cover image Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Victoria Gilbert. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-64385-243-0

The discovery of a body on the farm of mayoral candidate Sunny Fields’s grandparents propels Gilbert’s diverting fourth Blue Ridge Library mystery set in Taylorsford, Va. (after 2019’s Past Due for Murder). Since a scandal connected to Sunny’s family wouldn’t be good for her candidacy, her best friend, librarian Amy Webber, steps up to help. Amy proposes to use her research skills to try to clear the grandparents, who once ran a commune on the farm. When the skeletal remains, showing signs of foul play, are identified as those of a man who went missing from the commune back in the 1960s, the cold case starts to heat up. Amy’s 66-year-old aunt, Lydia Talbot, is a good source of information, while Lydia’s significant other, Hugh Chen, and Amy’s fiancé, Richard Muir, also assist in the sleuthing. The stakes rise with a second murder, but is it connected to the first one? The plot builds to a complex but satisfying solution. Cozy fans will hope Amy will return soon. [em]Agent: Frances Black, Literary Counsel. (Jan.) [/em]