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The Sayers Swindle (A Book Collector Mystery #2)

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Jordan Kelly is delighted to make money tracking down rare and valuable mystery novels for her employer, Vera Van Alst, an avid collector and the most difficult woman in Harrison Falls, New York. But now her boss’s complete set of Dorothy Sayers is missing, and finding them may lead Jordan to a murder suitable for Sayers’s esteemed sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey…

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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I really enjoy these book collectors mysteries. The first one rotated around Agatha Christie books. Now this one takes on Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey books. Our heroine, Jordan Kelly, tracks down old collectors edition books for her employer, Vera Van Alst. Vera lives in a beautiful old home and is prominent in her hometown in New Your, but all she cares about is her library of books.

Vera's Sayers books were stolen. A bookseller friend of Jordan acquired them without knowing they were sto...more
"The Sayers Swindle" is a cozy mystery. It's the second book in the series. It doesn't spoil the whodunit of the first book, but you'll probably understand the second one better if you've read the first book. The author assumed you read the first book and didn't explain some could-be-confusing references.

The story is a situation comedy, going from one funny situation to another. The characters were enjoyable, but it was hard to take them too seriously. Since I've read so many mysteries, it wasn'...more
Great news: "Victoria Abbott" discovered editing! This book flows much better than the last and had many fewer typos and grammatical errors. The characters are still fun, the situation just on the edge of believable (but enjoyable), an all around great "light" read. In many ways, I should give it 4 stars, but it feels like something is missing… I think we didn't get to spend as much time with the fun characters (Vera, Lance, Tiff--who was in Africa) and I missed them. OTH, we got to know the unc...more
The Sayers Swindle by Victoria Abbott is the second book in A Book Collector Mystery series and follows on from the first book The Christie Curse. This is one where you definitely need to have read the first book to understand the mystery. Jordan needs to recover her employers stolen Sayers collection but before she is able to do so, the current owner disappears after a body turns up nearby. The book starts off very slow and it is difficult to stay interested and it is only half way through that...more
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Jordan Bingham has found her dream job and among the many benefits are a beautiful place to live, plenty of delicious homemade Italian food, and the chance to shop for valuable books for her employer. However, that's where the dream job becomes a cold, hard reality. Jordan's employer, the wealthy Vera Van Alst, is extremely difficult and demanding. Jordan's latest assignment is to quickly recover Vera's stolen first edition Dorothy Sayers mysteries. If Jordan is unsuccessful, not only could thes...more
This is the second book in the A Book Collector Mystery series. The premise of this series is that a young woman, Jordan Bingham, is hired by a reclusive bibliophile, Vera Van Alst, to attempt to track down books that were stolen from her collection. This book in the series focus is a collection of first edition Dorothy Sayers books. Jordan comes from a dubious background and her to two Uncles are comic relief characters recurring from the first book.

The characters in these books have been great...more
I enjoyed this book until I got to the last 50 pages or so. Then it got rather silly. The plot of the book is Jordan trying to recover the Dorothy L. Sayers books accidentally sold by Kathy. This is the second book of the series and it helps to have read the first to keep with the continuity of the characters.
What I liked: I am still loving the character of Jordan with her cast of Uncles Kelly. I am happy that Karen will likely remain a recurring character. The storylines with the Signora and th...more
Debbie Lester
The mother/daughter duo that make up Victoria Abbott brings readers the second book in the Book Collector Mystery series, The Sayers Swindle. Rich in detail and full of interesting characters this mystery is sure to tempt any rare book lover. With insights into the rare book business, creative Dorothy Sayers tie-ins and enough comedy to make you chuckle more than once, this is a great cozy mystery that promises to give the reader an enjoyable whodunit.

What I liked:

Oh, where to start with this on...more
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery lovers mystery !, December 29, 2013

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This is the 2nd book in the Book Collectors Mystery series. I loved the 1st, "The Christie Curse" and this 2nd in the series has it all!

Jordan Bingham has retained her position at the Van Alst homestead with Vera in charge. We find Vera distraught over her Dorothy L. Sayers collection which has mysteriously gone missing. That's a job for Jordan and whoever she can r...more
This book picks up where the last concluded. Jordan is trying to track a collectors set of Dorothy Sayer books that had been stolen from Vera Van Alst's estate. The stolen books had been sold to a rare book broker who in turn sold them to an elderly gentleman in the neighboring town. When Jordan and the book broker visit Randolph Adams to arrange to get the books back, things appear to be shady. Before Mr. Adams can return the books there is a murder and Mr. Adams and his family disappear overni...more
The Sayers Swindle is the second in the A Book Collectors Mystery series.

Vera Van Alst has had some of her Dorothy L. Sayers books go missing and has given Jordan the task of finding them and getting them back in her collection. Jordan turns to Karen, a bookseller who is recovering from a head injury for help. Slowly, Karen begins to remember selling them to a Randolph Adams. They go to see Adams and get him agree, reluctantly, to trade them for some other books. When Jordan goes back a couple d...more
Cathy Cole
Once again the mother-daughter writing team that call themselves Victoria Abbott have crafted a book with a strong plot, plenty of humor, and a cast that's oh-so-easy to fall in love with. Top all this off with clever mentions of the rare book biz and Lord Peter Wimsey, and-- like me-- you're well on the way to becoming addicted to this Book Collector cozy series.

The path to solving this mystery isn't a straight one. (The good ones seldom are.) A couple of the subplots are more easily guessed th...more
This is the second in the Book Collector Mystery series. Jordan Bingham is back looking for Dorothy L. Sayers books which have been stolen from her employer and resold to another collector. In the process of looking for the books her relationship with the book vendor who accidentally sold the books continues to develop as Jordan tries to help her recover from her head injury (from volume one in the series). If you like a light mystery with lots of fun characters, you might want to give this seri...more
Michelle Stubbs
I loved Victoria Abbott's cozy mystery. The characters were well developed and slightly unpredictable.... not one's usual "British" characters.... but Irish wiseguy uncles who possessed loving hearts and their niece, the sleuth, who loves books and works as a "book finder" , so to speak. I loved the descriptions of the cozy dwellings, antiques, and the pug, Walter. I read it in a few hours and it was delightful.
Gloria Schwarting
Second in a series. The heroine was raised by uncles who live a little on the shady side of the law...good hearted but slightly crooked. She works for a wealthy recluse who collects rare books and part of her job is to look for rare editions to fill out this collection. Stolen books and kidnapped kitties start her on the trail to solving a murder. Lots of twists and turns and an ending I did not see coming. Good fun.
Jordan Bingham has an interesting job. She is an assistant to the wealthiest woman in Harrison Falls, New York whose primary job is procuring books and then conserving Mrs. Van Alst's rare book collection. But now Vera's complete set of first edition Dorothy Sayer's novels is missing and Jordan has to find them. When they appear in the possession of an elderly man in a nearby town, his family seems determined to hold out for a huge reward for returning the books. Then they - and he - disappear a...more
I really enjoyed Ms. Abbott's latest book. I found it engaging, well written and a lot of fun. The storyline moved at a pretty rapid pace and the surprises were plentiful. The mystery was interesting and I found myself challenged to put together all the pieces before the end of the book. The characters were pretty well written although Jordan's male friends/love interests continue to develop very slowly (poor Lance, so much potential). The uncles continue to be a highlight. Finally, the story is...more
Leslie Fisher
I loved this second installment in the Book Collectors series. This is actually a stand-alone story, and the author is adept at explaining what happened in the first book without going on and on about it. This was a fun, cozy mystery with interesting characters (her lively uncles, her intimidating boss, and sweet friends), and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Jordan Kelly loves her job working for an eccentric and wealthy book collector. When her employer's valuable collection of Dorothy Sayers novels is stolen, Jordan calls in some favours from her friends and uncles, and gets far too close to some on-the-lam criminals. The author peppers her writing with humour, which makes it delightful and hard to put down.
Jordan Kelly has a second adventure in trying to get Vera's Dorothy Sayer collection back. Who can she trust?
Karen is recovering from the blow to her head. Lucky is falling in love with her.
Tyler Dekker is again found in places he shouldn't be. How will Jordan balance Tyler and Lance?
Jordan Bingham is one of my favorite amateur sleuths. Her supporting cast of characters is eclectic and often good for a chuckle. The plot line in this story was not my favorite of the series, but it was still engaging and kept me reading until the end.
Peggy Grimes
Very enjoyable. I even found myself reading some stories by Dorothy Sayers, the Peter Wimsey series. They were great. Love Abbott's writing and looking forward to the next book.
I loved the first book in this series and this one did not disappoint. Fun situations, interesting mysteries and human foibles make for fun reading.
This would be a five star, were it not for a confusing start (unless you've read the first book in the series, The Christie Curse, within the last few weeks). Still saving money for graduate school, Jordan must deal with her demanding employer Vera, who wants Jordan to find the Dorothy Sayers first editions that were stolen from her. When Jordan finds the buyer, she also finds a strained family situation, a dead body, and trouble for herself, her lovably crooked uncles, and her friends.
Versel Rush
Like the first book, Abbott's series is not a great mystery (easily figured out, early on) but it is a great read. Wonderful characters, believable dialogue, everything you want in a cozy.
This was worth the wait after The Christie Curse! Will I actually read at least one Dorothy Sayers mystery after this excellent introduction to her novels?
Katherine Trick
Another great chapter in the on going saga of Jordan Kelly. I love to read about her and her beloved Kelly uncles and their endearing Irish charm that seems to keep them out of trouble somehow, even though they aren't always on this side of the law. This new adventure her employer has her on turns out to be more than she bargained for, but Jordan finds a way to accomplish what she set out to do, despite her encounters with a dead hit man and a live one who turns out to be a real threat to the Ke...more
Elaine Morton
Unusual characters. Light and fun. Enjoyed.
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