MURDER CHECKS OUT (Blue Ridge Library 8)

Book Eight in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series.

Published by Crooked Lane Books on Nov. 14, 2023



It’s not all snowflakes and sugarplums when murder crashes Taylorsford’s first Winterfest town festival in the eighth installment of the Blue Ridge Library series, perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Ellery Adams.

Returning to her role as an amateur detective is the last thing library director Amy Muir wants. She’s already buried under an avalanche of responsibilities, including sharing the directorship of the local public library, parenting her holiday-obsessed five-year-old twins, and helping her choreographer husband, Richard, present The Nutcracker as part of the town’s festivities. With her frosty mother-in-law, Fiona, visiting for the holidays, Amy definitely has enough on her Christmas cookie plate.

But when the chair of the festival committee is found dead as Dickens’ proverbial door-nail at the town’s ice rink, Amy is determined to uncover the real perpetrator to protect her brother-in-law, Ethan Payne, who was placed at the scene. The clock is ticking down as Sheriff Brad Tucker is equally sure that Ethan is guilty.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the murderer hasn’t wrapped up his killing spree, and now, it might just be “lights out” on the holiday festivities—and on Amy’s life.

“[For] fans of Jenn McKinlay’s “Library Lover’s Mysteries” . . . The charming story balances Christmas and family with a mystery.”
–Library Journal

“[A] well-paced story with strong characters and lots of clues for the reader to follow . . . Fans will enjoy this entry in her series.”
New York Journal of Books

“Fans of small town murder mysteries will like the eighth book in the series, as will fans of this series.”
Red Carpet Crash