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The Bookman's Promise by John Dunning
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Dec 08, 10

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bookshelves: mystery-horror
Recommended to Mary JL by: I was familiar with the series
Recommended for: any mystery fan
Read from August 06 to 12, 2010

This is the third book in the Cliff Janeway series; but the book stand s alone and the series may be read in any order. Cliff is an ex-cop, who used to collect books, now's he's a rare books dealer.

You do not usually associate books with crime. But rare books cost serious money. At stake in this mystery is an 1860's book, signed the the author, famous explorer Richard Burton. Cliff estimates the value of this book at twenty to twenty-five thousands dollars. That kind of money does attract criminals.

Cliff and his two allies--Koko and Erin--travel to Baltimore' then Charleston and Fort Sumter. They are seeking a possible handwritten journal written by Sir Francis Burton. If it exists, it would be almost priceless due to it's historical importance.

The story within a story--Charlie Warren's journal from 1860 I liked very much, and thought it raised this mystery a little out of the ordinary.

There is plenty of suspense, some violence--but not too graphic, and loads of tidbits about bookselling all wrapped together in an entertaining story.

Recommend of course for mystery fans. Because of the story within a story, the civil war journal might also interest fans of historical fiction; especially if you are interested in the Civil War era.
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