Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. Today, Amy stops by the Author’s Studio to answer some questions.
- What is your current state of mind? As always, curious about any number of things and ready to research answers and embark on a new adventure.
- What is your favorite word? Book!
- What is your least favorite word? Statistics
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Spending time with a certain someone (shhh… that’s a spoiler, or so my writer says)
- Which historical figure do you most identify with? Marie Curie
- Which living person do you most admire? Malala Yousafzai
- What is your greatest extravagance? Buying books!
- What is your favorite journey? Anywhere in Italy
- On what occasion do you lie? Only to protect others (if the truth would put them in immediate danger).
- What is your greatest regret? Wasting any time on my former boyfriend, Charles.
- Where would you most like to live? In Taylorsford, Virginia, my mother’s family’s hometown (I already live there!)
- Who or what is the greatest love of your life? It’s a who, and my writer says I really can’t tell you yet (another spoiler!)
- When and where were you happiest? Right now and right here
- Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could paint like the artists I so admire.
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like to have a less voluptuous figure, mainly so off-the-rack clothes would fit better.
- Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Sydney Carton in A TALE OF TWO CITIES. He starts out so flawed, yet finds his inner worth and courage at the end.
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Since I have a B.A. in Art History, I think pursuing a PhD and becoming an art history professor.
- What do you consider your greatest achievement? Discovering the answers to some historical mysteries like… (Oops, my writer says I can’t share that yet either!)
- What is your personal motto? Read, research, and think before you decide.
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? “Hello, Amy—I have some exciting things for you to help me research and investigate. Welcome to another adventure!”
A Murder for the Books: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (December 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
E-Book ASIN: B072396C2L
Fleeing a disastrous love affair, university librarian Amy Webber moves in with her aunt in a quiet, historic mountain town in Virginia. She quickly busies herself with managing a charming public library that requires all her attention with its severe lack of funds and overabundance of eccentric patrons. The last thing she needs is a new, available neighbor whose charm lures her into trouble.
Dancer-turned-teacher and choreographer Richard Muir inherited the farmhouse next door from his great-uncle, Paul Dassin. But town folklore claims the house’s original owner was poisoned by his wife, who was an outsider. It quickly became water under the bridge, until she vanished after her sensational 1925 murder trial. Determined to clear the name of the woman his great-uncle loved, Richard implores Amy to help him investigate the case. Amy is skeptical until their research raises questions about the culpability of the town’s leading families… including her own.
When inexplicable murders plunge the quiet town into chaos, Amy and Richard must crack open the books to reveal a cruel conspiracy and lay a turbulent past to rest in A Murder for the Books, the first installment of Victoria Gilbert’s Blue Ridge Library mysteries.
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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.
Victoria is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel, NY, NY.
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I’m looking forward to reading this one. I love the interview with Amy.
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Thank you for hosting Victoria Gilbert’s book Murder for the Books on your blog. I would love to read this book and it is on my list of too reads. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com
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