[Reviews] Two for the DoughI laughed so hard and so often that I almost didn't care how disappointing the central mystery actually was.
[Reviews] The Bookman's WakeThe best Cliff Janeway story you're likely to ever read, and a terrific mystery novel by nearly any standard.
There's an interesting case here, but by the end it unravels as a bit of a farce.
Every book that I've thus far read by John Dunning, which so far amounts to three out of his five books about the mostly heroic Cliff Janeway, has had something about it that didn't quite work for me and thus prevented me from absolutely loving what I just read. In the case of "The Sign of the Book, that something was the ending.
Moves a bit slow in places, by necessity, but mostly makes up for it when the plot twists start coming.
I rather enjoyed "Booked to Die," the first novel from John Dunning. It tells the story of a police officer who retires from the job (under a bit of a cloud) and opens a bookstore. Unfortunately, even with the change of profession, he can't seem to stay away from criminal types who maybe want to kill him. The local library has most of the rest of the series on hand, but not the second book, so I decided to keep reading and that led me next to "The Bookman's Promise.
A disappointing thriller featuring absurd plot twists and miserable characters.
I only read "Dead Line" because I really like the author's series of "Good Thief" books, but the library didn't have the newest one on hand. In fact, though Chris Ewan has written several other books (including "Safe House," which supposedly is amazing), the only other work of his that the library had on the shelf was... this one.
You might have read mystery novels with a focus on books and literature, but probably not anything quite like this one.
"Booked to Die" is the first entry in a series of novels that hasn't seen a lot of installments despite garnering a fair bit of critical acclaim. I couldn't resist giving it a shot, and I'm glad I did.
                                                         
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