Sparta Loves Mysteries!

Alleghany readers have a wide range of interests when it comes to books, but there is definitely a love of mysteries. They like legal thrillers from Lisa Scottoline and others, and police procedurals from authors like Patricia Cornwell. But private eyes and detectives rate highest.

“Some of our most popular mysteries are the private eye or detective type of mysteries” said Debbie Brewer, head librarian of the Alleghany Library.

That would fit the description of novels like the classic Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes books, but Sparta readers are also fond of the more contemporary authors like James Patterson, with his popular Alex Cross series, and stories with lead characters like Catherine Coulter’s Covert Eyes FBI team, or Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, the New Jersey bounty hunter with attitude.  “And David Baldacci,” added Brewer. “He has always been popular.”

Sparta will meet another mystery novelist September 7, when Winston-Salem author, Victoria Gilbert, brings Past Due for Murder to the Horizon Bistro for the last Writers on Main of the 2019 season.

In Gilbert’s latest novel, third in her Blue Ridge Library Mystery Series, history once again plays a role in the story, including a piece transplanted from the mountain lights folklore of North Carolina. Librarian Amy Webber becomes suspicious when a student goes missing from a May Day bonfire. When the student is found later, confused and disoriented, next to a dead body, Amy takes up the search for the killer.

It’s a cozy mystery with more action. There is a plot that keeps the story moving and a cast of characters with relationships and drama that feels realistic and well-rounded. Goodreads says, “Amy has been a relatable character since the first book and has only grown more so with each installment.”

Writers on Main is a series of free book talks brought to the community by Alleghany Writers, a non-profit creative writing group located in Alleghany County.

The program begins on the Bistro stage on Saturday afternoon, September 7, at 3pm. It is open to the public. Books in the series will be available and Ms. Gilbert will meet with readers and sign books after the book talk and discussion.