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January 7, 2020

Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

There are two times in a woman's life when complete strangers think it's appropriate to offer unsolicited advice - when she's obviously pregnant, and when they discover she's planning a wedding.
(first paragraph)

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January 2020; Crooked Lane Books
978-1643852430; ebook, print (311 pages)
cozy mystery
Bound for Murder is the fourth book in Victoria Gilbert's Blue Ridge Library Mysteries series. While I did read book 3, Past Due for Murder, it isn't necessary to have read previous books in this series as the story is pretty much self-contained.

A problem with reading a lot of cozy mysteries is that sometimes it is difficult to keep the series separate. I'm not sure why, but my ebooks don't usually open with the cover but start with the copyright page (this isn't the only ebook that this has happened with so maybe there's a setting I don't know about). There is very little recap at the beginning of the story so I spent the first chapter or so trying to figure out which series these characters belonged to. But once I got it straight in my head (I had to look it up on Goodreads), I really enjoyed the story.

When a body is found buried on a farm that had been a commune in the 1960s, no one in this small town wants to believe one of their own was capable of murder but there are definitely things about the commune that the residents don't want anyone to know.

The mystery is really good with a lot of potential suspects. The reader is definitely kept guessing as to who the culprit is.

I liked the characters a lot in this story. I like that there is a nice cross-section of ages, gender, and occupations so it really does feel like a town and community that you would encounter in real life.

If you are looking for a quick, easy read filled with fun characters and interesting plot, then Bound for Murder would be an excellent choice.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. These books always have such cute covers! Glad you enjoyed it. I like the idea of the murder being on the commune.

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  2. I am definitely in the mood for a cozy mystery. This one sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Sounds like a fun little read. Nice review!

  4. cozies do make fun some fun and easy reading
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. I like to keep easy, fun reads on hand.

  6. This series is definitely on my list to read. It sounds wonderful!

  7. Sounds like a fun read! Hope you'll enjoy it!