Mystery · Short Stories

Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores by Otto Penzler (Editor)

This collection is the perfect read for lovers of books and mysteries. What can be better than murders themes around books?

These 15 short stories were written by distinguished mystery writers and they make every story count. The editor Otto Penzler put together an anthology of crime between books that fill fit the likes of most readers. From hidden messages inside old books, a deadly bookseller and the deep secrets a library might hide, make this book impossible to put down.

Each storyline is different but they all have something in common: books. The title was definitely well picked and it describes perfectly its content. All the stories take place in modern times and they all involve different types of books or characters related to books like booksellers, book collectors, books privately owned, public displayed books and even an old scroll. Even though most of the stories can be classified as thriller/mystery, some of them have a fantasy touch to them and one fits in the fantasy genre completely.

The authors with stories on this collection, by order of appearance, are:

Jeffery Deaver – “An Acceptable Sacrifice ”
C.J. Box – “Pronghorns of the Third Reich”
Ken Bruen – “The Book of Virtue”
Reed Farrel Coleman – “The Book of Ghosts”
Peter Blauner – “The Final Testament”
Thomas Cook – “What’s In A Name? ”
Loren D. Estleman – “Book Club”
William Link – “Death Leaves A Bookmark”
Laura Lippman – “The Book Thing”
Anne Perry – “The Scroll”
Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins – “It’s In the Book”
Andrew Taylor – “The Long Sonata of the Dead”
David Bell – “Rides A Stranger”
John Connolly – “The Caxton Lending Library & Book Depository”
Nelson DeMille – “The Book Case”

The editor Otto Penzler did a great job putting this anthology together. All the authors have different styles of writing, different ways of describing and interaction with the reader which is very refreshing when you’re jumping from story to story. Some of the authors I’m familiar with and it was a treat to read some short works from them, like Jeffrey Deaver, Thomas Cook and John Connolly. Additionally, discovering other authors just made my to-read list a bit longer for next year.

I absolutely recommend this anthology to all the fans of murder mysteries and books. These great authors write great stories and getting to know other creators of this genre might help you discover some great books you haven’t read yet.

Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Pegasus Books and the editor for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.

5 Stars

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