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Death's Autograph (Dido Hoare #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Dido Hoare, a thirty-something antiquarian bookseller, is driving home to London after a buying trip. The night is stormy and she loses her way. Things turn frightening when someone with a pair of glaring headlights threatens to run her off the road. Somewhat shaken, Dido convinces herself that it was just a couple of drunken kids playing a stupid game with a female driver ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 21st 1996)
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I wish I could give a 2.5 rating as I'm not sure if I liked the first book in the Dido Hoare series or not. I often find that first novels of a series leave me feeling this way. Usually I give the author the benefit of the doubt and lean towards both recommending them or attempting other books in the series. But for the Dido Hoare series I think it's curtains. There just wasn't enough substance to give Marianne Macdonald another shot.

Death's Autograph is a pretty straight-forward mystery. While
Apr 04, 2009 JayeL rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
This is one of those mysteries where nothing makes sense. All of the things that take place don't seem to relate to each other. This is probably the way it seems if you are inside the events in real life, so I guess in that respect it is a well written mystery book. From a reader's point of view, I want to know more than the characters do. Yes, I am one of those people that always reads the last page first.

The ending was a little confusing. I don't know if I was too tired or it was too complex,
I just found this series by Marianne MacDonald and my library system had the first book, Death’s Autograph. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series. The protagonist, Dido Hoare, is a book shop owner/book antiquarian, in her 30s and divorced. She is smart and independent, a really likable character still reeling somewhat over her divorce from Davey. Barnabas is Dido’s father, a retired professor, and her main support system. The love interest is a police officer ...more
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The first novel by Marianne Macdonald about the second hand bookseller Dido Hoare and her father Barnabas. It is well written and good to read. If you are interested in her books, you should read this one first because it contains a lot of information that are somehow important for her other books with Dido Hoare. Not that those information are vital for the other stories but those facts explain a lot and answer many questions that might pop up.
1st in the Dido Hoare, antiquarian bookseller, series. This was a nicely complex story line that involved old books and a bit of the bookseller’s world. Dido spent a little too much of her time worried about the men in her life and jumping into bed with them, and there were some editing errors that were annoying. Otherwise, this novel was full of action and the mystery was interesting and unpredictable without being over-the-top.
The story: A dyspepsic antiquarian book seller [vast mention of antacids, alka-selzer and indigestion] gets involved in crime due to her poor choice in men. Hence her involvement with the predatory and married cop who arrives to solve the crime, is not at all surprising.

But he doesn't solve the crime.

Neither does she.

This is left to her aging dad, by far the brightest and most interesting character in the book.
Aug 18, 2007 Missy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bibliophiles
The first book in the antiquarian bookshop mystery series. Dido is a fresh sleuth with a super side-kick her father, Barnabas. I love the setting, plot, abd additional book lore. I so look forward to rest of the series.
wanted to love it, but could not warm to the protagonist - watching her fall back into the orbit of her con-artist/adulterer ex-husband was painful, and she just didn't seem very fond of anything else, including the books.
A highly unusual mystery written full of suspense. Keeps you wanting to read more by leaving you at a cliff along with the people in the book.
The main character and her antiquarian book business were interesting but the mystery only so-so.
Good English mystery with interesting characters...looking forward to the next one.
This series about an antiquarian book seller in London is a favorite.
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I liked it enough to read the second in this series,"Ghost Walk."
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MARIANNE MACDONALD was born in the lumber town of Kenora, Northern Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg and Montreal. Her first children's book was published when she was 16. She took her BA at McGill University, then went to Oxford for graduate studies in English. For thirty years she pretended to be an academic, acquiring various degrees and teaching at universities in Canada and England. She left t ...more
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