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