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The Sayers Swindle

(A Book Collector Mystery #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,359 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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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Heidi
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-goal, mysteries
Sure the mystery was obvious and the detecting work a little over the top goofy, but still it was a fun read. All of the Sayers literary references add a charm that only a mystery lover could appreciate.

Jordan, her crazy Kelly uncles, her pinch-faced boss and all of the pets and police officers make for a fun cast of characters. And those yummy Italian meals (complete with recipes at the end) definitely delight this reader. Especially when you really just want a cute cozy read!!
Amy
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I like Officer Smiley but I'm not sold on this series yet. I found the mystery predictable and the references to Dorothy L. Sayers and Sir Peter Wimsey endearing but heavy handed. Also, I kept getting the feeling Jordan doesn't like Harriet Vane, and how can you not like Harriet Vane?
The series overall contains several elements that ought to feel compelling but mostly feel underdeveloped. The eccentric uncles, the vintage wardrobe, and even the vague love triangle all feel like good ideas that s
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Andree
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Look, there's a lot to like about this: the Sayers' references, the main character's fictional crush on Lord Peter, the characters, their interactions, the world, the general conceit of the series... I could go on.

The main problem? The mystery plot. It starts out a bit weird and wacky, moves to slightly confusing and convoluted, and then somewhere around the halfway point catapults straight to implausible and insane. My credulity, she was strained. I started skimming anything plot related about
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Lori
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jordan Bingham, a member of a family with a criminal reputation, lives in the Van Alst home with its owner, a woman who collects classic mysteries. Eleven stolen Sayers books were sold by a dealer who had no idea the books were stolen and who is suffering from the effects of head trauma. When they track down the purchaser, they realize something is amiss in the situation. The book goes downhill from there into an absurd plot with nothing to commend it. Audiobook narrator Carla Mercer-Meyer does ...more
Ronna
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Debbie
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"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'
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Susan
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2015
While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I found this one just OK. I liked the setting and the characters are all unique, but I found that there were many repetitions in the story. Also, the main character (Jordan) did something really TSTL in my opinion in that (view spoiler) ...more
Katherine
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murder-most-foul
Even though this book is titled, The Sayers Swindle, I think the best way to describe this book is with a quote from another author. "The game is afoot." -Arthur Conan Doyle, Adventure of the Abbey Grange. Good mystery!
Marian
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Andrea Stoeckel
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“This might be a good time to mention that what Vera wants, Vera gets. And when Vera wants something, she wants it the way she wants it and she wants it yesterday.”

Jordan Bingham’s at it again! Still working for vitriolic Vera, this time she’s in search of a set of Dorothy L. Sayer’s first editions that were missing since before Jordan ever set foot in the creepy old house. She’s still helping Karen out as the owner of The Cosy Corpse thinks she may have sold the Sayers as a lot to a man with si
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Mary Ann
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jordan is back. She is searching for Vera's stolen Sayers books. She and Karen have become friends and she helps her daily in the hopes that she will remember what she has forgotten after the attack she had received. Karen does finally remember who may have the books and where he lives and they go in search of him. Along the way, they run into Officer Smiley (the police officer that Jordan is starting to get to know) and her Uncle Kevin has come into the picture. She and Karen have a bad feeling ...more
Jenna
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This is an okay series. I’m doing it on audio so it does the job of keeping me occupied while I work.

this one was intriguing.
I wondered at what was going on w/the Adams family characters. They’re in possession of the Sayers books that Jordan has been taxed w/getting back.
The bits about zuccini were hysterical. And the character name “Candy Morticus” was very clever for the cop.
Unfortunately, all the good stuff happens in the last 1/3 of the book.


Negatives:
Like a lot of cozy’s it moves
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Cheryl
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably only a 3 star book, but it gets a 4th star for being able to distract me almost completely during a ver difficult and emotional situation. I liked the characters and found their quirks mostly charming vs annoying. The mystery itself was okay, but it was well written enough that I am only realizing that now.
Linda Smatzny
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable cozy mystery with Jordan Bingham as the main character. Jordan is searching a set of books by Dorothy Sayers. When she and Karen locate the man who bought them from Karen everything starts to fall apart. People are not who they seem and Jordan finds Karen, herself and her family in danger from killers. More is revealed about Jordan's family home. The book was a quick easy read.
Jonathan
Excellent. This book was better than the first one, to me. I will not wait very long the read the next one. Recommend!
Trish
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A slightly different take on "book" cozies.
C.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I admire this family’s ability to describe quirks, settings, animals, and to leave flavour sparkling everywhere without the pace ever lagging. Few master this and under Victoria Abbot, it results in novels that are funnier and more exciting than any other published nowadays. Extra touches, side notes, segues.... all work. There is no place for a bookmark to pause. It works because all of the hilarity and scenic detours are information we need to know, or adds personalized flavour to characters - ...more
Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery lovers mystery !, December 29, 2013



This review is from: The Sayers Swindle (A Book Collector Mystery)
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
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Georgiann Hennelly
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jordan Kelly works for Vera Von Alst an avid collector of rare and Valuable mystery novels. Vera is also the most difficult women in Harrison Falls New York/ So when her set of Dorothy Sayers books goes missing finding them may lead Jordan to a murder which would be suitable for Sayers esteemed sleuth Lord Peter Whimsey... Jordan manages to find her bosses missing books, they are in the possession of an elderly man Randolph Adams he lives in a nearby town. She offers him a valuable Hemingway fir ...more
Betty
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like the unusual settings of this series very much. The book's background is determined by a historical mystery author. The characters are well developed and have become friends. I wanted to know what is happening in their lives. Jordan Bingham has been hired by a wealthy recluse, Vera Van Alst, whose only passion is for books. Vera's first editions of Dorothy L. Sayer were stolen and sold to an unknown buyer. Almost everything in the book is an illusion and there a lot of surprises throughout ...more
Caitlin Copp
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2016
Jordan Bingham loves her job tracking down rare and valuable books for her employer Vera Van Alst. She has the task of tracking down a set of first edition Dorothy L. Sayer books who were unknowingly sold to a wealthy man named Randolph. Before she can trade the Sayer books for a prestine Hemingway, Randolph disappears and a body is found near by. While Jordan is trying to track him down, an uncle, Officer Smiley and the next door neighbor all go missing! Jordan must try to find them as well as ...more
April Schilling
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This is the second book in the Book Collector Mystery series and I really enjoyed it!

Jordan is trying to recover the Sayers books that were stolen from Vera's collection and sold. With the help of her friend Karen and her many Kelly uncles, will she be able to get them back? It was such a fun read to find out
Selah Pike
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A fluffy little cozy, brimming with tropes. While I enjoy the premise of a book collector who loves classic mysteries (Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers), it might not be the best idea to talk about those superlative writers and their wonderful characters in a so-so series like this. I enjoyed it well enough but I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the series.
Christine
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This book got really convoluted really quickly. The mystery and the wrap-up were interesting, but it was hard to follow through the whole detente. Looking to the next entry in this series to decide if I'll continue or not.
Jennifer Brown
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this one A LOT better than the first. I listened to this and the narrator they chose did pretty well. She kept me wanting more of the story. There were a few parts I wanted to say "Hurry up" to, but otherwise enjoyed it.
Vickie
A mystery series with books in the series name? Yeah! From time to time I search them out, mysteries with book-related themes: librarians, booksellers, book collectors, book agents....love love love when I find one that intrigues me as much as this one by Victoria Abbott does.
It's a neat premise of the main character who has a colorful family [read slightly shady but nifty] and works for a crotchety old lady who collects first editions of mystery novels. That's Jordan's job, searching out first
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Susan
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I debated and debated whether to give this four stars or three. The reasons for four stars are that it was a very good, complex plot that kept me engaged throughout. It was well written in terms of flow and vocabulary and making me see the scenes. This is the second in a series and I will probably come back and read number three at some point. I enjoyed it, and I went with the four star because I was afraid my friends wouldn't even consider it with a three star rating.

The drawbacks that made me
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Sandy Schmidt
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second book is just as captivating as the first. 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
With the help of the bookseller who inadvertently sold the collection (not knowing they
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Kellene
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this book as much as the first. The characters are still enjoyable (I love the uncles) although Jordan annoyed me a bit in this book. Her constant internal struggle with law enforcement is irritating, and she's kind of naive about people for someone who grew up the way she did. The struggle to feed Vera zucchini was amusing at first, but then became tiresome. But I think the biggest issue for me with this book was the constant Sayers references. I've not read any of Sayers' boo ...more
Bonnie Randall
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
The intention of a cozy is to whisk you away lightly and without a lot of work on your part as the reader. Victoria Abbot has created a fun ensemble cast and a creative milieu for her heroine, Jordan—Jordan manages the rare book collection of one Vera Van Alst, a forbidding, wealthy dowager whose disapproval of everything (even her own appetite) makes her a delightful anti-heroine to root for.

This read is a solid 3 Stars; likeable characters, a plot that kept me entertained, and an unexpected ro
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A Book Collector Mystery (5 books)
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