If you love reading as well as books, then what better way to brighten up your life than delving into really good books about books?
Another novel about a book collector is Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Club Dumas, translated from Spanish by Sonia Soto. The Club Dumas follows the adventures of book detective Lucas Corso, who finds himself embroiled in the deepest form of intrigue when asked to authenticate a fragment of what is believed to be Alexander Dumas’s original manuscript of The Three Musketeers. The Club Dumas weaves a dense tale where bibliophiles and devil worshipers cross paths while chasing after the Dumas’s fragment.
If we linger by the shores of the Mediterranean, Geraldine Brook’s best-selling novel People of the Book becomes the obvious choice for books about books. A novel where bibliomystery meets historical fiction, the story of People of the Book revolves around a real-life medieval manuscript called The Sarajevo Haggadah, created in fourteenth-century Spain and now kept at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. People of the Book follows the adventures of Australian rare-book expert Hanna Heath as she solves a mystery based on the clues she discovers in the binding of The Sarajevo Haggadah.
Continuing in the seventeenth century, Ross King’s Ex Libris starts in London and takes us across the European continent as we follow English bookseller and antiquarian Isaac Inchbold through a world ravaged by war and religious tensions. Believing that he is searching for a lost manuscript, Inchbold soon realizes that there is much more that lies hidden between the covers of what turns out to be the book of his own life’s story.
A bit closer to home is the final title to be included in this table of bibliomystery content, namely Charles Goodrum’s Dewey Decimated. Modeled on the Library of Congress, Dewey Decimated takes place at the fictional research library Werner-Bok where an illiterate cop and three extra-literate librarians must work together to solve a mystery that involves fraud, forgery, and murder.
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