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WIDOW’S SON: A Rare Book Mystery ~Thomas Shawver

I am becoming quite a fan of Shawver’s writing and his story telling about Kansas City, rare books and his alter ego Michael Bevan.

Interesting premise for this book, it begins with the shooting of Joseph Smith in 1844.  Smith was one of the founding leaders of the Mormon Church and all of this action took place in the Midwest in another Mormon stronghold of a community and the surrounding area.  Governor Ford was responsible for the death of Smith and a BLOOD ATONEMENT was contrived to kill the next generations of Ford’s family.   WIDOW’S SON is very interesting and quite the look at how that Atonement played out.

Now the story moves to the present tense and Michael Bevan is back in Kansas and working on getting into the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association for his bookstore and himself.  He has received a large stock of books from England but there is nothing to put him into the league of membership.  Along comes an original Mormon Bible and suddenly Michael moves to the top of the list, but all sorts of people in his life begin to die.

The reader travels to Lawrence, Kansas and the university located there and Bevan’s needs a trip to Colorado also, even though most of the action takes place at the Irish Community Center in Kansas City.  These books by Shawver are well paced and the information about old books and the process I personally find very interesting.  There is some Catholic vs. Mormon interplay in this story, which highlights some of the rare beliefs in the two religions.  That was also interesting.

The writing is casual and easy to get into and I think it is the variation on the old books, which makes me want to review this book and suggest it as a possible beach read or rainy weekend escape.   Netgalley sent me a copy of the book to review.

About the author:

“Thomas Shawver is a former marine officer, lawyer, and journalist with American City Business Journals.  An avid rugby player and international traveler, Shawver owned Bloomsday Books, an antiquarian bookstore in Kansas City.  He’s at work on the fourth Rare Book mystery.”  (from e-book)

The Dirty Book Murder
Left Turn at Paradise 
The Dead Key 

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4 Responses to “WIDOW’S SON: A Rare Book Mystery ~Thomas Shawver”

  1. Sara Says:

    Wow. I get back and you’ve got a book for me! This one sounds like a good read. I love history and mystery:~)

    It’s good to see your posts keep coming. It been quite awhile since I’ve visited and so, I hope you’re feeling better.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Yes the books keep coming, which is good because most of my healing days are spent reading right now.

    I am pain free which is very good and making slow and steady progress which is very good for me. Still can not drive but I think it is coming and have another month of PT ahead which will help.

    Glad you enjoyed this book review. It is a a fun read for sure
    Happy to have you back I will head over to your page to catch up
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  2. Sam Juliano Says:

    Well I certainly do appreciate the stetting and am a lifelong mystery fan. This would spell a probably winner, though your wonderful review and assessment up the ante further!

    Patricia Reply:

    You are generous with your words….I did enjoy this book and series by Shawver and as he had done all these jobs, in his life, I think he really captures the concepts while at a fast pace

    Relaxing reading. Your comments are appreciated
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