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Bound for Murder
Blue Ridge Library Mystery #4
BY Victoria Gilbert

Crooked Lane
January 7, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-64385-243-0
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Sunshine Fields is running for mayor of Taylorsford, Virginia. Sunny is well liked around town and works at Taylorsford Public Library with her best friend, Amy Webber. Amy is the library director. With Sunny running an election campaign and Amy planning her wedding, the ladies are busy bees.

Sunny’s grandparents run an organic farm in town on the same ground where they ran a commune in the 1960’s. The county is dredging a creek along the property, and the digging unearths a skeleton. Forensic examination proves the skeleton to be that of Jeremy Adams, who lived at the commune for some time and later disappeared.

Amy resolves to get to the truth and clear the good names of Sunny’s family, but the situation gets murkier and murkier as more former hippies are murdered. With more people dying, this goes from a cold case to a front-burner investigation, and if Amy isn’t careful, she could be the killer’s next target.

One of the things I like the most about this series is how the past and the present and intertwined. Doors to the past are opened, and skeletons come falling out. As a library director, Amy has well-honed investigative skills, and I enjoy reading about how she uses them. The variety of characters and their interactions with each other in a small-town setting are interesting, and the murder mystery is both well plotted and clever enough to keep the most seasoned of mystery readers guessing.

Bound for Murder is an excellent addition to a top-notch series, and I already can’t wait for the next book.

Reviews of other titles in this series:

Murder for the Books
Shelved Under Murder
Past Due for Murder

Reviewed 2020