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 — which then ties into something historical, so we get to see Amy research the past and speak to witnesses etc. You really get to feel Gilbert’s passion for books, libraries and the Blue Ridge town in this one.

Another thing I love about these books is the romantic relationship. I adore Amy and Richard together and I really appreciate how unique Richard is as a cozy love interest. In this one, his dancer background doesn’t feature as heavily as the last book but we do get to see Amy interacting with Richards mother, planning their future wedding and taking on a second kitten together.

I didn’t love this particular instalment as much as I have the previous books in the series, but that probably comes down to the background mystery plot itself. It centres around a hippie commune, music, poetry, drugs etc. The 60s/70s just aren’t a period I’m particularly interested in, and musician-based stories don’t tend to tickle my fancy. If those are topics you like, this one will be an even better fit for you!

That said, Bound for Murder is still a great instalment and it’s still a lot of fun. There’s some great sleuthing and fabulous character, and I will continue with the Blue Ridge Library series.

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