ARC Review: Renewed for Murder



SERIES: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #6



I’m happy to say the sixth installment in the Blue Ridge Library mysteries is as strong as I expected.

What I really enjoy about these cozies is that, while Amy’s profession (small town librarian) is pretty classic cozy fare, Gilbert uses the characters to build lots of intriguing new angles into each book. Amy actually does library related research for her cases (and everyday library tasks so we actually get to SEE her at work), something that also disappoints me when it’s missing from library/ bookshop cozies.

Blue Ridge goes above and beyond though, with characters who add more usual dynamics and situations: Richard the choreographer love interest (Gasp! Not law enforcement!) and Kurt, the elderly, wealthy art dealer with a sketchy past, open up all sorts of fascinating arts and performance related storylines.

Like previous books in the series, with RENEWED FOR MURDER, you get a two-for-one mystery. There’s a body found in Amy’s friend’s garden and, while digging into the case to prove her innocence, Amy uncovers secrets from the past, including a fatal car accident and life-threatening peanut allergy. I really like that these books have mysteries from the town’s history brought up during the investigations.

The cast of characters is as great as always. Amy, Richard and mysterious Kurt were my favourites (as usual), but the other characters all get their moments too. I love this series, and I hope it continues to expand.

The Blue Ridge Library Mysteries are a series I highly recommend.

August in Taylorsford, Virginia finds library director Amy Webber and her new husband, dancer Richard Muir, settling into married life–and a new project. Richard and his dance partner, Karla, are choreographing a suite based on folk music and folk tales, while Amy scours the library’s resources to supply background information on the dance’s source material. But the mellifluous music comes to a jarring halt when an unknown woman’s body turns up in Zelda Shoemaker’s backyard gazebo.

Chief Deputy Brad Tucker puts Zelda at the top of his suspect list, thanks to a blackmail letter he finds in the dead woman’s pocket. Zelda’s best friend, Amy’s aunt Lydia Talbot, begs Amy to use her research skills to clear Zelda’s name. But the task is confounded by Zelda’s very out-of-character refusal to reveal why the victim might have blackmailed her.

Complicating matters further, Amy unearths records of a long-ago tragedy that casts doubt on Zelda’s innocence. She enlists hubby Richard, Aunt Lydia, art dealer Kurt Kendrick, Mayor Sunny Fields, and sundry other quirky townsfolk in a quest to exonerate Zelda. But will revealing the truth end up forcing Zelda to spend the rest of her life behind bars?

Meanwhile, the killer is still out there. Amy had better be fleet on her feet, because death is on her dance card, and her number may be up.

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

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: Renewed for Murder”

    1. It’s definitely one of my favorites! I really like that there’s a good variety of different things touched on. You get the library aspect but also arts and history.
      And I ADORE that the love interest not only isn’t law enforcement, but he’s not even in a stereotypically ‘masculine’ profession either.


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