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The Sayers Swindle

(A Book Collector Mystery #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,539 ratings  ·  202 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…

When Jordan ma
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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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!!
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
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
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'
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
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
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, cozy-mysteries
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
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!
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, e-books
Such fun!

These books are a lot of fun and I wasn’t disappointed in this one. Bi haven’t read any of Dorothy Sayers books but Jordan’s description makes me want to. This one totally kept me guessing and wanting to read faster to figure out what was going on. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
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
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
Mary Ann
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
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
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.

Like a lot of cozy’s it mov
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jordan is tasked with recovering 11 books by Dorothy Sayers for her cranky employer Vera Van Alst. Book seller Karen had sold them without realizing that they had been stolen. Still recovering her memory (incident from first book in series) she has trouble remembering who she sold them to.

Jordan assigns Uncle Lucky to look after Karen, and they instantly hit it off.

The fun in this series derives from the Kelly clan. Although they are not exactly law abiding, they are a fun, kind, and caring gro
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.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A slightly different take on "book" cozies.
Excellent. This book was better than the first one, to me. I will not wait very long the read the next one. Recommend!
Robin Kempf
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a cozy mystery, which was not so bad but also not so good.
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
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last time I read a book in this series was probably 2-3 years ago, the first book, and now I'm wondering why I waited so long! Once I was back in tune with the characters, I remembered what I loved so much about the first book. I was happy to see that this one continued with the story of Jordan's new book dealer friend Karen recovering from her brain injury sustained in the first book. I remembered how she'd been left for dead, but that was about all I remembered. But I did remember absolute ...more
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
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
Cheryl H.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I loved this book :)

The mystery was really good and, as with the first book, I really enjoyed reading about Jordan, her uncles, and her job, Officer Smiley and Lance. I missed having Jordan's bestie more in the book (she was away in Africa), but it did leave room for a new want-to-be new friend character that I will probably find the most memorable from this book over time.

I loved hearing more about the uncle's house/shop and the secret passage ways. Makes me wish I had some at my place.

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.
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
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.
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.
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 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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