Renewed for Murder – Victoria Gilbert

“One thing I loved about being married to someone who jumped out of bed wide awake was that he often made me coffee before I even stumbled downstairs.

(We’re on book six of the series, so if you don’t want spoilers for the continuing background story look away now. Definitely no spoilers on the mystery, don’t worry!)

Amy Weber, librarian in the small town of Blue Ridge, is settling into married life with her beloved Richard. However, the peace is about to be shattered when one of the couple’s friends, Zelda, becomes the prime suspect after a dead body is found in her garden. Zelda doesn’t help her own case, becoming suspiciously secretive about her past, how she knew the victim – and why she was being blackmailed!

I’ve enjoyed the series to date, and this one improved from a minor dip with the previous instalment. I did wonder if the series would end with the wedding, but it’s actually nice to see Amy and Richard getting on with their new life without changing character or motivations.

The mystery – the main point for me, all too often overshadowed by romance etc in cosy mysteries! – relies a little too heavily on someone being overly cagey about their past, given a murder accusation, but it still keeps you guessing. Overall: full points for cosy, not too bad on the mystery.

NetGalley eARC: 352 pages / 30 chapters
First published: 2021
Series: Blue Ridge Library Mysteries book 6
Read from 29th September – 3rd October 2021

My rating: 7/10

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