Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Series #3)

Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Series #3)

by Victoria Gilbert

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For fans of Miranda James and Jenn McKinlay, the third conspiratorially delightful third entry in Victoria Gilbert’s critically acclaimed Blue Ridge Library mysteries.

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 in Past Due for Murder, Victoria Gilbert’s third charming Blue Ridge Library mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683318743
Publisher: CROOKED LANE BOOKS
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Blue Ridge Library Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 202,470
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Victoria Gilbert, raised in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, turned her early obsession with reading into a dual career as an author and librarian. Victoria has worked as a reference librarian, research librarian, and library director. When not writing or reading, she likes to spend her time watching films, gardening, or traveling. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers and lives in North Carolina. This is her third Blue Ridge Library mystery.

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Past Due for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 3 Narration 3 Story 2 Notable for the unique characters and small town setting that drive this series, the third book in the series picks up with the next big town celebration, the renewal of a May Day festival. Amy, our librarian with a penchant for solving murder, has done the research into this long-defunct town tradition, and has prepared a presentation for the tourists and locals the event is meant to bring. If you’ve followed along, you’ll know that Amy is a research demon, and her innate curiosity have had her right in the mix of earlier cases. And this will be no exception. The bonfire was to combine research, storytelling and a fun night for university students turned into so much more: on the outskirts of the fire Amy spots someone who she hadn’t seen in ages and had no idea why he was in Taylorsford, and then a student goes missing – turning up with no memory of what happened and next to a body. The mystery and questions are afoot and from here we see how the story will unfold: suspects, questions and all. Driving this series forward, more than the mysteries that pop up are the characters and their relationships – feeling natural, plausible and developing in ways that honor past events and propel us forward for more. More even than in the last story, the action, lies and discoveries come fast and furious here- and perhaps feel occasionally forced in what was a rush to solve the murder and discover the culprit. Not quite as many red-herrings, and moments of unevenness in pacing and forward motion made this the least successful of the series - but still wholly enjoyable. It’s a clever escape to a small town where the personal connections are clearly as intriguing and interesting as the mysteries – the series has plenty to offer as it is clear, from development and time passing, to see changes in connections, a sense of ‘home’ from Amy and plenty of humor and history as Taylorsford is described and its history revealed. Narration for this story is again provided by Colleen Marlo – and her ability to present the story, allowing for moments one needs to process information, without guiding listeners to any one specific conclusion is a solid asset to this series. While the zanier characters are allowed their moments, the descriptions, conversations and Amy’s character are allowed to feel natural and plausible: she’s someone you want to know – and travelling through a mystery with her is much like an adventure- her curiosity is never-ending and her ability to sort through it all, even with the deceptions, is enjoyable. While not my favorite in the series, this was a solid installment that tied neatly to the books before it, and gave me more to look forward to with the next. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Suzanne Costner More than 1 year ago
One would think that hosting a bonfire and storytelling session would be fun, even if you were in charge of refreshments. And it seems that having a professor of folklore in town as part of a grant could only be a positive thing for the library. But as readers learn, nothing is ever that simple. For Amy Webber, the director of the public library, there is plenty of trouble involved when one of the professor's students goes missing. Then, while everyone in town is looking for the missing young woman, a dead body is discovered. Are there connections between the two incidents? Has the young woman also suffered foul play? Who could have killed the victim and why? As usual Amy and her research skills come in handy for the investigators, but that will also put her at risk if the murderer decides that she knows too much. The plot keeps revealing new details and possible connections between the characters, making it hard to decide which of them could be the guilty party. In Amy's case, she is distracted by odd behavior from her boyfriend, the presence of a former boyfriend in town, and dealing with a research team that is looking into local history. The description of small town life with all its complicated relationships and traditions is very believable. The characters are distinct and entertaining, and readers will return for further visits in Taylorsford feeling as though they are reuniting with old friends.
GratefulGrandma 5 months ago
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.
lghiggins 7 months ago
Amy, a library director, juggles many roles from hosting special events to encourage community involvement to maintaining an archive to preserve local history. In Victoria Gilbert’s Past Due for Murder, Amy finds herself in the middle of a myriad of questions. Some are personal and others extend to the community: Why is her boyfriend Richard acting differently and lying? What happened to the missing student Lacey? Why does graduate student Trish hate Lacey so deeply? Did Charles, Amy’s ex-boyfriend, steal another professor’s ideas and why is he back in town? Is there blackmail going on at Clarion University? Who would be motivated so strongly that they would commit murder? As Amy discovers the answers to some questions, more arise and they form a tangled mess which gets unraveled in the end. This cozy mystery is a page turner you won’t want to miss. I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
ethel55 10 months ago
It took me a little time to get into this story, but the town of Taylorsford and Amy won me over quickly. I truly liked the atmosphere of the Mountains and how tales of the old fairy folk add wispy bits to both an old story of missing women and the new one. I felt like I was reading very slowly, the descriptions of the area and the relationships were so deep and interesting. It was a good mystery that had many threads running along and Gilbert was able to concoct a good ending.
Betababe More than 1 year ago
Shhh! No Guns in the Library! Not that there isn't drama and excitement and murder and mayhem, but somehow I think "gentle"--code for library quiet? I love the descriptions of Appalachian legends and the open-ended possibilities of the Folk. This is the third in the series and I've been fortunate to have read them in order so as to enjoy the unfolding relationships in the long-term story arc. But each tale does stand alone and any references to prior events are sufficient for the action in the current novel. I continue to greatly enjoy author Victoria Gilbert's interesting plots, relaxed prose, and fully detailed characters.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Taylorsford is all atwitter as they prepare for the newly reinstated May Day festivities. Past Due For Murder begins by delving into the folk stories and legends of the area. There are a variety of tales that include the disappearance of two women over a century ago, the strange lights that arise from the forest floor that are attributed to fairies, and missing gold. Professor Raymond has spent the last few months in the library’s archives doing research with Amy’s assistance. Past Due for Murder is the third book in The Blue Ridge Library Mystery series, and I recommend reading the series in order. Past Due for Murder begins with a relaxed pace as we are eased into the multifaceted cozy mystery. In Past Due for Murder, there is the missing Lacey Jacobs, the murdered Mona Raymond, Amy worried about her relationship with Richard, the old tale of the two missing women and gold that vanished around the same time. The book starts off with the disappearance of Lacey and the murder then occurs a third of the way in. Amy uses her skills to investigate Mona’s death. She has several viable suspects and tension builds as Amy’s deductions lead her to the guilty party. The storylines all come together for a satisfying conclusion. I wish, though, that the whodunit had been harder to solve. Amy’s relationship with Richard is prominent throughout Past Due for Murder along with her past association with musician, Charles Bartos. There is a cute kitten, Loie in the story that has a perilous introduction. I especially enjoy the time spent at the Taylorsford library and their amazing archive room. The romantics will especially love the ending in Past Due for Murder. Past Due for Murder has fairies, May Day festivities, a cuddly kitten, a missing coed, romantic entanglements and a slain professor. Join Amy Webber on her latest adventure in Past Due for Murder.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
This is a series that I have come to love. I had the opportunity to read the 2nd book and really enjoyed it so I was glad to have this chance to read more. As I said in my previous review the small quaint and quiet town of Taylorsford isn't so quiet. There is more crime and drama happening giving the reader a few hours of reading enjoyment. I've enjoyed the characters of the series and enjoyed them more with this one. Things change a bit when Richard Amy's boyfriend gets tangled in something and ends up becoming a person of interest in the police investigation. This is a fun cozy series. I have enjoyed every moment and look forward to more! I received a complimentary copy. My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters, interesting.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
There's a lot going on in Taylorsville, Virginia and Amy Webber is smack in the middle of it all, or so it seems. From helping patrons at library to learning learning more about the local history from elderly residents and collecting their stories, Amy is a busy girl. Add to that a visit from her parents, and her boyfriend's parents at the same time and she's got her hands full. But when a local student disappears and a professor is murdered, Amy finds herself trying to figure out who done it. I really enjoy this series and this is by far my favorite one yet! While you can read this as a standalone, for those of us who enjoy the series, it's great to see the lives of the characters evolving and moving forward. It part of what keeps me coming back for the next installment. Speaking of which, I can't wait for the next entry in this series!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Past Due for Murder takes us to Taylorsford, Virginia just in time for Spring and the town’s May Day celebration. Our protagonist Amy Webber has opened up the library archives for a professor and her students to research the local folklore. The will be making a presentation at the celebration. One of these students disappears during a bonfire event and police have organized a search. They also question the man in Amy’s life, Richard Muir. He was the woman’s dance instructor and may have been the last person to see her before she went missing. The student is later found, next to a dead body. She is dazed and confused. Amy has been trying to use her talents first to find the student and now the murderer. She meets an elderly woman with stories to tell of the area that just may point her in the direction of the killer. It also could make her their next victim. Ms. Gilbert has written a story that links the present to the past in a very interesting way. The area folklore includes a story of two missing women, but what parts of the story are true and which are pure fabrication and how does it pertain to the current event of a missing woman and a murder? It is a twisted journey that captivated me right away. I loved the way the author brought in a woman who is basically a hermit now. I found this woman to be genuine and heartwarming. Having Amy visit to record her stories for the library’s archives was a brilliant idea. Many towns and libraries are doing this now. It makes me wish I had done the same with my parents and grandparents. Our history, our stories, fade due to poor memories and these records would be priceless. If these options are available to you jump on them while you can. The author also brings a man into the story, a neighbor to the woman, also someone who shuns society for his own reasons. He has a wonderful gift that he has mostly kept to himself but could he be a murderer? Sticking with new characters, Richard’s parents come to visit and it was quite the experience. No spoiler here, but answers to some of the questions I had about the man are answered. With great characters and plenty of twists and turns, this story takes us on quite a ride. The blend of folklore with a smidgen of fairies and magic was a delight. The ending was an ultimate surprise. This story is a wonderful addition to this series!
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
an exploration of self doubt and trust PAST DUE FOR MURDER by Victoria Gilbert The Third Blue Ridge Library Mystery Folklorist Ramona Raymond has descended upon the Taylorsford public library with her cadre of university students researching the mysterious mountain lights. A missing student, an evasive boyfriend, and ties to a mystery a hundred years before lead library director Amy Webber on a search of her own. Will she be able to tie these threads together, or will the legend of the mountain lights claim more deaths? After reading the first two books in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries I grew to really like the characters. But I found myself not as enamoured with them as this third entry began. Amy is plagued by inadequacy and doubt for a good portion of this book. Her clinginess is annoying, yet suspicion is warranted as Richard is no longer acting the part of the model boyfriend. His attitude and behaviors certainly indicate that something is up and he becomes quite unlikable for a while. I also found myself wanting to smack Amy as I quickly realized something to which she was totally blind. That being said, by the end of the novel their behaviors improved and both Amy and Richard are back in my good graces. This actually says a lot for the author as she's able to get readers to care about her characters. While the relationships of Amy, Richard, and even Sunny proved irksome at times, I really love the blossoming relationship between Lydia and Hugh and hope we get to see more of it. My favorite character has to be Kurt Kendrick who adds quite a bit to not only plot, but character development. I enjoyed the mysteries found in PAST DUE FOR MURDER, especially the ties to the mystery of the lost girls in the late 1800s. Clues were in laid out, allowing readers to figure out a good portion of the modern day mystery...and possibly yelling at Amy who couldn't see the forest for the trees! PAST DUE FOR MURDER explores self doubt and trust while asking how much we really know about those we love, or loved. The end of the novel is uplifting and makes me look forward to the next installment. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
RosemaryJ More than 1 year ago
Decades-old gossip, scandal, mysterious disappearances and lost treasure provide the backdrop to this mystery set in Appalachian mountains. Add quirky characters and intriguing plot to form a compelling storyline. The only weakness was too much about Amy and Richard’s parents, that slowed down the momentum of the story. Thank yous to #NetGalley and publisher Crooked Lane Books for an early digital copy.
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
Past Due for Murder is the third in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. A female student from the local university has gone missing. She is later found next to a dead body, but the student has no recollection of the events that brought her to where she was found. Suspicion is cast on Amy’s former love interest (Charles) and Amy’s current love interest (Richard). Could one of them harbor a sinister side? Although the book started off slow for me, it happily picked up the pace and I was engrossed. The twists and turns were delightful. This is an enjoyable series.
Marshathereader More than 1 year ago
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is book 3 in the Blue Ridge Library series. Amy is busy running the library and helping on the May Day celebration when a student from the college is reported missing. Throw in Amy's ex now living nearby, his ex a victim of a hit and run, a possible hidden treasure, and add a murder. Amy is kept busy tracking down clues. Add meeting her boyfriend's parents to the mix and you get a great story. This is an easy to read Cozy with twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. The setting is great with likeable characters with some romance. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC for an honest review.
BobbieLCLA More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of PAST DUE FOR MURDER (Book 3 of the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries) by Victoria Gilbert in exchange for an honest review. Library Director Amy Webber is busy. She has been organizing events such as folktales by campfire for the local girl scouts. Additionally, Amy has been assisting students and professors from the local college with their research projects. Amy also aids her aunt with their bed and breakfast along with her regular duties as a librarian, and a manager of the library’s employees, volunteers, and resources. Now, there’s been a mysterious death, a missing co-ed, a boyfriend who’s keeping secrets, and an old flame whose ardour for Amy seems to have been rekindled. What can a woman do except figure out all the answers and solve or resolve everything? This was a good book with an interesting storyline. It was nice to get a bit more background on the primary characters. #PastDueForMurder #NetGalley
4GranJan More than 1 year ago
Murder and Conspiracy in the Blue Ridge This book is part of the Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series. This is the first book of the series that I have read and it stands alone without issue. The plot has lots of twists, plenty of suspects and lots of motives. The reveal is very exciting and not totally expected. The author then takes her time to end the story with nice closure in all of the human relations. This is a very well done book. I received this book for free and this is my honest review.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Past Due for Murder is even better than the first two books in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries and I loved both of them. As a librarian, I enjoy the seeing her loving her job and seeing the job realistically presented, but I think I would enjoy those parts just as much if I were not a librarian. I love the romance when they are together, but sometimes I want to shake her when she has doubts about Richard, then I remind myself that it is her romantic past creating the trouble and that we all carry our pasts into our present. The mystery was complex enough for any reader and all of the new characters were interesting. There were several good twists that made it impossible to guess what happened next as long as you don't read the blurb. Good mystery fun all the way. I recieved a copy of this book via NetGAlley and loved it enough that I chose to share reviews. #NetGalley #PastDueForMurder.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Spring has come to Taylorsford, Virginia, and the mayor has revived the town’s May Day celebration to boost tourism. Library director Amy Webber is helping to organize a presentation by a local folklore expert. Then, a university student disappears during a bonfire. When the police start looking into the woman’s whereabouts, Amy’s boyfriend and neighbor Richard Muir becomes a person of interest. Amy finds out that the missing girl was one of his students and he was one of the last people to see her. When the missing student is found unconscious in the mountains, with a dead body lying nearby, can Amy find the truth before Richard is arrested? This was a good mystery with an exciting plot that seemed a little drawn out in the end. I think the story could’ve finished three chapters before it actually ended. I also felt that the beginning was too abrupt, and someone unfamiliar with the characters would find it confusing. I couldn’t wait, though, to find out whodunit, and was surprised in the end. I would like to find out what happens next in this series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
Amy, the public library Director, and her friend, Sunny, are thrown into a missing person’s investigation in Past Due for Murder. Lacey, a college student, is missing presumed lost in the woods outside of Taylorsford, Virginia. Does her mysterious trek into the mountains have anything to do with the fairy lights or the legendary hidden treasure? Mona, a local Professor and folklorist, is trying to determine the truth about the lights when she too disappears. Since the police suspect Amy’s boyfriend Richard, Amy steps in to clear his name. Another great entry in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series. Past Due for Murder can also be read as a standalone. The characters in this book are the stars. All have their own internal motivations and needs. Their actions make sense in the context of the plot. The mystery is just puzzling enough to keep the reader guessing until the end. This book is highly recommended for cozy readers. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Past Due For Murder is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. Mayor Blackstone wants to bring back the May Day celebrations from years past and has asked librarian Amy Webber to plan a program for the upcoming May Day. Amy asks Mona Raymond who has done extensive research on two girls that disappeared decades ago and who had probably died from exposure. But some people feel that they were lured in the underground court and forced to dance at fairy balls. When the bonfire where she was telling this tale, it is noticed that Lacy, one of Mona’s research students, has gone missing. The next day a search party is formed to look for Lacy. A day or two later Lacy is found next to the lifeless body of Mona. Since Lacy went missing during the bonfire, she feels that she needs to learn why Lacy has gone off to mountains by herself. Some folks in the area believe that girls that disappeared decades ago had several gold coins when they disappeared. Also figuring into her investigation is that she had seen her former boyfriend, Charles Bartos, having a very heated discussion with Mona. Mona had previously accused Bartos of stealing some of the music that he has claimed was his own. Even Amy’s current romantic interest, Richard Muir, who had Lacy in some of his dance classes, become a person of interest when he can’t provide a solid alibi. This is a well told and plotted story with an interesting cast of characters. Most of the characters from previous books are back to help Amy solve this exciting series. Looking forward to my next visit to Taylorsford.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the third book in the Blue Ridge Library series. I confess it did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book; but once I was there, I couldn't put it down. Ms. Gilbert not only presented a delicious twisted mystery but took the time to delve more deeply into Amy, Richard and Sunny's characters in this book. She also added some secondary characters (both Amy and Richard's parents) that really allowed me to understand Amy and Richard a little better. I always enjoy visiting Taylorsford and thanks to Ms. Gilbert's descriptive writing I can easily become immersed in the story. The plot twisted and turned with clues and red herrings that confused me (in a good way) that I had to keep turning the pages. The reveal was stunning for me. And the ending of the book was just the right touch of sweet romance. I'm ready for the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.