THE DIRTY BOOK MURDER (Rare Book Mystery Series -ebook) ~Thomas Shawver
“Antiquarian: “: a person who collects, studies, or sells valuable old things” Especially old books! Miriam Webster Dictionary on line
What could be more fun for an avid reader than a murder mystery set around an antiquarian bookman who owns a book store? The Dirty Book Murder: A Rare Book Mystery is a very fun read and just provided a great escape, some good new knowledge about Japanese Erotica books, and their value. This read had a good pace and the language and dialogue was well scripted. The book gave me new words to look up and some ideas to research; books which expand my thinking are terrific. I enjoyed the good descriptions of Kansas City from both sides of the river.
Michael Malachy Bevan age 44 is the bookstore owner and is a well-developed character. I thought it was inventive how the author wrote Bevan’s biography as a classified ad in a newspaper. The reader then had to keep moving forward in the story to discover how he became a widower, disbarred and why he had an “unforgiving daughter.”
An ad is placed in the newspaper for the local auction barn and within is the words Erotica books and Bevan’s thinks the “Shakee Hen” reference means that they might be Japanese Shoku-hon; very valuable old books and a possible find of a lifetime. When Bevan arrives at the auction he discovers a book by Collette, with her inscription inside the front cover – a reply from Ernst Hemingway; a very valuable book indeed. What a find for a bookman, but there are others attending who do not want the kitchen utensils or the bar stools either. They are eyeing the big deal, chatting on their phones and Michael Bevan’s is hiking up the bidding process and thinking about going into debt. This action sets Michael into the major plot action of a bigger story.
For a book about erotica, there are not great bodice ripper scenes and only references to S&M kinds of sexual behaviors. The book contains references about money, sex, drug use and murder for pleasure and it is fairly spicy. The police involvement and the lawyer connections are interesting and truly move the action forward. Bevan’s being of Irish heritage has issues to resolve around his wife’s accidental death, and his daughter’s drug usage and anger; there are some robust pub and drinking segments to the story. All in all, I thought it was a good read and I would choose the next book in the series when I needed a good murder mystery which was well written. I would recommend THE DIRTY BOOK MURDER.
“Tom Shawver, the author, owned an antiquarian bookstore in Kansas City for fifteen years. Prior to that, he was a Marine officer, lawyer, and journalist. He is an avid rugby player. This, his first novel and begins a series featuring bookman Michael Bevan.” Book cover
An unproofed copy of the book was sent to me by TLC Online Book Tours for review. It was a good read and I enjoyed the bookstore reference. I think everyone I know who likes to read would enjoy this book. The plot involves Erotica so please be advised for youthful readers – THE DIRTY BOOK MURDER.
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