The Bookwoman's Last Fling (Cliff Janeway #5)
Denver bookman Cliff Janeway would have liked Can ...more
My experience, however, was a little different. I thought it got off to a great start, with lots of scenes where we readers get to wallow in the book collecting world that is so paramount in Cliff Jane ...more
This book has much less to do with the book trade than the others, and seems to have Cliff going off in a different direction in the end. You can almost sense the author going off in a different direction also, and one that is much less appealing to me. Darker, more hard-boiled, more Sam Spade, less Perry Mason. This ...more
This novel is entertaining, but wasn't as interesting to me as Dunning's other books because he veered away from the bookseller's world and entered the racing circuit.
I highly recommend The Bookman's Promise and the Sign of the Book----then, if you can't get enough of the pro ...more
By Ellen Rappaport (Florida)
This review is from: The Bookwoman's Last Fling (Cliff Janeway Novels) (Paperback)
I've read several of the cliff Janeway novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. They not only held my interest all the way through...I became involved in the plot and with cliff Janeway on his journey's. The unraveling of his mysteries regarding rare book collections had depth and the information given by this talented author added to the suspense.
In the most recent Janeway book Dunning takes a slightly different turn. Instead of dealing primarily with the book world he ventures into California to throw in this new plot twist - horse racing. There ...more
Book collecting, both the collecting of rare and valuable first editions and the collection of great quantities of books, comes to play in this mystery in the Cliff Janeway series of novels by Dunning.
This is my first exposure to this series, after reading and reviewing his World War II radio historical mystery Two o'clock Eastern Wartime. And while not a classic, it passed the time ably on the 14-hour flight to Beijing. ...more
Não foi tudo aquilo o que imaginava para um bom texto de investigação policial. Em certo momento da leitura pensei que sairia phd em treinamento de cavalos e afins e nada dos livros, do mistério, ou do assassinato de Candice.
Geralmente, com esse tipo de leitura, entendemos que o dia-a-dia da personagem, até mesmo seus pequenos atos que passem despercebidos serão, ao termino da trama, justificados e todos muito bem elaborados para se obter o sucesso e o raciocínio cabível para solucionar o e ...more
This is the second Janeway mystery I've read. Cliff Janeway is a former cop who's become a rare book dealer in Denver. He is called in on book jobs which turn into mysteries.
In this one he is called in to do an appraisal on a library of books for an estate. He soon realizes that many valuable editions have been replaced with not very valuable later editions. As he questions the man who called him, all becomes more and more mysterious. Turns out the library was the property of the long dead wife ...more
But anyway... Janeway has been asked, or rather hired, to assess a collection of first editions for an estate in Idaho. The man ...more
Dunning, John – 6th in series
Scribner, 2006- Hardcover
*** Former copy, Cliff Janeway, is now a bookman who has been called to a ranch in Idaho. Twenty years’ ago, Candice Geiger died leaving behind a collection of valuable first edition children’s books. But some are missing and not necessarily the most valuable books. With the woman’s estate in probate, one son wants to hire Janeway to find out what books are missing and thei ...more
John Dunning – 3rd in series (Investigative mystery)
Cliff Janeway former homicide cop turned antiquarian bookseller, is thrilled with his purchase of a first edition by nineteenth-century explorer Richard Burton, but the book brings more grief than it does pleasure. After an elderly woman arrives in Janeway's store claiming that the Burton belongs to her, Janway finds himself in the middle of a feud between book collectors that stretches back generations and culminates with ...more
John Dunning knows the horse and book worlds well. Before writing his first book, he worked for horse trainers in Denver, Idaho, and California, and he ran the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver. The Bookwoman's Last Fling offers a smart, authentic look into both worlds. Janeway, agreeably misanthropic as always, complements a cast of complex, fascinating characters, local color, and solid dialogue. Critics noted, however, an awkward plot mired by unoriginal details, which diminishes the force o...more
Have had my nose in into albums for TOO long!
I DO recommend!
"Still I had no real handle on extreme cases like Charlie. Maybe nobody does. Some people believe there is a mysterious current at work between a bibliomaniac and his stash of books, as if having them give him an almost mystical connection to all the knowledge they contain. This empowers him: he absorbs it through his pores and into his heart ...more
John always wanted to write, but was a poor student. He left high school in the tenth grade, partly because of an inability to concentrate and absorb lectures. Several years ago he was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), a malady that could not have been imagined in t ...more