Shelved Under Murder

Crooked Lane. (Blue Ridge Library, Bk. 2). Jul. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781683315957. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683315964. M
Taylorsford, VA, library director Amy Webber is not a fan of the annual Heritage Festival, as it means more work for her running a yard sale fundraiser for the library. This year, when she and her boyfriend agree to transport paintings from Rachel LeBlanc's studio, they discover the artist's body. The cache of forged paintings found behind a wall draws Amy into the police investigation because of her art history background. It's the state's art expert, though, who links the forgeries to Amy's deceased uncle, Andrew Talbot. Uncle Andrew had struggled with drug addiction, and Amy fears he might have taken to crime to fund his habit. Her main concern is protecting her Aunt Lydia. Just when Amy thinks it can't get any worse, another person is murdered.
VERDICT Once again, Gilbert (A Murder for the Books) delves into small-town family secrets in this mystery that is more traditional than cozy, launching a dark and dramatic new character-driven series. Suggest for admirers of Kate Carlisle.
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