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The Sign of the Book (2005)

av John Dunning

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Serier: Cliff Janeway (4)

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Criminal defense attorney Erin D'Angelo, Cliff's bookstore partner, needs a favor. Her first true love, Robert Marshall, has been murdered, and his wife Laura has confessed. But Erin smells something fishy. She asks Cliff to investigate, which he is more than willing to do when he learns the victim left behind an amazing collection of signed books. If the books are genuine, they are definitely worth killing for.… (mer)
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    The Bay Psalm Book Murder av Will Harriss (benjclark)
    benjclark: Protagonist even has the same first name!
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    Bokad för mord av Marco Page (benjclark)
    benjclark: If you like John Dunning, allow me to reccomend Marco Page's Fast Company. Out of print, but that shouldn't stop you. It's in a similar vein to Dunning's Bookman series, but set in 1938. Well, it was written in 1938.
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I expected more from this book, I think -- the idea that a retired police officer sells antique books gave me hope for an interesting plot, but this one I did not find appealing. The characters were predictable, and while there a couple of interesting plot twists, they were also a bit too deus ex machina. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2007]

** More great work from the book detective Cliff Janeway**

The fourth book in the Cliff Janeway "bookman" series from John Dunning, and they are still running strong. I can't recommend them enough for all book people - collector's, dealers, and anyone interested in the incredible prices books sometimes fetch at auction! - my word of advice, don't take them too seriously!

This series is to be read and enjoyed for what they are - a detective crime series with quite a lot of a "bookish" twist. John Dunning (a bookseller himself for many years) writes superbly and draws you straight into the plot - you might find yourself running to keep up!

In "The Sign of the Book", Cliff finds he just can't resist his girlfriend's (hot-shot lawyer, Erin) request for him to go and check out the books (and the murder scene) of her ex-best-friend's late husband, and Erin's ex-boyfriend. Erin's estranged childhood friend has been accused of the murder and Erin's not too sure if she wants to get involved. The twist to the tale lies in the intricacy of telling genuine signed books from the fakes... and it's good to see that Cliff's human after all in this book - he doesn't always get it right...

Start with book one, "Booked to Die"; then "The Bookman's Wake" & "The Bookman's Promise". You won't regret it. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 14, 2020 |
A solid addition to the Janeway series - I didn't figure it out till almost the end. I liked the stronger focus on book selling inside information than some of the other books but it was a strong mystery as well. Recommend the series. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
I absolutely loved the first book in the series. The second and third books were good, but didn't resonate with me the same way. This fourth book took me back to the feeling I had with the first book. I enjoyed reading it very much.

The clues in the mystery sneak up on you. After we meet the accused, the events of the night are exposed slowly, allowing the reader's theories to change and evolve as more is revealed. I thought the mystery was interesting, although a little too much time was spent on Janeway chasing the three book sellers he suspects. That seems like a big detour, but is an important part of the story. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
BOTTOM-LINE:
Good book mystery, poor murder mystery
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
Cliff's friend Erin asks him to go help an old girlfriend charged with murdering her husband. It seems like a strange request considering the woman stole Erin's boyfriend, i.e. the dead guy, and they haven't spoken since.
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WHAT I LIKED:
I am a bit of a sucker for stories involving unresolved emotional stories, and the story has a bit of that rolling around in it. There are even BOOKS, gasp, BOOKS involved in the story (shocker, right? The guy had a lot of high-end signed copies of middle-of-the-road scarce books, too many for a small-timer). So of course there are two stories -- the death of the husband and the mystery of the signed books.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
There is a bent local sheriff's deputy who is almost a caricature at times, and the sub-story of the autistic boy is handled a little manipulatively (shows his grandparents are evil, for no real purpose -- they didn't need to be in the story at all -- and two other kids that are referred to but hardly seen) plus he isn't just autistic, more like Rain Man with drawing, of course. And the ending for the murder mystery is written taut, and supposedly riveting, but I just found it ridiculous.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Apr 8, 2019 |
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Criminal defense attorney Erin D'Angelo, Cliff's bookstore partner, needs a favor. Her first true love, Robert Marshall, has been murdered, and his wife Laura has confessed. But Erin smells something fishy. She asks Cliff to investigate, which he is more than willing to do when he learns the victim left behind an amazing collection of signed books. If the books are genuine, they are definitely worth killing for.

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