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A Deadly Edition: 08/17/21
A Deadly Edition by Victoria Gilbert is the fifth book in the Blue Ridge Library mystery series. Amy Webber and Richard Muir are planning their wedding. There's a hitch though when a dubious art dealer is murdered after he crashes a party celebrating the upcoming nuptials.
The murder hinges on a rare book of illuminated manuscripts done in the late 1800s. The plot reminded me of another mystery with a rare book of dubious provenance: Books of a Feather (2016).
I've read a bunch of cozies this year where the main character gets married. In most of them, I've found the marriage piece of it a distraction from the mystery. In this particular volume, though, the wedding planning was the most interesting piece. Early on when a certain character is introduced I knew — just knew — that they were the murderer. Figuring out the killer's identity isn't always a bad thing, but in this case it made the slow plotting of the investigation all the more obvious.
The sixth book is Renewed for Murder. It releases on December 7th.