The Burglar in the Library (Bernie Rhodenbarr #8)
Bookseller and New-Yorker-to-the-bone, Bernie Rhodenbarr rarely ventures out of Manhattan, but he's excited about the romantic getaway he has planned for himself and current lady love Lettice at the Cuttleford House, a remote upstate b&b. Unfortunately, Lettice has a prior engagement—she's getting married . . . and not to Bernie—so he decides to take best buddy Carolyn...more
Well, actually it was in the library, as the title suggests, and I won't reveal who did it or with what weapon. But the whole scenario of this fun-to-read book is reminiscent of the popular game of Clue played in the middle of an Agatha Christie mystery.
It goes something like this: Bernie Rhodenbarr, a New York City bookstore owner and part-time thief, plans a romantic getaway to Cuttleford House, an old-fashioned bed-and-breakfast in upstate New ...more
So when I got wind that Block, a writer whose work I enjoy, wrote a book where his burglar protagonist, Bernie Rhodenbarr, attempts to steal a first-edition copy of The Big Sleep inscribed to Dashiell Hammett, only to get caught up in an Agatha Chris ...more
The story began promisingly enough with Bernie Rhodenbarr and friend Carolyn heading out to a late winter retreat at an English country-style house, with the aim of purloining a choice volume of Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" that was inscribed with a greeting to Dashiell Hammett. The book is there, but so are the corpses.
The Burglar in the Library goes wrong when Bernie plays detective but Block can't be bothered to play straight with his readers. Why are the pe ...more
This is the second time I've read the story and it has remained enjoyable and entertaining.
Bernie and his companion, Caroline Kaiser, leave New York City and travel upstate New York to a traditional English country house that has been converted to a B & B.
Bernie is a book store owner in New York and knows his mystery writers. He has found that Raymond Chandler, one of the founders of the hard-boiled mystery will be at a f ...more
"The Burglar in the Library" by Lawrence Block is part of his established Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Bernie owns a bookstore in New York with his Manx cat but he also happens to be a thief.
What I enjoyed most about this story was how much of a reader Bernie is. He frequently referenced some of my favorite classic UK mystery writers.
If you're looking for a realistic crime, this is not for you. However, if you' ...more
Burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr series - This time, Bernie is off with pal Carolyn for a weekend at a pseudo-English manor in the wilds of New England. Bernie hasn't the usual salacious aims in mind - Carolyn is a lesbian, after all, and the woman Bernie had wanted to take has just up and married someone else - but there is a rare book he lusts for. Cuttleford House happens to contain an inscribed Raymond Chandler first edition. A huge snowstorm traps everyone at the ...more
To get it out of the way: no, I really was not all that enthused with how the truth came about. Or what the cause of the crimes turned out to be. It was a bit of a downer, to put it mildly.
But I am trying not to dwell on that (taken as a whole, the execution of the denouement could ...more
It's the winter, in the middle of nowhere, and the snow is coming in thick and fast. The last thing anyone needs is to realise they are trapped with no chance of escape with a killer on the loose.
Medium length book (most of Block's books come in at und ...more
The Burglar in the Library is one part Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (a.k.a. The Ten Little Indians"), one part Christie's The Body in the Library and one part Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man, with Bernie and Carolyn Kaiser pairing up as a platonic Nick and Nora Charles. All of the Rhodenbarr books are pretty funny, but this one is also a loving take on the English house murders that Dame Agatha Christie made famo ...more
He is planning to take his girlfriend on a vacation when she dumps him; she is planning to get married (and not to Bernie) the same weekend Bernie chose for their getaway. ...more
A nice distraction. A fun "mashup" with Agatha Christie and a dash of Raymond Chandler, before mashing up was really a thing. I wanted something light, but I wanted to read some good prose, and I knew Lawrence Block wouldn't disappoint.
It gets a bit dry and oddly repetitive toward the middle end, but picks up again to a driving finish.
I thought for a while that Block was pulling my leg, and by the end I knew he was.
From his web site:
I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:
"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne ...more