Sunday, January 12, 2020

Bound for Murder - A Review & Giveaway


BOUND FOR MURDER by Victoria Gilbert
The Fourth Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Sunny's grandparents are always mellow and full of light and love, after all, they ran a commune on what's now their now organic farm in the 1960s. But the county dredging up the creekbed adjoining their farm has them getting upset. The noise and possible destruction of trees is nothing compared to what the workers discover- a human skeleton. Everyone is quick to blame the grands, especially when the remains turn out to be those of a former commune member. Librarian Amy Webber agrees to give former commune members a heads up that a visit from law enforcement officials could be imminent while also assisting the Sheriff with some research. However, when a former commune member is shot and Amy is warned to stay away from the investigation, she decides to simply be more discrete. Will her research uncover the truth before she's put out of circulation?

The danger of old secrets coming to light is the crux of this fourth Blue Ridge Library Mystery. Blame, regret, and shame can fester. Things thought left far behind can reappear and wreak havoc on the life you've made, opening up old wounds and causing new hurts.

I truly enjoy a novel where an old crime is the heart of the mystery. I appreciate when most of the suspects are of a certain age. Old timers can be just as dangerous as the youth, and Kurt is a prime example of that.

Relationships continue to play a major role here. Amy and Richard hit their stride while planning a wedding with"help" from almost everyone-from strangers to family. How they deal with Richard's mother and two mischievous scene stealers is stellar! Then there are the relationships between friends, couples, and family, all providing even more meat to the story.

An intricately plotted mystery with lots of red herrings and subtle clues, BOUND FOR MURDER shows that past decisions can not only impact you, but those around you. Who knew research could get you into so much trouble?


Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert

About Bound for Murder

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series  
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (January 7, 2020)  
Hardcover: 304 pages
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.

About Virginia Gilbert

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. Victoria has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and lives in North Carolina. This is her fourth Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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  1. Thanks for participating in my blog tour and for the lovely review!

  2. Thank you for giving out a print copy and this sounds so good i would love to read and review! peggy clayton

  3. I love the series.. I read it from the library when they have it but would always prefer to own my own copy for my personal library.. My kids prefer my books to the library's.
    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. I am a fan of Victoria Gilbert's books and I enjoy getting an early start on the insight into a book. My fingers are crossed. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. I so enjoy cozies. Thanks for this opportunity.

  6. Thank you for your review on "BOUND FOR MURDER" by Victoria Gilbert and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book. I have it on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read sooner than later.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net