Something New — and Old

So, in addition to writing more in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series — which has historical elements but is set in contemporary times — I have started developing a new series.  This time, it is a historical mystery series, set in the 1920s.

It is still set in a rural area of Virginia, but in the Shenandoah Valley, between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Alleghany Mountains. The closest city in the area where the story is set is Winchester, Virginia, although the two main characters once worked in Washington, D.C.

This series has not yet been picked up for publication, because I am just developing it. Stay tuned for more news as I have it.

In the meantime, here are some photos to give you a sense of the time and place:

ca. 1920’s — Original caption: Tight quarters for the typists. In typical 1920’s get up. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

 

Signings! A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS Launches in Style

I was fortunate to have had three book events celebrating A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS over the last week:

First, a book discussion and signing for my book launch on Tues., Dec. 12th at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC.

Then a book signing at the Triangle Town Center Barnes & Noble in Raleigh, NC on Sat., Dec. 16th

And finally, a book signing at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC on Sun., Dec. 17th

All three went splendidly and I would like to thank the very gracious bookstores who hosted me and my book!

Virtual Book Tour for A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS

Starting Monday, Dec. 11th and running through Thursday, Dec. 21st, Great Escapes Book Tours is hosting a virtual book tour for A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS.

As part of the tour, I am giving away a signed copy of the hardback book and some swag to one lucky winner.  Starting on Dec. 11th, head over to the “Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book website” to enter the Rafflecopter!

You can also check out the post listing all the participating bloggers and more info. on the Great Escapes site here:  A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS Blog Tour 

As part of the tour, I am giving away a signed copy of the hardback book and some swag to one lucky winner.  Starting on Dec. 11th, head over to the “Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book website” to enter the Rafflecopter!

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

December 11 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

December 12 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 12 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW

December 13 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

December 13 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW

December 14 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

December 14 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

December 14 – Bea’s Book Nook – REVIEW

December 15 – Jane Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 15 – That’s What She’s Reading – REVIEW

December 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

December 16 – The Power of Words – REVIEW

December 16 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

December 16 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 17 – The Montana Bookaholic – SPOTLIGHT

December 18 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

December 18 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 19 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

December 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

December 19 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 20 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

December 20 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

December 21 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW

December 21 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT

December 21 – Girl with Book Lungs – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Author Copies Have Arrived!

My author copies of A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS arrived today from my publisher, Crooked Lane Books.

This is the first book I’ve had published in a hardback edition (in addition to eBook and paperback) so to say that I am very excited is definitely an understatement!

A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS officially releases on December 12th.  The next book in the series, SHELVED UNDER MURDER is already going through edits and will be published in July 2018.

IndiePicks Magazine Review of A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS

Another great review! This one is from the charter issue of IndiePicks Magazine.

See the first issue and learn about this great new review source here:

https://indiepicksmag.com/

A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Line Mystery. Gilbert, Victoria. Crooked Lane. 

A mystery set in a small town can be perfect. There’s something about the same people being around each other for decades that adds an Agatha Christie, trapped-in-a-mansion-with-a-killer motif to even tales set in the quaintest environs. (Perhaps, especially those.) In Victoria Gilbert’s modern take on village sleuthing, A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Line Mystery (Crooked Lane, $26.99, ISBN 9781683314394), Amy Webber is a librarian who lives with her elderly aunt in a rambling old house in Taylorsford, Virginia. (Librarians should note that, despite the book’s slightly clichéd title, the small library featured here—and Amy’s role in it—rings true, which is unsurprising as author Gilbert is a librarian.) Amy’s life is as you’d expect—busy workdays and evenings spent gardening and passing the time with neighbors and family. She’s also slowly getting over smarmy ex-boyfriend Charles, whom she’s starting to realize is better off in her past. But all is not well. Under the town’s placid surface, old resentments and wrongdoings fester, and the polite pretensions that keep them hidden can’t be maintained when there’s a murder at the library. The investigation that ensues happily causes Amy to have more interaction with a handsome new neighbor, but mostly it causes tongues to wag and the town’s rifts to deepen. Can Amy find out who committed the murder without jeopardizing those that she loves? Is her new romance a good idea or is she just asking for more heartbreak? And perhaps most puzzling of all, who was behind a notorious crime in the town’s history, one that has rumors still swirling? 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. Until then, pick up some of the books in Elizabeth Kate Buzzelli’s Little Library Mystery series, also published by Crooked Lane.
IndiePicks Magazine

 

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