Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)
Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle. Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first―but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire. The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished―or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy. When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events―and a dead body lying nearby―an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth.

Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3) Details

TitlePast Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3)
Author
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3) Review

  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    The local folklore was fascinating and the student outing around the bonfire was going well with the professor’s tales taking everyone in. But it was the person Amy Webber spotted on the edge of the clearing that gave her pause. She hadn’t seen him in a long time – what was he doing there?Amy was the director of the local Taylorsford Library, and research for the upcoming May Day festivities was part of her job. With her offsider Sunny, the two worked well together. The realization that one of t The local folklore was fascinating and the student outing around the bonfire was going well with the professor’s tales taking everyone in. But it was the person Amy Webber spotted on the edge of the clearing that gave her pause. She hadn’t seen him in a long time – what was he doing there?Amy was the director of the local Taylorsford Library, and research for the upcoming May Day festivities was part of her job. With her offsider Sunny, the two worked well together. The realization that one of the students had gone missing from the bonfire put a dampener on things, and when the local authorities were unable to find her, the worst was assumed. But it was the discovery of a body in the woods, alongside the confused and disoriented missing student that had Amy’s investigative antennae vibrating.What would be the outcome to the strange happenings in the woods surrounding Taylorsford? With Amy’s boyfriend implicated, would her research skills be enough to exonerate him and find the answers? Or was she putting herself in danger once again?Past Due for Murder is the 3rd in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries by Victoria Gilbert and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I have the previous two. Action, deception and lies are only some parts of this enticing tale; the main characters – Amy, Sunny, Aunt Lydia and Richard – are well crafted and great to catch up with again. I’m already looking forward to #4. Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5, rounding up. Past Due for Murder, the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, continues to follow the zany cast of characters from the first two books in yet another mystery.“Fact is fact, and fiction is fiction, and story is often a blend of both.”While still technically a cozy mystery, this book toes the line a bit, with more frequent action than you’d typically find in the genre. And this plot had plenty going on, keeping the story moving. Although the pacing was a bit incon 3.5, rounding up. Past Due for Murder, the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, continues to follow the zany cast of characters from the first two books in yet another mystery.“Fact is fact, and fiction is fiction, and story is often a blend of both.”While still technically a cozy mystery, this book toes the line a bit, with more frequent action than you’d typically find in the genre. And this plot had plenty going on, keeping the story moving. Although the pacing was a bit inconsistent throughout, the conclusion to the mystery coming sooner than I expected and a wrap up at the end that was a bit slower than I prefer.The strength in this book really lies in its characters, though. While some aspects of the plot felt slightly forced to keep the story moving, the characters, their relationships and drama, felt realistic and well rounded. The main character, Amy, has been relatable since the first book and has only grown more so with each installment.Although Past Due for Murder wasn’t the strongest book so far in this series, it was still quite enjoyable and I’d read another if the author continues on. I suppose you could technically read this as a standalone, but you’d miss the longer character arcs as well as several references to the prior books. If interested, I’d recommend starting with book one, A Murder for the Books.*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsPast Due for Murder takes us to Taylorsford, Virginia just in time for Spring and the town’s May Day celebration. Our protagonist Amy Webber has opened up the library archives for a professor and her students to research the local folklore. The will be making a presentation at the celebration. One of these students disappears during a bonfire event and police have organized a search. They also question the man in Amy’s life, Richard Muir. He was the woman’s dance instructor an Dollycas’s ThoughtsPast Due for Murder takes us to Taylorsford, Virginia just in time for Spring and the town’s May Day celebration. Our protagonist Amy Webber has opened up the library archives for a professor and her students to research the local folklore. The will be making a presentation at the celebration. One of these students disappears during a bonfire event and police have organized a search. They also question the man in Amy’s life, Richard Muir. He was the woman’s dance instructor and may have been the last person to see her before she went missing. The student is later found, next to a dead body. She is dazed and confused. Amy has been trying to use her talents first to find the student and now the murderer. She meets an elderly woman with stories to tell of the area that just may point her in the direction of the killer. It also could make her their next victim.Ms. Gilbert has written a story that links the present to the past in a very interesting way. The area folklore includes a story of two missing women, but what parts of the story are true and which are pure fabrication and how does it pertain to the current event of a missing woman and a murder? It is a twisted journey that captivated me right away.I loved the way the author brought in a woman who is basically a hermit now. I found this woman to be genuine and heartwarming. Having Amy visit to record her stories for the library’s archives was a brilliant idea. Many towns and libraries are doing this now. It makes me wish I had done the same with my parents and grandparents. Our history, our stories, fade due to poor memories and these records would be priceless. If these options are available to you jump on them while you can.The author also brings a man into the story, a neighbor to the woman, also someone who shuns society for his own reasons. He has a wonderful gift that he has mostly kept to himself but could he be a murderer?Sticking with new characters, Richard’s parents come to visit and it was quite the experience. No spoiler here, but answers to some of the questions I had about the man are answered.With great characters and plenty of twists and turns, this story takes us on quite a ride. The blend of folklore with a smidgen of fairies and magic was a delight. The ending was an ultimate surprise. This story is a wonderful addition to this series!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. Amy Webber is a librarian living in a small town in the Virginia part of the Blue Ridge mountains. Even though there is a nearby university, Appalachia folklore continues to play an important role in the consciousness of the locals, especially the older generation. They recall an unsolved disappearance of two young ladies from the late 1800's, one of whom was engaged to be married. As the book progresses, Amy can't help but think that this This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. Amy Webber is a librarian living in a small town in the Virginia part of the Blue Ridge mountains. Even though there is a nearby university, Appalachia folklore continues to play an important role in the consciousness of the locals, especially the older generation. They recall an unsolved disappearance of two young ladies from the late 1800's, one of whom was engaged to be married. As the book progresses, Amy can't help but think that this mystery might be connected to the current events in the book, including the disappearance of a university co-ed, an unsolved hit and run death, and the murder of a professor. The story also details her past relationship with her former boyfriend Charles, who now lives in town and how she now sees him, as well as her past self. There is also her current romance with professional dancer Richard. She has doubts about the relationship and that story continues to evolve as the book progresses. Overall, it was an enjoyable read. It wasn't a typical cozy mystery as it read more of a story. The pace seemed to be slow at some points and then speed up at others and I thought the ending dragged a bit. I liked the multiple layers of the mystery which unraveled as the book progressed, which kept my interest piqued. There were also an enjoyable number of other characters like her co-worker Sunny, Mary-the mysterious mountain woman, her aunt with whom she lives, and Richard's parents. I've decided to start with book one of this series, as others have recommended to me. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane for an advance digital review copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due for Murder is the third in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. A female student from the local university has gone missing. She is later found next to a dead body, but the student has no recollection of the events that brought her to where she was found. Suspicion is cast on Amy’s former love interest (Charles) and Amy’s current love interest (Richard). Could one of them harbor a sinister side? Although the book started off slow for me, it happily picked up the pace and I was engro Past Due for Murder is the third in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. A female student from the local university has gone missing. She is later found next to a dead body, but the student has no recollection of the events that brought her to where she was found. Suspicion is cast on Amy’s former love interest (Charles) and Amy’s current love interest (Richard). Could one of them harbor a sinister side? Although the book started off slow for me, it happily picked up the pace and I was engrossed. The twists and turns were delightful. This is an enjoyable series.
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free advanced digital copy of Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series featuring amateur sleuth Amy Webber. While the mystery stands alone, there are frequent references to earlier books in the series which provide information about the experiences Amy has had solving earlier mysteries. There are also secondary characters who seem to be regular characters in the series. It appears that to ful I received a free advanced digital copy of Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series featuring amateur sleuth Amy Webber. While the mystery stands alone, there are frequent references to earlier books in the series which provide information about the experiences Amy has had solving earlier mysteries. There are also secondary characters who seem to be regular characters in the series. It appears that to fully understand their relationships to Amy and their place in the world of the book, the reader would benefit from reading the books in order. This novel has a strong thread of folk stories featuring the disappearance of two young girls decades ago and the tales that have arisen explaining their vanishing as a result of mountain fairies who are said to lure people away to live in the mountains as bits of light. These fairies, also referred to as “the folk” and information about them make up a strong secondary story involving a local college professor who is researching their existence. Almost a third of the book is completed before the murder occurs, although there is a disappearance that is being explored from early on in the story. Much of the story is taken up explaining relationships between various individuals in the story and romantic relationship between Amy and her current boyfriend Richard with a strong reference to her failed relationship with former boyfriend, Charles. The storylines of relationships, love affairs, friendships, etc. are stronger than information about the murder and possible suspects, leading the novel to have a strong romance angle and at times comes through as stronger than the mystery itself. Pacing is somewhat choppy, with the book shifting from slow in spots, to fast, tension creating chapters toward the end of the book. In many instances characters tend toward being two-dimensional with hints at the existence of more substance that isn’t detailed in this book. Rather than clues and red herrings forming a trail to the end of the novel, there is more emphasis on Amy’s thoughts and reasoning about what is happening both in this novel and what has happened in previous experiences. The solutions to the murder, as well as other happenings within the book are the result of information that is provided at the end of the novel with little opportunity for the reader to solve the mystery on their own. While this novel may appeal to anyone who has a strong interest in mountain life and lore, it is tends more toward being a story with some mystery involved as opposed to a mystery puzzle for a reader to solve.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The third edition of Blue Ridge Library series is another pleasing episode. There are mystery lights on the ridge, rumors are plentiful about what is causing the lights. Was it faries or aliens? What happened to the 2 missing girls from 1848? Is there a treasure of gold coins somewhere? Taylorsford, Virginia has brought the Maypole back to highlight their spring festival. After the festivities, a young girl is missing and search for spread into mountains. Richard was her dance instructor and has The third edition of Blue Ridge Library series is another pleasing episode. There are mystery lights on the ridge, rumors are plentiful about what is causing the lights. Was it faries or aliens? What happened to the 2 missing girls from 1848? Is there a treasure of gold coins somewhere? Taylorsford, Virginia has brought the Maypole back to highlight their spring festival. After the festivities, a young girl is missing and search for spread into mountains. Richard was her dance instructor and has no alibi and becomes a person of interest. The girl is found unconscious next to a body that was dead. Will Amy find the answer for all strange happen before she becomes a victim? I highly recommend this book and series.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Micky Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent addition into the Blue Ridge Library series! This one really takes the characters further into their development and strengthens the personalities of each. I was already pleased with the character development that the author had built, but this book really enhanced the characters even further. That enhancement made an exciting plot even more interesting and intriguing. If you are looking for a great cozy mystery to get started with then this series is the one for you! While you Another excellent addition into the Blue Ridge Library series! This one really takes the characters further into their development and strengthens the personalities of each. I was already pleased with the character development that the author had built, but this book really enhanced the characters even further. That enhancement made an exciting plot even more interesting and intriguing. If you are looking for a great cozy mystery to get started with then this series is the one for you! While you can definitely read this book as a stand alone book, you are doing yourself a disservice to not read the entire series! The plot is full of layers with multiple characters getting a bit of the spotlight. You have ex's that have popped up, extended family members causing disruption, folklore leading to treasure hunting and of course a murder or two to solve! That just scratches the surface so grab the book, cuddle up and start reading! You really will enjoy the book if you like a good mystery!
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I love visiting with Head Librarian Amy Weber and her friends in Taylorsford, VA. Spring is on the way and the town is planning a May Day celebration with an spotlight on local folklore and legends. When one of the Clarion College students vanish, Amy's boyfriend Richard becomes a prime suspect. When the girl is finally found wandering a mountain trail with no memory the dead body next to her is now a focus. This is book 3 in the Blue Ridge Library cozy series and it's a good addition. I enjoyed I love visiting with Head Librarian Amy Weber and her friends in Taylorsford, VA. Spring is on the way and the town is planning a May Day celebration with an spotlight on local folklore and legends. When one of the Clarion College students vanish, Amy's boyfriend Richard becomes a prime suspect. When the girl is finally found wandering a mountain trail with no memory the dead body next to her is now a focus. This is book 3 in the Blue Ridge Library cozy series and it's a good addition. I enjoyed some of the research that Amy does and the way the town comes together. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. I confess it did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book; but once I was there, I couldn't put it down.Ms. Gilbert not only presented a delicious twisted mystery but took the time to delve more deeply into Amy, Richard and Sunny's characters in this book. She also added some secondary characters (both Amy and Richard's parents) that really allowed me to understand Amy and Richard a little better Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. I confess it did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book; but once I was there, I couldn't put it down.Ms. Gilbert not only presented a delicious twisted mystery but took the time to delve more deeply into Amy, Richard and Sunny's characters in this book. She also added some secondary characters (both Amy and Richard's parents) that really allowed me to understand Amy and Richard a little better. I always enjoy visiting Taylorsford and thanks to Ms. Gilbert's descriptive writing I can easily become immersed in the story. The plot twisted and turned with clues and red herrings that confused me (in a good way) that I had to keep turning the pages. The reveal was stunning for me. And the ending of the book was just the right touch of sweet romance. I'm ready for the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Jeanie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due for Murder is even better than the first two books in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries and I loved both of them. As a librarian, I enjoy the seeing her loving her job and seeing the job realistically presented, but I think I would enjoy those parts just as much if I were not a librarian. I love the romance when they are together, but sometimes I want to shake her when she has doubts about Richard, then I remind myself that it is her romantic past creating the toruble and that we all car Past Due for Murder is even better than the first two books in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries and I loved both of them. As a librarian, I enjoy the seeing her loving her job and seeing the job realistically presented, but I think I would enjoy those parts just as much if I were not a librarian. I love the romance when they are together, but sometimes I want to shake her when she has doubts about Richard, then I remind myself that it is her romantic past creating the toruble and that we all carry our pasts into our present. The mystery was complex enough for any reader and all of the new characters were interesting. There were several good twists that made it impossible to guess what happened next as long as you don't read the blurb. Good mystery fun all the way.I recieved a copy of this book via NetGAlley and loved it enough that I chose to share reviews.#NetGalley #PastDueForMurder.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due For Murder is the third book in the series.I did enjoy most of the book, but there were times I felt the story dragged on a bit.Amy Webber is a library director and has a knack for solving mysteries. This story involves a missing person, a murder and some interesting folk lore.The author does make references to the prior books, and though it can be read as a stand alone, the other books would shed light on some of the back story.I would recommend this series to those readers who enjoy a Past Due For Murder is the third book in the series.I did enjoy most of the book, but there were times I felt the story dragged on a bit.Amy Webber is a library director and has a knack for solving mysteries. This story involves a missing person, a murder and some interesting folk lore.The author does make references to the prior books, and though it can be read as a stand alone, the other books would shed light on some of the back story.I would recommend this series to those readers who enjoy a light cozy mystery.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert has us journeying to Taylorsford, Virginia. Amy Webber is the director of the Taylorsford Public Library and is hosting an event for the local Girl Scout troop. Professor Mona Raymond, a folklorist, is sharing folktales and local legends from the Blue Ridge Mountains with the girls. Amy has been assisting Mona with her research and learned about the fairy lights, two women who disappeared in 1879, and missing gold. Two of Mona’s students who are assisting Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert has us journeying to Taylorsford, Virginia. Amy Webber is the director of the Taylorsford Public Library and is hosting an event for the local Girl Scout troop. Professor Mona Raymond, a folklorist, is sharing folktales and local legends from the Blue Ridge Mountains with the girls. Amy has been assisting Mona with her research and learned about the fairy lights, two women who disappeared in 1879, and missing gold. Two of Mona’s students who are assisting at the event ask if Amy has seen their fellow student, Lacey Jacobs. No one has seen or heard from Lacey since the previous day. Lacey’s disappearance leads investigators to Richard Muir, choreographer, dancer and Amy’s boyfriend. Lacey was seen leaving his office in tears the day she disappeared. Amy knows that Richard would not harm Lacey, but she must admit that he has been acting odd recently. Lacey is finally found in the woods with Mona Raymond dead nearby. Lacey is in a coma and cannot assist investigators. Amy puts her natural curiosity and knack for research to use. She finds several people with motive for harming Mona and Lacey. Now she needs to ask questions to narrow down her suspect list and identify the killer. This killer, though, is not about to go quietly.Taylorsford is all atwitter as they prepare for the newly reinstated May Day festivities. Past Due For Murder begins by delving into the folk stories and legends of the area. There are a variety of tales that include the disappearance of two women over a century ago, the strange lights that arise from the forest floor that are attributed to fairies, and missing gold. Professor Raymond has spent the last few months in the library’s archives doing research with Amy’s assistance. Past Due for Murder is the third book in The Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, and I recommend reading the series in order. Past Due for Murder begins with a relaxed pace as we are eased into the multifaceted cozy mystery. In Past Due for Murder, there is the missing Lacey Jacobs, the murdered Mona Raymond, Amy worried about her relationship with Richard, the old tale of the two missing women and gold that vanished around the same time. The book starts off with the disappearance of Lacey and the murder then occurs a third of the way in. Amy uses her skills to investigate Mona’s death. She has several viable suspects and tension builds as Amy’s deductions lead her to the guilty party. The storylines all come together for a satisfying conclusion. I wish, though, that the whodunit had been harder to solve. Amy’s relationship with Richard is prominent throughout Past Due for Murder along with her past association with musician, Charles Bartos. There is a cute kitten, Loie in the story that has a perilous introduction. I especially enjoy the time spent at the Taylorsford library and their amazing archive room. The romantics will especially love the ending in Past Due for Murder. Past Due for Murder has fairies, May Day festivities, a cuddly kitten, a missing coed, romantic entanglements and a slain professor. Join Amy Webber on her latest adventure in Past Due for Murder.
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    This might be my favorite book in the series, and the ending was just awesome! I hadn't quite guessed the killer, because the author is very good at using red herrings. When a local college student went missing then was found near the body of her professor, the police weren't sure what to think, since there was no weapon found. Amy had talked to the woman just a few days before that and she'd told Amy she had some dirt on a local man and also the man Amy used to date, Charles Bartos. Amy just ha This might be my favorite book in the series, and the ending was just awesome! I hadn't quite guessed the killer, because the author is very good at using red herrings. When a local college student went missing then was found near the body of her professor, the police weren't sure what to think, since there was no weapon found. Amy had talked to the woman just a few days before that and she'd told Amy she had some dirt on a local man and also the man Amy used to date, Charles Bartos. Amy just had to investigate and was nearly killed towards the end, but she had heard a confession from the killer. I liked how it didn't just end with solving the case. It continued to the planned May Day festival, which was what Prof. Mona had wanted to revive. And old case from the 1800s was somewhat tied in with this one, at least the existence of some gold coins and a killing were solved. I love how Amy and Richard's relationship has grown, and aside from a small side mystery, they didn't keep anything from each other. It was interesting to see the two sets of parents interact. I definitely didn't like Richard's parents--and I don't think he likes them very much either. The end of the book was just perfect! I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the next installment in the Blue Ridge Library cozy mysteries and it is just as good as its predecessors. Head librarian Amy Webber is back again and this time she must not only help find a missing girl, solve a murder mystery, make peace with past heartbreak, and keep faith in her current love. Oh and there is the town folklore/legend project for May Day which she and her staff are helping a local professor to compile. The same professor who ends up dead, found not to far from where a m This is the next installment in the Blue Ridge Library cozy mysteries and it is just as good as its predecessors. Head librarian Amy Webber is back again and this time she must not only help find a missing girl, solve a murder mystery, make peace with past heartbreak, and keep faith in her current love. Oh and there is the town folklore/legend project for May Day which she and her staff are helping a local professor to compile. The same professor who ends up dead, found not to far from where a missing girl is recovered. No shortage of suspects from the grumpy hermit with a family history shrouded in mystery to the firefighter with orienteering skills. Such a lovely ending as well, that the next one can't get here fast enough!
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  • Jessica Wilhoite
    January 1, 1970
    I always love heading to Taylorsford and the Blue Ridge Library. In this story, the past meets the present meets the past - an old mystery is stirred up by a local professor who ends up murdered, and the other element of the past is that Amy's former flame, Charles is back. I had suspicions about the murderer in this one and I was right to a point - red herrings and all :)The ending was my favorite part - read it to see! 4.7 starsI voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
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  • Kendrea Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due for Murder is the 3rd Blue Ridge Library mystery by Victoria Gilbert. This is one of those cozy mystery series that just gets better with each new book. I truly love all of the main characters, even the shadier ones like Kurt. This book has several unexpected twists for the main characters, some bad, but some are really good. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book to see what happens next. As for the murder mystery itself, it was well-written and left me guessing. There are a f Past Due for Murder is the 3rd Blue Ridge Library mystery by Victoria Gilbert. This is one of those cozy mystery series that just gets better with each new book. I truly love all of the main characters, even the shadier ones like Kurt. This book has several unexpected twists for the main characters, some bad, but some are really good. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book to see what happens next. As for the murder mystery itself, it was well-written and left me guessing. There are a few other minor mysteries that play out in the book as well that I enjoyed, like the mountain lights and the fae. Being from northeast TN, I've heard about the mountain lights before. Of course, I've never heard it linked to faeries, but rather to spirits of Native Americans, which the author also mentions. So, it was fun to read a story involving a mystery that I grew up hearing about. If you've read one or both both books in this series before, you'll definitely enjoy this one. If you haven't read any of the books in this series yet, you can start with this book and not feel like you've missed too much (though I recommend starting with the first one and reading them all).Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.
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  • frugalitymom
    January 1, 1970
    Another excellent edition to a wonderful series! Full of twists and turns that leaves you wanting more and enjoying each moment until the end when the killer is caught.
  • Meg Gustafson
    January 1, 1970
    Although this is the third book in the Blueridge Library Mysteries, it the first book I have read by Ms. Gilbert. At first, I felt a little behind in knowing the characters, yet Ms. Gilbert brings you up to speed quickly with their background stories and the murders that happened in the past. Our protagonist is Amy Webber, director of the town’s library. As the director she was assisting one of the professors and her students from the local university in researching the folklore of the area. Whe Although this is the third book in the Blueridge Library Mysteries, it the first book I have read by Ms. Gilbert. At first, I felt a little behind in knowing the characters, yet Ms. Gilbert brings you up to speed quickly with their background stories and the murders that happened in the past. Our protagonist is Amy Webber, director of the town’s library. As the director she was assisting one of the professors and her students from the local university in researching the folklore of the area. When one of the professor’s students goes missing after hiking into the mountains, Amy finds herself caught up with the investigation. Especially since Richard, her boyfriend was questioned about the missing student since he was the last to see her after his dance class. Would the mystery of the missing girl become part of the folklore of the mountain folk, or fairies as some call them? As the professor continues to research the folklore of the area and the fact that two women also went missing in those mountains back in 1879, along with a bag of gold, she, as well as, her decide it time to find the gold. I loved the descriptions Ms. Gilbert uses as she paints a picture of the area and weaves the magic of the fairies and mountain lights into the story. I thought the way she incorporated the past story into the current story very cleaver. The characters are all well-developed, the backstories helpful, and the ending suspenseful! I was caught up in the story and did not want to put it down! I was also surprised at the ending. That’s a good thing. I will go back and read the first two as I would like to know a little more about Amy’s family. A great cozy read! I was provided this copy through NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a honest review.
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  • Patricia Romero
    January 1, 1970
    Library Director Amy Webber is back with another mystery to solve. It's Spring in Taylorsford and Amy is helping local students and their professor research  the local folklore.First up a bonfire with a gifted storyteller. There have long been talk of bobbing lights and fairies, missing gold and missing girls. When one of the girls at the bonfire disappears, things get a bit tense.Mountain people aren't know for their openness and the good professor has been poking in some very sensitive areas t Library Director Amy Webber is back with another mystery to solve. It's Spring in Taylorsford and Amy is helping local students and their professor research  the local folklore.First up a bonfire with a gifted storyteller. There have long been talk of bobbing lights and fairies, missing gold and missing girls. When one of the girls at the bonfire disappears, things get a bit tense.Mountain people aren't know for their openness and the good professor has been poking in some very sensitive areas that some residents want to keep closed forever.Even Amy's boyfriend, Richard becomes a suspect for a minute. Not to mention her ex Charles is living with his newest girlfriend in the same town. Amy stumbles on a clue cleaning up after the researchers and is determined to see this through and have it all cleared up before the Mayor's May Dance celebration. But everyone is acting squirrelly and when the missing girl turns up beside a dead body and a severe head injury that turns into a coma, the killer starts making mistakes.Will Amy be able to live through this one?I love how these books have grown. The characters are hitting their strides and I really enjoyed this one!Well Done!Netgalley/February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    There were quite a few mysteries interwoven in Past Due For Murder making for an interesting read. You do need to pay attention, though, so you don't lose any of the clues and to keep the plot straight as there were quite a few characters. It did seem to take a long time to get to the end, however (maybe that was due to the various sub-storylines) and some of the reasoning behind the main murders seemed to stretch the imagination. I did like the storyline about the mountain lights and the 1879 d There were quite a few mysteries interwoven in Past Due For Murder making for an interesting read. You do need to pay attention, though, so you don't lose any of the clues and to keep the plot straight as there were quite a few characters. It did seem to take a long time to get to the end, however (maybe that was due to the various sub-storylines) and some of the reasoning behind the main murders seemed to stretch the imagination. I did like the storyline about the mountain lights and the 1879 disappearances. I also enjoyed the town and library setting and the characters. Ms. Gilbert did a good job keeping me on my toes and guessing who the killer(s) could be until the very end. I would read more of the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series and books from Victoria Gilbert.Thank you, NetGalley for the advance copy of this book. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Cats of Ulthar March of Shoggoths
    January 1, 1970
    Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3Library Director Amy Webber is one determined heroine. Like fools who tread where angels fear to go, Amy perseveres even in the face of danger; and danger never scares her off. In the past year, she has faced multiple killers and much personal danger, but that never stops her. This is a heroine to admire! At the moment, her relationship with beloved neighbor Richard appears to be a little rocky, or at least he is being secretive. The composer who once badly broke h Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3Library Director Amy Webber is one determined heroine. Like fools who tread where angels fear to go, Amy perseveres even in the face of danger; and danger never scares her off. In the past year, she has faced multiple killers and much personal danger, but that never stops her. This is a heroine to admire! At the moment, her relationship with beloved neighbor Richard appears to be a little rocky, or at least he is being secretive. The composer who once badly broke her heart with his controlling ways and psychological abuse is back in the area, complete with new lady (the one in the wings when he was still seeing Amy). Richard's parents are coming to visit (oh, dear); and now a Clarion University student has gone missing in the mountains. Another professor at Clarion, a noted folklorist, is stirring up trouble about the composer and about an elderly mountain denizen of a long-established area family. Then troublemaking turns to death, and Amy is caught up in the thick of both multiple mysteries and danger.Author Victoria Gilbert keeps readers engrossed and turning those pages in the BLUE RIDGE LIBRARY MYSTERIES.
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  • Jessica Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.I am so in love with this series!! Set in a small mountain town full of great people you can love and an adorable library. We catch up with Any who runs the library just as they are heading up for a May Day festival. This is where the story gets interesting as we get several things going on all at once. There is a missing girl, eventually a dead body, and not one but two other cases that may be connected *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.I am so in love with this series!! Set in a small mountain town full of great people you can love and an adorable library. We catch up with Any who runs the library just as they are heading up for a May Day festival. This is where the story gets interesting as we get several things going on all at once. There is a missing girl, eventually a dead body, and not one but two other cases that may be connected. One of them is from the past quite a ways. Seeing all these strings come together was a work of magic as the story blended perfectly. My favorite had to be the final chapters with all the juicy details leading to that ending that made me so happy. An absolute must read for fans of copies with a library theme. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due for Murder is the first book I have read by Victoria Gilbert. It is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. Two girls missing, is there a treasure of gold coins, rumors, aliens or fairies all made this a well written murder mystery. The story kept me guessing as I got further into the book.I now need to go back and read the first two books. I received an ARC prior to publication and decided to voluntarily review it. Opinions are my own.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due For Murder is a cute cozy mystery. I like the library being involved in the story. It's entertaining and a fast read. No big surprises. Fans of cozies will enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
  • Fred
    January 1, 1970
    Past Due For Murder is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series.Mayor Blackstone wants to bring back the May Day celebrations from years past and has asked librarian Amy Webber to plan a program for the upcoming May Day. Amy asks Mona Raymond who has done extensive research on two girls that disappeared decades ago and who had probably died from exposure. But some people feel that they were lured in the underground court and forced to dance at fairy balls. When the bonfire where Past Due For Murder is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series.Mayor Blackstone wants to bring back the May Day celebrations from years past and has asked librarian Amy Webber to plan a program for the upcoming May Day. Amy asks Mona Raymond who has done extensive research on two girls that disappeared decades ago and who had probably died from exposure. But some people feel that they were lured in the underground court and forced to dance at fairy balls. When the bonfire where she was telling this tale, it is noticed that Lacy, one of Mona’s research students, has gone missing. The next day a search party is formed to look for Lacy. A day or two later Lacy is found next to the lifeless body of Mona.Since Lacy went missing during the bonfire, she feels that she needs to learn why Lacy has gone off to mountains by herself. Some folks in the area believe that girls that disappeared decades ago had several gold coins when they disappeared. Also figuring into her investigation is that she had seen her former boyfriend, Charles Bartos, having a very heated discussion with Mona. Mona had previously accused Bartos of stealing some of the music that he has claimed was his own. Even Amy’s current romantic interest, Richard Muir, who had Lacy in some of his dance classes, become a person of interest when he can’t provide a solid alibi.This is a well told and plotted story with an interesting cast of characters. Most of the characters from previous books are back to help Amy solve this exciting series.Looking forward to my next visit to Taylorsford.
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  • Katie Fitzgerald
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book of the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series, and the second one that I have read. My favorite thing about this series is the relationship between main character Amy and her boyfriend Richard, and their interactions were the strongest parts of this book. I could have lived without the cliched descriptions of Richard's parents' disappointment in his dancing career and their over-the-top nasty behavior toward Amy, but it was interesting to see how Amy and Richard each handled This is the third book of the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series, and the second one that I have read. My favorite thing about this series is the relationship between main character Amy and her boyfriend Richard, and their interactions were the strongest parts of this book. I could have lived without the cliched descriptions of Richard's parents' disappointment in his dancing career and their over-the-top nasty behavior toward Amy, but it was interesting to see how Amy and Richard each handled meeting the other's parents. For me, the mystery was a bit too complicated, with a lot of threads that I found difficult to keep organized in my mind, but I did like all the characters (especially Mary, the local folklorist), and I think the red herrings leading the reader away from figuring out the murderer were very effective. Also amusing were the scenes mentioning The Nightingale, the nickname Amy and her co-workers have given to the patron who inaccurately reshelves books in their library. I think every public library has one of those!
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    There were quite a few mysteries interwoven in Past Due For Murder making for an interesting read. You do need to pay attention, though, so you don't lose any of the clues and to keep the plot straight as there were quite a few characters. It did seem to take a long time to get to the end, however (maybe that was due to the various sub-storylines) and some of the reasoning behind the main murders seemed to stretch the imagination. I did like the storyline about the mountain lights and the 1879 d There were quite a few mysteries interwoven in Past Due For Murder making for an interesting read. You do need to pay attention, though, so you don't lose any of the clues and to keep the plot straight as there were quite a few characters. It did seem to take a long time to get to the end, however (maybe that was due to the various sub-storylines) and some of the reasoning behind the main murders seemed to stretch the imagination. I did like the storyline about the mountain lights and the 1879 disappearances. I also enjoyed the town and library setting and the characters. Ms. Gilbert did a good job keeping me on my toes and guessing who the killer(s) could be until the very end. I would read more of the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series and books from Victoria Gilbert.Thank you, NetGalley for the advance copy of this book. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a snuggle down and keep turning the pages book, we have local folklore and murder intertwined and only Amy's training will find the truth.In the run up to a May Day festival the local girl scout group is having a bonfire with a local folklore expert (Ramona Raymond know as Mona) telling tales (and then s'mores etc), four students are supposed to be helping out but only three have turned up, when the fourth one turns up a few days later incoherent and near the dead body Mona the town is o This is a snuggle down and keep turning the pages book, we have local folklore and murder intertwined and only Amy's training will find the truth.In the run up to a May Day festival the local girl scout group is having a bonfire with a local folklore expert (Ramona Raymond know as Mona) telling tales (and then s'mores etc), four students are supposed to be helping out but only three have turned up, when the fourth one turns up a few days later incoherent and near the dead body Mona the town is on high alert again.  Amy does what she does best which is research (which also takes her mind off the fact that Richard is being very distant), now she needs to sift the facts from the fiction and help the local police find out the truth (even if the truth hurts).
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  • Kay
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay story and the mystery, too convenient. Too bad I love the setting of this book. I wouldn't go out of my way to read the next.
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