Library Manager Amy and dancer Richard are getting married! However, a pre-wedding reception at art gallery owner Kurt’s house is tragically interrupted when Kurt’s rival art collector, Oscar, is found murdered in the yard.
Intrepid amateur detectives Amy and her best friend and library employee Sunny, of course, try and find the murderer. Could Oscar have been murdered over an upcoming purchase of a rare Chauncer illustrated manuscript? Will the investigation interrupt the wedding in unexpectedly humorous ways?
There is a special enjoyment in finding a cozy mystery with such engaging and genuine characters when the first book is released and reading each subsequent entry as they are published. While I recommend reading this series in order to see the characters’ story arcs in full, you can jump in at this point and enjoy the mystery too. However, you might want to set aside some time to read the rest of the series afterwards.
As I mentioned above, I love the characters within this series. It is looking increasingly like we won’t be able to see our real-life families this holiday season, so it is nice to spend some virtual time with Amy, Sunny and Richard again. I feel like I’m catching up with old friends.
The mystery within A Deadly Edition is a real puzzler. With plenty of suspects and some twists along the way, Amy and Sunny have their work cut out for them, as do you, armchair detectives! With the wedding providing a hilarious backdrop to all the serious sleuthing, A Deadly Edition is highly recommended and a favorite read! 5 stars!
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
About A Deadly Edition
A Deadly Edition: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (December 8, 2020)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Kindle ASIN: B085N3KN7L
‘Til death do us part” could be closer than the bride realizes in Victoria Gilbert’s tantalizing fifth Blue Ridge Library mystery.”
The pursuit to acquire a rare illustrated book turns deadly, and on the eve of her upcoming wedding, library director Amy Webber is drawn into a web of treachery and betrayal that could derail her happy day–and maybe just claim her life.
Planning a wedding can be murder–sometimes literally. At a party celebrating their upcoming nuptials, Taylorsford, Virginia library director Amy Webber and her fiancé Richard Muir discover the body of art dealer Oscar Selvaggio–a bitter rival of their host, Kurt Kendrick.
Both had been in a heated battle to purchase a rare illustrated volume created by William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, so suspicion immediately falls upon Kurt. Amy knows that Kurt has a closet-full of skeletons from his past–but she can’t believe he’s guilty of murder.
Amidst an avalanche of wedding preparations, Amy begins an investigation with the help of her aunt Lydia Talbot and the new mayor of Taylorsford, Sunshine “Sunny” Fields. Much to Lydia’s dismay, her boyfriend, art expert Hugh Chen, becomes convinced of Kurt’s guilt and launches an investigation of his own. As the case hits painfully close to home, the stakes become impossibly high–and the danger all too real.
About Victoria Gilbert
Raised in a historic small town near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Victoria Gilbert turned her early obsession with books into a dual career as an author and librarian.
Victoria writes the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, the Booklover’s B&B series, and the upcoming Hunter and Clewe traditional mystery series for Crooked Lane Books. She has also published fantasy with Snowy Wings Publishing.
A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, Victoria is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel. She lives near Winston-Salem, NC with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.
Website (includes blog): http://victoriagilbertmysteries.com/
FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaGilbertMysteryAuthor/
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Gilbert/e/B071ZQZN1P
Blue Ridge Library Mystery series:
A MURDER FOR THE BOOKS: http://www.crookedlanebooks.com/titles/a-murder-for-the-books/
SHELVED UNDER MURDER: http://www.crookedlanebooks.com/titles/shelved-under-murder/
PAST DUE FOR MURDER: http://www.crookedlanebooks.com/titles/past-due-for-murder/
Booklover’s B&B series:
RESERVED FOR MURDER (preorder): https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/659504/reserved-for-murder-by-victoria-gilbert/
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