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Death's Autograph (Dido Hoare #1)

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  143 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
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"Whoever had broken into the shop might just have gone upstairs afterwards, might just be there still...My first reaction was anger: I wanted to roar up the stairs, only I could hear Barnabas saying, the way he used to when I was little: "Temper, Dido! Count to twenty-nine..."

Selling rare books has its moments, but few are anything close to thrilli
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published November 21st 1996)
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Feb 22, 2011 P. rated it liked it
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.
Nov 26, 2013 Rich rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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 liked it
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,
Jul 20, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
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
Mar 10, 2016 BeParticular rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this very much. Macdonald writes cleverly and creates interesting characters and situations. The antiquarian bookseller angle was enough to be interesting without dragging down the story. The mystery kept me guessing and ended on a satisfying note with new entanglements introduced for the next installment. And I'll be picking that up quite soon.
Sep 07, 2010 Grey853 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Oct 12, 2008 Stef rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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.
Jun 06, 2010 Sharonm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 18, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: myst
Plot totally believable, which is scary!
Jan 27, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
Dido Hoare runs an antiquarian bookstore in London. When her ex-husband Davey turns up suddenly and is soon murdered Dido becomes involved in the police investigation. I liked the characters of Dido and her father Barnabas, a retired Oxford professor. There's a twist at the end that makes me want to find more books in this series.
Aug 18, 2007 Missy rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
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.
Aug 19, 2012 Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: love
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.
May 30, 2009 Lila rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The main character and her antiquarian book business were interesting but the mystery only so-so.
Aug 21, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
Good English mystery with interesting characters...looking forward to the next one.
Apr 04, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it
This series about an antiquarian book seller in London is a favorite.
Sharon Rogers
I liked it enough to read the second in this series,"Ghost Walk."
Paige Kuether
fun English mystery, predictable ending.
May 23, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2001-reads
Jul 16, 2007 Gary rated it really liked it
Fun bibliomystery
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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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