Audiobook review of A Murder For the Books

August 23, 2018 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 1

Audiobook review of A Murder For the Books

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Murder for the Books by Victoria Gilbert
Length: 11 hours and 11 minutes
Published by Crooked Lane Books on December 12, 2017
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Amy Melissa Bentley
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Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.
Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families... including her own.
When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

Here is what I thought

Fleeing a disastrous love affair, librarian Amy  decides to move in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She gets a job at the local library which takes up a lot of her time. Her new neighbor comes in and he is a nice looking man whom she tells herself is of limits because of her previous relationship not going so well.

Richard Muir is a dancer turned teacher who inherits his great uncle’s home which is next to Amy’s aunts house. Richard’s house has a lot of history as it was said that the wife killed the previous owner and then disappeared. Richard decides he wants to try and find out what really happened and sense Amy is a librarian and good with research he ask her to help. She wasn’t really into it at first till they actually start to find some clues that leads to some things that makes the leader of the town not looks so good, even her own family.

Now she is curious to see what really happened but there is someone in town who wants the leave the past in the past and this gets Amy into a bit of trouble.

I found this book to be rather interesting and not your typical cozy as it didn’t start out with a dead body from the present but a case from the past that ends up with a murder in the present. It seems some do not want what happened back then to be found out! I did not guess the killer in this one so that is always cool.

I really liked Amy and Richard and it seemed right from the beginning that they were going to end up together and I found the pairing cute as a teacher and dancer is a lot different than many cozies. I look forward to getting to know more of the characters in this series and see what other troubles Amy can get into.

I would recommend this cozy!

The Narrator

This was my first time listening to Amy Melissa Bentley but I enjoyed her narration.

Audio rating: 4

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