Shelved Under Murder

Shelved Under Murder

Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies.October in Taylorsford, Virginia means it’s leaf peeping season, with bright colorful foliage and a delightful fresh crew of tourists attending the annual Heritage Festival which celebrates local history and arts and crafts. Library...

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Title:Shelved Under Murder
Author:Victoria Gilbert
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  • Brenda

    Library director Amy Webber and her off-sider Sunny enjoyed their work at the library, but it was particularly busy in the lead up to the annual Heritage Festival. They needed to price all the donated books before the start of the festival, as well as prepare art and various other crafts. Sunny knew a local artist who had promised to donate a couple of her paintings, so when Sunny, Amy and her next door neighbour, Richard Muir headed out to the farm where the artist operated from, they had no id

    Library director Amy Webber and her off-sider Sunny enjoyed their work at the library, but it was particularly busy in the lead up to the annual Heritage Festival. They needed to price all the donated books before the start of the festival, as well as prepare art and various other crafts. Sunny knew a local artist who had promised to donate a couple of her paintings, so when Sunny, Amy and her next door neighbour, Richard Muir headed out to the farm where the artist operated from, they had no idea it would be the beginning of another murder mystery – the second in only six months.

    When Richard and Amy discovered the artist’s body, they were shocked to discover a hidden room filled with more paintings. Amy was suspicious as she recognized some of the work – her research into art history gave her a knowledge that would help in the investigation. Chief Deputy Brad Tucker and his small team of police officers were out of their depth. Taylorsford in Virginia didn’t have a big police force and as more strange events continued to occur, Brad was tearing his hair out – and grateful for Amy’s assistance.

    But would they discover who the murderer was – and why she was killed? There was danger surrounding them as it soon became obvious that whoever it was would stop at nothing…

    is the 2nd in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series by Victoria Gilbert, and I was thoroughly entertained once again.

    is #1, which I loved – I can’t wait for the 3rd, which is

    , due to be released in 2019. Twists and turns, red herrings and loads of fun fill the pages in

    , and I highly recommend the series.

    With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read and review.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    We are back in Taylorsford just in time for the Heritage Festival. The library is hosting a yard sale fundraiser and a famous local artist has agreed to give some of her work to the sale. When Amy, her assistant Sunny, Richard, now her boyfriend arrive at the artist’s studio they make a horrible discovery. The artist dead on the floor. When police arrived on the scene, their search finds a hidden room filled with what appear to be forged paintings. With Amy’s background in art

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    We are back in Taylorsford just in time for the Heritage Festival. The library is hosting a yard sale fundraiser and a famous local artist has agreed to give some of her work to the sale. When Amy, her assistant Sunny, Richard, now her boyfriend arrive at the artist’s studio they make a horrible discovery. The artist dead on the floor. When police arrived on the scene, their search finds a hidden room filled with what appear to be forged paintings. With Amy’s background in art history research Chief Deputy Brad Tucker asks her to assist him by checking out the paintings. When the state’s art expert arrives Amy assists him too. Until he finds that her uncle, now deceased, may be connected to both the forgeries and the murder. When someone else is killed Amy knows she has to help find the killer, all the while hoping to clear her uncle of any wrongdoing.

    Being a librarian means more that shelving and checking out books. That is why degree, usually a master’s in Library Science is required for head librarians. The ability to navigate and manage information is a huge part of the job. With Amy’s minor in Art History, she is the perfect person to assist the police in find provenance for these found paintings and any other information to help the police solve the case. The author has written a very complex mystery and Amy plays a key role in solving it. Not knowing much about paintings like those in the story it was so much fun following along with Amy and all the revelations that were found throughout the story. I always enjoy learning something new when reading. This time I highlighted quite a few items I plan to research further.

    The main characters are continuing to develop nicely. The supporting cast, Zelda, Walt and Aunt Lydia are great too and have many humorous moments. There is one character that is hiding something. We got some major hints in this story and I am sure we will learn more in the next.

    The romance between Amy and Richard played a big part in this story. She is still recovering from her break-up and her confidence is a little shaky. Richard is the perfect man for her. He understands her insecurities and he really loves her. They have quite a moment near the end of the story that was so heart-warming and genuine.

    Again, Ms. Gilbert has written a mystery with great substance and allowed her characters to shine. She also brings the setting to life with her words. I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last.

    Shelved Under Murder is a fantastic addition to this series. I think I loved it more than the first book in the series, A Murder for the Books. Book #3 Past Due for Murder comes out on February 12, 2019. I can hardly wait.

  • Melanie

    was a wonderful addition to the

    series with a fantastic mystery for our characters to solve.

    For library director Amy Webber, October is all about the annual Heritage Festival and the library sale she runs as a fundraiser for the library. When Amy, her assistant Sunny, and Amy’s swoon-worthy boyfriend Richard go to pick up some paintings donated to the sale by a local artist they find the artist murdered instead. After some forged paintings are fo

    was a wonderful addition to the

    series with a fantastic mystery for our characters to solve.

    For library director Amy Webber, October is all about the annual Heritage Festival and the library sale she runs as a fundraiser for the library. When Amy, her assistant Sunny, and Amy’s swoon-worthy boyfriend Richard go to pick up some paintings donated to the sale by a local artist they find the artist murdered instead. After some forged paintings are found, Amy is enlisted by the sheriff to help with the investigation due to her art history background. But when the investigation uncovers a connection to Amy’s family, Amy is in a race to find the truth before the killer strikes again.

    delivers a solid and interesting mystery with several twists I didn’t see coming. The part of the story centered around the forged paintings was my favorite part of the book and I enjoyed where that story line went. My only complaint about the mystery plot is that I had guessed the identity of the killer from their first scene in the book. I don’t know if it’s due to my reading a lot of mystery books or if their identity just wasn’t well hidden, but to me it was obvious who the killer was immediately upon their introduction.

    Amy continues to be an enjoyable and relatable character that I connected with even more in this book than the first. Amy loves her job at the library and although she may not like some of the paperwork involved, she loves getting to interact with the patrons and helping them find what they’re looking for. The scenes where Amy is researching into the forged paintings were very well done and showed just how good Amy is at her job. Amy is quick-thinking and great at puzzling out problems which makes her an excellent main character for a cozy mystery series.

    The side characters continue to be a fantastic bunch and I enjoy them quite a bit. Amy’s relationship with Richard is progressing nicely and I’m loving the direction those two are headed. I feel they complement each other very well and I like seeing them together. Amy’s Aunt Lydia along with Lydia’s friends Zelda and Walt continue to provide some great humorous moments. We also learn more about Kurt, the shady art dealer and old acquaintance of Lydia, who is quite an interesting character and I’m curious to see where things go with him in the future.

    Despite my one small complaint about the mystery,

    had everything I love about cozy mysteries and the

    series is shaping up to be an amazing series. I can’t wait to see what the characters get up to next and would highly recommend this series.

  • Melindam

    ARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    3,5 stars for Book #2 in the cosy-mystery Blue Ridge Library Series.

    I did not find it as good as the first book in the series, but I still enjoyed this cosy mystery. I like the fact that the MC, Amy's involvement in the investigation as a librarian is totally plausible because of the small-town background and because the sheriff's office is a small one there.

    I like the small-town setting and that we get to meet again

    ARC received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    3,5 stars for Book #2 in the cosy-mystery Blue Ridge Library Series.

    I did not find it as good as the first book in the series, but I still enjoyed this cosy mystery. I like the fact that the MC, Amy's involvement in the investigation as a librarian is totally plausible because of the small-town background and because the sheriff's office is a small one there.

    I like the small-town setting and that we get to meet again the lovely, quirky second-characters.

    The investigation and the red herrings to mislead Amy were a bit too obvious, but all in all this was a satisfying read.

  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister

    This is a sweet, fun cozy mystery, and a great weekend read!!! 3.5 Stars!

    Victoria Gilbert offers her second installment in her Blue Ridge Library Mysteries and what an interesting ride! The settings for this book are so adorable, from the winding driveway up to the farm, to the town square hosting the Heritage Festival—Gilbert really has a way with descriptions that make the settings pop right off of the page!

    I do want to caution readers up front that this book heavily and frequently spoils the

    This is a sweet, fun cozy mystery, and a great weekend read!!! 3.5 Stars!

    Victoria Gilbert offers her second installment in her Blue Ridge Library Mysteries and what an interesting ride! The settings for this book are so adorable, from the winding driveway up to the farm, to the town square hosting the Heritage Festival—Gilbert really has a way with descriptions that make the settings pop right off of the page!

    I do want to caution readers up front that this book heavily and frequently spoils the first book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series (A Murder for the Books), so please go back and read these in order if that bothers you. I’m ok reading things out of order, but knowing the whodunit from the first book does make it difficult to recommend reading this first. That said, this book works as a standalone, so if you don’t plan to go back, feel free to jump in here!

    The book opens with Amy Webber, Director of the Blue Ridge Library in Taylorsford, Virginia, preparing for the annual Heritage Festival. The Festival attracts tourists from all over to celebrate the history of Taylorsford, and purchase some local arts and crafts. Amy and her colleague Sunny are running errands to pick up items for their sale, only to discover the dead body of a local, renowned artist murdered in her own studio!

    The police are on the scene quickly to investigate the murder. As the investigation progresses, the evidence only gets more confusing. Who was the man seen running away from the studio the day of the murder? Why would a local artist who keeps to herself be murdered? And, is there an underground art forgery ring going on with ties to Taylorsford?

    Lucky for the police, Amy has a degree in art history, and she’s able to help them look into the potential forgeries and the murder until an expert can arrive. But as Amy investigates, strange characters start cropping up all over town with links to the case. Amy may find that the case hits closer to home than she ever could have imagined. With a number of close calls, Amy finds herself in danger and desperate to help the police solve this crime before another body turns up—maybe even her own!

    With a cast of zany characters, some outlandish narrow escapes, and cute settings out the wazoo, this is a book many cozy mystery fans will enjoy!

    I found the pacing of this book quite odd. It would be slow for 10-15%, then speed up with action, then return to slow, then speed back up again. I do think readers should give that a chance because I got used to it and let the story just unfold. Often the slower parts are used to develop the characters through dialogue and interactions. Though important, they do detract a bit from the mystery (for instance, Amy takes a mini trip somewhere mid-mystery and it completely derailed the case for me). I think these are used to develop the character arcs for the series, but I do think the author could have done a better job tying them into the mystery more.

    Overall, this was a fun, quick read filled with wonderful settings and loveable characters!

    I want to thank NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books, and Victoria Gilbert for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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