My cozy mystery series — The Blue Ridge Library Mystery series —  features a thirty-something librarian who uses research and logic to help solve murders in her small town.   The series is published by Crooked Lane Books. Book one — A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS — released in Dec. 2017 and is now available wherever books are sold.

Book two — SHELVED UNDER MURDER — will be published on July 10, 2018, and the third book — PAST DUE FOR MURDER — on Feb. 12, 2019.

As a librarian and long-time resident of small towns, I invite you to enter the world of my mystery series. Whether you enjoy the coziness of a small town setting, the thrill of suspense, the humor of everyday life, the charm of history, or the warmth of romance, I hope you’ll find a reason to visit for a while. I’d also love to hear from you, so please feel free to connect with me via my contact page or social media links.

Thanks for stopping by. You’re always welcome!

— Victoria


Long-listed for a 2018 Southern Book Prize

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) “Okra Pick” for Fall 2017

“This debut mystery and series launch by a former librarian is an intriguing cozy that combines historical tidbits, a taste of the supernatural, a budding romance, and humor. Fans of Miranda James and Jenn McKinlay will welcome a new librarian sleuth to the fold.” — Library Journal

“As cozy mysteries go, this is one of the best.” — NY Journal of Books

“Gilbert’s series kickoff offers an intricate mystery, an interesting look at the past, and a clever and determined heroine.” — Kirkus Review

“Captivating… Cozy fans will look forward to seeing more of the appealing Amy.” — Publishers Weekly

“Gilbert keeps readers wondering till the tale’s rewarding conclusion, one that they will not see coming and that will leave them wanting more from the author; more is on the way, with the second book in the series slated for July 2018.” –- Indiepicks Magazine

“Nicely framed by details of library work and research.” –- Booklist

“An intricately plotted library whodunit that both cozy readers and librarians will love!”  –- Amanda Flower, Agatha Award-winning author of Assaulted Caramel

“With A Murder for the Books debut author Victoria Gilbert delivers an entertaining mystery with a sizzle of romance, a dash of history and a scintillating hint of the supernatural.  Cozy readers will find all the right elements to curl up and have fun.” — Victoria Abbott author of the award-winning Book Collector Mysteries

“Small towns hide big secrets, and Taylorsford is no exception—a perfect cozy setting with eccentric locals, a handsome neighbor, and a wise, determined librarian who turns detective to solve a decades-old murder. Great fun!” –- Julia Buckley, author of the Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries

“This book pulled me in from the first, humorous paragraph. Spunky librarian Amy will delight readers with her wit and research skills as she solves both modern day and historical murders. A captivating cast of secondary characters and a dollop of romance add spice to this promising debut. I can’t wait for the next in the series.” –- Laura DiSilverio, national bestselling and award-winning author of the Readaholics Book Club series