Publishers Weekly Review of A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS

I’m delighted to receive a great review on A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS from Publishers Weekly:

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery

Victoria Gilbert. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-68331-439-4

Amy Webber, the narrator of Gilbert’s captivating first novel and series launch, escaped an embarrassing end to her last job and romance by returning to her ancestral family home in insular Taylorsford, Va., where she is now the town librarian. Amy’s next door neighbor is the handsome, forthright, and single Richard Muir, a classically trained dancer and college instructor, who inherited an old house that once belonged to his late great-uncle, novelist Paul Dassin. According to town gossip, the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, Eleanora Cooper, with whom Paul was in love. Eleanora was acquitted of the crime, then disappeared. Richard asks Amy to assist in his research to clear Eleanora’s name. Amy and Richard’s discovery of a body in the public library archive building puts them on a path leading toward terrifying family secrets—and solutions to both past and present murders. Cozy fans will look forward to seeing more of the appealing Amy. Agent: Frances Black, Literary Counsel. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/23/2017
Release date: 12/01/2017
Paperback – 352 pages – 978-1-68331-607-7

PUBLICATION NEWS — 3-BOOK DEAL ON MY COZY MYSTERY SERIES!

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed a three book contract with Crooked Lane Books for my Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series.

Book One — A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS — will be published in December 2017, with the next two books releasing later in 2018 and in early 2019.

My editor is Faith Black Ross, who acquired the books for Crooked Lane. My agent, Frances Black of Literary Counsel, brokered the deal.

I’ve discovered a great love for writing mysteries (it makes sense, as I have always loved to read them) so I am very excited to embark on this new writing adventure.

Welcome to My Blog

Hello, welcome to my blog! I will be primarily posting book-related news and posts, but also plan to talk about my experience growing up in a rural area very similar to the fictional town from my debut cozy mystery, CATALOG OF DEATH.

The town of Taylorsford in CATALOG OF DEATH is nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia. How small is it? Well, although its history stretches back to before the American Revolution, the town has yet to acquire a flashing red warning light, much less a stoplight.

But it does have a library, and a historic Carnegie library at that. In CATALOG you’ll meet the library’s new director, Amy Webber. Amy is almost a Taylorsford native, as it’s her mother’s hometown, but she’s still labeled an “outsider” because she was born and raised elsewhere. Amy lives with her aunt, Lydia Talbot, a descendent of one of Taylorsford’s most prominent families. Sadly, historical wealth can’t maintain Lydia’s beautiful Queen Anne Revival home, so she and Amy must keep up the house with limited funds and a lot of elbow grease.

Of course, neighbors are essential to any small town story, and Amy and Lydia’s new neighbor—dancer turned choreographer and teacher, Richard Muir—proves to be just the change that “sworn-off-of-love” Amy needs, although she doesn’t quite realize it at first.

Despite its charms, Taylorsford is not immune to tragedy. An inexplicable murder sets off chain of events that embroils Amy, Lydia, and their friends in an investigation that also unearths long-buried facts about two historical events—a scandalous nineteen-twenties murder trial, and tragic deaths at a nineteen-fifties orphanage.

As a librarian and long-time resident of small towns, I invite you to enter the world of Taylorsford—a world I know quite well, and love dearly.  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 stop by and visit for a while. Taylorsford and I welcome you!