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Bound for Murder: 01/15/20

Bound for Murder

Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert is the fourth of the Blue Ridge Library mysteries. Sunny's grandparents are having work done at their farm. The backhoe digs up a skeleton — the remains of a man who went missing in the 1960s when the farm was a hippie commune.

Amy Webber as the library director, and Sunny's boss, helps her research the missing man. As with the previous books in the series, investigating the past stirs up trouble in the present. To make matters worse, an out of town reporter has started dogging Amy and Sunny.

There is a lot of information especially in Amy's research. If you're good at logic puzzles you'll be able to figure out who committed the murder and who is trying to keep the truth hidden.

In previous volumes the modern and historic mysteries were well balanced. In this one, the modern day mysteries were separated from the plot by time and geography — suspicious deaths of people on a list of former commune residents. They are already dead by the time Amy starts investigating. Their deaths aren't local. Frankly, it's one of those things where the murderer could have laid low and neither case would have been solved.

Four stars

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