Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #3) by Victoria Gilbert
Published February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
I have been enjoying this series very much and Past Due for Murder was a great addition to the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries. As we meet up with our protagonist, Amy Webber, we find her at a Spring Bonfire where a local folklorist is sharing stories about missing girls and fairies luring them with lights. Amy is also working with a local professor and her students on a research project about the town’s history and folklore to share at the revived May Day celebrations. When one of the students goes mission, Amy gets involved with the search, especially as Richard’s name is being bandied about as a possible suspect. She is busy with all this, as well as trying to deal with her feelings about her relationship with her neighbour, Richard Muir. Richard has gone home for a family party and Amy has not heard from him regularly and he is not responding to her texts. Throw in meeting the parents of your boyfriend and Amy has more to deal with than she bargained for.
I am enjoying seeing Amy’s and Richard’s relationship grow. They have normal problems to deal with and they are very relatable and likeable. Amy is a great protagonist who continues to work hard for the town, follow her heart, take care of family and remain loyal to her friends. Sunny was also back in this book, but had a much smaller role in this book. I hope she returns to a larger role in the future books. As the mystery unfolded, I had a tough time figuring out who the culprit was. As the reveal was presented, I could see the clues along the way and I was satisfied with the culprit. I liked that the book didn’t just end with solving the case, but continued to the May Day festival, tying up the loose ends that were presented at the beginning of the book. I also enjoyed hearing about Richard’s dancing, especially after meeting his parents earlier in the book and seeing how much they were disappointed with his choice of career. I also enjoyed the conclusion of the case of the missing gold coins that we have heard about in this and previous books. Overall, a very satisfactory ending to a great mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: Has a curse fallen on the small town of Taylorsford, Virginia? After a young woman goes missing during a spring bonfire, library director Amy Webber must wade through the web of lies only to find a truth that she may not want to untangle.
Spring has sprung in quaint Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s long-defunct May Day celebration to boost tourism. As part of the festivities, library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a research project and presentation by a local folklore expert. All seems well at first―but spring takes on a sudden chill when a university student inexplicably vanishes during a bonfire.
The local police cast a wide net to find the missing woman, but in a shocking turn of events, Amy’s swoon-worthy neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest in the case. Not only is Richard the woman’s dance instructor, he also doesn’t have an alibi for the night the student vanished―or at least not one he’ll divulge, even to Amy.
When the missing student is finally discovered lost in the mountains, with no memory of recent events―and a dead body lying nearby―an already disturbing mystery takes on a sinister new hue. Blessed with her innate curiosity and a librarian’s gift for research, Amy may be the only one who can learn the truth.
About the Author: Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountain, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian.
She holds a B.A. in Theatre, a M.A. in Library Science, a second M.A. in Liberal Studies, and is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.
When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and some very spoiled cats.