STRONG SALES: The sales of Gilbert’s first in the series have far exceeded expectations. This is a great series that will continue to grow.
LIBRARY HOOK: Cozy readers flock to library- and book-themed cozies, as evidenced by the strong sales of authors like Miranda James and Jenn McKinlay. This hook—a library in a small-town—is sure to entice these readers.
HOUSE STRENGTH: Crooked Lane has seen excellent sales in the cozy genre, as evinced by Lefty Award winner Dying for a Taste and USA Today bestseller Plantation Shudders, so Shelved Under Murder will fit right at home with our list.
LIBRARIAN AUTHOR: Victoria Gilbert is an experienced librarian whose work will have strong appeal in the library market. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime.
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED: Southern Book Prize longlist finalist A Murder for the Books was also the SIBA Fall 2017 pick and received winning reviews from all four trade magazines.